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70th Conflict Studies in the Humanities Research Seminar -- "Professional Wrestling as Popular Culture"

2011-7-8 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

As part of Osaka University Global Centers of Excellence (COE) Program, the 70th Conflict Studies in the Humanities Research Seminar -- "Professional Wrestling as Popular Culture" will be held on Friday, July 8. Participants will discuss the history of pop culture professional wrestling with guest SAITO Fumihiko, columnist and part-time university lecturer.
Professional wrestling, a unique style of fighting, has developed as a popular culture different from modern sports, drama, and dance. In Japan, after WWII, following upon the popularity of Rikidozan, a Korean-Japanese professional wrestler, professional wrestling achieved popularity along with the spread of TV. As such, the history of Western professional wrestling before its introduction to Japan is not well known.
Mr. Saito has been actively following professional wrestling as a writer for the last 30 years. Recently he has been conducting research into the history of professional wrestling and lecturing at universities. Where did professional wrestling originate? How was it introduced to Japan? What is the culture of professional wrestling?
Participants will discuss such topics in a broader context while listening to Mr. Saito's research and observations. No preliminary knowledge about professional wrestling is needed. If you'd like to learn about pro wrestling, please consider attending!

Global COE Program: A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities

"Professional Wrestling as Popular Culture"

Lecture and Dialogue Program, Lab Café, Popular Culture Café

"From the Headwaters of the Popular Culture, the 'Sports Art,' of Pro Wrestling"

Lecturer: SAITO Fumihiko, Columnist, Part-time lecturer, Senshu University and other universities
Venue: Art Area B1, concourse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station on the Nakanoshima Line of Keihan Electric Railway (1-1-1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005)
A 5-minute walk from the Yodoyabashi Subway Station and Kitahama Subway Station
Brief bio of Fumihiko SAITO

Born in Suginami, Tokyo in 1962, Mr. Saito has been an active professional wrestling columnist. Boys will be Boys, a regular column in Shukan Proresu [Professional Wrestling Weekly published by the Baseball Magazine Sha] has been a popular column among professional wrestling fans. He also serves as a part-time lecturer at Senshu University, Tezukayamagakuin University, and Taisho University. Currently, he is researching the history of professional wrestling at the Graduate School of Sport Sciences, Waseda University.

His books include: Minna no Puroresu [Professional Wrestling for Everyone], 2008, Mishimasha Publishing Co. Legend 100 -- Amerikan Puroresu Densetsu no Otokotachi [Legendary Men in American Professional Wrestlers], 2005, Baseball Magazine Sha, Suportsu de Tanoshimu America Eigo [Let's Enjoy American English through Sports], 2003, IWANAMI Shoten.
Moderator: FURUKAWA Takeshi, GCOE Specially-Appointed Assistant Professor, Osaka University
Café master: KUBOTA Tetsu, OSCD Specially-Appointed Associate Professor, Osaka University

This event will be conducted as an integration of Lab Café and Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities Seminar. For details, please view the project blog.

For the Lecture and Dialogue Program, Lab Café , please go Center for the Study of Communication Design (OSCD), Osaka University.

Sponsored by: "Art Area B1 (Osaka University, NPO Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway)

Co-sponsored by: Osaka University Global COE Program, A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century
Planned and produced by: Center for the Study of Communication-Design (OSCD), Dance Box

In cooperation with: NPO recip (Regional Culture Information and Projects)

Date: 2011-7-8 (Fri) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Mr. Takeshi FURUKAWA, Crossing Popular Culture Research Project

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