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Sharon Hayashi

BA (Brown), MA, PhD (Chicago)

Associate Professor, Department of Film

Professor Hayashi specializes in Japanese cinema and media studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of visual culture and history. Current research projects includes a study of Japanese cinema and empire, a critical history of Japanese Pink Cinema, and a web-based archival documentary about the uses of new media by new social movements. She has worked in documentary film and TV production and as a programmer and translator for Japanese and Asian film festivals.

Dr. Hayashi's teaching and research areas include: film history, historiography and criticism; critical theory, gender and media; colonial and diasporic cinemas; travelling and regional cinemas, postcolonial film; transnationalism; globalization; and East Asian film and video.

"Negotiating Mobile Subjectivities: Costume Play, Landscape and Belonging in the Colonial Road Movies of Shimizu Hiroshi”, Film,History and Cultural Citizenship, ed. Tina Chen, Routledge (forthcoming).

"Goodbye Kitty, Hello War: The Tactics of Spectacle and New Youth Movements in Urban Japan”, with Anne Mcknight. Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, vol.13 no.1, Spring 2005.

"Women on the Run: Travel and Utopia in the Films of Shimizu Hiroshi", Hong Kong International Film Festival Catalogue, April 2004.