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The Universal Language of Animation

Presented by Dr Masafumi Monden

May 26, 2022

In this talk, Dr Masafumi Monden will discuss the  universal language of animation and the exhibition, continuum: Independent animation from Japan and Australia. His talk is framed through an understanding of animation as an intersection of human perception, cultural and social movements that communicate via a visual, auditory, and sensory experience. This experience unites its viewers in a universal language, yet allows the filmmaker to communicate personal, cultural and historical specificities within their narratives.

Please note that the in-person talk event will also be available via Facebook livestream on the JPF Sydney Facebook.


Masafumi Monden is a cultural studies scholar specialising in Japan. He writes and teaches modern Japanese cultural history, fashion, art and popular culture, gender studies, Japanese language, and international relations focusing on Australia’s ties with Asia. Before joining the University of Sydney, Dr Monden most recently taught at the University of Western Australia. Trained in four different disciplines at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Humanities, Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, and Design), Dr Monden uses visual sources, texts, and empirical evidences to examine material cultures of everyday as embodiments of social, cultural, and historical expressions.



May 26, 2022 (Thursday)
6:30pm-7:30pm AEST
Doors open at 6:00pm
40 min talk + 10 min audience Q&A

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Free; bookings not required

JPF Sydney Facebook
Free; bookings not required


(02) 8239 0055

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