Programme (Online)

Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.

Conference Outline

Tuesday, November 9Wednesday, November 10Thursday, November 11

10:00-10:10: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners & Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

10:10-11:10: Workshop Presentation
Immersive Media Design Showcase
Eric Hawkinson, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Mehrasa Alizadeh, Osaka University Cybermedia Center, Japan
Amelia Ijiri, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Jay Klaphake, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Angus McGregor, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan & Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School, Japan
Corey Noxon, Ritsumeikan University, Japan & Lake Biwa Museum, Japan
Kojiro Yano, Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan

11:10-11:20: Break

11:20-12:05: Keynote Presentation
When Media Watches You – The Rise of Immersive Technology
Eric Hawkinson, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan

12:05-12:50: Online Networking Session

12:50-13:35: Keynote Presentation
'Holy War' as Portrayed in Japanese Films, 1937-45
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom

13:35-13:45: Break

13:45-14:45: Keynote Presentation
Spectacle and Scrutiny: The Analytic Image in Japanese Cinema
Earl Jackson, Asia University, Taiwan & University of California, United States

10:35:00-12:15: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1
Room A: Film & Literature
61429 | Emperor Qianlong’s Poetry on the Revolts in Taiwan
60857 | Heterotopia in Dystopia: Analysis of the Film Himizu
60076 | Lucky Numbers and Greedy Ghosts: Lottery as Trope for the Singaporean Dream
61485 | Narrative Discourse of Otherness in Burning (2018) as a Transnational Adaptation: William Faulkner, Murakami Haruki, and Lee Chang-dong
Room B: Cultural Studies
60779 | An Examination of Current Trend of Satogaeri-shussan From the Perspective of Contemporary Japanese Women: A Case Study on Nagoya City
60540 | Playing Through the Pandemic: The Social and Emotional Gratifications of Gaming During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan
61415 | Reflux and Rejuvenation – Exploration and Practice of Yim Tin Tsai in Hong Kong Under the Background of Rural Revitalization

12:15-12:25: Break

12:25-14:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2
Room A: Film Studies
60939 | Fantasy and Politics: The International Relations of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones
60782 | Kissing Scenes in the Representation of Family in Post-war Japanese Films
60783 | The World of Shinkai Makoto: Spirits in Your Name and Weathering With You
60872 | Reflecting on Catholic Women’s Ordination in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird
Room B: Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations/Political Communication and Satire
61492 | Branding Taipei: The Represented and Unrepresented in Undiscovered Taipei Advertisements
61330 | Message Design by the “Singh Noom” Team for the Thungsong Mayoral Campaign
61302 | Personal Media Usage for Creating Political Popularity in Mayoral Campaign of “Tonkla Nakhorn Trang Team”
61392 | The Role of “Governmental Media” in the Chinese Digital Government

14:05-14:15: Break

14:15-15:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3
Room A: Broadcast Media & Globalization
60734 | (Beyond)radio Drama in an Ergodic Perspective: Interactive Audio Art as a New Face of Radio Plays
61349 | Intermedia Motion Tracking in AR/VR – On Immersive Storytelling and Choreographic Patterns
Room B: Performing Arts Practices: Theater, Dance, Music
61282 | Violins, Accordions, and the Koto: ‘Noise’, ‘Sound’ and the ‘Fusion’ Music of Meiji Modernity
61103 | The Societal Value of Music in the Xhosa Culture

15:05-15:15: Break

15:15-16:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 4
Room A: Interdisciplinary: Media
61364 | The Reduction of Localization of Anime on American Television over Four Decades
60262 | Identification, Space, and Discourse: The Last Moose of Aoluguya as an Allegory
60938 | Re-considering History and Narrative Through the Short Factual Film the Archive (UK 2018)
Room B: Interdisciplinary: Arts/Media/Culture
61376 | Understanding the Malay Intellectual Identity: An Explorative Study of Malay Muslim Intellectuality and Social Semiotics
60672 | The Being-together in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame
60867 | Revisiting Walter Benjamin’s Dialectical Image

17:00-17:50: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1
Room A: Arts Practices
60685 | Resilience in Repetition – Overcoming Historical Trauma Through the Repetition of Painted Motives (in Francis Bacon and Kim Tschang-yeul’s Works)
61408 | What is to Hand: The Fold Within Textile Imagination
Room B: Communication Theory and Methodology
60877 | UAE and ‘Assemblage’: A Reflection
61493 | Does Message Framing Last? A Field Experiment on Reducing Litter

17:50-18:00: Break

18:00-18:50: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2
Room A: Media Studies
60913 | Portraits of Saudi Women Entrepreneurs: A Digital Ethnography Study on Instagram
61353 | How Social Media Has Impacted the Democratic Function of Newspapers in Taiwan
Room B: Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender and Communication
61357 | A Success of Content Communication through Y-Series: A Case Study of 2gether The Series
61675 | Gloc-9 Songs: A Encoding and Decoding Analysis

18:50-19:00: Break

19:00-20:15: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3
Room A: Interdisciplinary: Gender, Sexuality and Culture/Communication
60885 | Cultural Reflections in Indian Foreign Services: Gendered Voices from the Field
60883 | Sexual Communication in Heterosexual and Non-Heterosexual Young Adults: Seeking the Importance of Perceived Social Support
60744 | Communicating Care to Victims of Sexual Violence in Indonesia
Room B: Social Media and Communication Technology
61489 | Changes and Prospects in Content Use in the Korean Popular Music Industry after COVID-19
61445 | Detecting Political Secession of Fragmented Communities in Social Networks via Deep Link Entropy
61399 | The Hashtag Activism of Milk Tea Alliance on Twitter: A Mixed-Method Study

20:15-20:25: Break

20:25-22:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 4
Room A: Interdisciplinary: Arts/Media/Culture
60579 | Photography: A Potential Tool for Self-actualization of International Students During Pandemic
60732 | Sugimoto’s Middle Brow and the Collective Horizon
60678 | Instagram Manga and Illustrations From the United Arab Emirates
60864 | Encounter as a Resource for Social Cohesion and Community Resilience
Room B: Film Criticism and Theory
60904 | “Self-symbol” and “Point-of-view” Phrasing in the Cinéma Vérité Aesthetic of So Yong Kim’s Treeless Mountain
61107 | From a Distant Utopia to a Close Reality: Brazilian Themes in Japanese Film Since the Post-war Period
60036 | Film Sound and Silence

22:05-22:15: Closing Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

Featured Presentations

  • Spectacle and Scrutiny: The Analytic Image in Japanese Cinema
    Spectacle and Scrutiny: The Analytic Image in Japanese Cinema
    Keynote Presentation: Earl Jackson
  • When Media Watches You – The Rise of Immersive Technology
    When Media Watches You – The Rise of Immersive Technology
    Keynote Presentation: Eric Hawkinson
  • Immersive Media Design Showcase
    Immersive Media Design Showcase
    Workshop Presentation: Mehrasa Alizadeh, Eric Hawkinson, Amelia Ijiri, Jay Klaphake, Angus McGregor, Corey Noxon & Kojiro Yano
  • ‘Holy War’ as Portrayed in Japanese Films, 1937-45
    ‘Holy War’ as Portrayed in Japanese Films, 1937-45
    Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria

Conference Programme

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Previous Programming

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Spectacle and Scrutiny: The Analytic Image in Japanese Cinema
Keynote Presentation: Earl Jackson

In general, the field of cinema studies presumes a binary division of labor: filmmakers create a spectacle and critics analyze them. There are vivid examples of a redistribution of that labor on the production side, however. Several major Japanese directors are also accomplished writers of film theory and the texts they have produced help us discern the critical impetus within their films as well. There are other directors who create scenes and sequences that either analyze themselves or foreground the ways in which the films compose the apparent reality as presented. Examples of both will be presented, as well as spectacles whose symptomatic qualities constitute potential meta-cinematic messages independent of their ideological intentions.

This presentation will highlight the explicit relation between theory and practice through the work of Yoshida Kiju and Masumura Yasuzo, but will begin by contrasting two cabaret films, one from 1936 that is decidedly in the symptomatic category, and another from 1950 whose display advances remarkable interventions in the gender politics of the spectacle as well as a sophisticated endorsement of consciously engaged fantasy. Time permitting, this presentation will also draw on excerpts from films by Okamoto Kihachi, Kurahara Koreyoshi, and Kawashima Yuzo as examples of self-theorizing mise-en-scène.

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When Media Watches You – The Rise of Immersive Technology
Keynote Presentation: Eric Hawkinson

Pervasive, ubiquitous, and ever watching the watchers is how the stage is seemingly being set for the next evolution in media technology. Immersive media and the metaverse is poised to integrate and merge into our realities like nothing before. Augmented, virtual, mixed, diminished, extended are new names for realities that are being layered and mingled into our daily lives. Let’s explore the possibilities both virtuous and vicious of these new realities as they move more mainstream in our media consumption and creation.

There are still so many questions and issues left to be worked out from mobile technology and media in our pockets, such as the collection of data and business models of media distribution. These issues and others have the possibility of being exacerbated. The media we carry in our pockets now gets attached to every aspect of these new realities.

So much potential abounds as well in the use of immersive technology in education, medicine, mental health, communication, and other fields. The high level of curation, interactivity, and customization makes the possibility for media to be more timely and relevant than ever before.

Join us for a discussion of the future of the metaverse as it relates to our relationship with media while we get some hands-on experience with some augmented and virtual learning environments.

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Immersive Media Design Showcase
Workshop Presentation: Mehrasa Alizadeh, Eric Hawkinson, Amelia Ijiri, Jay Klaphake, Angus McGregor, Corey Noxon & Kojiro Yano

Explore augmented and virtual environments that have been employed in various educational contexts. See case uses of immersive learning design in various fields. Get inspired to experiment with immersive media for your projects.

This workshop will be a hands-on adventure in immersive media for learning environments. Visit virtual exhibits for virtual tourism, augmented stamp rallies, simulation sessions, and other experiments in immersive learning from our team of facilitators.

Our team will be hosting a variety of virtual tours, augmented games, and other immersive media experiences such as Kyoto cultural tours in VR, Courtroom trial simulations, mixed reality environments for hybrid events, and more.

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‘Holy War’ as Portrayed in Japanese Films, 1937-45
Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria

The invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century, followed by the advent of “talkies” in 1927, provided an effective means, together with newspapers and radio, for governments to keep their citizens informed. However, if it is true that one person’s “freedom fighter” is another’s “terrorist”, then it is also true that government “information” and government “propaganda” are closely related, so much so that, at times, they are nearly indistinguishable. At no time are the differences between the two less distinguishable than when nations go to war, for the governments of the warring parties require both the wealth and the very lives of their citizenry.

In 2001 Anne Morelli wrote a book entitled The basic Principles of War Propaganda in which she described ten principles of war propaganda that manifest themselves in the media of countries party to the conflict. Using these principles as an analytic tool, this presentation will examine a series of WWII films produced by the Imperial Japanese military, both dramas and documentaries, to reveal the nature of wartime Japanese propaganda. The presentation’s ultimate goal is to enhance participants’ ability to identify and withstand government propaganda, especially during wartime.

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