7th IMRC Conference
Kyoto International Manga Museum / International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University

Comicology: Probing Practical Scholarship

The 2015 Conference will be the last one based on the special long-term funding the IMRC has been leaning on for the past 5 years (the specific conditions require to invite speakers instead of issuing a Call for Papers). With the final report in view, the IMRC hereby exposes its activities to assessment by academics not only necessarily from related fields as well as the general public. Particular attention shall be paid to the following issues:

  • scientific aspects of comics scholarship,
  • the Kyoto International Manga Museum as a research institution,
  • an extended notion of scholarship, or research, as related to artist talks, workshops, and exhibitions,
  • the accessibility of materials via archives and their utilization in both theoretical and practical research,
  • the methodological and institutional identity of comics research as a field rather than a discipline, including the changing range of the term "manga,"
  • manga/comics studies' interrelation with firmly established disciplines as well as similar subject-based fields,
  • the positioning of manga/comics research within an academic and social environment which tends to minify the importance of humanities-related studies and critical intellectual approaches.
Date September 25 - 27, 2015

Free * However, a General Admission ticket to the Museum is required.

How to participate No pre-registration required
Capacity 200 people each (on a first come basis)


September 25 (Fri)

13:45-14:00 Opening Address

Panel 1

The Kyoto International Manga Museum as a Research Institution: The IMRC Reports

YOSHIMURA Kazuma (IMRC director, vice-president of KSU),
ITO Yu (IMRC researcher)
SHIMIZU Isao (IMRC adviser; manga historian and collector)

Panel 2

Practical Scholarship (1): Artist Talks and Workshops
Adam Kern (Professor at Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-organizer of the Mellon Comics Workshops; Japanese literature)
José Andrés Santiago Iglesias (PD fellow at Faculty of Fine Arts, Universidade de Vigo, Spain; visiting PD fellow at Graduate School of Manga, KSU; graphic artist)
KURAMOCHI Kayoko (IMRC researcher)

September 26 (Sat)

10:30-12:30 Panel 3 Practical Scholarship (2): Exhibitions
YOSHIOKA Hiroshi (Professor of aesthetics at Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University; media art theory and curation)
NATSUME Fusanosuke (Professor at Graduate Course in Cultural Studies on Corporeal and Visual Representation, Gakushuin University, Tokyo; manga researcher and columnist)
ITO Yu (IMRC researcher)
14:00-16:00 Panel 4 Practical Scholarship (3): Archiving
Kees RIBBENS (Professor at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam / Erasmus University Rotterdam; historian and comic researcher)
ISHITA Saeko (Professor at Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University; cultural sociologist, TV archive research)
*Ishita Saeko's presentation is based on joint research with Kouno Kouhei.

Panel 5

Scientific Comicology: Linguistic Approaches

Neil Cohn (PD fellow at Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego; Visual Language studies, comics/manga research)
KINSUI Satoshi (Professor in Japanese linguistics at Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University; Japanese philology, Role Language research)

September 27 (Sun)

10:30-12:00 Panel 6 Under the Umbrella of "Manga"? The Case of Anime Studies
OYA Yasunori (IMRC researcher)
Stevie Suan (PhD candidate, Graduate School of Manga, KSU)
KOBAYASHI Sho (PhD candidate, Graduate School of Manga, KSU)
13:30-16:00 Panel 7 Specificity without Seclusion: Comics, Literature, and Image Studies
NAKAGAWA Shigemi (Professor in modern Japanese literature at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto; Queer studies)
ISHIDA Minori(Associate professor at Graduate School of Modern Society and Culture, Niigata University; image studies)
Jaqueline BERNDT (Professor in manga theory at Graduate School of Manga, KSU)


International Manga Research Center
mail : imrc@kyotomm.jp

Please note that the schedule, performers, and contents are subject to change.
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