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

Publication: Mutual Images, 1

Dear readers,

We are glad to announce the publication of the first issue of our transcultural research journal, Mutual Images. True to our philosophy, we have rendered this issue – titled “Between Texts and Images: Mutual Images of Japan and Europe” – 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 first issue of Mutual Images.

Marco Pellitteri, Main Editor

Call for Papers: Mutual Images 4th International Workshop

AARHUS UNIVERSITY (AARHUS, DENMARK)

13-14th May 2016


Fictionality in representations of Japan and Europe from a cross-cultural perspective


For the fourth Mutual Images workshop, we seek to explore the dynamic relations between Japan and Europe through the notion of fictionality. These past decades, the growth of cultural exchanges has created new opportunities of fictionalization between European and Japanese. Far from being restrained to its definition as a genre, Fictionality has become a key element in our contemporary society. Whether it is in entertainment media (novel, manga, video games, movies and other forms of current entertainment), Art (photography, painting), or even our perception of the other, the self, and reality, fictionality is present in our everyday life. The 20th century challenged our ability to imagine, evoke our/others’ imagination and receive it, and the 21st century is not slowing down this process. Fictionality in the form of the intentional use of invented stories and scenarios is ubiquitous in these cultures. It is employed in politics, business, medicine, sports, and throughout the disciplines of the academy. The power of fictionality, as a communicational strategy, has considerably grown with the postmodern age and globalisation.

In the different sessions of this workshop, we will interrogate the different aspects of contemporary fictionality, focusing on the mutual images of and between Europe and Japan. We invite papers on the fictionality in representations of Europe in Japan or by Japanese artists, media, etc., as well as vice versa. We are especially interested in the ways in which invented stories and scenarios shape our beliefs about the actual world to a surprising degree. Fictionality is powerful and contributes to negotiating values, mediating the past and many other things. We particularly invite papers that consider the influence of such processes in our societies and mentalities, within a wide range of cultural, social or economic aspects; e.g. from artistic media, such as literary productions, to mutual images in video games. Even though the focus of this workshop is on contemporary culture, we accept papers with a diachronic perspective and also papers based on one or more theoretical frameworks.

We encourage submissions characterized by interdisciplinary approaches. This workshop is open to Ph.D. students, Ph.D. holders and academics at any stage of their career.

DEADLINE

300 word abstracts should be submitted by 20 March, 2016. Acceptance notifications of the abstract proposals will be sent by 31 March, 2016. Presentations will be 20-minute long, followed by 15 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 2016 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 31 March 2016.

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.

This edition of the Mutual Images workshop is organized in collaboration with the Center for
Fictionality Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Call for Papers: The Nurturing Father

INSTITUT MARC PERROT (LYON, FRANCE)

25-27th June 2015


The Nurturing Father


Mutual Images is glad to invite you to participate in a conference seeking to explore the images of the ‘nurturing father’. We welcome papers that consider social, mental and visual images of fathers and fatherhood across time and space. We especially encourage presentations that will adopt a cross-cultural perspective, focusing on how images are constructed in an international context. The general intention of this conference is directed towards focusing on the so far neglected heterogeneous dimensions of fatherhood placing special importance on images of the nurturing father.

The following different strands will comprise the below mentioned topics of interest which may include but are not limited to:

  • fatherhood: concept and symbol
  • evolution and circulation of ideas on fatherhood
  • cross-cultural images of fatherhood
  • perception of foreign images of fatherhood
  • representation of fatherhood/fathers in arts and media
  • models of fatherhood
  • roles of fathers
  • relationships between fathers and other members of society -consideration of fathers within the system of education and care

We encourage submissions with an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. This conference is open to both postgraduates and academics at any stage of their career. In addition to individual submissions, we welcome the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

DEADLINE

300 word abstracts should be submitted by 15th April 2015. Please note that the presentations should be of around 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of exchanges among the participants.

Abstracts should 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 (Garamond 11) 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 FATHERHOOD 2015.

All abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by a jury of specialists. Authors will be notified via email on the results of the review by 30th of April 2015.

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:

Aurore Montoya, University of the West of England, UK

Miriam Damrow, University of Applied Sciences, Dusseldorf, Germany