Kinema Club XII

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Luce Hall, Yale University
City and State: 
New Haven, CT
Aaron Gerow

We are pleased to announce the 12th Kinema Club, to take place at Yale University on April 13, 2013 (Saturday). This will be an intimate, workshop-style event with only 4-6 pre-distributed papers. Presenters will be limited to a 5-10 minute introduction, followed by a focused discussion of the work at hand (totaling an hour per presenter). We encourage proposals from people desiring feedback on drafts of essays, dissertation chapters or sections of books.

As always, Kinema Club is open to the public, although RSVPs will be necessary. The texts will be circulated two weeks ahead of time to participants that RSVP.

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is supporting this edition of Kinema Club and will pay for two-nights hotel accommodations and a portion of travel costs (up to $500 per person) for presenters.

Those who want to present should send a one-page proposal by February 8, 2013. If accepted, the paper itself should be submitted by March 30. Ideally, papers should less than 30 pages so that everyone can read all of them thoroughly. Since pre-distribution of papers is essential to the workshop, presenters who do not submit their papers by March 30 may be scratched from the program.


Paper proposals: February 8

Line-up Announcement: February 15

RSVPs for all participants due: March 29

Papers distributed via email on March 30

Send Proposals to: Aaron Gerow (


    Breakfast and coffee
    Kyoko OMORI: “Usher Unsilenced: Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe by Film and Benshi”
    MISONO Ryoko: “Fallen Women on the Edge of the Empire: Shimizu Hiroshi’s Films of Yokohama and the Image of Imperial Japan in the 1930s”
    Oliver DEW: “Making Ethnicity Legible in the Yakuza Film”
    Michael ARNOLD: “The Pornography of Remediation in Pink Film”
    Jack LICHTEN: “Japan’s Vietnam War: 1960s Politics, Korea, and the United States in the Films of Ôshima Nagisa”
    Christine L. Marran: “Seeing Double: Slow Violence in Documentary Film”
    Concluding discussion, Kinema Club issues
    Dinner at Sitar

Presenters will be limited to a 5-10 minute introduction, followed by a focused discussion of the work at hand (totaling an hour per presenter). Participation is open to anyone who pre-registers, on the understanding that all participants read the papers and actively engage in the workshop. This year’s edition of Kinema Club is supported by The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University.

Participants are asked to PLEASE REGISTER by Monday, April 8, 2013, by sending an e-mail with your name and affiliation to Upon confirmation, registered participants will receive the papers by e-mail. Late registrations will be accepted only in certain circumstances. Since participants will be provided with meals, registration is necessary, and those who registered but in the end cannot attend should inform us of their absence.
In conjunction with Kinema Club XII, and as part of our “Following Fukushima” film series, the Council on East Asian Studies will be screening FUJIWARA Toshifumi’s No Man’s Zone, a documentary on the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, the night before the workshop. All are welcome to attend and registration is not necessary.
7:00 PM
Room 250, Loria Center, 190 York Street
Japan. 2012. 103 min., HD Cam, documentary in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Fujiwara Toshifumi. With Arsinee Khanjian.
Q&A with the director after the screening via Skype
A man wanders through the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the stricken nuclear reactors at Fukushima. The cherry trees are in bloom and the radiation is invisible, yet a gaping emptiness looms where the tsunami engulfed streets and houses. The man is wearing normal clothing, just like the people still toughing it out there, and he occasionally encounters white “ghosts” in protective clothing. As in Tarkovsky’s Stalker, No Man’s Zone is both a place and a mental state. A voice accompanies the filmmaker’s wanderings, that of Armenian-Canadian actress Arsinée Khanjian, a voice from a place of exile, unfamiliar and sympathetic. No Man’s Zone is a complex reflection on the relationship between image and fear, on being addicted to the apocalypse, on the ravaged relationship between man and nature.