The Notion of the Body in Japan and Its Depiction in the Fictional Media

Friday 17 May, 2013 - Saturday 18 May, 2013

Day 1
Friday | 17 May 2013 | 10am-6:40pm
Venue: Arts Building 3.03, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
Day 2
Saturday | 18 May 2013 | 10am-12pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH, UK

Admission to the workshop is free.

About the Workshop

This workshop will explore the use and context of the body (shintaikaradabodii) in Japanese media, culture, and society. Speakers from Norwich, Oxford, Berlin and Singapore will give talks ranging from Astroboy’s robotic body to tattooing and destruction of the body in karōshi (death by overwork). The use of body in advertisement and in religious practice where asceticism is observed, as well as ideas on virtual and artificial bodies will also be discussed. The aim is to study the idea of ‘body’ through a variety of academic disciplines and to discuss recent trends on how the body is contextualised in contemporary Japan. The workshop is open to those interested but ask to register attendance by emailing

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