Christopher J. HAYES
University of East Anglia (UK)
Christopher HAYES is a researcher specialising in British media representation and perceptions of Japan. He co-organised the 2018 international workshop in Cardiff, and has since worked with MIRA as Communications Officer. He obtained his PhD in Japanese Studies from Cardiff University in 2019. His thesis examined depictions of technology and Japan in the British press. Japan is often presented as a highly futuristic country, full of robots and the like. However, in the last few years, another, contradictory discourse of Japan as low-tech has emerged. His research explores how both of these depictions are presented in the British press, asking how they can co-exist, as well as investigating the degree to which these depictions rely on stereotypes. He now works as Project Officer in the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. From September 2019, he will take up the post of visiting foreign researcher at the Kyoto Institute, Library and Archives for 6 months while he investigates the effects of the Rugby World Cup on foreign visitor perceptions of Japan and tourism.
Participation in MUTUAL IMAGES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION events
MUTUAL IMAGES 6th International Workshop (2018):
"Mediating Conflicting Discourses of Japan in the Press: An Enviable Vision of the Future or an Eccentric, Technofetishist Nation?"
Involvement with MUTUAL IMAGES RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
Co-organiser of MUTUAL IMAGES 6th International Workshop (2018):
Mediatised Images of Japan in Europe: Through the Media Kaleidoscope
Proof-reader for Mutual Images Journal