August 1, 2012
“Summer School: Keynote Lecture by Jan Bardsley”
Jan Bardsley, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at UNC, gave the keynote lecture at the Summer School hosted by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” at Heidelberg University.
This year’s Summer School, “Seeing Matter(s): Materiality and Visuality” explored the role of visual and material culture in the context of transcultural exchange processes between Asia and Europe. Prof. Bardsley’s lecture, entitled “From Kitsch to Cool: The Geisha Apprentice in Japanese Visual Culture”, explored how depictions of geishas frame an innocent portrait of Japanese girlhood.