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.

Publication: Mutual Images, 2

Dear readers,

We are glad to announce the publication of the second issue of our transcultural research journal, Mutual Images. True to our philosophy, we have rendered this issue – titled “Japanese Pop Cultures in Europe Today: Economic Challenges, Mediated Notions, Future Opportunities” – 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 second issue of Mutual Images.

Marco Pellitteri, Main Editor

Call for Papers: Mutual Images 5th International Workshop

NAGOYA UNIVERSITY (NAGOYA, JAPAN)

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.

DEADLINE

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:  mutualimages@gmail.com

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 (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