Japanese Cinema from Multiple Perspectives: Virtual Symposium + Film Series

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March 1, 2021 to March 13, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Film and Film History, Japanese History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies
Global Virtual Symposium + Film Series
Japanese Cinema from Multiple Perspectives
Venue: Online (free of charge, but prior registration required https://www.filmconf.nagoya)
Language: English-Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation

We invite you to a globally decentralized virtual live symposium on Japanese Cinema to mark the publication of The Japanese Cinema Book (BFI Publishing, 2020) and Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema (Routledge, 2020). In six thematically organized workshops featuring a total of twenty-seven speakers from multiple continents, we provide a timely and expansive discussion of the dynamic field of Japanese cinema today with a view to raising productive and critical questions on the field's future.


To embrace the translocality that we understand to be at the heart of the field, all talks will be available in English and Japanese via simultaneous interpretation. The timetable itself is experimental, with our attempt to make the event globally accessible in as many time zones as feasibly possible: all six sessions will take place "live" from 5th to 7th March, although they will be experienced in different times of the day depending on the location. Please also take advantage of a concurrent student-curated virtual film series that offers a nonverbal counterpoint to the talks (available to stream from 1st to 13th March). Finally, all registered symposium participants are cordially invited to join us for a reception.
Workshop Programme
OPENING REMARKS                                                                                                                                                                                          

Hideaki Fujiki, Shota T. Ogawa, Alastair Phillips, Joanne Bernardi  



I    MEDIATIZATION AND AESTHETICS                                                                                                                                                       
Chair: Woojeong Joo


Thomas Lamarre (University of Chicago)

Compositing and Switching: An Intermedial History of Japanese Anime


Johan Nordström (Tsuru University)

Between Silent and Sound: The Liminal Space of the Japanese ‘Sound Version’


Rayna Denison (University of East Anglia)

Manga at the Movies: Adaptation and Intertextuality


Machiko Kusahara (Waseda University)

Utsushie: Japanese Magic Lantern Performance as Pre-cinematic Projection Practice


Eri Kajikawa (Nagoya University-University of Warwick)

The 1980s Japanese Idol: Celebrity, Media and Audio-visuality



II          CULTURE AND POLITICS                                                                                                                                                         

Chair: Chikako Nagayama 


Diane Wei Lewis (Washington University in St. Louis)

Home Movies of the Revolution: Proletarian Filmmaking and Counter-Mobilization in Interwar Japan


Masato Dogase (Nagoya University)

Japanese Student Movement Cinema: A Dialogic Approach 


Alexander Zahlten (Harvard University)

Media Models of ‘Amateur’ Film and Manga


Rachael Hutchinson (University of Delaware)

Censorship as Education: Film Violence and Ideology


Joel Neville Anderson (Purchase Collage, State University of New York)

Pointing Through the Screen: Archiving, Surveillance and Atomization in the Wake of Japan’s 2011 Triple Disasters



III  PRESENTATION AND REPRESENTAION                                                                                                                         

Chair: Alastair Phillips


Jennifer Coates (University of Sheffield)

The Yakuza Film: A Genre ‘Endorsed by the People’


Michael Crandol (Leiden University)

The Ghosts of Kaiki Eiga


Woojeong Joo (Nagoya University)

Separations and Connections: The Cinematic Homes of the Showa 30s


Kosuke Kinoshita (Gunma Prefectural Women’s University)

Multi-viewpoint Narrative: From Rashomon (1950) to Confessions (2010)


IV INSTITUTIONS AND PRACTICES                                                                                                                                                  

Chair: Joanne Bernardi


Manabu Ueda (Kobe Gakuin University)

Screening Spaces: A History of Japanese Film Exhibition


Takeshi Tanikawa (Waseda University)

Kaiju Films as Exportable Content: Reassessing the Function of the Japanese Film Export Promotion Association


Takafusa Hatori (Niigata University)

‘Fugitives’ from the Studio System: Ikebe Ryō, Sada Keiji and the Transition from Cinema to Television in the Early 1960s


Chen Cong (McGill University)

Historicizing ‘Sounds Right’: Seiyū, Audio-visual Conformity and the Media Environment in Japan



V  JAPANESE CINEMA UNBOUND                                                                                                                                                     

Chair: Shota T. Ogawa 


Daisuke Miyao (University of California, San Diego)

The Transpacific History of Japanese Cinematography


Ran Ma (Nagoya University)

Eigasai Inside Out: Japanese Cinema and Film Festival Programming 


Naoki Yamamoto (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Soviet Montage Theory and Japanese Film Criticism


Yoshiharu Tezuka (Komazawa University)

A Constellation of Gazes: Europe and the Japanese Film Industry 


Christopher M. Cabrera (Nagoya University)

The Ogasawara Islands as Contact Zone: Between Tides (2018) and Citizenship



VI MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES                                                                                                                                                                       

Chair: Ran Ma


Hideaki Fujiki (Nagoya University) and Alastair Phillips (University of Warwick) 
On The Japanese Cinema Book


Joanne Bernardi (University of Rochester) and Shota T. Ogawa (Nagoya University)
On Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema



CLOSING REMARKS                                                                                                                                                                                     

Ma Ran, Chikako Nagayama, Woojeong Joo



◎Film Series
1st - 13th March 

Organized by the Cinema Studies Program in the Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University, and Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick

Supported by the Center for Transregional Culture and Society, the Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University

Sponsored by Nagoya University and MEXT



Contact Info: 

Shota Ogawa 小川翔太
Graduate School of Letters
Nagoya University 
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku
Nagoya 464-8601

T. 052-789-2252

Pronouns: he/him/his

Out now: Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema, edited by 

Joanne Bernardi and Shota T. Ogawa