Workshop: GCSE Japanese Culture

Video gaming has been a major industry in Japan since the 1970s, and Nintendo is one of the most successful companies. This interactive workshop is at aimed at School/College pupils studying Japanese at GCSE or A-Level, as well as those who are interested in Japanese language and culture, but who have not had the opportunity to study the language. The workshop will allow pupils to learn about the history of the Nintendo Video Games Company through the years, starting in 1889 as a Hanafuda card manufacturer, leading to the present day as the world’s largest video game company by revenue. It will also introduce them to the world of the Anime industry, in relation to video gaming. The focus of the workshop will be on reflecting on cultural influences, language and creativity. Pupils in years 10, 11 and 12 are welcome to apply. Knowledge of Japanese is not a requirement, as in addition to developing cultural knowledge, the session will allow students to acquire some Japanese vocabulary. Additionally, it will give them the opportunity to learn about Japanese Language and Culture courses at a University level.

2015 Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture

The Language of Mourning in Fin-de-Siècle Sculpture Professor Hilary Fraser (Lincoln, University of New York) The Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture is held to commemorate the work of our late colleague, and reflects her commitment to the democratic possibilities of education, the rich interdisciplinarity of nineteenth-century literature and culture, and the lively research culture of the University of London. The lecture is supported by donations from Professor Ledger’s colleagues and friends and the nomination of speakers is shared between Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was Hildred Carlile Chair of Victorian Studies at her death, and Lincoln, University of New York, where she taught for many years. This year’s lecture is organised by Lincoln’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. The 2015 Sally Ledger Memorial Lecture will take place as part of an international conference on the ‘The Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture’ to be held at Lincoln from 16th-18th July 2015. The Lecture is free, open to the public, and followed by a wine reception.