The Theory Complex: Studying and Translating Japanese Film Theory
Free Public Lecture
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2019 Walter Mangold Lecture
Most histories of theory, such as film theory, have been Eurocentric, despite the rich lineage of high-level theoretical undertakings evident throughout the world. What is peculiar is that even many Japanese do not consider the proliferation of profound conceptualisations of cinema produced in Japan from the 1910s to be theory.
This lecture will consider the factors behind this 'theory complex', and ask what approaches are necessary to introduce and translate Japanese theory so as to help decentre the geopolitics of theory.
This event is the keynote lecture of the 2019 Walter Mangold Visiting Fellow program.
Professor Aaron Gerow, Yale University
Professor Aaron Gerow
Aaron Gerow teaches undergraduate courses in Japanese and East Asian cinema, world animation, film genre, Japanese literature, introduction to film, and close analysis of film, as well as graduate seminars on Japanese film theory and historiography, television, and cultural theory. His book on Kitano Takeshi was published by the BFI in 2007, A Page of Madness came out from the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan in 2008, and Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 18951925, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press (the Japanese version will be coming out from the University of Tokyo Press). He also coauthored the Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies with Abe Mark Nornes (Center for Japanese Studies, 2009), which has recently come out in Japanese in an updated edition. He has published numerous articles in English, Japanese and other languages on such topics as Japanese early cinema, film and television theory, contemporary directors, film genre, censorship, Japanese literature and manga, colonialera Korean film, and cinematic representations of minorities. He received a PhD in Communication Studies from Iowa in 1996 and spent nearly 12 years in Japan, where he was an associate professor at Yokohama National University, in addition to working for the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and teaching at Meiji Gakuin University. He is currently working on a book about the history of Japanese film theory.