3-4th June 2019

Painting East: Artistic relations between Japan and the West (Artists, aesthetics, artworks)

Nowadays, intense influences between cultures are commonly associated with new technologies and globalisation. However, when it comes to art, the new millennium is but the last step in a long process of hundreds of years of artistic interaction and cultural exchange between artists from countries all over the world. The relationship between Japan and Europe, strengthened after the Meiji Restoration, richly exemplifies how artists and their production benefit from outside influences, which ultimately permeates between different artistic and cultural manifestations such as cinema, photography, fashion, graphic design, comics or contemporary art. This workshop aims to gather researchers and practitioners who wish to discuss the mutual influence between Japan and Europe on artists, their works and styles. The discussions are open to all periods and artistic media (including fine arts, cinema, photography, graphic design, manga, anime, fashion, etc.). We invite papers that consider individual artists, collectives, artistic movements or specific artworks.

The dx5 digital & graphic art_research group at University of Vigo, in co-operation with Mutual Images Association, invite potential speakers to this workshop. Interested presenters are invited to submit a 300-word abstract on topics related to images of Japan through a foreign lens and vice-versa. PhD students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit papers. Panel submissions are welcome, but also all the individual papers will be grouped with others of a similar theme, where possible. All papers presented may be subsequently published in the peer-reviewed journal Mutual Images:

Please send your abstract, along with your details (name, position and institution/affiliation), to:

The deadline for abstracts is 30th March 2019. Presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion and exchange. Information about attending as a delegate will be sent out shortly after the deadline. A provisional schedule and details of the keynote will be provided at that time.

We encourage submissions considering the following themes, but not exclusively:


Japanese artists who traveled to Europe/ European artists who traveled to Japan.

Exhibitions about Japan or Japanese art in Europe/ exhibitions about Europe or European art in Japan.

Reception of manga and anime in Europe.

European cinema in Japan; Japanese cinema in Europe.

Photography in modern Japan as an imported technique/ Japan as the postwar leader in the photographic industry.


Artworks representing Japan and/or Europe.

Self and other in Japanese and European cinema.




Japanese artists influenced by European cultures/ European artists influenced by Japanese culture.

Japanese motives/ European motives in fine arts, cinema, photography, graphic
design and fashion.

Manga and anime in contemporary art / European take on manga and anime.

Cross-relations and influences between
different artistic media.

European/Japanese fashion.

Graphic design in Europe and Japan.


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 (Times New Roman 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 2019 Abstract Submission.

All abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by a jury of specialists. 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:

José Andrés Santiago Iglesias, University of Vigo, Spain

Ana Soler Baena, University of Vigo, Spain

Tatiana Lameiro González, University of Vigo, Spain

Aurore Yamagata-Montoya, Independant Researcher, Lithuania

Danesin Maxime, Université de Tours, France

Marco Pellitteri, Shanghai International Studies University, China