Chester Beatty Library Day 2014
Saturday 26th April, 2014 11.15am to 4.15pm
Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Its rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe opens a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Chester Beatty Library was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002. [Admission to the museum is free.]
From Japan’s decorative arts, which mostly date to the Edo period (about 1600-1868), there are tsuba (sword-guards), netsuke (toggles) and inrō (boxes), as well as portable shrines and other lacquer boxes and containers and over 120 painted scrolls and manuscripts, including many Nara e-hon and sutras. The Japanese woodblock prints include some 450 ukiyo-e prints, as well as 350 privately produced surimono prints, the latter acquired in 1954 from the Dr M. Cooper collection and built up by Jack Hillier between then and about 1964.
Schedule for Saturday 26th April 2014
11:15-11:45 Seminar Talk by Dr Jean-Philippe Imbert (Dublin City University)
Gender and Culture: An Introduction for Experience Japan
Dr Jean-Philippe Imbert is Chair of MA in Sexuality Studies at Dublin City University. In this talk, Jean-Philippe will provide an overview of studies of sexualities and gender, and their relation to culture.
12:00-12:45 Seminar talk by Dr Nao Kodate (University College Dublin)
History and Policy Change in Supporting ‘Science Women’ in Japan
Dr Naonori Kodate is a lecturer at UCD School of Applied Social Science. He has expertise in comparative social policy (risk and regulation in health care, and education). He has also been involved in an international project looking into gender equality in science and engineering education. In this talk, he will address issues of gender (in)equality in science and engineering, and recent policy developments in supporting female scientists in Japan.
13:00 -13:45 Seminar Talk by Ruth Starr (Trinity College Dublin)
Girl Power – how heroines are portrayed in Japanese art
Ms Ruth Starr is a lecturer in History of Japanese Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin. In this talk, Ruth will take us through the world of Emakimono (scrolls) and guide us through how females were depicted in Japanese art.
13:45 -14:30 Chester Beatty Library Tour (English / Japanese)
14:30 -16:00 Keynote by Professor Andrew Gerstle (SOAS)
Gender representation in Kabuki
Andrew Gerstle is Professor of Japanese Studies in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Professor Gerstle is a renowned expert of Japanese traditional theatre and art. He was guest curator of “Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art” at the British Museum, which ended in early January 2014.
Professor Gerstle will address the issue of gender representation in Kabuki.
16:00 – 16:15 Closing Remarks