April 26, 2021/ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Japan for (New) Media Studies

Junior Faculty Roundtable Series #4

Japanese cinema once played a rather unusual and significant role in the transformation of film theory and criticism in the 1960s and 70s, shaping the nascent discipline of English-language academic film studies. In our current diverse and globalizing media environment, Japan continues to be a productive site of various forms of modern technological media practices and scholarly engagement with them. This roundtable brings together scholars working on television, radio, and related audiovisual cultures in the humanities tradition to share their insights on the ways in which Japan remains relevant and vital to today’s media studies.



*The list of speakers has been updated (April 20, 2021)

Hannah Airriess (University of Indiana, Bloomington)
Alex Murphy (University of Chicago)
Yuki Nakayama (University of Michigan)
Hideto Tsuboi (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
Alexander Zahlten (Harvard University)


Junko Yamazaki (UCLA, Asian Languages and Cultures)

Junko Yamazaki joined the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA in 2017 after receiving her PhD in the joint degree program in Cinema and Media Studies & East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2016. In her scholarship, she addresses the questions of film and media aesthetics in relation to historical transformations in media technologies and cultures, the conditions of cultural production and reception, and forms of sociality and subjectivity. She is currently finishing a book manuscript on the rise and fall of postwar Japanese period film. Her other research and teaching interests include film sound and music, studies of gender and sexuality, and cultural and intellectual history.

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