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New Research on Japanese Martial Arts
Wed, May 3, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM BST
New Research on the Japanese Martial Arts – From Inside Japan and Out
3rd May 2017
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN, UK
Professor Paul Bowman (Cardiff University, UK)
Professor Michael Molasky (Waseda University, Japan)
Bok Kyu Choi [KIMA]
Emelyne Godfrey [London]
George Jennings [Cardiff Met]
Tetsuya Nakajima [Ibaraki]
Andreas Neihaus [Ghent]
Keiko Nitta [Rikkyo]
Yasuhiro Sakaue [Hitotsubashi]
Kotaro Yabu [Sendai]
This will be a highly focused research event that seeks to discuss and develop ongoing research on Japanese martial arts.
It links up the UK Martial Arts Studies Research Network with the Japanese Suntory Foundation Funded Group Research Project ‘East Asian Martial Arts as Global Culture: Transmission, Representation, and Transformation in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom’.
For a range of reasons, places are limited and attendance is by application only. If you wish to attend, please email Paul Bowman and give an account of your specific interests and level of expertise in a relevant field.
Should you wish to give a paper, please submit a 300 word abstract and a CV to Paul Bowman, which will be assessed by the organisers.
The Suntory Foundation-funded research project explores how a wide range of East Asian martial arts have been transformed and reconstituted as new “cultural practices” in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Through the analysis of historical documents and visual media, in addition to on-site interviews and participant-observer analysis, the research team aims to illuminate the connections linking the transmission, reception, proliferation and transformation of martial arts traditions as they cross different cultural boundaries.
The reception and spread of East Asian martial arts in Japan, the U.S., and the U.K. have been facilitated not only through: (1) hands-on instruction at martial arts schools, but also (2) the vicarious worlds of film, television, and computer games – in other words, through fictional narratives featured in a range of visual media. Our international, interdisciplinary research team consists of scholars from various specialties within both the humanities and social sciences, and through a focus on media representation and reception as well as martial arts pedagogy and practice, we aim to illuminate the complex interrelationships connecting what are often treated as discrete cultural practices and discourses. In the process, we hope to underscore the increasingly global nature of East Asian martial arts in the world today.