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Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Manga Studies: From Architecture to Female Otaku
The London Asia Pacific Cultural Studies Forum is organizing a free session at London's Birbeck College on 28th January 2013, devoted to Manga Studies with researchers and professionals visiting from Japan.
The global circulation of manga has attracted increased attention and Manga Studies has now developed as an international, multidisciplinary field that attracts researchers from a wide area of study from the visual arts to the social sciences. This session is expected to be a multidisciplinary event that invites scholars from a range of fields to observe the diversity of manga consumption as popular culture, worldwide.
The speakers are Dr Ryuichi Tanigawa, an Assistant Professor at the Center for
Integrated Area Studies at Kyoto University who specializes in Modern
Asian Architectural and Urban History, Architectural Theory; Dr
Chie Yamanaka,an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Human
Studies, Jin-ai University who specializes in Sociology, Manga Comics
Studies, and Korean Studies; Mr Yu Ito, a Researcher/
curator of Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center,
Kyoto International Manga Museum. He has organized many manga
exhibitions and workshops over the past years. He specializes in Manga
Comics Studies and Folklore.
Also at the event are Dr Sonoko Azuma, an
Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka
University who specializes in Sociology of Culture and Gender Studies; Mr Simon Turner, a Ph.D student at Birkbeck
College, University of London whose main research interest lies in the
field of Japanese Cultural Studies and New Media Studies; Dr
Shinji Oyama, a Sasakawa Research and Teaching Associate in Japanese
Creative Industries Studies head of Japanese cultural studies at
Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College; and Dr
Mariko Murata, an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology,
Kansai University, Japan. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at
Speakers: Dr. Ryuichi Tanigawa, Dr. Chie Yamanaka, Mr. Yu Ito, and Dr. Sonoko Azuma
Discussant: Mr. Simon Turner
Chair: Dr. Mariko Murata
18:00-18:10 A Welcome from the Organizers (Dr Shinji Oyama and Dr. Mariko Murata)
18:10-18:30 Manga, Architecture, and Cities: Interpreting Space in JOJO's Bizarre Adventure (Dr. Ryuichi Tanigawa)
18:30-18:50 The Reception of Manga in the Republic of Korea: A Case Study on NARUTO (Dr. Chie Yamanaka)
18:50-19:10 Barefoot Gen in Japan: War and Boys’ Comics (Mr. Yu Ito)
19:20-19:40 How to Enjoy 'Yaoi' Texts: Manga Consumption of Female Otaku in Japan (Dr. Sonoko Azuma)
19:40-20:10 Discussion (Discussant: Mr. Simon Turner)
• Starting at 6.00pm, the talks will be in English and the discussion will be interpreted. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. You can book here: http://mangastudies.eventbrite.co.uk