Penny Bailey is a researcher in Japanese studies and art history at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on Japanese and Korean art history and design, particularly in the modern period. Her doctoral thesis examines the ways in which the founder of Japan’s Mingei (Folk Craft) Movement, Yanagi Sōetsu, theorised Korean visual cultures during Korea’s colonial period (1910–45). She has published articles, translations and reviews in International Review of Korean Studies, Review of Japanese Culture and Society, Japanese Studies, Asian Studies Review and TAASA Review (The Asian Arts Society of Australia).
Olivier Krischer is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University, and currently Visiting Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He is interested in the role of art in modern and contemporary Japan-China relations, and networks of artistic activism across East Asia. He is co-editor of the journal special issue “Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present and Future”, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Art (Taylor & Francis, 2016) and Asia through Art and Anthropology (Bloomsbury, 2013). His recent curatorial projects include “Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video” (2016), for which he is currently editing a collection of essays to be published later this year.
Adam Broinowski is an ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Culture, History and Language at the Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Ideas, Victoria College of the Arts, and the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies, University of Melbourne. Prior to this, Dr Broinowski has held research fellow positions at the University of Tokyo and Deakin University, lecturer positions at the University of Melbourne and Victoria College of the Arts, and has managed the performing arts program at Asialink. His first monograph, Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during the Cold War and After, was released by Bloomsbury in early 2016.
Dr. Shelley Brunt is a Senior Lecturer in Music and Media, in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her specialties include Japanese popular music and culture, with a focus on one of Japan’s biggest annual music events, Kohaku Utagassen. Dr. Brunt was the recipient of a Japan Foundation Short-Term Fellowship in 2013 for her research project, ‘Can Songs Heal Japan? Building National Identity and Societal Resilience through a Televised Song Contest’.
Dr Katrina Moore is a Lecturer of Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. She specialises in the study of ageing and gender in Japan, and has published articles on Japanese performing arts, identity and self-actualisation in old age, and the transformation of marital relationships in later life. Katrina supervises postgraduate and honours students and regularly reviews books and journal articles for anthropology and Japanese studies journals.
Dr Mats Karlsson lectures in Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney. He researches and teaches on modern Japanese literature and cinema, as well as on social problems in contemporary Japan. He is currently working on a monograph manuscript dealing with material aspects and practical outcomes of the Proletarian cultural movement in Japan around 1930. Recent publications include “Kurahara Korehito’s Road to Proletarian Realism”, Nichibunken Japan Review 20 (2008) and “United Front from Below: The Proletarian Cultural Movement’s Last Stand, 1931–34”, Journal of Japanese Studies 37:1, Winter (2011).
Dr Rebecca Suter is a lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney. Her main research interest is in modern Japanese literature and comparative literature. Her first book, The Japanization of Modernity, focuses on contemporary Japanese writer Murakami Haruki’s role as a cultural mediator between Japan and the United States. She is currently working on issues of translation and cross-cultural representation between Asia and the West, concentrating on the phenomenon of the ‘Japanization’ of Western culture and the way it challenges current views of colonialism, postcolonialism and globalisation. She also works as a translator of manga, and has translated works by Shinohara Chie, Anno Moyoko, Asano Inio and Unita Yumi, among others.
Dr Christine de Matos is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong. She is currently analysing the everyday practice of power in relations between Australians and Japanese during the Allied Occupation of Japan (1945-1952). Her recent publications include Imposing Peace and Prosperity: Australia, Social Justice and Labour Reform in Occupied Japan (2008) and a collection of papers co-edited with Robin Gerster titled Occupying the ‘Other’: Australia and military occupations from Japan to Iraq (2009).
Dr Matthew Stavros is a lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney, specializing in the urban history and architecture of Kyoto during the medieval era. Dr Stavros trained in architectural and urban history at Kyoto University and studied Japanese history at Princeton University. He is, annually, a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo’s Historiographical Institute.
Dr Yuji Sone is a lecturer in performance and digital culture at Macquarie University. His research focuses on the cross-disciplinary conditions of mediated performance and the terms that may be appropriate for analysing such work, especially from cross-cultural perspectives such as Japanese culture and performance. Yuji was the coordinator of the Japan Foundation, Sydney’s 10th Anniversary Forum in 2003.