The Japan Foundation Awards 2017 Commemorative Lectures

Lecture by Alexandra Munroe
“The state of the field of postwar and contemporary Japanese art history in America and the rise of global art history”
130th anniversary of Tokyo University of the Arts (Official program) Lecture series 1

Lecture Overview

Alexandra Munroe has curated or co-organized numerous exhibitions that have highlighted individual aspects of Japanese art of the postwar and contemporary periods, including Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky (1994), Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective (1989), Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog (1999), YES YOKO ONO (2000).

From the sight of Dr. Munroe, who has contributed to heighten the international reputation of young Japanese contemporary artists, she will deliver a lecture about “The state of the field of postwar and contemporary Japanese art history in America and the rise of global art history”. We are proud to organize this lecture in celebration of Dr. Munroe’s winning of the Japan Foundation Award, coincided with the 130th anniversary of Tokyo University of the Arts . The lecture will be followed by a reception with Dr. Munroe (Beverages and light meals will be served.)

Please join us for this very rare opportunity!


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Supported by ANA

Lecture by Frederik L. Schodt
“Cultural surfing: Riding the waves of transnational history, technology, and pop culture”

Lecture Overview

Frederik L. Schodt has translated many manga works such as those by Osamu Tezuka, Riyoko Ikeda, Reiji Matsumoto, and Masamune Shiro and also has published the Japanese-manga research books. While highly acknowledged worldwide for his promotion of manga, Mr. Schodt has also drawn attention to marginalized art through his books. These include a book on a Japanese acrobatic troupe formed by an American acrobat in 1867 (Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe, published in 2012). From the sight of Mr. Schodt, who has surfed between Japanese-American cultural waves more than four decades, he will talk about the international cultural exchange from pop-culture to history! Ms. Yukari Shina will act as a moderator in the lecture. The lecture will be followed by a reception with Mr. Schodt (Beverages and light meals will be served.)


Lecture flyer【PDF:2.237MB】

Supported by ANA

Lecture by Andrej Bekeš
“Japanese studies as a dialogue: a view from a small country”

Lecture Overview

What is the significance of researching society, culture, and language of a certain region? Andrej Bekeš raises this question taking Japanese studies, including Japanese-language education as an example.

Researching a society, culture and language that is a different environment from where you are located does not mean just accumulating knowledge of the research subject. Once you take “others’” perspective in the research subject, the social, cultural and linguistic environment of the researcher will become understandable as a new form. This is called “relativize,” which is a necessary condition for the “dialogue” with “others.”

Today, we are in the middle of the globalization which tends to have only one-way flow of information. Mr. Bekeš proposes to consider, along with the audience, the potentiality of “dialogue” from the perspective of Slovenia, the small country.


Lecture flyer【PDF:2.685MB】

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