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“Rethinking Authorship in East Asia and Europe”

March 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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International Symposium

“Rethinking Authorship in East Asia and Europe”

Paul Anderer
, Columbia University
Hiroshi Araki, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
David Atherton, University of Colorado Boulder
Susan Boynton, Columbia University
Torquil Duthie, University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Emmerich, University of California, Los Angeles
Jane Gaines, Columbia University
Thomas Gaubatz, Northwestern University
Bunkyo Kin, Kyoto University Emeritus; Tsurumi University
Yuika Kitamura, Kobe University
Kazuaki Komine, Rikkyo University Emeritus; Waseda University
Sungsi Lee, Waseda University
Indra Levy, Stanford University
David Lurie, Columbia University
Hiroaki Nagashima, University of Tokyo
Frank Palmeri, University of Miami
Pau Pitarch-Fernandez, Queens College of the City University of New York
Ying Qian, Columbia University
Wei Shang, Columbia University
Anna M. Shields, Princeton University
Satoko Shimazaki, University of Southern California
Haruo Shirane, Columbia University
Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami
Tomi Suzuki, Columbia University
Toshiyuki Suzuki, Chuo University
Koji Toba, Waseda University
Dorothea von Mucke, Columbia University
Charles Woolley, Columbia University
Hitomi Yoshio, Waseda University

Friday, March 10; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 11; 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Kent Hall, Room 403
Registration by March 6 is required.
Please contact rsvp-w@keenecenter.org to register.

Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Ryusaku Tsunoda Center of Japanese Culture at Waseda University, and the Global Japanese Studies Model Unit, Waseda University Top Global University Project, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan


The age of new media (with its incessant borrowing, remixing, and transmedial cross-overs) has led to a world in which cultural production often emerges out of groups and multiple meditators, raising the question of authorship and ownership. The word “author,” which implies “authority,” also raises the larger question of competing players, roles, and spheres of authority. These issues are particularly relevant in East Asia, where master/disciple relationships and authoritative precedence are highly valued, and where deliberate imitation, extensive borrowing, and collective creation have traditionally been inseparable practices in learning, crafts, and performance, continuing well into the 20th century. The symposium addresses these questions in a larger historical and transnational context, exploring pre-authorial and proto-authorial conditions and rethinking notions and practices of authorship.


March 11, 2017
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Kent Hall, Room 403
Columbia University - Kent Hall, Room 403
New York, NY 10027 United States
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