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Manga Symposium in London August 2019

Date: 2019 August 02 20:01

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Manga fans in London looking for an academic taste into the world of manga will be very pleased to hear about the Manga Symposium: What is Manga? Exploring Japanese Manga and Visual Narratives. The day long event gathers a range of manga academics at The British Library, Knowledge Centre Theatre. It's set to run on Friday 23rd August 2019 from 10:00 to 17:30.

Tickets cost £15 for adults or £8 for students under 18s and other concessions. We can think of nothing better than spending a learning about manga. Visit to book tickets.

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The Japan Foundation and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Present, in collaboration with the British Library

What is Manga?

Manga Symposium:

What is Manga? Exploring Japanese Manga and Visual Narratives

Friday, August 23rd 2019 from 10:20am

It's time to peel back the pages and take a deeper look into manga's place in the modern world

Manga, anime, and video games have gained a great deal of attention in Europe over recent years. And although manga has become a major global art form that is increasingly recognised outside of Japan, there has been a distinct East-West separation in the field of comic studies and related academic fields. This symposium will create a space for dialogue on manga in global context.

Legends from the world of manga including Keiko Takemiya and Natsume Fusanosuke will join academics from Japan and around the world to address these interrelated issues in a fresh international context.

Through a mixture of dialogues and presentations they will discuss definitions, reaches and impacts of manga not just in Japan, but in a global context. The symposium will contribute towards an understanding of the reach and context of Japanese manga's influence not only on comic expression but also more widely on contemporary material culture.

Presented by the Japan Foundation and Sainsbury Institute of the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the British Library

The programme has been created with the support of the British Museum

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Title: Manga Symposium:
What is Manga? Exploring Japanese Manga and Visual Narratives
Date: 23rd August 2019 from 10:20am
Venue: The British Library, Knowledge Centre Theatre
Ticket booking:
Adults £15 | Students £8 | U18s £8 | Other Concessions £8

About the Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and became an Independent Administrative Institution in 2003. The organisation promotes international cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world by organising projects as well as providing financial support through grant programmes in the fields of Arts and Culture, Japanese language and Japanese studies. The Japan Foundation currently has its Head Office in Tokyo, with offices and centres in over 20 countries outside of Japan. The Japan Foundation London is the Foundation's only office in the UK, and one of the first overseas offices to be established, opening in 1972. (Head Office), (London)

About the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

The Sainsbury Institute was founded in 1999 through the generosity of Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury to promote knowledge and understanding of Japanese arts and cultures. In its second decade the Institute has formulated a renewed mission statement, which not only reflects the benefactors' intentions and is grounded in their original vision, but aims to expand its intellectual horizons.

The mission of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures is to promote world class research and be a leader in the study of Japanese arts and cultures from the past to the present.

10.20 Opening remarks
Chair: Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer (SISJAC and UEA)

10.30-11.00 Keynote talk by Jaqueline Berndt (Stockholm University)
Manga Studies' "Manga" and the Outside Perspective: Intercultural Observations

Panel.1- Manga and comic theory and iconography (manga hyōgenron)

11.00-11.40 Professor Ito Go (Tokyo Polytechnic University) and Professor Natsume Fusanosuke (Gakushuin University)

11.40-12.20 Yamada Tomoko (Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures) and Professor Takemiya Keiko (Manga artist and Kyoto Seika University)

12.20-13.00 Professor Yoshimura Kazuma (Kyoto Seika University)

13.00-13.20 Discussion
Discussant: Professor Nicole Rousmaniere (British Museum, SISJAC and UEA)

(13.20-14.20 Lunch Break) - Coffee and Tea will be provided

Panel. 2 - The historical roots of Manga

14.20-14.40 Dr. Ryoko Matsuba (SISJAC)

14.40-15.00 Professor Ronald Stewart (Daito Bunka University)

15.00-15.15 Discussion

Discussant: Professor Adam Kern (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Panel. 3- Manga in the Museum

15.15-15.55 Ito Yu and Yoo Sookyung (Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center, Kyoto International Manga Museum)

15.55-16.15 Simon Klingler (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg)

16.15-16.35 Professor Nicole Rousmaniere

16.35-16.50 Discussion

Discussant: Dr. Ian Hague (University Arts of London)

16.50-17.30 Roundtable Discussion

Discussant: Professor Roger Sabin (University Arts of London)

Source: The Japan Foundation and The British Library
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