No Rainbows, No Ruby Slippers, But a Pen


International Symposium: Excavating Queer Memories through Visual Media and Archive

This week on the 18th of January, we are welcoming filmmaker/ producer Mr. Stu Maddux from the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco and film scholar Prof. Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano from Kyoto University to our international symposium "Excavating Queer Memories through Visual Media and Archives." Mr. Maddux will discuss the background of his film Reel In The Closet and archives of home movies by LGBTQ people, Prof. Wada-Marciano will give an overview of film archives in Japan, and I will speak about employing the concept of "cruising" as a possible method of exploring gender/ sexuality related collections at the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum by introducing previous attempts by curators and scholars overseas.

















Judith Butler. "Critically Queer."

Smith Greg. "'It's Just a Movie': A Teaching Essay for Introductory Media Classes."

Patricia White. "Sketchy Lesbians: "Carol" as History and Fantasy."



Alex Doty. "There's Something Queer Here."

D. A. Miller. "Anal Rope."

Harry Benshoff and Sean Griffin, eds. Queer Cinema: The Film Reader.



B. Ruby Rich. New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut

Harry Benshoff and Sean Griffin. Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America.

Michael Aaron ed. New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader.



Judith Butler. "Gender Is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion." Bodies That Matter.

bell hooks. "Is Paris Burning?" Black Looks: Race and Representation.



Stephanie Deborah Clare. "(Homo)normativity's romance: happiness and indigestion in Andrew Haigh's Weekend."

B. Ruby Rich. "What's a Good Gay Movie?" New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut.



Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex (Routledge Classics)

Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex (Routledge Classics)



New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut

New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut



New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader

New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader



Queer Cinema, The Film Reader (In Focus: Routledge Film Readers)

Queer Cinema, The Film Reader (In Focus: Routledge Film Readers)



memorandum 2018.08.23

This week, I had a chance to see a collection of pictures donated by one art director who worked closely with filmmakers such as Kinoshita Keisuke and Kawashima Yuzo in the 1950s. The photo albums included many pictures with famous faces from the second golden age of Japanese film industry. I'm looking forward to analyzing the details and using them as sources in papers in a very near future. Photos are usually considered difficult materials to exhibit because of legal rights, they give us an opportunity to reimagine what those in film industry were seeing.


One of the problems I have right now, however, is a severe lack of time for research and actually analyzing the materials. One reason is that I have not completely settled and rearranged my work habit in a new environment. It's been almost 6 months, but I still find it difficult to work effectively in order to finish the to-do-list on time. One of the reasons for this is that we have too many meetings, sometime unexpected ones. To me, this was a surprise at first because I had heard that professors hate meetings; things seem different here. If they also do not want meetings so often, maybe we should find some other ways to keep ourselves updated.


Not having enough time for research and paper writing is a serious problem, especially to us young scholars whose contract is only up to three years at maximum. It looks like that although those who had my position before me somehow found better positions a few years after finishing the contract, they all had difficulty with regularly publishing papers. I need to figure out ways to have enough time each day to read, watch movies, and write.

memorandum 2018.08.18

Two days ago, I attended a study group on queer studies at Doshisha University. I hadn't had a chance to participate in it ever since I moved to Tokyo. But thankfully the work schedule during summer allowed me to return to Kyoto for a few days.


There were five presentations by graduate students from universities in Kansai and Kyushu regions. Despite some difficulties that they seemed to be having with rules of presentation manners, I learned a lot from their presentations. Some were especially informative and their discussions were so richly structured that I felt embarrased as I looked back on the level of research I was able to conduct in the early stage of the master's program.


One of the things I gained from the study group was a sense of assurance that there is no such thing as LGBT films. Of course, we do see the term "LGBT films" in film reviews, but except for a very few examples, it is hardly that a so-called LGBT film depicts lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders at the same time. There are lesbian films or gay films, but no "LGBT" films. It is still difficult for me to explain what queer films are. Yet, I guess what is important to keep reminding myself is that queer is an attitude or a view that aims to provoke and subvert norms.

Bill Nichols, Introduction to Documentary (Indiana University Press, 3rd Edition, 2017)

 UCLAで映画研究をしている大学院生たちから誘いを受け、来年3月にシアトルで開催されるSociety for Cinema and Media Studiesの大会に向けて発表アブストラクトを書いている。今回はメディア研究の先行研究とドキュメンタリー映画理論を用いたパネルを組みたいと言われたので、大学でアクセス可能な文献をいくつかピックアップして読んでいる。


 僕の発表ではドキュメンタリー映画のvoiceについて考察したいと相談したところ、ドキュメンタリー映画の批評家/理論家であるBill NicholsのIntroduction to Documentaryを読むよう薦められた。Nicholsは、ドキュメンタリー映画における六つのモード(Expository, Poetic, Observational, Participatory, Reflexive, Performative)に関する論考が有名。この本にもそのモードだけでなく、ヴォイス(Chapter 3: What Gives Documentaries a Voice of Their Own?)について詳細に書かれている。

Introduction to Documentary, Third Edition

Introduction to Documentary, Third Edition




 Nicholsの他の書籍も面白い。Introduction to Documentaryのあとに読むと分かりやすいかもしれない。

Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary

Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary



Speaking Truths With Film: Evidence, Ethics, Politics in Documentary

Speaking Truths With Film: Evidence, Ethics, Politics in Documentary