Every Picture Tells A Story – The Visualization of Japanese History

How has the images and interpretations of the most outstanding periods and personages in Japanese history changed during the modern periods? Open for all. No registration required.

This is the front cover art for the first volume of the book series Coppelion written by Tomonori Inoue.

This international conference will conduct a comparative analysis of how the images and interpretations of the most outstanding periods and personages in Japanese history have changed during the modern and contemporary periods, and will scrutinize which products of mass media were most instrumental in bringing about these changes.

A related aim is to reflect upon the question what the increasing influence of the mass media on the 'making' of history implies for the academic trade of historical research. We will try to describe long-term structures, characteristics and recent developments in the field of the relations between the media, popular culture, academia, and collective historical memory.

Thursday 10 March, at Georg Sverdrups hus (Library), Grupperom 7

09:00 – 09:15    Introduction & practicalities

09:15 – 10:15    Carol Gluck (Columbia University), Keynote: Fact and Fiction, Sight and Insight: Historians and the Popular Past

10:15 – 10:45    John Hennessey (Linnaeus University), An Overlooked Golden Age?: Representations of the Heian Era in Contemporary Japanese Public History Venues

11:00 – 11:45    Martin Picard & Martin Roth (Leipzig University), Playing Versions of Japanese History

11:45 – 12:30    Allen Hockley (Dartmouth College), Visual History as a Cultural System: A Meiji-period Case Study

13:45 – 14:30    Andreas Niehaus (Ghent University), Narrative, Narration or Historical (Re)Presentation?:  The Biographical Manga Jūdō no rekishi – Kanō Jigorō no shōgai and Ueshiba monogatari

14:30 – 15:15    Shiro Yoshioka (Newcastle University), “It Was a Time Full of Romantic Flavor”: Idealization of the Taishō Period in Contemporary Japanese Popular Texts

15:30 – 16:15    Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS), Rewriting Empire: Colonial Nostalgia in Japanese Television Drama

16:15 – 17:15    Fukuma Yoshiaki (Ritsumeikan University), Keynote: 「断絶」の風化と脱歴史化:特攻映画と戦跡観光の戦後史


Friday 11 March, at Georg Sverdrups hus (Library), Grupperom 4

09:00 – 09:45    Reiko Abe-Auestad (University of Oslo), The 1989 Filmatization of Ibuse Masuji’s Kuroi Ame (Black Rain 1966) by Imamura Shōhei

09:45 – 10:30    Alistair Swale (Waikato University), Manga and Anime in Postwar Japan: Alternative Attempts to Bridge Graphic Art and Historiography

10:45 – 11:45    Nissim Otmazgin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Keynote: Stories for the Nation: Manga as 'Banal Memory’

13:00 – 13:45    Thomas Keirstead (University of Toronto), Hand-crafted History: Studio Ghibli and the Artisanal Approach to the Past

13:45 – 14:30    Yulia Mikhailova (Hiroshima City University), Once Pain Turns into Fun: Japan’s Territorial Problems Represented in Popular Culture Discourse

14:45 – 15:30    Dick Stegewerns (University of Oslo), Revisionism in Motion: Coping with the Japanese Red Army Past in Film, Documentary and Manga

15:30 – 16:15    Maja Vodopivec (Leiden University), How Do the Past, Present and Future Interact in Post-3.11 Japan: Examining the ‘Future Past’ in the SF Manga Coppelion

16:30 – 17:15    Paul Berry (Kansai University of Foreign Languages), How Can History be Written in Japan Today?: The Attempted Suppression of Aida Makoto’s Exhibition at the Tokyo-to Gendai Bijutsukan

17:15 – 18:00    Discussion & publication plans

This conference is sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the University of Oslo.


Published Feb. 26, 2016 11:23 AM