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Online Presentations of the Makino Symposium on YouTube

Since today is 12/12/12, it seems appropriate that we can now announce that the digital remarks and presentations of the Makino Symposium of 11/11/11 have just been made available online for viewing on Columbia’s YouTube channel.  Twelve remarks/presentations from the symposium, “The Makino Collection at Columbia: the Present and Future of an Archive,” are now linked from the Symposium webpage.

The Makino Symposium and its digitized presentations are the first in a series that will form a digital library of research on and online access to the unique archival materials at Starr Library.  We hope that this new digital library builds a global community of scholars who will benefit from the research on these special materials.


Our Symposium, "The Makino Collection at Columbia," was a success. A total of 64 people attended throughout the day. The week following the symposium, we had extended viewing of the Collection (for 5 hours per day).  Several visitors to the Makino Collection  viewed portions of the Collection, with many of you emailing me with great interest in returning to do research.  If any of you who attended the symposium have thoughts about it, please share them with me (either here or through email). Did you like the format? Were there things you wanted to know that weren’t covered? What did you appreciate most?  While this symposium opened up discussion for three main areas for which the collection has great research possibilities – East Asian Cinema, Early Japanese Cinema, and Documentary Film – we know there is much more to explore.

As I was processing the collection last week, I found some interesting items. In looking at some boxes that are Russian related (it turns out there are 4 boxes and they are mostly Japanese monographs but about Russian film or film theorists), I found 1 box  that actually had more Charlie Chaplin monographs.  Although most will be sent off for cataloging at a later date, I found 2 books that were signed by Charlie Chaplin himself.  His autograph includes a fantastic drawing of himself as well as musical notes and a little sun with a face in it. Those books will go in the Special Collections with our Chaplin and Kono Toraichi materials.  Chaplin signed them on the same date, March 16, 1971. One of the books  is the original German written by Friedrich Luft in 1957 and the other is its 1971 Japanese translation by Koshibe Noboru. 

Symposium – The Makino Collection at Columbia, 11/11/11

Today is the first day of November and that means we are only a little more than a week away from the first daylong symposium on the Makino Collection at Columbia.  On 11/11/11, we will welcome 8 panelists, 3 discussants, and many visitors to 403 Kent Hall (EALAC Lounge) at Columbia University to hear presentations and discussions at the symposium, "The Makino Collection at Columbia: The Present and Future of an Archive." These include my overview of the archive in process and three panels.

Yesterday, the Makino Symposium web page went live:

Here is the press release.

Eventually, papers and digital presentations will be added.

Here is the PROGRAM again…

9:00am-9:30am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Paul Anderer, Jim Neal, Robert Hymes, Jim Cheng

Beth Katzoff, "The Makino Collection at Columbia: An Archive in Process"

Panel 1
10:00am-12:00pm: "The Makino Collection, Film Archives, and East Asian Cinema"

Weihong Bao, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, Columbia University
"Pudovkin’s Fellow Travelers: The Introduction of Montage to China"

Theodore Hughes, The Korea Foundation Association Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities, the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, Columbia University
"Archive Phobia: Korean Cinema and its Colonial Pasts"

Reiko Ikegawa, Adjunct Lecturer, Jissen Women’s University & Otsuma Women’s University
"Japanese Female Director Sakane Tazuko, the Manchurian Film Association, and Archival Materials for Japanese Colonial Films"

Discussant: Jane Marie Gaines, Professor, School of the Arts – Film Division, Columbia University

Panel 2
1:30pm-3:30pm: "The Makino Collection and Early Japanese Cinema"

Joanne Bernardi, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures Department, University of Rochester
"Destination Japan: The Personal Collection as Alternative Archive"

Aaron Gerow, Associate Professor, Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University
"Makino Mamoru and Film Theory: The Case of Nakagawa Shigeaki"

Atsuko Oya, Staff Member, Film and Information Section, The Museum of Kyoto
"Onoe Matsunosuke and Materials Related to the Film, Chushingura (The Royal Forty-seven Ronin) in the Makino Mamoru Collection"

Discussant: Paul Anderer, Mack Professor of Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

3:30pm Coffee break

Panel 3
3:45pm-5:30pm: "The Makino Collection and Documentary Film"

Abé Mark Nornes, Chair of the Department of Screen Arts & Culture and Professor in Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan
"Paul Rotha/Poru Ruta and the Politics of Translation"

Mika Tomita, Associate Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University
"Aspects of Small-Gauge Film Culture in Prewar Japan"

Discussant: Hikari Hori, Assistant Professor, Japanese Film and Visual Culture, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

5:30pm-5:45pm: Concluding Remarks

6:00pm-7:30pm: Reception (Starr Library Reading Room)

The symposium is open to the public, but please R.S.V.P. to

The symposium is sponsored by The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Japan Chamber of Commerce, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the C.V. Starr Foundation, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, and the School of the Arts-Film Division.