Groups, Clubs, and Sākuru: Amateur Arts Practice in Japan

Event - Sainsbury Institute

Friday 5 October, 2018 - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Organised by

Dr Jennifer Coates (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

Dr Kerry Ross (DePaul University)

About the Workshop

This inaugural workshop will establish a research network for academics studying group-based amateur arts practice organised within clubs and “circles”. Topic range from film to photography, and music performance to fan-created manga and cosplay. Participants will come together from across the humanities to share their current research and plan the building of the first international research network to develop and support the study of amateur arts groups in Japan.


Friday 5 October 2018 | Open to the public

4-6pm | Exclusive film screening of Nishijin, 1961
Rare DVD donated by producer Asai Eiichi

Saturday 6 October 2018 | Open to the public

9:30am-5:30pm | Workshop

Jennifer Coates (Senior Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Cultures, and Heritage, SISJAC)
“Activist Audiences and Amateur Filmmaking in1960s Kyoto”

Noriko Morisue (PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University)
“The Emergence of Amateur Film Clubs and DIY Aesthetics in 1920s Japan”

Jamie Coates (Lecturer in East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield)
“Creativity as Relation: Young Chinese Musicians in Ikebukuro, Japan”

Andrea Giolai (JSPS Postdoctoral researcher, International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
“McLuhan in the keikoba. Thoughts on politics and the senses among Nara’s amateur gagaku practitioners”

Robert Simpkins (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London)
“Small spaces of amplification: rescaling musicianship in a Tokyo neighbourhood”

Iza Kavedzija (Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Exeter)
“Making a life but not a living: Contemporary art practitioners in Osaka”

Nicolle Lamerichs (Senior Lecturer and team lead at Creative Business at HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht)
“Cosplay in Japan: How Amateur Practices Change in a Fan-Centric Economy”

Sunday 7 October 2018

Planning activity for 2019: building a research network, future collaborations, funding applications, allocating tasks for future collaboration and applications

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