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
PhD (Dr. phil.) in Aesthetics/Kunstwissenschaft, Humboldt University Berlin, 1991

2018–2020_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), 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--although not at SU).
HT 2019:
JKA111/DK26 Introduction to Japanese Studies (course coordinator)
JKA956 Asia in Japan [new]
VT 2020, 2nd period: 
JKA924 Modern Japan
[MA program:] Media Cultures in Asia [new]
HT 2020:
JKA918 Manga Studies

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).



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:
20-23 November 2019_Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Forthcoming Publications

“Anime’s Situated Posthumanism: Representation, Mediality, Performance,” in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Posthumanism, eds. Mads Rosendahl Thomsen and Jacob Wamberg

“Manga Aging: Grannies and Gutters,” in Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics, ed. by Verónique Sina & Nina Heindl, Springer VS

“Conjoined by Hand: Aesthetic Materiality in Kouno Fumiyo’s Manga In this Corner of the World,” Mechademia 12.2

“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 manga as graphic narratives, and therein the interrelation between 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 comics studies and animation/anime research. I have become more interested in speaking with or along media texts instead of merely speaking about them, that is to say, in making the texts, in their specific individuation, speak instead of using them as illustration of larger socio-cultural issues.

In addition, I directed the worldwide traveling exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics for The Japan Foundation (2016-2020) and Crossing Borders: Mahler’s Manga Park​ (Kyoto International Manga Museum, 2014–2015), which introduced Austrian comics artist Nicolas Mahler to Japanese manga readers.





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.

  • 2019. Jaqueline Berndt. Journal of Japanese Studies 45 (2), 471-475
  • 2018. Jaqueline Berndt.
  • 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.

    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.

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

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Last updated: September 18, 2019

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