Call for Papers – “Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli: Spirited Discussions”

Cardiff University (Cardiff, Wales, UK) – April 18, 2015

Exploring 30 Years of Studio Ghibli: Spirited Discussions

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli, and with that anniversary it is time to reflect on the domestic and global success of Japan’s most famous animation studio. With the retirements of Studio Ghibli’s most famous director, Hayao Miyazaki, and it main producer, Toshio Suzuki earlier this year, the future of Studio Ghibli is in turmoil, provoking rallying cries from fans and critics alike. The Wind Rises may have been Miyazaki’s swan song, but this is not his first retirement. Despite Miyazaki’s professed departure, Ghibli’s other directors like Miyazaki’s founding partner, Isao Takahata, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi have produced recent hits of varying degrees for this powerful studio that suggest overlooked aspects of the Studio in need of further analysis and discussion. This anniversary year is therefore a pertinent time to celebrate and critically reflect on Studio Ghibli, not only exploring Miyazaki’s famous films, but also considering other facets of the Ghibli universe. This symposium explores a diverse range of topics, exploring the wide international appeal of Studio Ghibli and the cultural significance of everything from the studio’s canon to its more obscure local activities.

Submissions from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives are welcomed, with possible topics including (but not limited to):

  • Discourses of national and transnational cinema
  • Animation methods and the role of cel animation versus CGI
  • Ghibli anime in comparison to other animation
  • The role of children in Ghibli cinema
  • Adaptation of literature stories to cinematic texts
  • Ghibli’s relationship to other media such as TV series, commercials, music videos, and videogames
  • Merchandising and fan objects/creations
  • The Ghibli Museum and discourses of space
  • The role of auteur(s) and mass media production
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Subtitles, dubbing, and translating texts
  • Ghibli as brand and business
  • Cross-cultural fan practices
  • Wider socio-political issues played out in Ghibli narratives
  • The studio’s history, development and relationships with outside institutions

Submission instructions: Please send a proposal of 250-500 words and a CV/resume to rendellj1@cardiff.ac.uk

Submission deadline: January 15, 2015.

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