Hanamitsu Seminar and The Society of Social Sciences, Waseda University
Special (Public) Lecture by Professor Jennifer Robertson
(Professor, Anthropology and the History of Art, University of Michigan)
"Robot Theatre: Verbal and Non-Verbal Dialogues"
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 03, 2015
4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:15 p.m.)
Venue: Waseda University, Building 8, Room 308
Abstract: The use and representation of automatons in Japanese drama spans several centuries, but it is only recently that the collaboration of roboticists and playwrights has attracted critical attention. They are experimenting with scripting and staging verbal and non-verbal gendered interactions. Roboticists and playwrights working with robot thespians draw insights from linguistics, masking techniques in the Noh theatre, and methods of embodying femininity and masculinity employed by same-sex theatres, including Kabuki and the Takarazuka Revue.
Professor Rika Hanamitsu, Waseda University