Students of Philosophy Association, Concordia University

Conference – Anime and Contemporary Japanese Society

Posted by admin | 23 February 2009 | Comments Off

A conference titled “Anime and Contemporary Japanese Society” will be held in De Sève Cinema (LB125) on Friday March 6, 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Vice- provost Dr. David Graham will give opening remarks followed by a brief speech by Mr. Futagi, Deputy Consul General of Japan at Montreal. Two guest speakers from Japan will present their papers, followed by a panel composed of Dr. Thomas LaMarre (McGill University) and Dr. Matthew Penny (Concordia University). A reception in the foyer of de Sève Cinema concludes the conference.

2:00-5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009

De  Sève Cinema (LB125), Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve West

Free and open to public

Professor Jaqueline Berndt (Yokohama National University)

“Postcritical Anima: Observations on its ‘Identities’ within Contemporary Japan”

While Anime is being watched on a global scale, there are significant differences in its contemporary reception.  The gap between regular consumers and critical spectators, sometimes appearing in the form of Japanese audiences vs. foreign Japanologists, deserves special attention since it raises a number of questions, such as what sort of animated film is identified as ‘anime’; who relates anime to politics, history and society; what kind of  meaning is at play in anime’s performative images, and to what extent one can read ‘Japanese society’, or even ‘culture’, our of anime.  Comparing Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” (1954) and Gonzo’s “Samurai 7″ (2004) as well as touching upon anime’s history, this lecture focuses on aesthetic and cultural identities ascribed to anime in modern Japan and their contemporary relevance.

Professor Kaichiro Morikawa (Maiji University)

“Otaku culture: Personality, Space, and the City of Anime Fans”

In Japan, optimism about an ever-progressing technological future ran out in the 70′s.  It was in the mid-80′s that the term otaku was coined to signify a new personality that had emerged as a reaction to the loss of “future.” The term evokes a stereotyped image of an unfashionable computer nerd, preoccupied with games and anime even after his adolescence.  The presentation shall explore how this otaku personality became a geographical phenomenon in a district called Akihabara, together with its role in the development of Japanese anime.

Panelists: Dr. Thomas LaMarre (McGill Univ.), Dr. Matthew Penney (Concordia University)

Presented by The Global Futures Laboratory, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, The Consulate General of Japan and Montreal, and The Japan Foundation.

This event is part of the celebration in recognition of the 80th Anniversary of Japan-Canada Diplomatic Relations.


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