EASC Symposia: Manga at a Crossroads: Classic Manga

February 3, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm
Thompson Library Room 165, (OSU Campus)

The is the first of two symposia (March 6 and April 4, 2015) that will examine the past, present, and future of manga. Since the creation of the first manga magazine, Eshinbun Nipponchi, in Japan in 1874, manga evolved and came a long way. After manga became a widely-accepted form of popular culture in Japan, it was exported to countries like the US and has become an international phenomenon. Manga is no longer a mere source for entertainment for the general public, but also it is a serious subject of academic inquiry.  However, while manga became mainstream and global, its sales in the US have recently been in decline. Although some publishers attribute the sales drop to the market stabilization and maturation, it is clear that manga is at a crossroads. Through the two manga symposia, the origin of manga and future directions of this unique art form that started in Japan will be reexamined.

Schedule - March 6: 
12:00pm:  Opening
12:10pm:   Prof. Maureen Donovan (OSU)
                “Comics from the Time of ‘Erotic Grotesque Nonsense’:
                  Yomiuri Sunday Manga of 1930-1931”
  1:10pm:   Prof. Thomas LaMarre (McGill University)
                 "Manga Empire: Companion Species and Shōnen Kurabu"
 2:15pm:   Prof. Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke University)
                 "Laughing in the Face of Calamity:
                 Visual Satire after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923"
  3:15pm:   Prof. Natsu Onoda Power (Georgetown University)
                 “Questioning the Racial Question: Representations of Human Faces in Classic Manga”
 4:30pm-:  Reception

Cosponsors: East Asian Studies Center, Institute for Japanese Studies, The Ohio State University Libraries, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of History of Art, Department of Arts Administration, Education & Policy, Division of Arts and Humanities, Association for Asian Studies, Japan Foundation New York, and US Department of Education (Title VI).

Japan Foundation logo

Flyer view attached JPG flyer (click to zoom on image)

Photo credit: Matsumoto, Akira (Reiji). Aoi Hanabira (Blue Petals) (Tokyo: Showa Manga Shuppansha, 1958).

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