Iris Haukamp (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
"The Golden Sixties, Zombies, and Sarariiman: Film as Social Commentary"
Iris Haukamp received her PhD in Media and Film Studies from SOAS (London) in 2015 and is currently (as of July 2017) a visiting scholar at the Institute of Japan Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
She teaches and researches film studies, and Japanese film history in particular. Her research interests include the interplay of film and society, the relationship between film and history, and transnational film relations in the interwar period of the past century.
Yuko Kamei (Artist in Tokyo)
"Abstract Thinking and Materiality"
Yuko Kamei studied contemporary dance at Roehampton University, U.K. and received an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. Based in Tokyo, she travels to locations with her camera and tripod to realize her artistic ideas, while enjoying working at a global real estate firm.
Her works emerge from her interests in creative relations between the human body and built environment. Deploying the body as a point of reference, she investigates the physicality and meanings of spaces. Her current interest is the mechanism of looking at the performing body of the artist in the space of photography.
Dylan McGee (Nagoya University)
"Texts in Transit: The Daiso Lending Library (1767-1899) and its Readers"
Dylan McGee earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2009. Between 2007 and 2011, he was Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. Since 2011, he has been teaching and researching at Nagoya University in Japan.
Dylan’s primary area of research is early modern Japanese literature and print culture. His recent publications examine the development of local literary circles and lending book markets in the Tokai region, reading and book collecting practices of individual samurai in early modern Nagoya, and book refurbishment practices in the Daiso lending library.
In his spare time and when not making the arduous commute to the high hills of Chikusa Ward on his electric bicycle, Dylan enjoys reading Cuban and Dominican newspapers, listening to hours of podcasts (recent favs include The Bookworm podcast, The Essay podcasts on BBC Radio 3), parsing advanced baseball statistics, and scouting the minor league Chunichi Dragons from his designated seat on the third base side.
Koji Yamamoto (University of Tokyo)
"Taming Capitalism Before its Triumph"
A graduate from Keio University, Koji Yamamoto studied eighteenth-century studies and history at the University of York, and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at London, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Paris and Cambridge. From April 2016, Koji has taken up an assistant professorship in business history at the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo. He works on the history of capitalism, and is a co-founder of PoETS, the monthly Political Economy Tokyo Seminar. He tweets at koji_hist.
When not in libraries, Koji enjoys cooking, reading, walking, swimming, and listening to jazz and classical music. He also loves cheesy J-pop from the 90s.
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