Secret Japonisme: Sex Art in Japan

The program of the upcoming exhibition at the British Museum, Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art, curated by Timothy Clark, Andrew Gerstle, Akiko Yano and Aki Ishigami, will include an International Symposium (Sex art in Japan: perspectives on shunga) to be held in London (British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre) on the 4th and 5th October 2013. I have been invited to present a brief overview of the theme of my forthcoming book Erotic Japonisme (Hotei Publishing), and one of the essays in the catalogue of the exhibition.

British Museum 2013

Sex art in Japan: perspectives on shunga. An international symposium

Organised by the British Museum and SOAS, University of London. Supported by Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Japan Foundation Endowment Committee, and Japan Foundation.

Venue: British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre, admission free (seating is limited). Dates: Friday 4 & Saturday 5 October 2013.

Friday 4 October
Morning session: Laughing with Shunga
MC: Tim Clark, British Museum
10.00 Introduction: Tim Clark
10.15 Hayakawa Monta (Nichibunken): The laughter of warai-e
10.45 Joshua Mostow (Univ. of British Columbia): Making fun of the classics
11.15 Break
11.30 Kano Hiroyuki (Dōshisha Univ.): Humour in Japanese art and shunga
Discussant: Andrew Gerstle, SOAS
12.30 Lunch

Afternoon session: Women and Shunga
MC: Akiko Yano, SOAS
Panelists and topics:
14,00 Ishigami Aki (Ritsumeikan Univ.): What does shunga offer women today?
14.30 Rosina Buckland (National Museum of Scotland): Women readers and shunga
15.00 Break
15.15 Paul Berry (Kansai Gaidai Univ.): Gender roles in early shunga painting
Discussant: Christine Guth, RCA/V&A
16.30 Finish

18.30: Special public lecture (in association with Japan400)
MC: Tim Clark, BM
SPEAKER: Timon Screech (SOAS): Shunga and the World
* Please note this is a ticketed event, £5 admission, £3 Members/concessions

Saturday 5 October
Morning session: Modern Legacies of Shunga
MC: Andrew Gerstle, SOAS
10.00 Henry D Smith II (Emeritus, Columbia): Shunga in the Meiji era
10.30 Kinoshita Naoyuki (Univ. of Tokyo): Shunga versus ‘The Nude’ in Modern Japan
11.00 Break
11.15 Ricard Bru (Barcelona City Council Culture Institute): Secret Japonisme
Discussant: Julie Peakman, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London
12.15 General discussion
13.00 Finish

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