Ferran de Vargas

Ferran de Vargas
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya | UOC · Arts and Humanities Studies

Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies (East Asian Culture, Thought and Interculturality) by the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Postodctoral researcher at the Open University of Catalonia.

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Introduction
I am a political scientist specialized in the field of East Asian Studies. My main research interest is the way aesthetic practices (especially cinema) intervene in ideological confrontations and democratization processes in modern East Asia (with a special focus on postwar Japan), and how the analysis of these interventions helps to gain a better understanding of the political phenomena of the societies from which they emerge.
Additional affiliations
January 2022 - December 2023
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Position
  • PostDoc Position
March 2016 - February 2019
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Position
  • Teaching and research staff in training
Education
October 2015 - July 2020
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • East Asian Studies
September 2013 - March 2015
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Field of study
  • East Asian Studies
September 2008 - July 2013
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Political Science

Publications

Publications (14)
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Although much has been written about the political theories of several thinkers associated with the Japanese New Left, to gain a better understanding of those theories, a perspective that conceives them as a conversation within a unitary (but sometimes contradictory) ideology is needed. Likewise, we know little about how media forms other than the...
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La civilització s’enfronta a una greu crisi existencial a l’era de l’Antropocè, en què l’activitat econòmica condemna la humanitat a la catàstrofe ambiental. Per evitar la catàstrofe, cal posar fi a l’obsessió capitalista per la recerca il·limitada de beneficis. Però la civilització pot prosperar renunciant al capitalisme? Saito ens proposa una lec...
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This introductory essay contextualizes the articles that comprise the special issue by focusing on a historical period known as the ”Japanese long 1968” or the “season of politics” (roughly 1966 to 1972), in order to address the trends in the period’s cinematic production as a social and political expression of its time. The prevailing socio-politi...
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Blai Guarné, ed. 2018. Antropología de Japón. Identidad, discurso y representación. Barcelona: Bellaterra. 312 pp.
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Durante los años posteriores a la Segunda Guerra Mundial se fue desarrollando en Japón una tendencia política revolucionaria que se alejaba de los postulados de la izquierda institucional y del progresismo de posguerra, y que cristalizó en la irrupción de la Nueva Izquierda japonesa durante la década de 1960. El cambio de paradigma que dio forma a...
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Japón suele ser visto en el imaginario occidental como una entidad esencialmente conservadora, tendente a la armonía social. Sin embargo, tras su derrota en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la historia de este país se ha visto profundamente marcada por episodios de disidencia política en los que han jugado un papel clave movimientos anticapitalistas revo...
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Diálogo con las cineastas Carla Simón y Celia Rico en torno a la influencia del cine japonés en sus premiadas óperas primas "Estiu 1993" (2017) y "Viaje al cuarto de una madre" (2018) y en el resto de su filmografía.
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A dialogue with filmmakers Carla Simón and Celia Rico about the influence of Japanese cinema on their award-winning debut films Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993, 2017) and Journey to a Mother's Room (Viaje al cuarto de una madre, 2018) and their filmographies.
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From melodramas to experimental documentaries to anime, mass media in Japan constitute a key site in which the nation’s social memory is articulated, disseminated and contested. Through a series of stimulating case studies, this volume examines the political and cultural representations of Japan’s past, showing how they have reinforced personal and...
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Starting from the perspective that national cinema is not a neutral concept, but rather a film expression with ideological implications, in this article I will argue that what should be analysed in films is not what connects them to certain nations, but with certain ideologies. Rather than claiming the national nature of a film, it is more accurate...
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Conocer la dimensión artística de una ideología facilita la comprensión de la dimensión teórica de la misma, y viceversa. En este sentido, este artículo pretende analizar comparativamente el cine de Terayama Shūji, en concreto su película Sho o suteyo machi e deyō (Tira los libros, sal a la calle), y la teoría de la taishū de Yoshimoto Takaaki, com...
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Terayama Shūji is as important counterculturally to the late 1960s and early 1970s as the philosopher Takaaki Yoshimoto was intellectually. Through the analysis of Terayama’s film Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (Sho o Suteyo, Machi e Deyō), this paper explores a premise little discussed in publications in English so far: namely, that t...

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