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Text and Film in Interaction in Japanese Cinema

Public Japanese Studies Conference at Freie Universität on February 25/26, 2016

№ 045/2016 from Feb 16, 2016

The interactions between text and film in Japan are the subject of a conference to be held at Freie Universität on February 25 and 26, 2016. The participating scholars will address the interface between film and literature from an interdisciplinary perspective. The conference organizers consider the meeting as a prelude and impulse generator for a new branch of research within Japanese studies and as a platform for discussing the intermedial and transcultural aspects. The conference language is English. Entitled "Text and Film in Interaction," the conference is public and free. Advance registration is requested by email.

The conference participants will address the topic “Text and Film in Interaction” from different aspects. One area of emphasis will be the early stages of Japanese film and the associated theoretical discussions with this new medium that developed at the beginning of the 20th century in parallel with film in the West. One section of the conference will be devoted to the famous writer Tanizaki Jun´ichirō (1886–1965), as he is a particularly illustrative example of how intensively writers grappled with the medium of film from the very beginning. Other areas of emphasis will be the various media-related possibilities for expression of film and literature and the processes and adaptation strategies that play a role in any film adaptation of literature. Gender perspectives in film will be addressed, in particular under the theme “Woman’s Literary Cinema.”

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Time, Location, and Conference Program


  • Oliver P. Hartmann, Researcher, Institute of East Asian Studies / Japanology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-60376, Email:
  • Martha-Christine Menzel, Researcher, Institute of East Asian Studies / Japanology, Freie Universität Berlin, Email: