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Manga Events in August

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Includes one day symposium at British Museum on August 23, lecture on shojo manga on August 24; also lecture on manga's origins on August 19

The Japan Foundation has announced several manga-related events in London, including a symposium on August 23, a lecture on shojo manga on August 24

There will be a Manga Symposium at the British Museum on Friday August 23, from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Tickets are available here and the timetable is available here. The event is described as follows:

"This symposium aims to redefine manga by suggesting ways of looking at it as a cultural activity and an expression of historical activities. By bringing together scholars, manga artists and manga industry members from Japan, Europe and beyond, the symposium creates a dialogue on the definition, reaches, and impact of manga in a global context, seeking to find and answer the questions that need to be answered about this global, cultural phenomenon."

There will be a lecture shojo manga on Saturday August 24 at the Swedenborg Society at 2.30 p.m. The event is free but needs to be reserved here. The venue is the Swedenborg Society in Bloomsbury Way; the map is at the above link.

The event is described as follows;

"The Japan Foundation is delighted to welcome manga curator, critic, and shojo manga researcher at Meiji University, Tomoko Yamada, who will take you on a journey through the world of shojo manga with her insightful and informative illustrated talk. Having written extensively on the effects of the genre on visual pop culture, and interviewed many shojo manga artists including Keiko Takemiya, Yamada will delineate the origin of shojo manga as well as the characteristics and development of this unique narrative art with fresh perspective. Yamada will also elucidate how the readers have interacted with one another during the development of the genre throughout the years, while pointing out some of the pivotal moments in the history of shojo manga."

There is also an earlier lecture at the Swedenborg Society on Monday August 19 at 6.45 p.m., entitled "MANGA in a global society: the origins and development of a genre." It will be given by the manga critic and columnist Professor Fusanosuke Natsume, who teaches critical studies on manga and animation at Gakushuin University. The event is free but needs to be reserved here.

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