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

Current Position

Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.

2017–2019_Career Mentoring III Program Linz-Salzburg-Krems, Austria
2018–2020_Council member, European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS)

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in Aesthetics, Humboldt University Berlin (1991), thesis on Japanese popular culture with a special focus on bestsellers in pop-literature and manga (Summa cum laude)

  • M.A. (DDR-Hochschuldiplom) in Japanese Studies, Humboldt University Berlin (1987), thesis on the Japanese reception of Walter Benjamin’s late writings concerning media and art (Summa cum laude)

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)

  • Instructor of German Language, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan (1991-1995)

Visiting Professorships

The Japan Foundation, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore (fall 2012); Bridgestone Foundation, Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University (spring term 2008); DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Seminar of Japanology, Leipzig University (spring term 2005)


I am teaching in English (and Japanese).

HT 2018:
JKA111/DK26 Introduction to Japanese Studies (course coordinator)
JKA932 Japanese Popular Culture (in September 2018 combined with the international conference Manga, Comics and Japan: Area Studies as Media Studies)

VT 2019, 2nd period: 
JK0400 Theories and Methods in Asian Studies [seminar, master program in Asian languages and cultures]
JKA924 Modern Japan [undergraduate level; course coordinator]
JKA918 Manga Studies 



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:

6–8 September 2018 International Conference Manga, Comics and Japan: Area Studies as Media Studies, SU; organizer, opening speech
17–19 September 2018 International Conference of German Association for Comics Studies (ComFor)@Cologne University; invited speaker
28 September 2018 Symposium to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Japanese Studies program, Fria Kristliga Folkhögskolan Vaasa, Finnland, invited talk “Anime Pedagogy: Interrelating Fan Expertise and Academic Scholarship in the Japanese Studies Classroom,”
15 October 2018_Institut für Wirtschaftstheorie, -politik und -geschichte, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria, invited guest lecture on man-machine interfaces in Japanese manga and anime, within the research project on Science and Responsibility 
5–7 November 2018 International Conference, German Association for Media Studies: Comics | Games: Aesthetic, Ludic, and Narrative Strategies@Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation; invited speaker
8–10 November 2018 12th Annual Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS), organized by the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc, Sczech Republic; invited talk “Japan Now: The ‘Cool’ is Aging”
15 December 2018 Portland Japanese Garden Museum in Portland, Oregon, guest lecture on Hokusai Manga 

Forthcoming Publications

“Anime in Academia: Representative Object, Media Form, and Japanese Studies,” ARTS 7(3) [peer-reviewed Open Access journal], section: Popular Arts, Special Issue on “Japanese Media Cultures in Japan and Abroad: Transnational Consumption of Manga, Anime, and Video Games.”

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.

“Hand in Hand: Kouno Fumiyos Mangaserie Kono sekai no katasumi ni (In this corner of the world) und deren Anime-Adaptation durch Katabuchi Sunao” [Hand in Hand: Kouno Fumiyo’s Manga series Kono sekai no katasumi ni (In this corner of the world) and its Anime Adaptation by Katabuchi Sunao], in Ästhetik des Gemachten: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zur Animations- und Comicforschung [The Aesthetics of Craftedness: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Animation and Comics Research], ed. by Véronique Sina & Jan-Noël Thon, Berlin: deGruyter.

Current Projects/International Collaboration:

  • From “Culture” to “Form” and back again (contribution to the Japan-based project “Manga ‘Style’ Spreading Outside of Japan,” JSPS KAKENHI Grant B, headed by Prof. Fujimoto Yukari, Meiji University), until March 2019.

  • Japanese Studies in Sweden, Swedish Studies in Japan (STINT Anniversary Grant, 2018), Collaboration with Swedish Dept., Osaka University

  • 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. As deputy director of Kyoto Seika University’s International Manga Research Center, I organized seven international conferences (Kyoto 2009, Cologne 2010, Bucheon 2011, Kobe/Kyoto 2012, Bandung 2013, Wollongong 2014, 2015 Kyoto) and edited the respective essay collections.

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 mere material or illustration of larger cultural or social 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. -- Recently I supported the Hokusai Exhibition at Millesgården (19 May – 9 June 2018) with translations and expertise.





A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2017. Jaqueline Berndt. Konsthistorisk Tidskrift 86 (1), 67-74
  • 2016. Jaqueline Berndt. Kritika Kultura (26), 166-178

    This introduction to the special issue “Manga Culture and Critique” takes as its point of departure a stark contrast to English-language comics discourse, namely that in contemporary Japan manga is only rarely expected to serve as a means of social critique, at least insofar as the by now predominant notion is concerned, i.e. manga as entertaining graphic narratives first serialized in magazines, inviting readers’ affective investment and fans’ participation in more ways than reading. The special-issue articles, however, consider more notions of manga: single-image satirical cartoons on the one pole, “AMO (anime-manga-otaku) culture” on the other. And even if focusing on serialized fiction, they illuminate the vital difference between gendered genres as well as between mainstream and alternative productions. In its general pursuit of socio-critical impacts of manga culture, this special issue concentrates not only on “manga as critique” as tied to a political, and as such societal, stance, but also on manga “criticism,” that is, the reviewing of specific primary and secondary texts, including the already existing body of theoretical accounts. As outlined in the introduction, through the individual discussions of cartoons, graphic narratives, and related criticism, this special issue demonstrates the potential of textual analyses shaped by media-studies concerns, and it suggests to conceptualize manga not as something beyond critique, but as a challenge to widen the very notion of critique, to go beyond traditional biases between text and context, aesthetics and society, affect and reason.

  • 2016. Jaqueline Berndt. Orientaliska Studier (147), 143-169
  • Book Manga
    2015. Jaqueline Berndt.

    Manga sind Vieles: Kulturindustrie und „Media-Mix“-Komponente, Instrument für „Cool-Japan“-Kampagnen seitens des japanischen Staates, Bildsprache einer globalen Fankultur und Quelle niedlicher Figuren. Aber sie sind auch Comics, serielle Bilderzählungen zumeist, deren Medienspezifik ebenjene Darstellungsleistungen beeinflusst, die aus geschichts- und geschlechtswissenschaftlicher Sicht vorrangig interessieren. Dieser Band versammelt deutsch- und englischsprachige Texte aus zehn Jahren Manga-Studien, die als Buch- oder Konferenzbeitrag für nicht comicspezifische Kontexte entstanden. Manga wird hier nicht einfach als kulturwissenschaftliches oder japanologisches Material benutzt, sondern vielmehr daraufhin befragt, welche ästhetisch-kulturellen Gegebenheiten und Diskurse für eine solche Indienststellung zu berücksichtigen sind. Hier steht der Manga selbst im Zentrum.

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Last updated: August 14, 2018

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