The Japan Lecture Series


DATE
This event occurs custom recurrence
COST
Free
Location
Asian Centre
1871 West Mall, Vancouver

The 2022-2023 Japan Lecture Series invites established and emerging voices from all areas of Japan Studies to share their latest projects with our community. To promote accessibility, many of the lectures will take a hybrid format. Sessions will entail a forty-five-minute lecture followed by a thirty-minute question-and-answer period.

Hosted by the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, this is a recurring event that is open to the public.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sydney Olney at solney@student.ubc.ca.


Upcoming events:

Japanese Cinema and the Video Essay

Wednesday January 18, 2023, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Room 604 (seminar room), UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver (map here)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Colleen Laird, Assistant Professor of Japanese Popular Culture in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

“Although some scholars have been practicing videographic criticism for over twenty years and many of the pioneers of the form worked with actual film in the pre-digital age, videographic scholarship is an as-yet emerging form in film, media, and digital humanities studies. In the last decade, and particularly during the pandemic, audiovisual essays (or “video essays”) have proliferated across public and public-facing platforms as well as in digital peer-reviewed journals. This has resulted in the creation of new sub-genres of the form (e.g. the desktop documentary, videographic deformations, the supercut, the epigraph, and embodied performances/interactions), as well as a diversification of creators (e.g. scholars, artists, YouTubers, cinephiles, and of course intersections thereof). The diversification of the video essay, which was never crystalized in form to begin with, has inspired numerous debates, articles, and, yes, video essays to ask and analyze just what is a video essay? In this presentation, UBC Japanese Cinema scholar Dr. Colleen Laird discusses her own experiences in learning some of the differences between the “video essay” and “videographic criticism,” as well as her thoughts on another question: what might Asian Studies have to offer videographic criticism?”


Topic TBA

Wednesday February 1, 2023, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Room 604 (seminar room), UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver (map here) *There is also an option to attend virtually.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kimura Saeko, Professor, Department of International Cooperation and Multicultural Studies, the College of Liberal Arts at Tsuda University


“The Contributions of Religions to Modern Japanese Identity”

Wednesday February 15, 2023 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Room 604 (seminar room), UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver (map here*There is also an option to attend virtually.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Nosco, Professor of Japanese History and Culture in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

A report on a recent special issue of Japanese Journal of Religious Studies (48:2) into the contributions of religions and religious ideas to the construction of both individual and collective identity in Japan since 1940.


“A Source of Korean Christian Liberalism: Japan-Educated Korean Ministers in Colonial Korea”

Wednesday March 1, 2023, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Room 604 (seminar room), UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver (map here) *There is also an option to attend virtually.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Matsutani Motokazu (Tohoku Gakuin University), Visiting Associate Professor of Modern History of Korea and Japan in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia


Past events:

Japanese Propaganda and the Power of Love: Mobilizing the Wartime Empire

November 16, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh, Department Head, Professor of Modern Japanese Literature and Popular Culture in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia


Moving beyond two homes: Counter-stories of young Canadian immigrants of Korean and Japanese descent surrounding identity and sense of belonging

October 19, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Guest Speaker: Jiin Yoo, Doctoral Student in the Department of Educational Studies


Digital Disruptions to Designing in Japan, 1965-85

September 21, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sarah Teasley, Professor of Design at RMIT University


A Conversation on Translation, with Kanako Nishi and Allison Markin Powell

September 7, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (PT)

Guest Speaker: Nishi Kanako, author, and Allison Markin Powell, translator



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