[KineJapan] Upcoming Online UCSB Workshop on Japanese Film and Media

Naoki Yamamoto yamamoto at filmandmedia.ucsb.edu
Sat May 1 18:57:57 EDT 2021

Dear KineJapaners,

Please join us for the upcoming online UCSB workshop entitled "Conversations on the Current State of Japanese Film and Media Studies." Inviting leading scholars in the field from Japan, North America, and the United Kingdom, this workshop will address a variety of topics including historical formation of film and media studies in Japan since the 1990s, revaluation of the avant-garde art movement and politics in the 1950s, articulation of media theory and practice in Japan from the perspective of media ecology and environment, and ongoing efforts to enhance transnational collaboration through book publication and program building.

This workshop is composed of four independent sessions led by two main speakers and one discussant every Friday at 16:00 PDT throughout May 2021. Instead of giving a normal presentation, the event will take the form of open table discussion so that both invited speakers and audience members can freely exchange their opinions, concerns, and anxieties about our uncertain present and future in the age of global pandemic. Here’s the schedule:

Session 1: “Japanese Film Studies and Trans-Pacific Collaborations”
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021, 16:00-17:30 PDT
Main Speakers: Ayako Saito (Meiji Gakuin University), Diane Lewis (Washington University in St. Louis)
Discussant: Aaron Gerow (Yale University)

Session 2: “Globalizing the 1950s: Inter-mediality and Inter-disciplinarity”
Date: Friday, May 14, 2021, 16:00-17:30 PDT
Main Speakers: Koji Toba (Waseda University), Namiko Kunimoto (Ohio State University)
Discussant: Junko Yamazaki (UCLA)

Session 3: “Media Studies in Japan and Beyond”
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021, 16:00-17:30 PDT
Main Speakers: Mizukoshi Shin (University of Tokyo) and Alexander Zahlten (Harvard University)
Discussant: Yuriko Furuhata (McGill University)

Session 4: “Collaborations through Publication and Program Building”
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021, 16:00-17:30 PDT
Speakers: Hideaki Fujiki (Nagoya University), Jennifer Coates (University of Sheffield)
Discussant: Alastair Phillips (University of Warwick)

The workshop is open to the public, but please register following this link: 

You can also find more information at:

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact: yamamoto at filmandmedia.ucsb.edu

All the best,

Naoki Yamamoto
Assistant Professor
Film and Media Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
yamamoto at filmandmedia.ucsb.edu
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