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21 November 2023 - 21 November 2023

2:00PM - 6:00PM

Durham Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

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Join us for an afternoon workshop exploring the Durham Oriental Museum's collection of Japanese Anime materials. Our international panel will discuss how these artefacts are curated, displayed and researched, along with the diverse meanings and value of these objects, both within and beyond Japanese culture. Sponsors: The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) and the DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Hosted by Durham Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC)

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Japanese Anime - 'away from the screen'

Anime – or the lineage of cel-animation that emerged in post-war Japan along with the medium of television – is today one of the most successful Japanese cultural exports and a rare example of non-Western media with a truly global audience. As anime acquires new followers worldwide and its production artefacts become objects of collection by fans, museums and cultural institutions, the question of archiving, preserving and exhibiting such materials has emerged as a new matter of concern in Japan and beyond.

Celebrating the small collection of anime materials held at the Durham University Oriental Museum, this event will bring together researchers, practitioners, curators, artists and fans to interrogate the shifting meaning of such collections and what different methods and approaches to production materials can bring to the study of animation ‘away from the screen’.

  • What does it mean to collect and exhibit anime materials that, for their disposable and unattributable nature, were never intended to be collected and exhibited?
  • What do anime artefacts tell us about the professional labour that was collectively employed to create them?
  • What role do animation archives play in our understanding of anime’s past at a time in which many animation artefacts and tools have been subsumed by digital practices?

Workshop panel

  • Dario Lolli (Assistant professor, Durham University)
  • KIM, Joon-Yang (Professor, Archive Centre for Anime Studies, Niigata University)
  • Gillian Ramsay (Curator, Durham University Oriental Museum)
  • Helen Armstrong (Collections Manager, Oriental Museum)
  • Jaqueline Berndt (Professor, Japanese graphic art, Stockholm University)
  • Hugo Glover (Assistant professor and animator, Northumbria University)
  • Zoltán Kacsuk (Project member, Japanese Visual Media Graph, Stuttgart Media University)


Free to attend

Where and when

Durham Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH 

21st November, 2023, 2-6pm

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