Kinema Club XXI: A Workshopping Workshop for Emerging Scholars

Kinema Club XXI: A Workshopping Workshop for Emerging Scholars

Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
Room 202 See map
Rosenkranz Hall
New Haven, CT 06511

The call for proposals for Kinema Club XXI has finished and the participants have been finalized. If you would like to attend the workshop, you must register directly by email by writing to Professor Aaron Gerow ( and Dylan Siegel (

Kinema Club XXI, with the support of the Council on East Asian Studies, will take place at Yale University on November 4, 2023. The Kinema Club conferences on Japanese film and media have distinguished themselves over the years for their variety and inventiveness, ranging from workshops to full-fledged conferences, from themed symposia to sidebars of film festivals. This edition will be also be a new endeavor: a workshop focusing on workshopping articles or dissertation chapters by up-and-coming scholars of Japanese film and media.

This will be the first Kinema Club since KCXIX, which took place at the University of Michigan in November 2019. A KCXX was supposed to take place in Frankfurt’s Nippon Connection in June 2020, but unfortunately that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. We decided not to use that number and so the upcoming Kinema Club will be number 21.

The basic format will approximate those of previous Kinema Club workshops:

  • Papers will be due at least two weeks before the workshop and will be read by all participants beforehand.
  • Those who authored the paper will not read it out loud, but rather identify desired areas of discussion in no more than 5 minutes, leaving the majority of the time for discussion.
  • There will be 6-8 papers presented during the day.

What differs from previous workshops is that presenters will be restricted to advanced doctoral students (ABD) and those within 3 years after finishing their PhD. In addition, 2-3 senior scholars will participate in the workshop and will offer written comments on all the papers presented.