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2021 ASJ Young Scholars’ Program

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JST 2021.10.12 18:00
Online Lecture
2021 ASJ YOUNG SCHOLARS' PROGRAM

Ms Lucy Fleming-Brown, Dr. Yuko Hori, Ms Maho Kato 
Applications for ASJ members are open until JST 2021.10.8 12:00 noon.

Ms Lucy Fleming-Brown 
Picturing the Family: Life, Death and Play in Fukase Masahisa’s Photography 

Brief bio 
Ms Fleming-Brown received her BA in Japanese (Oriental Studies) from St. John’s College, Oxford University in 2018. The course included one year spent abroad, studying History of Art at Kobe University. She is currently enrolled as a Daiwa Foundation 2021 Daiwa Scholar in Japanese Studies at Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Global Arts, specialising in Curation under the supervision of Professor Yuko Hasegawa. 
 
Abstract 
My current research considers the development of Japanese family photography, with a focus on the work of Fukase Masahisa and other artists who rose to prominence in the post-Povoke era. I became interested in Fukase’s work depicting members of his family whilst working for Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, where I curated an exhibition of his prints entitled Private Scenes (2020). During this time, I became more familiar with Fukase’s series Family and Memories of Father (both 1991), and I wanted to research the relationship between these parallel publications that illustrate such divergent attitudes towards addressing the family through photography. Having grown up in one of Hokkaido’s oldest family-run photography studios before developing his own artistic practice in Tokyo and finally returning to face his relatives from the other side of the camera, Fukase can be seen as embodying a complex tangle of identities as a photographer.  
 
I will contextualise Fukase’s work by looking at developments in Japanese art photography alongside its vernacular photographic culture. The traditions of formal family portraits and commemorative photographs (iei-shashin) are particularly relevant as the stock in trade of the Fukase family photography studio, and this legacy is referenced throughout Fukase’s career. However, I will also address how photographers creating works around the subject of family during this period, including Ishiuchi Miyako, Araki Nobuyoshi and Nagashima Yurie further illuminate Fukase’s creative exploration of this rich history. 
 
Dr. Yuko Hori 
The Differences between the Representations of Lady Nijo in Top Girls and Go-Fukakusain no Nijō (後深草院二条) in Japanese Literature 

Brief bio 
Dr. Hori received her BA in English Literature from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University in 2004. She received her doctorate, also in English Literature from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University in 2011. In 2015 Dr. Hori received an MA from Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr. Hori has been a full-time lecturer at Keio University in the School of Medicine since 2020, as well as teaching part time in the Department of English at Tsuru University.  

Abstract  
My research explores representations of female selfhood in contemporary British plays, especially those of Caryl Churchill. Churchill is a leading British playwright who has, since 1958, dramatized complex issues of selfhood in a changing post-war world. Her plays explore controversial problems of individual subjectivities with which a contemporary audience might be faced.  

In my presentation, I will discuss the differences between the representations of Lady Nijo in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (1982) and Go-Fukakusain no Nijō (後深草院二条) in Japanese literature, such as movies, novels, and manga. Go-Fukakusain no Nijō (1258-after 1307) was a concubine of the Emperor Go-Fukakusa (1243-1304) and the author of The Unrequested Tale (とはずがたり), a memoir which was written in Japan around 1307. The narrative covers thirty-six years of her life, beginning with her court life from fourteen years old and ending with her travels across Japan as a Buddhist nun. This book was translated into English by Karen Brazell, entitled The Confessions of Lady Nijo, and was published by Stanford University Press in 1973. It subsequently won the National Book Award for translation in the United States that year. 

In Top Girls, Nijo is depicted as a woman who has the vitality to survive the intrigues of the Imperial court and later walk around Japan on foot. Churchill emphasizes Nijo’s individual power and the differences in her values from those of modern Western culture. This is unlike the majority of portrayals of Go-Fukakusain no Nijō in Japanese literature. My presentation will discuss these differences and explore why and how they occur. 

Ms Maho Kato 
Climate Change and my Contribution Towards its Mitigation ~Artificial Photosynthesis for the Survival of Humans and the Planet~  

Brief bio 
Ms. Kato received her BA in Applied Chemistry from Meiji University in 2020. She is currently in the second year of the MA Program in Applied Chemistry at the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Meiji University. She has received scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organisation and the Toyota Foundation for the Development of Women Engineers. Ms. Kato received the Co-Creation Award at the Inter-Disciplinary Co-Creation Project at Meiji University in 2020. 

Abstract 
My research is on artificial photosynthesis, which is a technology that artificially performs photosynthesis in plants, which could provide a solution to the issue of climate change. Since the Industrial Revolution, the global average temperature has been rising rapidly due to the increase in greenhouse gases generated by human economic activities using fossil fuels. This rise in temperature has caused natural disasters and a rise in sea level, etc. Asia is responsible for more than 40% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. However, the momentum to solve the problem is weaker than in Europe, and measures to tackle climate change are not sufficient. If we don't solve the problem of global warming by containing increasing carbon dioxide levels as soon as possible, it could lead to a catastrophic loss of biodiversity and human life. From this viewpoint, hydrogen has been attracting attention as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels. Since hydrogen produces only water when used, it can be used as an environmentally friendly energy source. However, with the current technology, carbon dioxide is produced during the manufacturing process of hydrogen. Artificial photosynthesis is a technology that using only sunlight and water as raw materials, it is possible to produce hydrogen without emitting carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide can also be used as a raw material in the technology to produce chemicals. Therefore, it will contribute to the realization of a hydrogen society and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that has already accumulated in the atmosphere.  
 
Acknowledgement
The Asiatic Society of Japan is deeply appreciative of the Hugh E. Wilkinson Foundation for its contribution to support the Young Scholars’ Program. Professor Hugh E. Wilkinson was President of the Society from 2003 to 2005. 


Online Lecture Programme for 2021  

JST 2021.11.29
Mr. John Mucha, President of the Mucha Foundation.  
Alphonse Mucha - The Man, The Art, The Legacy
 
JST 2021.12.13
Professor Timon Screech, FBA, FRSA, MAE
Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.  
Early English Voyages to the Ryukyus, 1613-18.

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