Japanese Visual Worlds

Dr Heinze’s third book entitled Japanese Visual Worlds (German title Japanische Blickwelten: Manga, Medien und Museen im Zeichen künstlicher Realität ) will be published in February 2013. Several chapters will analyse the Japanese kamikaze film “I am going to die for you” by Ishihara Shintaro, compare the use of television in Britain and Japan, and introduce works by Japanese media theorists (Yoshimi Shunya, Ōsawa Masachi, Okonogi Keigo). The book cover, designed by manga artist Christina Plaka, can be seen at: Japanische Blickwelten.

Manga and Anime

Dr Heinze’s research interest extends to cover Japanese mass media, especially manga and television shows. As part of his output, he has delivered a few Third Thursday Lectures on Japanese manga, mostly on the interpreted representation of history and historical figures (Lord Nelson and Siebold Oine) in Japanese visual popular media. Further research topics include the depiction of cultural phenomenon such as the prevalence of hikikomori or ‘loners’ and time travel narratives in manga. Recent publications include articles in the The Japan Forum,Contemporary Japan, and online articles in the Electronic Journal for Contemporary Japanese Studies(EJCJS). Electronic Journal for Contemporary Japanese Studies

Postwar Cinema-Going in Kansai 1945-1975

Researcher: Dr Jennifer Coates This four year ethnographic project uses participant observation, questionnaire studies, and interviews, to investigate the impact of popular cinema on grass-roots understandings of the self during social change in Japan from 1945-1975. After completing fieldwork in 2018, the project has generated a number of outputs including publications and invited lectures. Project findings have been published in scholarly journals and books including the US-Japan Women’s Journal, Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, and The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema. A planned book manuscript, titled That Feeling Without Words: Growing Up With the Cinema in Post-War Japan will explore how the generation who came of age in the aftermath of Japan’s defeat in […]

Manga in the Making

Researcher: Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere An evolved descendant of comic strips, manga (the Japanese term for graphic novels) today has become a powerful, and highly popular, visual medium to explore complex ideas, tap into current issues, and attract today’s youth or those just young at heart all with a light touch. The visual narratives in what might be described as pictograms with written language cover a multitude of topics; historical epics, adventure tales, science fiction, biographies and even detective stories. It is in fact the background of a topical detective story in manga format transposed into a museum exhibition that demonstrates precisely the success of the collaboration between the Sainsbury Institute […]