Jaqueline Berndt

Jaqueline Berndt


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Works at Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies
Telephone 08-16 20 25
Visiting address Roslagsvägen 101, Kräftriket hus 4 B
Room 254
Postal address Japanska 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies. 
PhD (Dr. phil.) in Aesthetics/Kunstwissenschaft, Humboldt University Berlin, 1991)

2017–2019_Career Mentoring III Program Linz-Salzburg-Krems, Austria
2018–2020_Council member, European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS)Current Position
2018- _Board member, Forum for Asian Studies, Su

Employment History

  • Professor in Manga/Comics Theory (tenured), Department & Graduate School of Manga, Kyoto Seika University, Japan (2009-2017), Acting head, Graduate School of Manga (2010-2014)

  • ​Associate Professor in Art and Media Studies (tenured), Faculty of Education and Human Sciences, Yokohama National University, Japan (2001-2009)

  • Associate Professor in Art Sociology (tenured), Department of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan (1995-2001)


I am teaching in English (and Japanese).

VT 2019, 2nd period: 
JKA924 Modern Japan, JKA918 Manga Studies 
JK0400 Theories and Methods in Asian Studies
HT 2019:
JKA111/DK26 Introduction to Japanese Studies (course coordinator)
Asia in Japan



Main areas

What? — popular media, manga/graphic narratives, anime, Art in Asia (19th – 21st centuries)
How? — Media Studies; Art Theory/Aesthetics [Kunstwissenschaft]; Museum/Exhibition Studies

Forthcoming Talks and Conferences:
14 March 2019_Tohoku University, Sendai; Hasekura League, “Japanese Studies and Manga Studies”
16 March 2019_Meiji University, Tokyo; final symposium of research project, “Manga as Style, and its Relation to ‘World Comics’”
21-23 March 2019_Vigo University, Pontevedra; workshop on anime studies and Neon Genesis Evangelion
15-16 April 2019_National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow; “Manga as (World) Literature”
29-30 June 2019_Saitama University; Asian Studies Japan Conference, panel on Approaching Anime: Mediating Disciplines and Region (organizer + presenter)

Forthcoming Publications

Shōjo Across Media, co-ed. with Kazumi Nagaike & Fusami Ogi, “Introduction: Shōjo Mediations” [individually authored], Palgrave Macmillan

“Deviating from ‘Art’: Japanese Manga Exhibitions 1990–2015,” in From Panels to Frames: Comics in Museums, edited by Kim Munson, University Press of Mississippi.

“Exhibiting Manga, Representing ‘Japan’,” in Japanese Art – Global Dimensions, ed. by Christine Guth, Melanie Trede & Mio Wakita, Leiden: Brill.

Current Projects/International Collaboration:

  • Area Studies as Media Studies: Reconceptualizing the Study of Manga and Anime in Relation to the institution of Japanese Studies

  • Explorando nuevos territorios gráficos desde una perspectiva transdisciplinar. Cómic de campo expandido, el hiperlibro de artista y teorías animéticas contemporáneas [Exploring new graphic territories from a transdisciplinar perspective: Expanded-field comics, artist hyper-books and contemporary animetic theory]. Funding for R&D projects within the State Programme for the Promotion of Excellence in Scientific and Technical Research, State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Research Team G. I. dx5 - digital & graphic art research, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Vigo, Spain; Project Leader: Ana Soler Baena.Area Studies as Media Studies, or What can Japanese Studies do for Manga Studies, until December 2019.

  • Aesthetic Innovation in Japan’s Commercial ‘Media Arts’ (Collaboration with the University of Tokyo)

Subjects and Interests

My academic production has constantly focused on Japan’s modern and contemporary visual culture, stretching from painting to entertaining fiction, in particular graphic narratives (manga), and therein the interrelation between contexts and texts, or culture and aesthetics, the latter understood as matters of form, style, materiality, sensory and affective perception.

During the early phase of my career, my focus was more on institutional fine art (folding screens in the museum space, modern traditionalist painting, i.e. nihonga, nude and naked, Yokoo Tadanori’s posters, and contemporary “Neo-pop” artists such as Murakami Takashi), while in recent years I have been engaged mainly in the formation of comics/manga studies, a newly emerging field which necessitates multidisciplinary approaches entwining media research, genre theory, narratology, visual analysis, gender studies, fan culture studies, globalization studies, discourse analysis, semiotics, and accounts of culture industries and/or creative industries. 

Concurrently with my institutional exposure to manga studies, which involved an increased attention to media specificity, my academic production saw a methodological shift: I became more interested in speaking with or along media texts instead of merely speaking about them in a generalizing way, or to rephrase, in making the texts, in their specific individuation, speak instead of using them as illustration of larger socio-cultural trends and theories.

Besides academic publications, the results of my research manifested themselves in exhibitions: the worldwide traveling exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics, organized by The Japan Foundation (first venue: Rome, 2016), introducing Japanese material to non-Japanese audiences, and Crossing Borders: Mahler’s Manga Park​ (Kyoto International Manga Museum, Dec. 2014 – Febr. 2015), introducing non-manga style Austrian comics artist Nicolas Mahler to Japanese manga readers. I also helped to organize the Hokusai Exhibition at Millesgården (19 May – 9 June 2018).





A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Jaqueline Berndt. Arts 7 (4)

    The transcultural consumption of Japan-derived popular media has prompted a significant amount of academic research and teaching. Instead of addressing globalization or localization as such, this article investigates the interplay of anime research and the institution of Japanese studies and recurrent methodological issues therein, in particular, related to representation and mediation, intellectual critique and affective engagement, subculture and national culture.The inclination towards objects and representation in socio-cultural as well as cinema-oriented Japanese-studies accounts of anime is first introduced and, after considering discursive implications of the name animein Japan and abroad, contrasted with media-studies approaches that put an emphasis on relations, modalities, and forms. In order to illustrate the vital role of forms, including genre, similarities between TV anime and Nordic Noir TV drama series are sketched out. Eventually, the article demonstrates that the study of anime is accomodated best by going beyond traditional polarizations between text and context, media specificity and media ecology, area and discipline.

  • 2018. Jaqueline Berndt.
  • Chapter Hand in Hand
    2018. Jaqueline Berndt. Ästhetik des Gemachten, 53-84

    The characterization of manga (graphic narratives) and anime (animated film) as ‘superflat’ is usually accompanied by overlooking the materiality of their craftedness. Media-aesthetic discussions of craftedness focus on stylization, hyper-mediality, and parodic intertextuality rather than the persistence of manual craft, the role of hand drawing, and the preference for an analog look. Taking In This Corner of the World as its example, this article investigates how the story of a hand and its pictorial representation are entwined with the comics-specific employment of free-hand drawing, printed pages, and serial publication format. It arrives at the conclusion that a pragmatic orientation towards tangible proximity between past and present, characters and readers, or viewers, outweighs invitations to critically reflect on the medium of comics as such.

  • 2017. Jaqueline Berndt. Hokusai, 21-27
  • 2017. Jaqueline Berndt. Konsthistorisk Tidskrift 86 (1), 67-74
  • 2016. Jaqueline Berndt. Orientaliska Studier (147), 143-169
  • 2018. Jaqueline Berndt.

    This year’s final issue of Orientaliska studier consists of papers initially given at the conference on Manga Studies held at Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies from 6-8 September. The conference was arranged on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan. A wide variety of topics within this broad field of research are covered by the 15 contributors. An introduction is written by conference organizer and guest editor Jaqueline Berndt, professor of Japanese Language and Culture at Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.

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Last updated: January 25, 2019

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