Art & Design

Nissan Institute Seminar Series :Michaelmas Term 2013

17 October - 6 December 2013, Oxford

From its start in the 1980s the institute has organised a series of Nissan Seminars in Japanese Studies.  We invite scholars based in the UK to present their most recent research.  Members of the general public are welcome to attend.

Fridays at 5.00 p.m. in the Pavilion Room, Gateway Building, St. Antony’s College, Oxford unless otherwise stated.


Convenors: Professor Ian Neary, Dr Hiroaki Matsuura, and Dr Tuukka Toivonen


Thursday 17th October, Pavilion Room at 2.00pm
Professor Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Department of History, Princeton University
Transnational History and Japan


Friday 18 October

Dr Alex Jacoby, Oxford Brookes University

Modern Miracles: Koreeda’s Kiseki, trainspotting in Kyushu and the 21st-century Japanese family


Friday 25 October

Special Seminar by Professor Naoki Wakabayashi, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University
Revival of the Japanese Film Industry through Media Mix Promotion Alliances: The Power of Film Production Consortiums


Friday 1 November

Sir David Warren, Chairman, The Japan Society

Britain and Japan; reflections on the bilateral relationship


Friday 8 November

Professor Massimo Raveri, Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia

The search for the “true” body: sacred simulacra of power and the process of modernity in Japan


Friday 15 November

Dr David Ambaras, North Carolina State University

Runaway woman, pirate queen: life on the margins of the Japanese empire


Thursday 21 November, This will be held in the Nissan Institute Lecture Theatre and Foyer from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

A Noh Workshop presented by Prof Yamanaka Reiko of the Hosei University Noh Theatre Research Institute.  

A historical, practical and comparative view of noh theatre, including a lecture by Professor Yamanaka, demonstration and workshop by professional noh actors, and a short presentation by the noh actors and a British modern dance artist.


Friday 22 November

Mr Ryu Kojima, Kyushu University

Cultural Diversity and the Law: From the Perspective of Cultural Policy


Thursday 28 November, Nissan Lecture Theatre at 2.00pm

Professor Susan Napier, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA

The Last Utopian: Hayao Miyazaki and the Uses of Enchantment


Friday 29 November
Dr Fabian Drixler, Yale University

A Demographic Revolution in Japan


Friday 6 December

Dr Bill Marotti, UCLA
Timely and Untimely Politics: Art and Protest in 1960s Japan


Those travelling from outside Oxford are advised to check on the Institutes website in case there has been a cancellation or change of venue

Friday 5:00pm, 17 October - 6 December 2013

Pavilion Room, Gateway Building, St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Rd., Oxford

Tel: 018865 274570

Fax: 01865 274574


Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford University