JaCMES Lecture Series The Middle East and Japan No.5

“Arab and Japanese Cinemas: A History of Interactions”

JaCMES Lecture Series The Middle East and Japan No.5
Date / Time Friday, February 19, 2010. 18:00-20:30
Venue Crowne Plaza Beirut, Hamra Street
Program
18:00-18:05 Welcome Remarks by Hidemitsu Kuroki (Head, Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
18:05-18:50 First Lecture
“The History of Japanese Cinema” (in Arabic) by Ayman Youssef (Film Critic, Cairo)
18:50-19:05 Coffee Break
19:05-19:50 Second Lecture
“Japan Meets Arab Cinema: From ‘The Mummy’ to ‘Caramel,’ Forty Years of Arab Cinema in Japan” (in English)
by Mitsuko Sano (Assistant Director of Japan Academic Center, Saint-Joseph University)
19:50-20:30 Questions and Answers

* Simultaneous Arabic-English translation available.
* A cocktail Party will follow the lecture for further informal discussions.
* This event is supported by Embassy of Japan in Lebanon.

For further information: Phone (01) 975851 (JaCMES)

Summaries of the lectures:
1. “The History of Japanese Cinema”
Japan is one of the major and oldest countries that knew and made cinema. The Lumière brothers’ amazing film projector, cinematograph, was presented for the first time in Japan in 1897. By reviewing new trends in Japanese cinema, young directors and scenes of their works, this lecture will examine the history of Japanese cinema since its inception until today. The lecture also touches on mutual influences between Japanese and Egyptian cinemas.
2. “Japan Meets Arab Cinema: From ‘The Mummy’ to ‘Caramel,’ Forty Years of Arab Cinema in Japan”
How have Japanese people seen and accepted Arab Cinema?
The history of Arab Cinema in Japan started in 1974 when an Egyptian film “The Mummy” (al-mumiya’) was released for the first time at a small art theater in Tokyo. Since then Arabic films had been sporadically introduced to Japan although the number was modest. However a turning point came after 9/11 events in U.S. Amid mounting international concern over the Arabic region, Arabic films started to get more attention in Japan. For example International film festivals in Japan such as Tokyo Filmex and Tokyo International Film festival have begun to screen Arabic films almost every year. Japan Foundation too organized Arab Film Festival in Tokyo from 2005 to 2008. Moreover two Palestinian films, “Divine Intervention” (Yadun Ilahiya) by Elia Suleiman, “Paradise Now” (Al-Janna Al-Aan) by Hani Hany Abu-Assad, and a Lebanese film “Caramel” (Sukkar Banat) by Nadine Labaki, were distributed commercially.
This lecture will explore the 40 years of Arab Cinema in Japan chronologically examining the reaction of the media and the people, and also will introduce an extremely rare old Japanese film “Storm of the Arab” (Arabu no Arashi) shot in Egypt collaborated with Egyptian famous actors.
Introduction of the two lecturers:
1) Ayman Youssef is a freelance film critic, writer, lecturer and TV compiler of Egypt. He has served as a jury member for seven international film festivals and has contributed articles and columns to the most circulated and respected media in Egypt and other Arab countries, including Al-Hayat International, for the past twenty years. His publication includes two books on Japanese cinema, “Dialogue with Modern Japanese Cinema” and “Japanese Cinema of 1990s” (both in Arabic) in addition to bulletins issued by Cairo International Film Festival. He has visited Japan several times for research on Japanese cinema.
2) Mitsuko Sano, a Japanese researcher of Arab Cinema History, works as Assistant Director for Japan Academic Center (CAJAP), Saint-Joseph University of Beirut. She organized “Real/Arab Film Festival” (2005) as a director and worked for “Arab Film Festival in Tokyo” (Japan Foundation, 2005- 2008) as a planning adviser. She has published catalogs and articles including “Arab Film Festival in Tokyo Official Catalog” (2005-2008); “Egyptian National Actress; Fatin Hamama and Souad Hosny” for Ochi-Kochi, Japan Foundation (2008); “Women’s drama dedicated to the painful and sweet life” for a Lebanese film “Caramel” Official Catalog in Japan (2009).

国際ワークショップ 「イラクの将来:社会、経済、政治における諸問題」

Future of Iraq: Social, Economic and Political Issues in Question
Date / Time 16 January 2010 (Sat.) 9:45-18:10
17 January 2010 (Sun.) 10:00-19:20
Venue Crowne Plaza Hotel,Hamra,Beirut
For further Information contact Housam DARWISHEH
workshop.iraq2010[at]gmail.com
(Please change [at] to @)

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 イラク戦争から七年が経った。治安情勢はある程度落ち着きを見せたものの、戦後のイラクは未だ経済的にも社会的にも、不安定な状態が続いている。政治的には、2010年3月に、三度目の国政選挙が予定され、現マーリキー政権の四年間の政治運営に関して民意が問われることとなっている。国内の治安悪化を反映して大量に国外に逃れたイラク人難民の存在、宗派間対立、地方・中央関係、石油政策を巡る問題など、イラクが抱える喫緊の未解決の問題に加えて、イラク人というアイデンティティーそのものが、根幹から問われている。

 こうした問題を捉えて、2010年1月16-17日、ベイルートにて国際ワークショップ「イラクの将来:社会、経済、政治における諸問題」を開催します。イラク国内外のイラク人研究者を含め、難民問題、石油経済政策、イスラーム主義運動の動向、教育問題、現代イラク文化について、多種多様なパネルを設定、各分野の専門家を招聘し、報告および討議を行います。多くの皆様のご参加をお待ちしております。

本国際ワークショップは、以下の共催にて実施されます。

  • 中東研究日本センター、ベイルート(東京外国語大学アジア・アフリカ言語文化研究所「中東イスラーム研究教育プロジェクト」)
  • 文部科学省科学研究費補助金基盤研究 [A]「現代中東・アジア地域における紛争・国家破綻と社会運動」(代表者 酒井啓子)
  • 文部科学省 世界を対象としたニーズ対応型地域研究推進事業「中東とアジアを繋ぐ新たな地域概念・共生関係の模索」

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2009 Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in Japan: The State of the Art

Date Thursday, November 12, 2009
Venue Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2nd Floor, A2-1, Azariyeh Bldg, Beirut Central District (Downtown Beirut)
Program of the meeting
12:00-12:05 Welcome Address by Hidemitsu Kuroki (Director, JaCMES / Professor, ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
12:05-12:50 Junko Toriyama (Ph.D. Candidate, Ochanomizu University)
“Female Teacher as Pseudo-mother: The Role of Female Teacher in the Current Egyptian Educational Market”
12:50-13:35 Koji Horinuki (Ph.D. Candidate, Kyoto University)
“Controversies over labour force naturalisation: 30 years of Emiratisation in the UAE”
13:35-15:30 Lunch Break
15:30-16:15 Sayaka Nakano (Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Tokyo)
“The role of panegyrist-poets and praise poetry in the early Abbasid society”
16:15-17:00 Asuka Tsuji (Research Associate, Institute of Oriental Culture, The University of Tokyo)
“The mass conversion of 1354 reconsidered: The Copts in Mamluk Egypt as depicted in the Life and Miracles of Anba Ruways”
17:00-17:15 Break
17:15-18:00 Hiroko Miyokawa (Post Doctoral Researcher, Sophia University)
“Nationalisms and national integration of Christians in Egypt and Syria”
18:00-18:45 Satoshi Udo (Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Tokyo)
“Against fatality: Kateb Yacine and Farjallah Haik”
Commentators :
Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla (Professor, United Arab Emirates University)
Dr. Massoud Daher (Professor, Lebanese University)
Dr. Iman Farag (Researcher, Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Economiques, Juridiques et Sociales, Cairo)
Dr. Katia Haddad (Professor, Saint Joseph University)
Dr. Stefan Leder (Director, Orient-Institut Beirut)
Dr. John Meloy (Associate Professor, American University of Beirut)
Observers :
Dr. Sonia Daher (Professor, Lebanese University)
Ms. Manami Hato (Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Tokyo)
Mr. Daisuke Okabayashi (Embassy of Japan)
Ms. Megumi Okamoto (Ph.D. Candidate, Kobe University)
Ms. Mitsuko Sano (Lecturer, Japan Academic Center, Saint Joseph University)
Dr. Ryoko Watabe (Research Associate, ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Dr. Takayuki Yoshimura (Research Associate, ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

アラブ・フェミニズム会議

Conference on Arab Feminisms
Date 4-7 October 2009
Venue American University of Beirut

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 JaCMESは、2009年10月4-7日、ベイルート・アメリカン大学を会場に開催された「アラブ・フェミニズム会議」(レバノン女性研究者協会主催)に、京都大学の岡真理教授を派遣し、同会議を後援しました。岡教授が報告された最終セッションには約100名の参加者があり、盛会でした。

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