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Higher seminar: Aesthetic Playfulness (Edo-era Japan)


Date: Wednesday 14 April 2021

Time: 14.00 – 15.45

Location: Zoom

This event is organized as a workshop within the SU – Cambridge University collaboration run by Jaqueline Berndt and Laura Moretti, 2020–2023. Presenters: Dr. Laura Moretti, Cambridge University, and Dr. Ewa Machotka, Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.

This seminar approaches the collaboration project on “Invitations to Playful Reading: towards a New Paradigm for the Study of Graphic Fiction from Early Modern to Contemporary Japan” through the lens of early modern Japan. Laura Moretti, author of Pleasure in Profit: Popular Prose in Seventeenth-Century Japan (Columbia University Press, 2020), will deliver a paper of max. 45 min., which will then be followed by a reflection on how to engage with popular printed pictorializations of poetry from the perspectives of performativity and transmedial storytelling, held by Ewa Machotka. This is meant as a first stept to explore possibilities of research collaboration within the Department, especially among specialists of East Asian literatures.

Dr. Laura Moretti (Cambridge University, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Senior Lecturer in Pre-modern Japanese Studies)
Dr. Ewa Machotka (Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Associate Prof., Japanese art history and early modern visual culture)

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Meeting ID: 657 9218 6939
Passcode: 879508
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To attendants from outside the Department: Please register with Jaqueline Berndt at for admittance.