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94th Humanities Seminar on Conflict, 10th Excellence Seminar -- "Making a Movie that incorporates Understanding of a Different Culture and its Symbols"

2014-2-28 (Fri) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ICHIOKA Yasuko, former Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, will talk about the process through which she gained understanding of a different culture during the making of a TV program about the ritual "Gisaro" of the Kaluli who live in the rain forests on the Great Papuan Plateau in Papua New Guinea.
Gisaro means "song" and Gisaro as a ritual involves elements of both song and grief. This ritual takes place between two long house communities with 4 dancers and a chorus group from the community visiting the other. At the beginning of the ritual, the dancers stand up and start to sing, one by one. The same melody is always used in this ritual, but the lyrics change every time while the songs are filled with names of regions and the big trees of the village visited. Memories associated with these familiar places, such as those of a deceased father or mother, cause some listeners to cry. The dancers are praised for their performance, but they must bear the pain of burning torches being pressed against their backs by the people who cried.

Dr. Ichioka hopes participants will learn --as they view the process of making the documentary-- how she came to understand the meaning of this ritual which the average viewer would, without background or knowledge, think cruel and barbaric.

Program


Date & Time: Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 ~ 5:00 -- "Making a Movie that incorporates Understanding of a Different Culture and its Symbols"
Discussion based on the production of "Gisaro -- Grief and Burn" in Subarashii Sekai Ryoko [Wonderful World Travel], 1987
5:20 ~ 7:00 -- Introduction of Guisaro-related work of art and thinking about how to provide development assistance
Venue: Room #106, East Building, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Suita campus, Osaka University
Registration is not necessary.
There is no charge for attending this seminar.
Brief bio of ICHIOKA Yasuko, former Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Ms. Ichioka joined the Nippon Television Network Corporation in 1962 and was involved in the production of documentaries such as "Non-fiction Gekijo [Theater]" and "Subarashii Sekai Ryoko." She made many TV programs concerning the life styles and cultures in Asia Pacific regions. She taught video production based on fieldwork at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University for 6 years from 2001. In Global COE Program, A Research Base for Humanities Conflict Studies (2007-2011), she instructed students in the production of movies based on results of anthropological research.
Her publication: KULA -- A Journey over the South Sea looking for Shell Necklaces, 2005, and more

Date: 2014-2-28 (Fri) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Global COE Program, A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities
URL: http://www.hus.osaka-u.ac.jp/announce/takuetsu_seminar_20140228.pdf
Contact: Global COE Program, A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities Office
takuetsu-jimu@hus.osaka-u.ac.jp

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