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Omori Gives Invited Talk at Syracuse University

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori, gave an invited talk, “Usher Unsilenced: Benshi Performance, Modern Japanese Film Cultures, and Global Modernity,” at a symposium at Syracuse University on Sept. 13. The conference was titled “Japan Today: Interdisciplinary Symposium in Japanese Studies.”  More ...

Silent film musicians and a benshi with Hamilton's performers
"The Sound of Silent Film" Resonates with Packed House

“The Sound of Silent Film: A Two-Part Benshi Event,” the second 2014 F.I.L.M. Series program, offered a packed house a multi-faceted event featuring a unique musical collaboration between international artists from Japan, France and Canada on Sunday, Sept. 28. The audience, which included numerous local Utica community members, were treated to a world premiere of a Western-style composition with traditional Japanese instruments brought together for the purpose of accompanying Japanese silent movies.  More ...

Fall 2014 F.I.L.M. Series Opens Sept. 21

The fall 2014 F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series opens with J. P. Sniadecki's presentation of his new film The Iron Ministry on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m., in Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building. The screening is free and open to the public.  More ...

Jack Lyons '16
The Silent Serpent: Understanding the Role of Benshi in Japanese Cinema

With the exception of the 2011 French film The Artist, which won three Golden Globes and five Academy Awards, silent films have become a thing of the past. Yet there may still be lessons to learn from this antiquated art form. John Lyons ’16, an Asian studies major with a Japanese focus, was recruited by Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Kyoko Omori to work on the DHi project, “Reconstructing Serpent.”  More ...

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Omori Awarded Japan Foundation Grant

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Kyoko Omori has been awarded an $11,000 grant from the Japan Foundation for a project titled “Reconstructing and Creating a New Japanese Silent Film Experience: Benshi, Music and Film.”  More ...

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Omori Presents at New York University

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori presented a paper, “Reinvesting Nuclear Capital: Hiroshima, Cinema, and Global Circulation of Witness,” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference on March 22 at New York University.  More ...

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Omori Gives Invited Talk at University of Bonn

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori gave an invited talk at a symposium held at the University of Bonn on Nov. 30. The conference was titled “Film as Performing Art: Comparative History of Early Japanese and European Cinema.”  More ...

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Omori Participates in Japanese Cinema Workshop at Yale

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori was one of six invited presenters at the Kinema Club XII held at Yale University on April 13. In her paper, “Usher Unsilenced: Tokugawa Musei, Benshi Performance, and Modernist Adaptation,” Omori sought to shed light on the trans-mediatic underpinnings of Japanese popular modernism.  More ...

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Omori Presents at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori gave a presentation at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Chicago on March 9. The talk, “A Radio Star is Born in Occupied Japan: the Role of the Allied Powers in the Creation of an Anti-Governmental Political Satire Program,” examined the politics of media stardom in Occupied Japan via the most popular radio star of the period, Miki Toriro.  More ...

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Omori Presents at UC Berkeley Conference

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori gave a presentation at the University of California, Berkeley, on Feb. 8. The talk, “Edgar Allan Poe (and Tell-)Tales of Transmediatic Modernism in Japan: Literature, Film, Translation, and Benshi Performance,” was part of an international conference, Media Histories Media Theories & East Asia.  More ...

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