Symposium: Playing Japan – Toys, Games, Literature, and Language Education

Wed, 23 Sept. 2020, 13:00–17:00 (Stockholm local time) [via Zoom]
Program and Abstracts (pdf download) here:

13:00–13:10 — Introduction


  • 13:10–14:00 Dr. Hiroshi Yoshida (The University of Tokyo; Aesthetics, Game Studies): Japanese Digital Games in the Tradition of Toys — discussant: Dr. Martin Roth (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto; Game Studies)
  • 14:10–15:00 — Dr. Björn-Ole Kamm (Kyoto University; Transcultural Studies, Game/Play Studies): Gaming the Classroom: A Material-Semiotic Approach to Teaching Japanese Studies through Game Design — discussant: Luca Paolo Bruno (Leipzig University; Game Studies, Japanese Studies)
  • 15:10–16:00 — Dr. Laura Moretti (Cambridge University; Early Modern Japanese Popular Literature): Play Spaces: Books and Playful Reading in Early Modern Japan — discussant: Dr. Selen Çalic Bedir (Beykoz University, Istanbul; Narratology, Anime/Game Studies)
  • 16:10–17:00 — Dr. Mitsuyo Kuwano Lidén (Stockholm University; Linguistics, Japanese Language Education) Play and Japanese Language Education in JFL setting — discussant: Jaqueline Berndt (Stockholm University; Media Aesthetics, Manga/Anime Studies)

Exhibition: Unearthing Anime – Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise

Event poster

Coorganized by the MEXT-funded Archive Centre for Anime Studies and Asian Link Research Center, Niigata University, Japan, and the Japanese section at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University.
30 March – 3 April 2019, 12:00-18:00
Venue: Galleri Yamanashi – Köpmantorget 1, Gamla Stan.

Gallery talk with writer and director YAMAGA Hiroyuki, now president of Gainax studio, on Sat., 30 March 2019 afternoon.

2019 guest researchers at SU Japanology

Agnieszka Kiejziewicz (Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Institute of Audiovisual Arts, PhD project on Japanese avantgarde filmmakers and artists in the 1960s and 1970s), academic intern, 18 March – 22 June 2019

Dr. Sheuo Hui GAN (lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore), monograph project Anime Atlas: Japanese Postwar Animation from National Cool to Global Aesthetics, August – December 2019