Fortunino Matania, Japanese acrobats at the circus at Olympia

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Le site internet de Christie’s informe que, lors de la vente 5289 en octobre 2014, un lot de trois dessins de Fortunino Matania (1881-1963) réalisés lors du Royal Tournament de 1912 a été vendu pour £1,375.

L’un d’entre eux, malheureusement non reproduit, contrairement au “Call to Arms”, s’intitule “Japanese acrobats at the circus at Olympia”.

Si vous en savez plus sur cette oeuvre, n’hésitez pas à laisser un commentaire.


Sur l’artiste, un article de Wikipedia bien fait, je trouve: Wikipedia contributors, “Fortunino Matania,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (vu le 27 décembre 2015).

In October 2014, Christie’s sold three drawings by Fortunino Matania made at the Royal Naval and Military tournament at Olympia, 1912. One of them is called “Japanese acrobats at the circus at Olympia”. If you have any information on this, please, do not hesitate leaving a comment on this blog. Many thanks in advance.

Petite annonce: bourse pour l’International Institute for Asian Studies (Leyde)

Je recopie l’information suivante depuis le site internet de l’IIAS:


The position of affiliated fellow is intended for outstanding researchers (also see ‘Terms and conditions’) from around the world, to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. We also welcome researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication.

Research focus

We are particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters ‘Asian Cities‘, ‘Asian Heritages‘ and ‘Global Asia‘. However some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome.

On the application form, you will be asked to indicate to which cluster your proposed research relates, or to choose the “open category”.

Terms and conditions

  1. Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD. If you are a PhD candidate at the time of application, you may also apply, provided that you graduate within 5 months after the application deadline (i.e. before 1 July). A letter from your university will be required to confirm your graduation before this date.
  2. If you are applying for a grant from IIAS to cover your research period in the Netherlands, the fellowship will be tenable for a maximum period of 10 months.
  3. Support for research (office facilities, library access, networks, etc.) will be provided.
  4. Affiliated fellows are expected to participate in IIAS events, including the fellow seminars, monthly lunch lectures, and drinks.


If IIAS decides to sponsor your research by awarding a grant, you will receive:

– A monthly grant of €2000;
– Office facilities and access to the Leiden University Libraries;
– A one-time grant of (max) €1000 towards the costs of (international) travel.


Application deadline

1 February of each year

Le projet ‘Global Asia‘ me semble très intéressant.

PS: C’est la fin du semestre académique ici au Japon; j’espère pouvoir vite reposter de vrais billets et pas seulement des “petites annonces”.

(Petite annonce) Nouvelle revue: Journal of Asians in the Americas (JAIA)

Je recopie l’information suivante depuis le site internet H-Japan:


The new interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Asians in the Americas (JAIA), is now accepting submissions of scholarly articles and creative works.

Best regards,


Chisu Teresa Ko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Ursinus College, PA

Quelqu’un sait-il s’il existe un équivalent français ou européen à cette nouvelle revue ?

Petite annonce: Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Fellowship

Voici une autre information que je recopie depuis le site H-Japan:

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University identifies and supports outstanding scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the encompassing study of global history. We seek to organize a community of scholars interested in the systematic scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional, and continental boundaries and who propose to analyze the interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological, political and demographic—among world societies. We encourage applicants from all over the world, and especially from outside Europe and North America, hoping to create a global conversation on global history.

WIGH Fellows are appointed for one year and are provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. They should be prepared to devote their entire time to productive scholarship and may undertake sustained projects of research or other original work. They will join a vibrant community of global history scholars at Harvard.

This fellowship is funded by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

The competition for these awards is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree). If still pursuing the PhD, WIGH Fellows must receive their degree no later than May 2016. There is no limit on time since submission of the candidate’s degree; we are open to candidates at various stages of their careers. We expect that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request. The WIGH Fellowship is residential and Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes, and they are expected to participate in WIGH activities, including a bi-weekly seminar.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of up to $50,000, according to fellows’ needs. Because we cannot always offer the amount requested, we urge applicants to apply for funding from other sources as well. Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.

How to Apply
Applications are due December 15, 2015. Letters of reference are due by January 8th, 2016.
Please visit our website ( to apply.

Contact: Jessica Barnard, Program Coordinator
Phone: +011 (617) 495-8923

Petite annonce: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures: Tokyo 2016

Je recopie l’information suivante depuis le site internet H-Japan (il me semble que les questions de recherche et les propositions de discussion annoncées pourraient très bien s’appliquer aux acrobates et autres artistes de cirque et de music-hall japonais étudiés ici):

Your network editor has reposted this from H-Announce. The byline reflects the original authorship.

Type: Conference
Date: March 18, 2016 to March 20, 2016
Location: Japan
Subject Fields:
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

After the initial period of explosive expansion and innovation in the arts of Japanese anime, manga, and gaming in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, a new era has arrived in which the effects of that massive emergence and expansion have begun to appear in, on, and around the surface of those arts, in the form of conflicts, ambiguities, controversies, disappointments, as well as stunning opportunities and innovation. These cracks on the smooth surface of this global phenomenon may in fact be the ‘stretch marks’ of its rapid global growth.

These marks include: the complex ethics of licensing and global corporate structures; the legal inequities explicit in the huge and clever online subterranean distribution systems of fandoms; the art and ethics of the sub-genre of doujinshi; the revelations of emerging subjectivities flowering in all of these art forms; the descent of anime in particular — but found in all forms of these arts — in their recent predilection for narratives more concerned with ‘fan service’ than to the ‘work of art;’ the infuriating stability of the patriarchy, yet also the slippery, evasive presence of feminist codes and conventions; but also the compelling, remarkably innovative, and creative new objects and practices that have become part of these now global art forms.

This conference will attempt to engage these, our problems and accomplishments, in discourse with an international conference of scholars, creators, professionals, and industry in an attempt to understand, through collaboration, how to address these many issues that have emerged in these art forms. Occurring in the inception of sakura in Tokyo, the origin for anime, manga, and gaming cultures, this will be a provocative time and space to contemplate these issues and accomplishments.

Submission for individual presentations, and panels of 3-4 individual presentations will be accepted until March 1, 2016. Send an abstracts of no more than 150 words for individual presentations, and for panels, a description and panel title with abstracts for each panel member to:

Regisration now open at:

Contact Info:

Site du jour: Visual Hunt

Grâce au blog “Les Outils TICE“, que j’utilise souvent pour préparer mes cours de Français Langue Etrangère, je découvre le moteur de recherche Visual Hunt.

VisualHunt est un moteur de recherche de photos et d’images gratuites pour illustrer vos sites, blogs ou publications scolaires.


Se basant sur l’API de Flickr, VisualHunt fait des merveilles avec un moteur de recherche particulièrement véloce et un choix immense d’illustrations avec une licence en Creative Commons.


The Texas Collection, Baylor University / Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

(J’ignore la date de cet objet)

Par ce moteur de recherche, j’ai trouvé quelques images que je ne connaissais pas, mais je note que les recherches par mots français ne m’ont rien apporté. En outre, comme le montre l’exemple ci-dessus, l’appareil critique (description, date, auteur, …) entourant ces images est parfois très léger, voire inexistant.