20 Jan [NOW FINISHED] A chimeric being from Kyushu, Japan: Amabie’s revival during Covid-19
A chimeric being from Kyushu, Japan: Amabie’s revival during Covid-19
Guest lecture with Dr Merli exploring how the resurgence of Amabie from the Japanese history of disasters and epidemics intersects.
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Date: 20th January 2021
This guest lecture explores how the resurgence of a forgotten chimeric figure from the Japanese history of disasters and epidemics intersects with some central ecological and political discourses in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those associated with culinary practices, human rights and relations with other historical epidemics. Presented as a mascot but viewed as an icon of protection, this uncanny little yōkai from southern Japan in the pre-modern Edo period addresses our lives as they are caught in a suspension of our usual temporal and spatial dimensions. A monster, a hyperobject and an art effigy of our pandemic present.