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Workshop: Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study? new
Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity new

Workshop: Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study?   org

We are delighted to announce that leading  Japanese media and cultural studies scholar Professor Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University), will be visiting Newcastle University in April to lead this special Japanese Studies workshop.

Recent years have seen an explosion of English language scholarship on the subject of Japanese pop culture such as manga, anime and video games. In this workshop, Professor Iwabuchi will encourage participants to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by this study. Can the study of Japanese popular culture lead to a deeper understanding of the diversity of  Japanese society in an increasingly globalised world?

This workshop will seek to answer questions like this  through a series of interactive and dynamic group discussions.

Professor Iwabuchi will be joined by Dr Gitte Hansen, Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Newcastle University, who will be on hand to facilitate the discussion.

This workshop is designed for any students with an interest in Japanese Studies.


Date: 15 April 2015 from 1.00pm
Venue:

Old Library Building, Room 3.14 (Pybus room), Newcastle University


The workshop will be followed by a drinks reception.

Booking: The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please send an email to Dr Gitte Hansen: gitte.hansen@ncl.ac.uk 

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Rethinking 'Japanese' Pop Culture: Transnational media cultural connections and the question of cultural diversity   org

Since the late 1980s, Japanese consumer technologies, and subsequently pop culture exports such as Pokemon and Hello Kitty, have become increasingly familiar to many people around the world. But has our increased exposure to these cultural exports led to a greater understanding of the diversity of contemporary Japan?

Eminent Japanese media and cultural studies scholar Professor Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University, Australia) will lead this seminar, which will discuss the phenomenon of the spread of Japan’s cultural exports and consequent cross-border dialogue; and will challenge ideas and assumptions of a single ‘national’ Japanese pop culture. While many 'Japanese' cultural products are, as in most other popular cultures, not purely Japanese inventions, what has become prevalent is the re-accentuating of national cultural borders as a result of this inter-nationalized circulation and display of media cultures. This presentation will discuss in the Japanese and East Asian context how this process contains and discourages engagement with growing multicultural situations, and will suggest the need for trans-Asian perspectives and collaboration to tackle this situation.

Professor Iwabuchi will be joined in conversation with Dr Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS, University of London).


Date: 13 April 2015 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Swedenborg Hall

The Swedenborg Society

20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Entrance on Barter Street)

London WC1A 2TH


Booking: This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event to event@jpf.org.uk 

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