Lecturer: Jaimey Fisher, Professor of German and Cinema and Digital Media, Director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute
Tuesday, 13th November 2018, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, Ito International Research Center 3F
This presentation concerns the astounding transformation of Germany from a thoroughly militarized and mobilized nation under the Nazis to a democratically inclined postwar polity with the citizens to support it. The presentation suggests that culture, in particular popular genres, can help track these kinds of thoroughgoing socio-cultural shifts and the remade subjectivities produced by them.
During the 1950s, West-German cinema was largely a cinema of genres, and the era’s second most popular genre were war films. Somewhat surprising, given the widespread suffering and destruction the war had wrought, these films nostalgically revisited the war experience, while also deliberately negotiating the rapid remilitarization of postwar West Germany.
In this remapping mobilization of the Cold War, the presentation examines a revealing, late-genre hybridity of the war film, namely, the nesting within it of the emergent post-war espionage genre. Films like The Fox from Paris (1957) and Rommel calls Cairo (1958/59) help unfold a novel form of soldierly subjectivity fitting their Cold-War moment. These war-spy films explore the foreign city with a tourist gaze that exploits the war-time travel pleasures while also forging a new, topologically driven subjectivity fitting the democratically-minded postwar period.
Organizer: Faculty of Letters, German Language and Literature
In the framework of the regular class of Prof. Shinji Miyata.
Contact: Prof. Stefan Keppler-Tasaki / email@example.com
Event webpage here.
Admission free. No registration required.
"Koganecho Walking Tour @ Flying Super Market!
Learning about the city through its past, present, and future"
October 13, 2018 (Sun), 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
"Meet at the "かいだん広場 (Kaidan Hiroba)" - a small space at the foot of a wooden staircase built underneath the Keikyu Railway line between Hinodecho and Koganecho (see map: http://www.koganecho.net/contents/areamap.html)
The Koganecho Bazaar volunteers organize walking tours of the city on a monthly basis. This walking tour will be held alongside the 11th Koganecho Bazaar art festival that turned the notorious red-light district of Koganecho into an artful space. How did this transformation happen? Our volunteer guides who are also residents of Koganecho will tell you all about it by guiding you through the area while introducing you to select artists participating in the "Koganecho Bazaar 2018 Flying Super Market". We hope to see you there!"
To participate in the walking tour, you will need to purchase the Koganeho Bazaar passport ticket (700 yen).
For more information, please check the Koganecho Bazaar 2018 website.
"This event (beginning at 2pm on September 29th) is organized by Correspondence: Hitotsubashi Journal of Arts and Literature. The aim of this event is to re-examine the representation of "post-war" in arts and literature.
As a speaking guest, we will invite Professor Max Saunders (King's College London), who is an expert on Modernism and Life-Writing and known as the author of Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature (2010). Firstly, Professor Saunders will give a lecture about To-day and To-morrow, a book series which was published during the inter-war period in England. Secondly, graduate students will give presentations on the representation of "post-war" in their research fields. In both parts, we will have question and answer time. This event will give you the opportunity to consider how we can face history through arts and literature."
Event is in English, free, and open to all. Venue is the Lecture Room in LS/CGE Building in Hitotsubashi University. Please contact the organizers with any questions.
Humanity and the Post-Human in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A 200th Anniversary Symposium (14 October)
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of "Frankenstein" in 1818, this Sophia University international symposium, co-organized by Kimiyo Ogawa and Laurence Williams, is sponsored by the Sophia European Institute and supported by the international festival "Frankenreads".
The event takes place in Sophia University Library on Sunday 14th October, 2018. The timetable is as follows (event is free to attend and no registration is required)
14:00 Laurence Williams (Sophia University)
Introduction: “Frankenstein at 200”
14:10 Jerrold E. Hogle (University of Arizona)
“The Gothic Image and the Quandaries of Science in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein – and
(15:10 Coffee break)
15:40 Takayuki Tatsumi (Keio University)
“Dr. Franklin’s Children: Frankenstein, Tesla and Gernsback”
(16:40 Coffee break)
17:00 Noah Heringman (University of Missouri)
“Science and Human Animality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
18:00 Closing roundtable, with
Kimiyo Ogawa (Sophia University)
Takashi Ito (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Mark your calendars for our 6th humanities cafe - a great line-up of speakers, with talks on Kazuo Ishiguro, Aokigahara forest, poetry writing, and the architectural "ugliness of Tokyo". And, as ever, completely FREE!
If you've been to previous Tokyo Humanities Cafes, you know the format - four speakers, 15-minute talks, in an informal bar setting. Our venue is the Good Heavens British Bar Tokyo in Shimokitazawa: admission is free (please buy at least one drink).
The line-up of speakers is -
Lindsay Nelson (Meiji University) - "The Haunted Forest: Representing Aokigahara in Contemporary Media"
Motonori Sato (Keio University) - "Kazuo Ishiguro and Cinema"
Eric Selland (Poet and translator) - "From the Journal to the Book: Poetry as Translation"
Martin van der Linden (van der Architects) - "The Unbearable Ugliness of Tokyo"
Event is compered by Alex Watson.
For more details (and events and photos from previous cafes), see here.
Talks are all pitched at a general audience, and everyone is welcome (including those who haven't been to one of our cafes yet).
Many thanks to "Metropolis" magazine - Japan's main English-language magazine - for featuring the Tokyo Humanities project in their September 2017 issue!
The article features Laurence Williams - on behalf of the Tokyo Humanities team - talking about how the project got started, what it aims to do, and why the humanities are important...
(Click image below for pdf version)
Check out the full September issue of Metropolis - online now.
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