Focus on Japan: J-pop idols from the outside in

Course Dates: 10/03/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: John Goff

In recent years J-pop has produced a wide range of female ‘idol’ groups, which bear a complex, reflexive relation to the very idea of the ‘idol’. How might we think about this phenomenon from an outside-in global perspective?


What is the course about?

In recent years J-pop has produced a wide range of female ‘idol’ groups (such as Perfume, You'll Melt More!,, Sakura Gakuin, BabyMetal, Shin Geki, BiS|Bish, Necronomidol, Kayakazaki46) producing a variety
of forms of performance|music (angel idols, dark idols, avantgarde idols, anachronistic idols, candy idols, poison candy idols, ironic anti-idols, post-idols …). All of these bear a complex, reflexive relation to the very idea and being of ‘idol’ itself. How might we think about this phenomenon from an outside in global perspective?

What will we cover?

The concept and phenomena of ‘idols’ will be explored using video clips of live stage and music video performances. Selecting from some of the groups mentioned above, the core idea of ‘idol’ as that which reflects on and projects itself through conventionalised styles of performance will be examined as a framework for the development of a philosophy of ‘feminality’ which has global resonance and is expressive of a Global|Japanese culture.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Discuss critically the cultural significance of the ‘idol’ idea.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge is assumed. A willingness to critically examine concepts and some basic familiarity with
discussion/debate, argument and evaluation will be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in a seminar format with short slide presentation including Q&A and group discussion. No
outside work is required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No special equipment is required, other than for note-taking as preferred.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in our other Japanese-themed, one-day philosophy course: HP119 - Focus on Japan: religion and nothingness.

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Course Code: HP118

Sun, day, 10 Mar - 10 Mar '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00

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