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Conference Outline

Monday, October 17, 2022Tuesday, October 18, 2022Wednesday, October 19, 2022Thursday, October 20, 2022Virtual Presentations

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Location: Online

09:15-09:30: Welcome Address

09:30-11:10: Online Parallel Presentation Session 1
Room A: Film Criticism and Theory
65836 | China’s Green Campaign in Eco-images–The Conflicting Stories and Complex Realities
65827 | Becoming-Cockroach in the End Times: Alienation and Involution in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang
66252 | Ouyang Yuqian’s Mulan Joins the Army: The Wartime Propagandist and the Female Crossdresser
65620 | Historical Nostalgia in Animated Film

Room B: Visual Culture
65799 | Vaporwave Aesthetics: Affect, Vibe, and Japan Imagined in Global Melancholia
65885 | Exploring Indonesian Cultural Symbols for Food Packaging Design – A Comparative Study: Indonesian and Thai Consumers
65803 | Social Media Content: Manifesting Reality or a Radically Fantasized Image?
65011 | Exploring Meme Marketing Strategies for the Post-Pandemic World: Case of Indian Brands

11:10-11:25: Break

11:25-13:05: Online Parallel Presentation Session 2
Room A: Film and Literature
65676 | Exploring Southeast Asian History and Cultural Values Through Short Stories
65035 | The Colonialism Behind the Mastery and Servant Bond in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
65755 | Feminized Seme: Reflecting and Resignifying Femininity in Chinese Commercialized Danmei Novels
65791 | “You Must Think Like a Patch of Sand”: Neurodiversity in Dune (1965)

Room B: Interdisciplinary: Cultural Studies
65533 | A Critical Reading on the Anti-feminism Discourse by “The Online Left Wing” in Bilibili Platform
65609 | #MoreThanHumanLivesMatter: Breaking the Egotistical and Moving to Ecocritical
65756 | Nurturing Hope Post-COVID-19: Parental Death and Bereavement Among Malaysian Children
65839 | “I See The Urgent Needs of Children”: A Dialogue with The “Firefighter of Charity Work”

13:05-13:20: Break

13:20-14:10: Online Parallel Presentation Session 3
Room A: Cultural Studies
65025 | An Archetypal Study of Studio Bones’ “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (2009-10)
65737 | The Impact of Cultural Code on Communication Promotion of Japanese Animation in the USA

Room B: Visual Arts
65728 | AI Images and Visual Culture – A Case Study of the Portrait of Edmond De Belamy
64968 | Mindfulness in Art Practices, an Ethnographic Research on Hong Kong Artists in Visual Arts, Music/sound Art, Performance and Contemporary Art

14:10-14:25: Break

14:25-16:05: Online Parallel Presentation Session 4
Room A: Film Criticism and Theory
64444 | Exploring Dream Soundscapes in Cinema
65030 | Mapping the Road to Fourth Cinema
65830 | The Camera’s View From Ashore: Indigenous Authenticity in THE LAND HAS EYES
65639 | Television’s Second Golden Age: The Politics and International Relations of the HBO Era

Room B: Cultural Studies
64974 | Digital Diasporas: Chinese Women’s Resilience on Online Forums and Digital Governance on Social Media Platforms in Post-COVID Time
65547 | Bakla as (M)other: Queerying Conceptions of Motherhood in the Selected Films of Jun Robles Lana
65838 | Intimacies and Digital Technologies: Emotions, Conflicts and Inter-generational Relations in Chinese Liushou Families
64969 | Mediatization and Gender Narratives in Chinese Folk Paper-cutting Art
65007 | Saving Underground Culture Through Bandcamp: The Case of Tokyo’s Ochiai Soup

16:05-16:20: Break

16:20-17:35: Online Parallel Presentation Session 5
Room A: Social Media and Communication Technology
65027 | Group Support in the Chat Rooms: Community Resilience During the Lockdown
65648 | From E-Government to Social Media: An Analysis of Political Communication in the Xuzhou Eight-Child Mother Incident
65646 | How Does the Chinese “Government Social Media Platform” Play Its Role: Focusing on the Three Cases of Local Government

17:50-18:35: Online Featured Interview
Challenges Faced by Media Covering the Asia-Pacific: A Conversation with David Robie
David Robie, Asia Pacific Report, Aotearoa New Zealand
Nasya Bahfen, La Trobe University, Australia (Interviewer)

Location: Kyoto Research Park

12:30-13:00: Conference Registration

13:00-13:05: Announcements
13:05-13:20: Welcome Address and Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners

13:20-14:05: Keynote Presentation
Costume Conversations: Resilience and Representation in Cosplay and Beyond
Thomas G. Endres, University of Northern Colorado, United States

14:05-14:20: Coffee Break

14:20-15:05: Featured Panel Presentation
News Media and the World
Azusa Iwane, OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan
Namie Kawabata Wilson, OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan
Kelsey Oliver Imanishi, OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan
Syafiq Syaikhul Akbar, OSIPP, Osaka University, Japan
Virgil Hawkins, Osaka University, Japan (Moderator)

15:05-15:20: Coffee Break

15:20-16:05: Keynote Presentation
Revisiting Keisuke Kinoshita Through a Queer Lens
Yutaka Kubo, Kanazawa University, Japan

16:05-16:20: Coffee Break

16:20-17:05: Keynote Presentation
The "Zen" of Zen Gardens: Fact or Fiction?
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom

17:05-17:15: Conference Photograph

18:00-20:00: Conference Dinner (Optional Extra)

Location: Kyoto Research Park

09:30-11:10: Onsite Parallel Session 1
Room A: Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender and Communication
61417 | Individuals’ Use of Memorials to Members of Marginalized Communities During Times of Renegotiation of National Public Memory
65467 | The Culture of Qalandar Pakhivas (Indigenous Gypsy Clan) Community of Lahore: A Question of Marginalisation
65804 | Representations of Brazilian Nikkei Dekasegi Women in Japanese Media Productions
65120 | The Effect of Psychological Raha (Comfort) and the Use of Social Media

Room B: Media and Politics
64919 | “Cai-Pin Liu Incident” in Written Media Reports
65879 | “Tweeto-Bomber” – Emotional Background of Tweets of Polish MPs
64504 | Trauma and Compassionate Witnessing in A Private War
65023 | Trends in Broadcast News War Coverage: Framing Humanity in Syria and Ukraine

11:10-11:25: Coffee Break

11:25-12:40: Onsite Parallel Session 2
Room A: Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender and Communication
65845 | Emotional Interpretation of Funeral Symbols in Animations
65872 | (Un)Solving Paternity Disputes through “The Closure DNA Show”: The Case of Young People in Zimbabwe
65734 | Reality Television as a Reflection of Cultural Values: A Comparison of The Great British Bake Off and Bake Off Japan

Room B: Media & Communication
65798 | The Good Jab?: Analysis on COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Decisions and Exposure to Information Channels
65039 | Role of Media and Communication in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh
65747 | Communicating ‘Government’: A Case Study of Anti CAA News in India

12:40-13:40: Lunch Break

13:40-14:55: Onsite Parallel Session 3
Room A: Performing Arts
62830 | Developing Self-revelatory Performances ‘Tegami: A Letter to Oneself’: A Form of Drama Therapy to Build Students’ Resilience through the Pandemic
64972 | “Do Not Show but Let See”: Resilience in the Kyoto Hanamachi and Maiko and Geiko Communities
65745 | Vocal Dose and Vocal Demands in Contemporary Musicals

Room B: Media Studies
64943 | Exploring the Role of Diversity in Newsrooms During an Ethnically Charged Environment: A Case Study of TV Media in India
65736 | The Presumed Media Influence (Self-perception of the Media Influence) on the Strategic – Professional Toolbox of Litigators in Israeli News Prominent Cases
64964 | Management Strategies for Local Brand Expression Through Organizational Learning in Regional Independent TV Stations: A Case Study

15:15-18:00: Cultural Visit to Kiyomizudera
After the parallel sessions on Wednesday, October 19, IAFOR will be hosting a cultural visit to Kiyomizudera, one of the most famous and celebrated temples in Japan. Founded in 778 AD, the temple is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, and is considered a must-see location for those visiting Kyoto for the first time. The temple contains buildings from the 17th century, including a main hall designated as a National Treasure, and its wooden stage offers an incredible panoramic view of Kyoto. The visit will be led by plenary speaker Brian Victoria of the Oxford Center for Buddhist Studies, whose in-depth historical and cultural knowledge of the site will bring an academic edge to this already unique and exciting experience.

If you would like to participate in this cultural visit, please sign up at the Registration Desk before 13:25 on Wednesday, October 19.

Location: Kyoto Research Park

09:30-11:10: On-site Parallel Session 1
Room A: Education: Culture & Media
65008 | Manga-based Approaches in EFL: For Young Adult Learners in Japan
65809 | Inheritance of Aboriginal Culture: Elementary School Establishment of Smangus Village in Taiwan
65031 | Extending the Classroom Walls: Liquidifying Power Dynamics With Online/Blended Learning and International Partnerships
64382 | The Curvilinear Effect of Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurial Intentions: The Roles of Entrepreneurial Passion and Resilience

Room B: Film Studies
65892 | The Rise of Documentary Film Movement in Thai Cinema During Current Political Conflicts
65018 | The Transformation of Soundscape From Benshi’s Voice to Talkie System in Japan
65733 | Resilience and Abjection: An Analysis of the Character Arc of Ellen Ripley in the Alien Franchise
64484 | Rebel within the System: Subversive Style in Four Films by Nagisa Oshima

11:10-11:25: Coffee Break

11:25-13:05: On-site Parallel Session 2
Room A: Interdisciplinary: Culture and Humanities
64876 | Perception of Using Social Media in Improving Art Education Students’ English Language Skills
65649 | "Anti-gatekeeping" on the Twitch platform
64079 | Resilience in Media Ecologies: Mapping the Converging Histories of Magic Lanterns, Omocha-e (Toy Prints) and Kamishibai
63807 | Innovation and Value: Organ Transplant Innovation in China

Room B: Film Studies
65953 | Focussing on the Critical: Film Pedagogy in a Modern University
65822 | Building An Intercultural Extended Reality Storyverse
65617 | Online Film Distribution as a Viable Platform for South African Feature Films
62857 | The Evolution of the Netflix Production Model through the Birth of a Global Television Service

13:05-14:05: Lunch Break

14:05-15:20: On-site Parallel Session 3
Room A: Aesthetics and Design
65867 | Early Cybernetics History in South Korea Through Architecture
65020 | From Abstraction to Algorithm
65012 | An Interpretation of Ikenobo Senno Kuden (16C) and Its Link to the Freestyle Ikebana Movement in the Modern Japan

Room B: Social Media & Communicaton
65657 | Changing Landscape of the Media and Entertainment Sector in the Rapid Age of Emerging Digital Technologies
65788 | Using a Smart Chatbot System as a Communication Tool for Campus Navigation
65878 | A Study on the Relationship between Internet Usage Time and Internet Dependence Attitude of High School Students

15:20-15:30: Onsite Conference Closing Session

Virtual Poster Presentations
65028 | Applying IPA to Evaluate the Hosts of Variety Shows for Television Stations in Taiwan
64965 | Exploring the Decision-making Model of Young Consumers for Purchasing Cultural and Creative Products
65789 | Who are the Misogynists that Stigmatize Feminists in Chinese Cyberspace?
65752 | Discovering Tsou People’s First Experience of Taiwanese Cinema History in the Early Days of Japanese Colonial Period

Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations
64913 | Pathetic Beauty: Meaning and Connectedness in Everyday Aesthetics
65640 | Inclination Towards Tree Canopy: Architecture Origin, Space Demarcator, Dwelling and Art
65887 | Learning by Doing: Enhancing the Educational Experience of Architectural Design by Using Collaborative and Experiential Means
65877 | Astrology Content Reading Habits of Final Year Graduation Students From Mass Media: A Study in Udupi District
65032 | The Resilience and Innovative Impact of Service Design on Regional Culture
65372 | Tamura Toshiko’s Narratives of Resilience
65286 | In the Origins of Brazilian Haiku – Guilherme de Almeida
64351 | Creating the Contemporary Performing Arts with an Implementation of Acting Techniques Integration: A Case Study of the Contemporary Performing Arts “Return to the Spirit”
65041 | The Power of Personal Stories: Building Resilience through Story-Telling in a Safe Space
64105 | Still We Rise: Racial Discriminatory Resilience and Black American Musicians
65749 | Inequitable Access in the Music Related Industries: Proposed Strategies and Directions
65024 | Feminist Instagram Influencers Communicating Women’s Interests In India: A Content Analysis
65870 | Art Projects Using Augmented Reality Technology
65647 | Visualization of Social Inequality in South Korea in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite
64800 | Portrayal of Men in Ray’s Films, Mirror to Present Heroes in Bollywood: Comparative Analysis With Reference to ‘Mahanagar’ and ‘Nayak’
65034 | A Study of Gender Representation of Women in the 10 Highest Grossing Hindi and Tamil Movies of 2015-2020
65763 | Rendang of Death: Revisiting Collective Memory of the Nation through Cartoon Violence
65766 | A Brief History and Systematic Review on Editing Techniques for Film Making
65819 | Using Social Media Platforms for Social Issue Documentary: A Case Study of “Let Kids Be Kids” in The Series “Weirdos”
65873 | Expedition for a Workable Business Model Among News Publishers: A Study of Indian Digital News Portals Post-pandemic Era
65009 | Uses & Gratifications of Social Media: Survey of YouTube Viewing among College Students
65653 | Bouncing Back From Adversity: Thriving During the Pandemic Through Mindfulness Meditation on the Plum Village App
65884 | Indian Government’s Use of Social Media During the Russia-Ukraine War
64862 | Imagining the Dalit in Indian Sport Films: A Case of Sarpatta Parambarai and Jhund
65667 | Appearance Concerns after COVID 19
65811 | Changing Behaviours Through Design: An Educational Comic Brochure to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Featured Presentations

  • News Media and the World
    News Media and the World
    Panel Presentation: Azusa Iwane, Namie Kawabata Wilson, Kelsey Oliver Imanishi & Syafiq Syaikhul Akbar
  • Challenges Faced by Media Covering the Asia-Pacific: A Conversation with David Robie
    Challenges Faced by Media Covering the Asia-Pacific: A Conversation with David Robie
    Featured Interview: David Robie & Nasya Bahfen
  • Revisiting Keisuke Kinoshita through a Queer Lens
    Revisiting Keisuke Kinoshita through a Queer Lens
    Keynote Presentation: Yutaka Kubo
  • The “Zen” of Zen Gardens: Fact or Fiction?
    The “Zen” of Zen Gardens: Fact or Fiction?
    Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria
  • Costume Conversations: Resilience and Representation in Cosplay and Beyond
    Costume Conversations: Resilience and Representation in Cosplay and Beyond
    Keynote Presentation: Thomas G. Endres

Draft Programme

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Previous Programming

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News Media and the World
Panel Presentation: Azusa Iwane, Namie Kawabata Wilson, Kelsey Oliver Imanishi & Syafiq Syaikhul Akbar

In this plenary panel presentation, four students from the Osaka School of Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University will describe their research into international news media.

SDGs Coverage in the Media: Case Study of a Japanese Newspaper | Azusa Iwane

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified 17 goals to realise a sustainable world with no one left behind. The first of these goals is the eradication of poverty. While SDGs are widely adopted by Japanese society across both public and private entities, the actual content of this narrative remains to be effectively characterised. The presenter uses Japanese newspapers to examine the common focus of the SDGs within Japanese newspaper coverage.

The Not So 'Liberal' Media: 2020 Presidential Election Coverage in American Broadcast Media | Namie Kawabata Wilson

Using a case study of MSNBC's broadcast coverage of the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, this study tests the claim of a 'liberal' media bias by quantitatively and qualitatively analysing coverage of 'liberal' presidential candidates. Results show that MSNBC covers 'liberal' candidates in a more negative manner than 'moderate' candidates, refuting the claim of a 'liberal' media bias.

Aid Bureaucracies in Times of Humanitarian Crisis: How Media and Congressional Interest Shape USAID Responses to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies | Kelsey Oliver Imanishi

There has been much speculation on the determinants of foreign aid. While the motivations underpinning aid – geostrategic importance, economic self-interest, and humanitarian need – have become more or less accepted, what is less understood is how aid bureaucracies respond to the preferences of political actors such as elected officials or the media. In clarifying this relationship, this research examines how US media and congressional discourses (measured in attention volume and complexity) impact USAID obligations made to countries experiencing complex humanitarian emergencies. It finds that both indicators for both the media and Congress have significant impacts on aid allocations even above and beyond the impact of need indicators.

News Media Influence on Policymakers’ Response to Natural Disaster: The Case of Forest Fires of 2019 in Indonesia | Syafiq Syaikhul Akbar

Press freedom in Indonesia was not given to the news media until 1998 when the country had a major democratic reform. The study aims to understand the current role that the news media plays with press freedom and its interaction with the Indonesian government. The study is using the 2019 forest fire as its case study as there was a major fire and a presidential election happening in the same calendar year.

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Challenges Faced by Media Covering the Asia-Pacific: A Conversation with David Robie
Featured Interview: David Robie & Nasya Bahfen

New Zealand journalist and academic David Robie has covered the Asia-Pacific region for international media for more than two decades. An advocate for media freedom in the Pacific region, he is the author of several books on South Pacific media and politics, including an account of the French bombing of the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior - which took place while he was on board. In 1994 he founded the journal Pacific Journalism Review examining media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. In this interview conducted by Mediasia organising committee member Dr Nasya Bahfen, Professor Robie discusses a surge of disinformation and the challenges it posed for journalists in the region as they covered the COVID-19 pandemic alongside a parallel 'infodemic' of fake news and hoaxes. He also explores the global climate emergency and the disproportionate impact it is having on the Asia-Pacific.

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Revisiting Keisuke Kinoshita through a Queer Lens
Keynote Presentation: Yutaka Kubo

The works of Japanese filmmaker Keisuke Kinoshita have long been underappreciated in Western academic circles, despite enjoying critical success in Japan and despite his enormous contribution to the film industry during the second golden age of Japanese cinema in the 1950s. Ever since his passing in 1998, film scholars and critics in Japan have sought to reframe his career through the perspectives of war memory, family, and gender. One of these attempts includes film critic Ikuko Ishihara’s comprehensive analysis of masculinity and male vulnerability in Kinoshita’s films, which paved the way for examining expressions of non-normative gender, sexuality, and body in the post-war era. Following Ishihara’s work, some scholars have begun to focus on Kinoshita’s aesthetic obsession with non-normativity.

How do Kinoshita’s films help us understand Kinoshita’s complex relationship with love, attachment, and intimacy? Sharing elements from my monograph Yuyakegumo no kanata ni: Kinoshita Keisuke to kuia na kansei (Over the Sunset: Kinoshita Keisuke and Queer Sensibility), this talk will introduce the ways to trace and enjoy the fluidity of Kinoshita’s queer sensibility in his commercial works from the 1940s to the 1950s, in addition to re-contextualizing his home movies, shot between 1937 and 1949, through a queer lens.

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The “Zen” of Zen Gardens: Fact or Fiction?
Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria

For many who come to Kyoto, the opportunity to view one or more Zen gardens is a highlight of their visit. Simply described, Zen gardens are composed of miniature, stylized landscapes created through the careful arrangement of rocks, water, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and/or the use of gravel or sand raked to represent ripples in water. Zen gardens are intended to imitate the essence of nature, not its actual appearance and have been found at Zen Buddhist temples in Kyoto from the Muromachi period (1338–1573) onwards. Usually relatively small and surrounded by a temple wall or buildings, a Zen garden is meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden such as the residence of the abbot of the temple or monastery. For this reason, Zen gardens are widely believed to serve as an aid to the practice of meditation, either expressing, or capable of teaching, the ultimate Buddhist truth of awakening/enlightenment. Focusing on Ryōanji, one of Kyoto’s most famous Zen gardens, this presentation asks the simple question – is this fact or fiction?

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Costume Conversations: Resilience and Representation in Cosplay and Beyond
Keynote Presentation: Thomas G. Endres

For some, dressing up in costume provides an opportunity to be someone they are not. But for many, the costume allows the person to dress in a way that shows who they really are. In this presentation, Endres shares a preview of his forthcoming book My Costume, Myself: Celebrating Stories of Cosplay and Beyond (Kirk House Press). Beginning with a brief history of costuming and cosplay, and examining the impact of costume messages on self-identification and portrayal, the address focuses primarily on photos and interviews conducted by Endres over a year-long period in venues ranging from New York City to Los Angeles, California. The scenes range from Comic Cons and Festivals to Old West historical reenactments in the streets of Deadwood, South Dakota, United States, and the costumes run the gamut from superheroes to anime/manga to Medieval to drag. Both the resilience of subjects, and the ways in which they choose to represent themselves, is found in stories related to grief, health, ability/disability, gender identification, and family relationships. Of particular interest are questions related to depictions of race and culture, and the continuum between “appropriate” and “appropriation.” With the goal of celebration, these stories serve to legitimise and validate this increasingly popular cultural phenomenon.

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