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  • Call for Papers – 5th Mutual Images Workshop “Japan and Asia: Representations of Selfness and Otherness”

    22nd-23rd April 2017, at Nagoya University

For the fifth Mutual Images Workshop, which is taking place on 22-23 April at Nagoya University (Japan), we seek papers aiming to explore representations of Selfness and Otherness in and between Japan and other Asian nations. We are particularly interested in presentations that critically interrogate current imaginations of the self-other, Japan-Asia, modern-premodern, and other commonly employed conceptual pairs.

Rather than being confined within contested geographical definitions of Asia, we invite participants to consider “Japan” and “Asia” as imaginary, constructed spaces/notions. Our primary interest is in mutual imaginings. What parts have colonialism, war, and contemporary transnational flows of people, goods, and ideas played into the formation of Selfness, Otherness, and their conceptual, literary, visual, and broadly cultural representations? What has been the interplay of hybrid(izing) modern global culture and these representations? What about changing technologies and modalities of production and consumption? In breaking away from the binary coupling of “Self” and “Other,” what new visions and directions can be generated in the investigation of cultural processes and products?

We are soliciting case studies in the fields of literature, visual and media studies, cultural sociology, and the fine and performing arts. We welcome contributions examining the dual role of cultural works as both participant in and product of the discourse on “Selfness” and “Otherness” from the mid-nineteenth century to present day.
This inter-disciplinary workshop is open to both postgraduates and academics at any stage of their career.

DEADLINE: 300 word abstracts should be submitted by 31st January 2017. Please note that the presentations should be of around 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of exchanges among the participants. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the following address:

  • Manga Translation and the Representation of Japanese Visual Culture

    Dr Matteo Fabbretti (Cardiff University)

    Date: 20 October 2016Time: 6:00 PM

    Finishes: 20 October 2016Time: 7:00 PM

    Venue: Senate House Room: Paul Webley Wing Lecture Theatre (SALT)

    Type of Event: Seminar

    Location information

    Talk outline

    This presentation explores the translation practices of commercial and amateur manga translators. Manga are an intrinsic part of the fabric of Japanese visual culture and, increasingly, of visual cultures around the world. Yet, for historical and
    practical reasons, different visual cultures produce different kinds of texts, which means that translation and adaptation feature prominently in the circulation of manga texts outside Japan. What kind of linguistic and culture specific items are present in Japanese manga? What kinds of strategies have been adopted in translating these items? And what kind of impact has translation had on the reception of manga texts abroad? These are the main questions that will be addressed in the presentation.


    Matteo Fabbretti is an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University. Matteo’s major research interests are in the area of translation as a social practice. He is particularly interested in Japanese visual narrative and its related culture, and the role that virtual communities of amateur translators play in the globalisation of Japanese manga. Matteo is currently working on a new academic journal called Mutual Images.

  • Book publication by one of our board members (French language)

L’animation Japonaise en France- Réception, diffusion, réappropriations

[“Japanese animation in France – Reception, diffusion, reappropriation”]

Ed. Marie Pruvost-Delaspre

For more details: L’Animation japonaise en France

  • Call for Submission- Book Reviews

We currently welcome book reviews for the 3rd issue of the Mutual Images Journal (peer reviewed) considering books on the interactions between Japan and Europe both past and present. Email us at for more information.