The Centre for Japanese Studies holds a series of regular seminars throughout both semesters of the academic year. In keeping with our interdisciplinary outlook, speakers are invited from a diverse range of fields and research specialisms.
Seminars are typically held Wednesday evenings at 17:30 in the Lawrence Stenhouse Building room 0.01. The seminars usually last around one hour and are followed by informal discussion over refreshments. The seminars are open to all and there is no need to register attendance, so come along!
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Our final seminar of the academic year is a joint seminar between CJS and Film, Television and Media.
Mediating Animals in Post-3/11 Documentaries
Prof Hideaki Fujiki, Nagoya University
Wednesday 22nd May, 17:30, LSB 01.21
This talk discusses documentary films about the aftermath of the 11th March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, and shows how some of these films de-naturalize the Anthropocene, in contrast to a dominant tendency in media to naturalize and re-naturalize it. More specifically, taking two documentaries as case studies with particular attention paid to the ways they present and represent place, landscape and animals, I delineate their different modes of mediation: anthropocentric and ecological. I argue that whereas anthropocentric mediation tends to reduce the existence of animals either to a tool for human epistemology or agency as hostile to humans, ecological mediation in turn illuminates a human recognition of animals as belonging to an ontological place shared by both humans and nonhumans.