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 in ‘Japanese Language and Culture’
PhD (Dr. phil.) in Aesthetics/Kunstwissenschaft, Humboldt University Berlin, 1991

2018–2023_Council member, European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS)
2019-_Chairperson and main contact for book series "Stockholm Studies in Media Arts Japan” (SMAJ, Stockholm University Press)
2018-_Board member, Stockholm Studies in Culture and Aesthetics (SUP)
2018- _Board member, Forum for Asian Studies, SU

Employment History

Professor in Manga/Comics Theory (tenured), Graduate School of Manga, Kyoto Seika University, Japan (2009-2017)

​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--although not at SU).
VT 2021:
JKA924 Modern Japan
JKA918_Manga Studies
JK0700 Media Culture in Asia

JKA932 Japanese Popular Culture
JKA111/DK26 Introduction to Japanese Studies (no free-standing course)
JKA935 Queer|Asia (new; 2nd period; coordination + co-teaching)

To Foreign Students Seeking PhD Supervision:
Unfortunately, I am not allowed to accept PhD students outside of the specifically Swedish framework of contracted positions (here, PhD student is an employment, and openings are rare; a program with entrance exams doesn’t exist).
But if you are enrolled in another university’s PhD program, you are welcome to receive my supervision as an academic intern or guest for one or two semesters (provided that you are able to cover your living expenses).



What? — Visual arts/aesthetic culture in Asia (19th – 21st centuries: graphic arts, filmic media), manga/comics, anime and animation

How? — Media Studies (new formalism and materialism applied to manga and anime); Art Theory/Aesthetics; Museum/Exhibition Studies

Current Projects:

edited vol. Cambridge Companion to Manga and Anime (under contract), forthcoming in 2022.

exhibition Manga: Contemporary Graphic Narratives (9 September 2021 – 3 Januar 2022, Museum Rietberg Zürich, accompanying the show Love, Fight, Feast: Dynamics in Japanese Narrative Art); curation (collaboration with Christina Plaka and Koo Bonwon), catalogue essay.

International Collaboration:

Playing Japan: Game Studies, Anime Research, and Language Education (SU-funded collaboration with The University of Tokyo, Prof. Hiroshi Yoshida)

Invitations to Playful Reading: towards a New Paradigm for the Study of Graphic Fiction from Early Modern to Contemporary Japan (Cambridge-Stockholm Collaborative Research Grants Scheme, with Dr Laura Moretti, Senior Lecturer in Pre-modern Japanese Studies, Cambridge University), 2020–2023

Transdisciplinary Comics Studies: Postdigital Manga, Testimonial Comics, and the Mangaesque (Pl Dr José Andrés Santiago Iglesias, Vigo University, Spain; Call 2019 «R&D&i Projects» [Knowledge Generation Programme, Type A], Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (Government of Spain, 2020–2022) 

Archive Centre for Anime Studies, Niigata University, Japan (with Prof. Minori Ishida, Prof. Kim Joon Yang et al.)



A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • Article Manga
    2020. Jaqueline Berndt. Print Quarterly xxxvii (4), 483-485
  • 2020. Jaqueline Berndt. Comic Art in Museums, 180-193
  • 2020. Jaqueline Berndt. Mechademia: Second Arc 12 (2), 83-101
  • Chapter Manga Aging
    2020. Jaqueline Berndt. Spaces Between, 175-186

    Manga (as printed graphic narratives) has become an aging media with regards to reader demographics, technology, and business model; accordingly, series with elderly protagonists are seeing a boom in recent years. From the per- spective of intersectionality, the question arises how the potential age diver- sity relates to gender, especially in terms of manga’s traditional system of gendered genres. The comparison of two representative series—Kaori Tsuru- tani’s Metamorphosis Veranda (since 2017) and Yuki Ozawa’s Sanju Mariko (since 2016)—reveals how publication site (webcomic, print magazine) and a related foregrounding of genre-specific style effect demographic range. One stylistic device is the gutter, or mahaku [liminal time-space], which serves genre-specific nostalgia as well as affectively engaging page compositions in addition to closure.

  • 2019. Jaqueline Berndt. Shōjo Across Media, 1-21

    In order to provide a framework for the whole volume, this introductory chapter promotes a shift of methodological focus from shōjo (girl) as a category of social representation to shōjo mediations, considering not only media for and by actual girls, but also shōjo as character type, code, and taste category. Firstly, shōjo research inside and outside of Japan is recapitulated with due regard to changes in both mediascape and critical orientation. Secondly, it is demonstrated that the word shōjo assumes its specific meaning in relation to other, historically changing Japanese names for “girl” and the employed media. Finally, the volume’s individual chapters are introduced with particular regard to the conception of shōjo they apply, relating to Japanese and gender studies, genre theory, transcultural research on popular media, and performativity respectively.

  • 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.

  • 2019. Jaqueline Berndt. Journal of Japanese Studies 45 (2), 471-475
  • 2017. Jaqueline Berndt. Konsthistorisk Tidskrift 86 (1), 67-74
  • 2018. Jaqueline Berndt. Orientaliska Studier (156), 6-14
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Last updated: March 29, 2021

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