Part of the Identities and Cultures in East Asia strand, the Mixed Cinema Network (MCN) focuses on the study of film and media in Japan. Current research comprises the cross-disciplinary and intercultural study of Japanese film, focusing on strategic narrative and aesthetic devices in their cultural context. It builds on critical mass in staff and postgraduates across the White Rose University Consortium, developing research networks and exchanges in the Asia Pacific and engaging directly in outreach activities with film, media and public performance organisations.
Further user engagement and knowledge exchange impact has been achieved through the coordination of several international workshops and the organisation of a research workshop on Japanese film by MCN intern Michael Smith at the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) in November 2012.
In addition, the project has funded a period of difficult-language training during which MCN PhD student Tamara Courage undertook research-level Chinese language training at Nanjing University in China.
Activities within the Mixed Cinema Network project have included: