Adaptation, or How Media Relate in Contemporary Japan

Event - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 7 June, 2018 - Friday 8 June, 2018
12:00am BST

Organised by 

Dr. Amanda Kennell 

About the Symposium

Scholars have been steadily adding new nodes to the map of modern Japanese media since anime became a popular cultural force around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Where literature and cinema predominated in scholarly work on modern Japanese culture fifty years ago, today’s scholars examine anime, manga, magazines, video games, clothing and advertising as well as the older media of theatre and fine art. This symposium is aimed at thinking through how these intertwined media can best be understood in an academic world divided by disciplines that are often based on specific media. Thus, speakers come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds but are united in the time and space of contemporary Japan.

The symposium is free and open to interested students and scholars.
Registration is required as seats are limited.

Organised by Dr. Amanda Kennell (Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow)

This event is funded by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Cultures.


Thursday, June 7th, 2018

2:30pm: Registration and tea

3:00pm: Panel I
Alice and Adaptation in the Contemporary Japanese Media Environment
Amanda Kennell, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Rules of the Game: Transmedial Adaptation as Social Technology
Thomas Lamarre, McGill University

Discussant: Griseldis Kirsch, SOAS

5:00pm: Finish

Friday, June 8th, 2018

9:30am: Tea

10:00am: Panel II

Delivering Media: The convenience store as media mix hub
Marc Steinberg, Concordia University

Narita Minako‘s Alien Street: Performance in two-dimensional manga space
Nobuko Anan, Kansai University

魔法使いは誰だ? ーー『ハウルの動く城』を読む,‖ 小谷真理、作家と評論家
(Who is the Magician? Reading Howl’s Moving Castle)
Mari Kotani, Author and Critic

12:00pm: Lunch

1:15pm: Panel III

(Drawing Transgender: Shojo manga variations on The Changelings)
Michiko Oshiyama, Senshu University

Remaking Usagi Drop: Repetitious Remaking Within Japanese Media Franchising
Rayna Denison, University of East Anglia

Artists on the Margins and Questions for Media Theory: Lee Chonghwa‘s Asia, Politics, Art‘ project
Brett de Bary, Cornell University

3:15pm: Tea break

3:30pm: Panel IV

Memory and 3.11: Kōno Fumiyo’s Hi no tori manga series
Linda Flores, Oxford University

The Politics of Memory in Japan‘s Media Environment: The case of the United Red Army
Chris Perkins, University of Edinburgh

Discussant: Nicole Rousmaniere, British Museum

5:30pm: Finish

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking required.

The symposium will be held at the Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH.

Image: Serial Experiments Lain (dir. Nakamura Ryūtarō, written by Chiaki J. Konaka 1998)

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