Call for Applications: MIRA International Summer School

UNIVERSITY OF MESSINA (MESSINA, ITALY)

16-19th July 2019


Mediated and cultural representations in East Asia, Italy and Europe


Mutual Images Research Association, and DiCAM—Department of Ancient and Modern Civilisations, University of Messina invite applications for the 2019 Mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe Summer School, to be held at the University of Messina (Italy) from Tuesday 16 July to Friday 19 July 2019.

The Summer School Mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe offers an intensive learning experience where graduate and post-graduate students have the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical and methodological skills and engage in thought-provoking conversations on the mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe.

This week-long program, in addition to offering lectures and seminars on specific topics, provides students with the opportunity to partake in discussions with fellow colleagues and international faculty.

The program will focus on the mediated and cultural representations between East Asia, Italy and Europe, with regard to Japan and China. The disciplinary fields upon which the school’s teaching sessions as well as the keynote lectures are based are literary studies, aesthetics, visual studies and cultural studies, and media sociology. The general range of themes is furthermore informed by the growing importance of the inter-regional dynamics involving the cultural diplomacy between/among the considered regions and countries, and the role of the circulation of the creative industries’ output involved in the mutual receptions/perceptions of the national/cultural contexts at the centre of the school’s inter-disciplinary discussions and analyses.

Lectures and seminars will delve, thus, into a variety of themes and media, including:

  • Mutual images between Italy, Europe, China and Japan in arts and popular culture (cinema, literature, anime, photography, philosophy, fashion, technology…);
  • Cultural influences between in the Asian and European contexts;
  • Travellers and art collectors.

A specific list of seminars will be given in advance after acceptance to the Summer School. The seminars and lectures will be held by members of MIRA, teachers of the University of Messina, and further guests specially invited. The teachers come from Japan, China, Italy, France, Spain, England, and The Netherlands, making it a truly international school.


OPEN TO:

Graduate and Post-Graduate Students with a background or strong interest in Cultural studies, Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, European Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies, Popular Culture, Arts, and similar degrees.


VALIDATION OF CREDITS

The participants can to obtain 2 CFU (Italian university credits, which can be converted into credits of the participant’s original university). All participants who wish to get credits for their participation to the summer school must pass a test after the lectures and seminars. There are no additional charges to take the test.


ACTIVITIES

The Summer School includes a cultural excursion on the last day: a tour to Taormina and Giardini Naxos, outstanding archaeological sites of Ellenistic origin. A detailed description of the activities will be provided at a later date on the website.


COSTS

The total cost of tuition and supplementary activities is 350 euros. The tuition includes five nights accommodation, three meals (two lunches and a dinner together), free access to Wi-Fi on the university campus, access to the libraries and university facilities, and the organised tour. The other meals as well as additional nights and transport to and from Messina University remain at the charge of each participant.


APPLICATIONS

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2019.

Interested applicants are required to send by email a full CV and a Motivation Letter to the Organising Committee at mutualimages@gmail.com with the following subject: Summer School 2019- Application

Specific inquiries can be addressed to mutualimages@gmail.com

Call for Papers: Mutual Images 7th International Workshop

UNIVERSITY OF VIGO, PONTEVEDRA CAMPUS (VIGO, SPAIN)

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: mutualimages-journal.org.

Please send your abstract, along with your details (name, position and institution/affiliation), to: mutualimages@gmail.com

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:

CULTURAL MOVEMENTS AND FLUX:

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.

REPRESENTATION OF THE SELF AND OTHER IN ART:

Artworks representing Japan and/or Europe.

Self and other in Japanese and European cinema.

Orientalism.

Japonisme.

CULTURAL INFLUENCES:

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.

WRITING RECOMMENDATIONS

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

Publication: Mutual Images, 5

Dear readers,

We are glad to announce the publication of the fifth issue of our transcultural research journal, Mutual Images. True to our philosophy, we have rendered this issue – titled “Politics, arts and pop culture of Japan in local and global contexts” – freely available, as an open access ressource, on our Mutual Images Journal Website. To access it, click on “Research Journal” on the top-right corner.

Please enjoy this fifth issue of Mutual Images.

Marco Pellitteri, Main Editor

Publication: Mutual Images, 4

Dear readers,

We are glad to announce the publication of the fourth issue of our transcultural research journal, Mutual Images. True to our philosophy, we have rendered this issue – titled “Japan and Asia: Representations of Selfness and Otherness” – freely available, as an open access ressource, on our Mutual Images Journal Website. To access it, click on “Research Journal” on the top-right corner.

Please enjoy this fourth issue of Mutual Images.

Marco Pellitteri, Main Editor

Call for Papers: Mutual Images 6th International Workshop

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY (CARDIFF, UK)

1st-2nd May 2018


Mediatised images of Japan in Europe: Through the media kaleidoscope


Europe and Japan are geographically far removed from one another. However, and increasingly, Japan is also present in a variety of public venues and forms travelling on multiple distribution platforms: print, television, and online media. Inevitably, all these sources provide polyvalent images of Japan as traditional and modern, familiar and alien. The variety, and sometimes conflicting nature of these images can raise questions about their accuracy and how representative of Japan they are. Japan is perceived through the kaleidoscope of the media, as a fragmented and scattered succession of images, forming an ever-changing vision. While air travel has become accessible for the masses, Japan remains distant for many Europeans, and thus their main or only sources of knowledge are those that are available to them in their home country or on the Internet. Papers for this workshop can fall into, but are not limited to, the following categories:

  • Japan in the European media, in the past and currently
  • The press: newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines, internet magazines and portals
  • Television: variety shows, documentaries released in European TV stations
  • Travelogues and carnets de voyage
  • European/American cinema and TV shows
  • Images of Japan as depicted in Japanese manga and animation (anime, feature films, auteur short animations) as well as Japanese live-action films and TV series released in European countries
  • European/American novels, comics, cinema and TV shows
  • Accuracy of media portrayals of Japan
  • ‘Contradictions’ and ‘paradoxes’ about Japan in European and Japanese media
  • ‘Japan’ as a constructed image in/by the media
  • Western stereotyping of Japan in the media

Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages, 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: mutualimages-journal.org.

Please send your abstract, along with your details (name, position and institution/affiliation), to: mutualimages@gmail.com

The deadline for abstracts is 15th February 2018. 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.

WRITING RECOMMENDATIONS

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 2018 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 2018.

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:

Christopher Hayes, Cardiff University, UK

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

Fabio D. Palumbo, University of Messina, Italy

Publication: Mutual Images, 3

Dear readers,

We are glad to announce the publication of the third issue of our transcultural research journal, Mutual Images. True to our philosophy, we have rendered this issue – titled “Visuality and fictionality of Japan and Europe in a cross-cultural framework” – freely available, as an open access ressource, on our Mutual Images Journal Website. To access it, click on “Research Journal” on the top-right corner.

Please enjoy this third issue of Mutual Images.

Marco Pellitteri, Main Editor

Call for Papers: Japan Pop Goes Global

AOYAMA GAKUIN UNIVERSITY (TOKYO, JAPAN)

25th November 2017


Japan Pop Goes Global: Japanese Pop Culture on Aesthetics and Creativity


Japan has increasingly become a source of inspiration in many creative fields: from manga illustrations, street fashion, and contemporary art; to storytelling devices such as the ‘Rashomon effect’ in Hollywood movies, decluttering lifestyle techniques inspired by Japanese minimalist aesthetics, and even food such as kyaraben. According to Dolores Martinez, “underlying various processes of adaptation and transformation lies a common desire to somehow make art one’s one, sparked by an engagement with the ideas contained in the Japanese source products.” Japanese aesthetics, such as kawaii, is shaping the worlds’ influencers in art, design, fashion, gaming, and movies. Contemporary artmaking has progressed through many forms, and the current fascination of many young artists is a hybrid combination of the globalizing influences of East and West, technology, and collective and personal memories. This symposium aims to consider the growing influence of Japanese popular culture on contemporary visual arts, trace the process of how it has crossed cultural boundaries, and provide an insight into the dynamics of how culture, memory, and technology can affect the way we view and construct things in the present and future.

The School of Cultural and Creative Studies at Aoyama Gakuin University in collaboration with Mutual Images Association invites individual and group submissions of abstracts that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of the visual arts that have been influenced by Japanese popular culture including, but not limited to comic books, manga, graphic novels, fan art, anime, contemporary art, film, television, fashion, advertising, creative industries, technology, gaming, and storytelling.

Presentation proposals (250 words) should be sent to mutualimages@gmail.com by September 15, 2017 with “AGU-MI submission” in the subject field. Acceptance notifications will be sent by September 30. This workshop is open to PhD students and academics at any stage of their career. All papers presented may be subsequently published in the Peer-Reviewed Journal Mutual Images.

The keynote presentation at this event will be made by Northrop Davis, an Associate Professor of Media Arts, teaching Manga/Anime Studies and Screenwriting, at the University of South Carolina, USA and professional screenwriter. Davis is the author of “Manga & Anime Go to Hollywood: The Amazing Rapidly Evolving Relationship between Hollywood and Japanese Animation, Manga, Television, and Film” published on 2016 by Bloomsbury.

This event is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 16K13173.