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東京大学 学内用 応募要項

Summer Program 2016 ANIMATING LIFE
The University of Tokyo
Keynote by Thomas Lamarre
Organized by Anne Allison
Supported by
Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation

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東京大学 学内用 応募要項

Program Overview

京大学大学院情報学環・角川文化振興財団寄付講座では、日本のメディア文化やポピュラーカルチャーの様々な側面に焦点を当てたサマープログラムを開催します。2016年度は「アニメーション:生命力」(「Animating Life」)と題し、ポピュラーカルチャーを巡る多様な実践の現在的意味を「アニメーション」というキーワードで考察します。東京大学からは約10人の参加者を募り、海外の大学院生とともに、招聘講師によるレクチャーやラウンドテーブルなどに参加します。また本サマープログラムはS2ターム集中講義(ITASIA237;2単位)として開講します。プログラムを通しての基本言語は英語ですが、フィールドトリップなどで日本語を使う場面もあります。アジア欧米から参加する学生や著名な研究者との対話など、国際交流を通じて学際的な教育の場を提供します。

ログラム・テーマ:2016年度サマープログラム「アニメーション:生命力」では、「アニメーション」と「命」というキーワードを中心に、日本のポピュラーカルチャーにおいて実験的に再構築されつつある親密性やつながりの形に焦点を当てます。メディア・コンテンツの一形態としての「アニメ(ーション)」を意味すると同時に、「運動」や「衝動」、「魅了」や「魂」(anima)といった多彩な意味を内包する「アニメーション」という語の多義性に注目し、様々な「命」が収斂し、折り重なる様を考察します。昨今の日本のメディア文化には、そのような多彩な命の形に呼応するコンテンツや実践が満ちあふれています。新たな社会性の創造を指標する現象は、アニメ・キャラクターやヴァーチャル・アイドル(「2次元」)とそのファン(「3次元」)の関係や、ケア・ロボットやモノのインターネット等における人とテクノロジーの共生等に顕著に見て取る事が出来るでしょう。またその他にも、モバイルゲームとプレーヤーの相互行為;テクノロジー化する性文化;「動物カフェ」などに見られるような人間と動物の交わり;アニメ・ツーリズムにおける(旅)人/イメージ/地域社会/自然環境の接触;オンライン上のメディア・コンテンツ流通の中に生成する社会関係;等、多様なつながりの場が実験、生成されています。今、人と人、人と人でないものの間に、どのような邂逅が、いかなる他者性と親密性が生まれつつあるのか?どのような接触の場が要求され、その需要はいかなる実践を促すのか?社会性のヴァーチャル化や商品化、周縁化は「社会的なもの」の地平にどのような変容をもたらすのか?「無縁社会」、「セックスレス」、「シングル化」等の表現が昨今の日本社会を表象するイメージとして既にグローバルに流通する中、今年度プログラムではこれらの問いを「animation」と「life」という多義的な概念を通して捉え直し、ポピュラーカルチャーの想像力が人と人、人と人でないものとの媒介にどのような「生命力」を「吹き込む」のかを検証します。メディア社会学や歴史学、テクノロジー研究や文化人類学などの諸分野における研究者・学生を国内外から広く集め、10日間にわたる講義・ワークショップを実施し、多義的な「アニメーション」の実験場としてのポピュラーカルチャーを考察します。

の10日間の集中プログラムでは、トーマス・ラマール教授(マギル大学)による基調講演を皮切りとして、招聘講師によるレクチャーやラウンドテーブル、参加学生主体のセッションなどを行います。またキャンパスを飛び出して東京の街を舞台としたフィールドトリップも予定しています。応募方法はこのページの下にある How to Apply から

The Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project, in conjunction with the University of Tokyo, will host an annual Summer Program focusing on various aspects of Japanese popular media culture. The theme of this year’s Program is “Animating Life.” With Anne Allison as the main organizer, the Program invites 10 graduate students from universities around the world, who will collaborate with graduate students from the University of Tokyo. Our hope is that the participants will take advantage of the Program to build new social networks and pursue work related to Japanese media and popular cultures in the future, whether as researchers, artists, or teachers.

Animating Life explores limits of intimacy and forms of companionship creatively reorganized in today’s Japanese popular culture. Taking ‘animation’ and ‘life’ as key concepts, the Program examines how the popular cultural imagination animates – breathes life into – a variety of relationships people establish with human and nonhuman others. How do characters come to life? How do dogs come to talk? How do robots come to care? Building on the aesthetic of animation long cultivated in Japanese film, anime, and other expressive genres, we hope to expand the concept of animation to consider the enchantment of life in a wide range of practices and phenomena, including (but by no means limited to) virtual idol fandom, technology of care, gaming, anime pilgrimage, translation, digital sex, social media and political mobilization, and animal sociality. We seek to discern convergence, feedback, and crossing among diverse dimensions of animation. To that end, we welcome applicants interested in any facet of Japanese society where the concepts of ‘animation’ and ‘life’ may be productively mobilized for analysis. The range of topics and disciplinary backgrounds for consideration is wide open.

What kinds of encounters, with what kinds of others, in what iterations of intimacy and companionship, are coming to take the place of human-human sociality? How are human relations thereby being transformed? How are fans, creators, programmers, urban dwellers, protesters, and other social actors navigating what once constituted the terrain of the social through alternative, manufactured, virtual, commodified means? In order to rethink intimacy and companionship against the background of such globally circulating images of contemporary Japan as ‘relationless,’ ‘sexless,’ and ‘singlified’ -- images often uncritically linked to a pathology of sociality -- we turn to media contents and cultural practices, and to media technologies of various kinds, as a site of creative experimentation in the animation of life.

An intensive ten-day event, the Program takes place between July 4, 2016 and July 14, 2016. Thomas Lamarre (McGill University) will open the Program with his keynote lecture. Other lecturers tentatively include Elizabeth Povinelli (Columbia University), Shunya Yoshimi (University of Tokyo), Anne Allison (Duke University), Lawrence Grossberg (University of North Carolina), Yasuhiro Yamada (Chuo University), Shiho Satsuka (University of Toronto), Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University), Sachiko Horiguchi (Temple University Japan), Paul Hansen (Hokkaido University), Grant Otsuki (Tsukuba University), Alexandra Hambleton (Bunkyo Gakuin University), Christophe Thouny (University of Tokyo), Ryo Morimoto (Harvard University), Patrick Galbraith (Duke University), and Shunsuke Nozawa (University of Tokyo). Lectures are combined with roundtables and breakout sessions to facilitate more informal dialogue among lecturers and participants. The Program also features experiential forays into Tokyo social life through field trips. The Program is open only to participating members, except for some selected events.

The Program will be conducted mainly in English. However, we expect participants to have sufficient Japanese proficiency to facilitate scholarly interaction and communication outside of the classroom. The program will accept 10 graduate students from universities around the world, who will collaborate with graduate students from the University of Tokyo.

 

Lecturers

Thomas Lamarre Keynote Speaker
McGill University
Elizabeth Povinelli
Columbia University
Lawrence Grossberg
University of North Carolina
Anne Allison Organizer
Duke University
Yoshimi Shunya
University of Tokyo
Jason Danely
Oxford Brookes University
Shiho Satsuka
University of Toronto
Masahiro Yamada
Chuo University
Sachiko Horiguchi
Temple University Japan
Paul Hansen
Hokkaido University
Alexandra Hambleton
Bunkyo Gakuin University
Grant Jun Otsuki
Tsukuba University
Christophe Thouny
University of Tokyo
Ryo Morimoto
Harvard University
Patrick W. Galbraith
Duke University

Shunsuke Nozawa

University of Tokyo

Dates: From July 4 to July 14, 2016

Program Highlights

  • Lectures Lectures will be conducted by leading scholars in the field of Japanese media and popular culture
  • Field events Experiential forays in Tokyo allow dynamic feedback between the city and the classroom
  • Collaborating and networking with scholars, students, and media practitioners from Japan and around the world.

Fees & Tuitions

  • The program has no tuition or registration fees.

Class Credit

  • The program is offered as an intensive class for 2 credits. (Credit is applicable to graduate students of the University of Tokyo only.)

Location

  • The University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus

Number of Participants

  • Around 10 participants

FOR UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO APPLICANTS ONLY

東京大学 学内用 応募要項

How to Apply

Review of Applications Will Begin: April 30, 2016

APPLICATION CLOSED

Eligibility

Applicants are eligible if they are currently enrolled in the University of Tokyo, or already have obtained their undergraduate degree from the University of Tokyo, in the field of art humanities, or social sciences, regardless of the applicant's current research/study area. (学部や研究科に関わらず、東京大学の学部生および大学院生)

Application procedure

You are required to submit your application form by email. We will not accept applications sent through the mail, unless you are instructed to do so by the program administration office.

  • Please send your application form to the email address below.

E-mail: animatinglife2016.applications@gmail.com

Subject: “Application to the 2016 summer program”

If you have any questions, please e-mail to: animatinglife2016.inquiry@gmail.com

Important

Matters to be noted when you prepare the application form.

I. General Matters

Please note that the mailing address should be the one at which you receive official documents from the school and any concerned ministries and/or agencies. If you have a different mailing address when you are out of town for a considerably long period, please indicate both addresses. Your email address must be the one that you use regularly. You are responsible for maintaining communication through this address.

Language level

Please indicate your language level in English and Japanese. The Program will be conducted mainly in English.
However, we expect you to have a certain level of Japanese proficiency (especially listening) to facilitate scholarly interaction and communication outside of the classroom.

II. Recommendation

  • A recommendation letter is NOT required at the time of application. However, you are required to confirm that the person you indicate in the online application form will write a recommendation letter on your behalf; confirm this with the person prior to submission. The person named in the application may be contacted directly by us during the selection process.

III. Resume/CV

Your resume/CV should include description of any work experience, responsibilities, projects, or publications relevant to the Program’s main theme. It should also briefly explain any courses you have taken or will take as well as prizes and awards that are relevant to the Program’s main theme. Please include your Resume/ CV directly in the Application Form.

IV. Cover Letter

Please include your Cover Letter directly in the Application Form. Your Cover Letter must be no longer than 500 words in English. Respond to the following prompts:

      1 Briefly, and concretely, contextualize your research in relation to the Program’s main theme. Explain the relevance of the concepts “animation” and “life” to your research: how are you using these and related concepts for your work, and how does your work contribute to a deeper understanding of them?
      2 At the end of your cover letter, indicate one or two keywords/concepts that most directly characterize your work, most deeply excite your thinking. Just keyword(s)/concept(s), no explanation.

V. Academic Record (Transcript)

Academic transcripts are NOT required at the time of application. However, when you are selected as a successful candidate, you may be asked to submit an academic record.

Note

Any discrepancy between the submitted materials by the applicant and the official record received after the selection process may result in the rejection of your application or withdrawal of our offer of admission.

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