Art-Based Research in Japanese Studies Symposium


Thu Sep 29 2022 at 10:00 am to 05:00 pm


UNSW Sydney | Sydney, NS

A symposium exploring arts-based methods for Japanese Studies
About this Event

Join us for a symposium that explores how arts-based methods can provide new insights into Japanese cultural experience and language through presentations and workshops led by artists and academics.

How can arts-based research enhance our understanding of Japanese cultural experience and language? We are bringing together artists and scholars to explore the futures of Japanese studies. Presentations and workshops at this symposium will explore the application of arts-based research methods as a way of navigating changing research landscapes, empowering and enriching the lives of participants, and providing new insights into the field of Japanese Studies. By opening new avenues for dialogue on issues of migration, technologies, gender and sexualities, language acquisition, and transcultural flows, the goal of reinvigorating and empowering Japanese community members and opening new pathways towards equitable research can be achieved.

This event will be blended, both in-person at UNSW and streamed online via Zoom. See below for details.


Dr Megan Rose and Dr Sharon Elkind, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney


Japanese Studies Association of Australia; UNSW Sydney; Sumida-ward Tourism Association.

Key Dates:

1) Thursday, 29th September 10am-5pm AEST

Day of presentations and workshops

Associated event:

2) Friday, 30th September 9am-12pm AEST

Half day blended workshop in Kimekome Doll Making with Tsukada Eishun, Doll Master from Sumida Ward (supported by Sumida-ward Tourism Association and UNSW Sydney).

Spaces are limited. A registration link for the public will be released here 1st September 2022.


Event registrants will be emailed directly with the event room and zoom link on the 19th September 2022. A follow up email will be sent for registrants after this date on the 28th September 2022.

Special Guests

Keynote: Reinvigorating research in Japanese Studies: Action-led and arts-based research

Emeritus Professor Vera Mackie

Honorary Senior Professor of Asian and International Studies

School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

University of Wollongong

Guest Speakers include:

Yuri Shimmyo, Archibald Prize Finalist

Mayu Kanamori, Photojournalist.

Kestrel Michaud, Fibre artist.


“Arts-based methods for social enquiry in Japanese Studies”

Megan Rose, Arts-based researcher


A speakers' schedule will be published here 16th September 2022.

Accessibility Requirements

We are committed to provide an inclusive event that is centred on universal principles of design. The zoom broadcast will include closed-captions, and the symposium venue is wheelchair accessible. Attendees are welcome to use the bathroom that affirms their gender. Event structure, materials and fonts are informed by best practice for accessibility.

This event will be in English and Japanese and takes a communal approach to facilitating communication and interpretation - we ask that all attendees support and assist each other. Workshops and papers presented in Japanese will have an interpreter.

On registration, please include any dietary requirements and we will be in touch to ensure that your needs are met.

If you have any accessibility concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Megan at [email protected]

COVID-19 Safety requirements

We are committed to COVID-19 safety. For those attending in-person, masks for speakers and attendees is required. K95 mask, sanitiser and disinfectant will be provided. We are restricting the number of in-person attendees to allow for social distancing. If you have flu-like symptoms on the day, we ask that you attend online.


Where is it happening?

UNSW Sydney, High St, Sydney, Australia

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


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Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney; Japanese Studies Association of Australia

Host or Publisher Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney; Japanese Studies Association of Australia

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