Anime in Japan Conference at London's Birkbeck College, November 18

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Includes papers on death in manga and Shirato Sanpei.

Anime and manga will be among the subjects covered in an upcoming conference on Japan at London's Birkbeck College on Gordon Square (map) on Friday November 18. The event is free but registration is required, as spaces for the event are limited.

Presented by Birkbeck College and the Great Britain Saakawa Foundation, the event is called "Keeping Japan on the Map," with talks running from 9.15 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. The talks schedule is here, with summaries of the talks here. The papers include:

"Gendering Death: Concepts of Passing Away in Japanese Manga," by Dr. Ulrich Heinze, looking at the depictions of death in Death Note and Ikigami.

"The Lone Ninja Kamui Gaiden: From Manga to Live-Action Movie," by Dr. Nana Sato-Rossberg, examining the work of manga writer Shirato Sanpei.

"Death and Disaster in Japanese Manga: Constructing Memory and Behaviour," by Dr. Christopher Hood, looking at such manga as Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin.

Other papers cover subjects ranging from a comparison of elderly care policy in Japan and Britain, to Japan's current nuclear debate.

Thanks to Helen McCarthy for the news tip.

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