January 26, 2021/ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Locating Japan in Theater and Performance Studies Today

Junior Faculty Roundtable Series #2

As Theater and Performance Studies in Anglophone academia reckon with generations of Euro-centricity and seek to diversify curricula and research paradigms, Japan--with its rich range of performance forms both traditional and contemporary, and its complex history--offers a compelling site from which to broaden these disciplines. What insights can be brought from Japanese Studies to Theater and Performance to help deepen understandings of Asia beyond passing references to Noh and Kabuki and, conversely, what insights might Performance Studies have to offer new studies on Japan? Bringing together scholars working on Japanese performance forms in both Theater and Asian Studies departments, we discuss the challenges and rewards of bridging research and teaching across disciplines, centuries, and cultures.


Reginald Jackson, University of Michigan
Jessica Nakamura, University of California, Santa Barbara
Tara Rodman, University of California, Irvine


Michelle Liu Carriger (UCLA, School of Theater, Film & Television)

Michelle Liu Carriger is an assistant professor of Theater and Performance Studies in the UCLA Theater department. Her research and publications have covered Japanese street fashion Gothic Lolita, fashion controversies in Victorian Britain and Meiji Japan, historical reality television, and kimono and cultural appropriation. A long-time practitioner of the Way of Tea (“tea ceremony”), including a yearlong Midorikai fellowship at the Urasenke Gakuen Professional College of Chado in Kyoto, Professor Carriger is at work on a second book on tea as a contemporary practice of historical embodiment and cultural performance.


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