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Eyes on Murakami

Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen and Dr Michael Tsang organised an international event series on Japanese author Murakami Haruki at Newcastle University (March 2018).

2018 marks the fortieth year since internationally acclaimed Japanese author Murakami Haruki first decided to write a novel while watching a game of baseball (or so the story goes). Coinciding with this anniversary Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen was awarded an AHRC Fellowship for her research project ‘Gendering Murakami Haruki: Characters, Transmedial Productions and Contemporary Japan’. As part of the project she and her Research Associate Dr Michael Tsang organised the event series ‘Eyes on Murakami’ in March 2018. The four days of the event were packed with diverse activities, including a translation workshop and public translation symposium, an art exhibition with works produced by Japan and Newcastle based artists, a film screening at the Tyneside Cinema and the academic conference ‘40 years with Murakami Haruki’.

Invited speakers included some of the most well-known researchers and translators of Japanese literature and culture for instance Professor Katō Norihiro (Waseda University), Professor Shibata Motoyuki (Tokyo University) and Professor Jay Rubin (Harvard University), among many others. The event series was a great success, welcoming approximately 100 participants, many of whom had travelled to Newcastle from as far as Asia, Australia, Mexico, the US (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico) as well as from all over Europe.

The Eyes on Murakami exhibition, March 2018
Visitors to 'Beyond words: Transmediating Murakami Haruki' at the Hatton Gallery
Eyes On Murakami: a documentary summary of the event series, made by SML Film MA alumna Sarah Kuchenbuch

published on: 18 October 2018