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Of Interest to Students:

Summer Program 2009

For the sixth consecutive year, my six-week Summer Program on Japanese Visual Culture will take place at the Tokyo Campus of Temple University Japan (TUJ), May 18-June 29, 2009 (tentative dates).  This two-course program will be supplemented with an active schedule of cultural events, trips and lectures in and around Tokyo. This program grants course credits to both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Application deadline:
February 16, 2009


Of Interest in Visual Anthropology:

Recent Paper

My new paper about “ghost photography” will appear as: “Shinrei Shashin: Photographs of Ghosts in Japanese Snapshots” in the July inaugural issue of
Photography and Culture 1(1): 51-72 (2008)

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The 2009 IVSA CONFERENCE will be at the University of Cumbria, UK, July 22nd – 24th and is currently accepting abstracts for papers, presentations, films, posters, or videos on the broad theme of 'Appreciating the views: how we're looking at the social and visual landscape.' Panel submission deadline: December 1, 2008.

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