Events by year: 2011

3 May 2011

Challenges for Post-Crisis Japan

The 11 March earthquake and tsunami have produced a human tragedy, to which the Japanese have responded with stoicism. However, this is also an economic crisis, made more complicated by the damage done to the Fukushima nuclear complex and disruption to other east coast facilities, including nuclear and thermal plants.

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14 April 2011

Pop Culture from a Multipolar Japan

Is there something more to the West’s fascination with Japanese anime and manga? How are anime films and manga comics cultural channeling zones, opened by the horrors of war and disaster and animated by the desire to assemble a world of new looks, feelings and identities?

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12 April 2011

MOKUME Artist Talk

A chance to meet Kentaro Kobuke, who will be in conversation with Timon Screech, Professor of the History of Art, School of Oriental & African Studies.

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14 March 2011

Seven Angels

Tadasu Takamine, Artist, in discussion with Jonathan Watkins, Director of Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery and John Fulljames, Artistic Director of The Opera Group.

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2 March 2011

What the State Provides: Social Security and the Welfare State

This second seminar in the 2011 series, Uncertain Futures: The Individual, Society and the State in the UK and Japan, explored the concepts and issues surrounding social security and welfare provision in the UK and Japan. The speakers considered current arrangements in both countries in the context of longstanding debates on trust and responsibility and what the State should provide to support social needs.

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22 February 2011

Photographing Cities: The Diorama Map

Sohei Nishino is a young Japanese photographer whose body of work is centred on the ‘Diorama Map’ project. Supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, he came to London last year to take thousands of photographs of the city. His ever-evolving ‘Diorama Map’ project currently includes the ten cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Shanghai, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul and London.

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