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Dr Marcos Centeno

  • Overview



    Marcos Centeno is lecturer in Japanese Studies and director of the Japanese programme at Birkbeck. His latest research project "Japanese Transnational Cinema" was funded by several institutions including Sasakawa and Daiwa foundations, Waseda and the Japanese ministry of education and included several publications and events in London and Tokyo.

    He also worked as a lecturer for the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS, where he also convened the MA Global Cinemas and the Transcultural. Also, he was Research and Teaching Fellow at University of Valencia and Research Associate at Waseda University, as well as visiting researcher at Ochanomizu University, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and Goethe Universität Frankfurt.

    Before that, dr. Centeno studied at Universitat de València, Spain, where he received the School´s Extraordinary Award and in Japan, with a Waseda University scholarship. After graduation, he worked in television for several years where he was promoted to director at a young age. His full-length documentary film, Ainu. Pathways to Memory (2014) which revolves around the problems of representation of Ainu culture in Japan was translated into several languages (English, Japanese, Spanish and Italian) and received several prizes by international film festivals and other institutions.

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Japanese Programme Director
    • Study Abroad Coordinator (Japan)
    • Departmental Languages Committee Member
    • Japanese language Coordinator
    • Personal Tutor for Japanese Year 1 and Year 4 students
    • Equalities Committee Member. Dept of Cultures and Languages Rep.
    • Birkbeck Anniversary Committee. Dept Cultures and Languages Rep.
    • Athena SWAN School of Arts Self-Assessment Team.member.

    Visiting posts

    • Visiting Scholar, Ochanomizu University, 07-2019 to 09-2019
    • Visiting Researcher, Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany, , 04-2010 to 05-2010
    • Visiting Researcher, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III, France, 01-2010 to 03-2010
    • Associate Fellow. , Waseda University, Tokyo, 09-2010 to 09-2012

    Professional activities

    -Referee for the following peer-reviewed journals and publishers: Open Screens. BAFTSS (British Association of Film , Television and Screen Studies) Journal; Comillas Journal of International Relations; Positions. Asia Critique; Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance (JAFP); Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema; MIRAI, Japanese Studies Journal; Studies in Documentary Film Journal; Archivos de la Filmoteca; KOME. An International Journal of Pure Communication Inquir ; Arts Journal. lMDPI publication; Bloomsbury Publications; KronoScope Journal for the Study of Time; Pensamiento al Margen. Online journal; Communication and Society.

    -Jury member for the Ivan Morris Memorial Prize on Japanese Studies (British Association for Japanese Studies).

    -2020 AEJE (Asociación Estudios Japoneses en España) Conference. Scientific Board Member.

    -Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival. Jury member. 2017 and 2020.

    -DAAD. German Academic Exchange Service. Referee for Research Fellowship applications. 

    -Convenor for the “Visual Arts” Section of 2020 EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies) Conference.

    - 2018 AEJE Conference, Centro de Estudios Asia Oriental), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Scientific Board Member. 

    Honours and awards

    • "Japanese Transnational Cinema" Project, Daiwa Foundation Grant Ref: 197/13307, November 2019
    • "Japanese Transnational Cinema" Project, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grant Ref. No. 5558., November 2019
    • "Japanese Transnational Cinema" Project, Waseda- MEXT's Top Global University Project Fund. with Prof. Norimasa Morita, November 2019
    • "Japanese Transnational Cinema" Project, Strategic Research Funding, Birkbeck, November 2019
    • Research Funding, Waseda University, November 2011
    • Doctoral Fellowship. V Segles Programme. 4 Years, Universitat de València, November 2009
    • Waseda University Scholarship. , Waseda University , November 2005
  • Research


    Research interests

    • Japanese Cinema
    • Documentary Film and Non-Fiction Formats
    • Transnationality
    • Representation of Minorities
    • Archaeology of Images
    • Avant-garde

    Research overview

    I am interested in Japanese Cinema particularly non-fiction formats, Hani Susumu, film theory, transnationality, postwar avant-garde and representation of minorities.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    • Steering Committee Member, Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image (BIMI)
    • Member, Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research

    Research projects

    Japanese Transnational Cinema.

    REPERCRI. Contemporary Representations of Perpetrators of Mass Crimes

    GREGAL: Cultural Circulation Japan-Korea-Catalonia

    GEINTEA (Europe-Asia Interactions Research Group)

    DFG Project: Yasujirō Ozu and the Western Film

    I+D Project: Media Construction of Charisma in Political Leaders in Periods of Social Transformation

    Global COE - MEXT

    I+D Project: Role of the Photomechanical Image in the Memory of the Spanish Civil Wa

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome research students and project related to Japanese film and media, cultural studies, comparative literature, particularly with an emphasis on issues related to memory, transnationality, minorities and gender perspectives.

    Current Supervisions

    • Joint Principal Supervisor for 2 Birkbeck students
    • external for 1 Birkbeck students


    Marcos Centeno has taught on the following undergraduate modules: 

    -Rethinking Japan: Introduction to Modern Japanese Society and Culture

    -Theorising Japanese Cinema

    -Advanced Seminar in Japanese Culture and Society

    -Understanding Culture: Language and Texts 

    -Reading Transnational Cultures

    -Representations of Love, Desire and Sexuality

    -Culture and Crisis

    -Film and Politics

    He also teaches on the following postgraduate modules for the MA Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (MA CLACS):

    -Studying Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies in Modern Languages.

    -Memory and History.

    -Imagining the Nation.

  • Publications




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