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Past events: 2012/13

23 November 2012: Manga Museums and their Audiences

In recent years the number of museums and exhibitions dedicated to manga has been on the rise. Throughout Japan fifty to sixty institutions that can be said to fall under this category have been established. This is a typical case in which popular culture such as anime and manga, films and music, finds itself within the museum context. However, a closer look into the institutions will tell us that they deal with manga in very different ways.

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28 January 2013: MANGA STUDIES: From Architecture to Female Otaku

This session was a multidisciplinary event that invited scholars from a range of fields to observe the diversity of manga consumption as popular culture, worldwide.

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12 April 2013: Nourishing the Working Body

Public lunch hour and discussion led by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards. This event was part of the Manual Labours project.

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30 April 2013: The Logic of the De-cinematic, or, Origins of Japanese Cinema: from the Magic Lantern through Avant-Garde Cinema to Anime

Professor Kitano outlined an alternative trajectory of the engines that have been mobilised during the history of Japanese cinema. He conducted this attempt by examining the pre-cinematic devices and their relationship with the import of cinema in Japan, and by offering a theorization of the process of “Japanese cinema” as an embodiment of its differentiation from its own preceding cultural forms as well as from Western cinema. Finally, he considered how many Japanese film productions have been driven by the expressive engines that had been formulated in that earlier self-formation process.

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15 May 2013: The Role of the Digital Producer in UK Theatre Today

How can live performance navigate and champion new digital initiatives? How can theatre genuinely collaborate with technology without abdicating its status as an art of the now, of the present tense? The theatre sector in the UK faces a number of challenges in relation to the digital revolution in which we now live.

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Exploring people’s physical relationships to work.