22-23th April 2017

Japan and Asia: Representations of Selfness and Otherness

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.


300 word abstracts should be submitted by 31st January 2017. Presentations will be 20-minute long, followed by 20 minutes of Q&A and discussion. Abstracts are to be submitted to the following address:


Abstracts should be in Word format with the following information and in this order: a) title of abstract, b) body of abstract, c) up to 10 key words, d) author(s), e) affiliation, f) email address.

Please use plain text (Calibri 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).

E-mails should be entitled: MUTUAL IMAGES 2017 Abstract Submission.

All abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by a jury of specialists. Authors will be notified via email on the results of the review by 15th February 2017.

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal. We suggest, then, to resend it.

Joint Organising Chairs:

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Nagoya University, Japan

Aurore Yamagata-Montoya, University of the West of England, UK

Danesin Maxime, Université de Tours, France

Marco Pellitteri, Kobe University, Japan

Matteo Fabbretti, Cardiff University, UK