Newsletter: Autumn 2019


Dear readers,

We are delighted to present you the second MIRA Newsletter. We hope that you all enjoyed a pleasant, restful summer (although we all know well that summers are made for catching up on the research on hold during the teaching months) and are now ready to lose yourself in the contemplation of momiji to decompress from the usually busy autumn.

At MIRA, we have had a busy time since the first newsletter last spring. We were in Pontevedra (Spain) for the Mutual Images 7th Workshop co-organised with the University of Vigo and the dx5 research group and in Messina (Italy) for our 1st Summer School hosted by the University of Messina. We are now working hard, with a wide range of new and old partner institutions, to offer you several events in 2020 both in Europe and Japan. You will find in this newsletter more information about the next event that will be held in June 2020 at Ryukoku University (Kyoto, Japan). Information and CFP about other future events will be posted on the website when available and, of course, you’ll be able to read more about it in the next newsletter.

As we head towards the end of 2019, I am more than ever aware of the dedication of the amazing team of volunteers who made MIRA possible and grateful for their enthusiasm, hard work and companionship. Working in close relationship with people from many different places is an extraordinary chance both on the professional and personal level. Every event we organize allows me to meet wonderful new people, those who help organize at the hosting institution but also participants and audiences. We are all gathered for several days in a room bursting with thoughts and ideas. But abstract concepts are nothing without the people shaping them, they are less rich without discussion. We do our best to create events where everyone feels equally entitled to participate and present their research. We keep our events small so every participant gets a chance to talk with everybody. I have been personally involved in the organization of all the events since the creation of MIRA and got to meet and interact with a large number of people. The human connections were and remain one of the most important specificities of MIRA.

I also want to thank the editorial and scientific board members, the peer-reviewers and the proof-readers who help to make Mutual Images Journal possible. Their knowledge and time are greatly appreciated.

I wish you a pleasant reading and hope to see you at one of our future events !

Aurore Yamagata-Montoya, President of MIRA

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Newsletter: Spring 2019


Dear readers,

We are delighted to present you the first MIRA Newsletter. We have gone a long way since 2013 when two young graduate students decided to organize a workshop. Since then, MIRA co-hosted events in Japan and Europe on an annual basis, published five issues of the Mutual Images Journal, and worked with an increasingly large network of fellow researchers from all over the world.

Because we are growing with more and more events, new active members, new places to visit and always new subjects to study, we tought that the newsletter will allow all members of MIRA’s network to keep updated on the latest events, publications and news of MIRA but also from MIRA members. We also have a dedicated section of “mutual images” – themed events and publications.

You will be able to read all about our annual Spring “Mutual Images Worskhop”, which 7th edition will take place in Vigo University, Spain (spoiler alert!). In addition, we will be having punctual events in autumn all over the globe, you will read more about those in the next newsletter.

We also introduce a novelty: a summer school. MIRA’s goal to encourage research among students and give a voice to young researchers has always been central to our work. We hope with the summer school, not only to share the knowledge of the teaching team, but also their passion for research and for Japan. The Call For Participation is still open. Don’t miss it!

And because, it’s never enough with us, we will start a new section in Mutual Images Journal: a series of interviews from people working in the manga and anime industry: from translators to producers. You will be able to read them starting in issue n°6 (June 2019).

In this newsletter, we will introduce the newest active members of MIRA. They joined the editorial or scientific boards of Mutual Images Journal or the team of volunteers that help run the association. Without them, MIRA wouldn’t exist. Thank you for your precious participation, giving us time and energy.

I also want to thank the editorial and scientific board members, the peer-reviewers and the proof-readers who help to make Mutual Images Journal possible. Their knowledge and time are greatly appreciated.

I wish you a pleasant reading and hope to see you at one of our future events !

Aurore Yamagata-Montoya, President of MIRA

[To access the newsletter, please check the PDF below]