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.
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
11.30 Kano Hiroyuki (Dōshisha Univ.): Humour in Japanese art and shunga
Discussant: Andrew Gerstle, SOAS
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
15.15 Paul Berry (Kansai Gaidai Univ.): Gender roles in early shunga painting
Discussant: Christine Guth, RCA/V&A
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
11.15 Ricard Bru (Barcelona City Council Culture Institute): Secret Japonisme
Discussant: Julie Peakman, Birkbeck College, Univ. of London
12.15 General discussion