Behind the Mask: Conference in comparative literature and Japanese Studies

On Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th December, a two-day conference will be held to compare and discuss representations of the human face in Japanese and Western European literature and theatre from the Early Modern period to the present.
 The event will feature 16 speakers, including 13 panellists over five sessions, and keynote talks by:

  • Nobuko Akiyama (Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo) - 'Le Visage du Misanthrope (de Molière) à la lumière d’Un homme trop facile (2013) d’Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt' [The Face of Molière’s Misanthrope in the light of É. Schmitt’s Un homme trop facile].
  • Nobuko Annan (Kansai University) - 'Two-dimensional Face of Neoliberalism: “Girls’ Aesthetics” in Yanagi Miwa’s Elevator Girl'.
  • Fuhito Endo (Seikei University, Tokyo) - 'On the Representational Opacity of Facial Expressions'.

*Please note that the first keynote presentation (by Nobuko Akiyama) will be in French, with simultaneous interpretation in English, and will take place at the French Institute for Scotland, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh. There will be plenty of time to walk between venues.

For further information, and to download the full conference programme please click here.

While the event is free, ticket registration is necessary. To do so please click here.