Associate Professor of Japanese
PhD Columbia University
Japanese cinema, literature, and culture; film and media studies; material culture; moving image archiving and preservation
409 Lattimore Hall
Joanne Bernardi’s research and teaching focus on Japanese cinema and culture; moving image and media history and historiography; and visual and material culture. She is currently working on an open-access, multimedia online archive, the digital component of a larger research project that uses travel, education, and the production and exchange of images and objects as a lens to investigate changing representations of Japan and its place in the world in the first half of the twentieth century. Her work is informed by a familiarity with early and silent film, a background in photography, film and video production, and an interest in moving image archiving and preservation.
- Re-Envisioning Japan: Japan as Destination in 20th-Century Visual and Material Culture. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Digital Humanities Center, 2013. River Campus Libraries. http://humanities.lib.rochester.edu/rej/
- “Does Film Theory Exist in Japan?” Translation of “Nihon ni eiga riron wa atta ka,” Sato Tadao, Nihon eiga riron-shi (1977).“Decentering Theory: Reconsidering the History of Japanese Film Theory,” Josai International University Review of Japanese Culture and Society, vol. 22 (2011), 7-21.
- “Dare vita alla pagina: la collaborazione con Yoda Yoshikata,” Bellezza e Tristezza: Il cinema di Mizoguchi Kenji, ed. Dario Tomasi, 2009, 159-171.
- "Teaching Godzilla," In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage, ed. Tsutsui and Ito, 2006, 111-125.
- “Osaka Elegy: Revisiting 1930s Mizoguchi,” Film Analysis: A Norton Reader, ed. Geiger and Rutsky, 2005, 260-281 (2nd ed. 2013).
- “Researching Japanese Silent Cinema/Japanese Cinema as an Academic Adventure,” Asian Cinema–Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Korean Film Archive, 2002, 271-284 (Proceedings, FIAF 58th Congress, Seoul).
- “Chaplin Among the Ashes: A Collector’s Beginnings,” In Praise of Film Studies: Essays in Honor of Makino Mamoru, ed. Nornes and Gerow, 2001, 68-73.
- Writing in Light: the Silent Scenario and the Japanese Pure Film Movement, Wayne State University Press, 2001.
Selected Conference Presentations
- “Re-Envisioning Japan: A Faculty-DH Center Collaboration,” Digital Scholarship Colloquium 2014: Pedagogy and Practices, The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University (2014).
- “Destination Japan: Japan in Cherry Blossom Time and Japan as Seen From a Rickshaw,” Wunderkino 2: On the Varieties of Cinematic Experience, 13th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium (2012).
- “Re-envisioning Japan in Silent Educational and Travel Films,” Asian Studies Conference Japan, Rikkyō University (2012).
- “Destination Japan: The Personal Collection as Alternative Archive,” Columbia University, The Makino Collection: The Present and the Future of an Archive (2011).
- “Eiga hozon to eiga kenkyu no tame no daigaku, aakaibu” aida kyoryoku,” (Creating a University/Museum Alliance: Selznick School of Film Preservation at the University of Rochester M.A. Program, UR/George Eastman House), 6th Kyoto Film Preservation Workshop at The Museum of Kyoto (2011).
Courses on Japanese culture; film history, theory, and visual analysis; nuclear history, culture and the visual image; animation; history of US-Japan relations; material culture studies; tourism studies; moving image archiving and preservation
- Atomic Creatures: Godzilla
- Tourist Japan
- Film as Object
- Akira Kurosawa
- Hayazaki Miyao and Planet Ghibli (Japanese Animation)
- History of Japanese Cinema
Selected Awards and Activities
- University of Rochester PumpPrimer II Pilot Research Award (2014-2015)
- NEH Summer Institute Fellow, “American Material Culture: 19th c. New York,” (Bard Graduate Research Center, 2013)
- University of Rochester College Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable Faculty Grant (2011-2012)
- Advisory Editor, Camera Obscura, 2006-present
- AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) Educational Committee member, 2005-present
- Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation (UR-George Eastman House collaborative M.A. program): Faculty (2004-present); Admissions Committee (2004-2012); MA Academic Program Advisor (2008-2010)
- Japan Foundation Short Term Research Grant for research in Japan (2003-2004)
- NEH Summer Institute Fellow, “Modernity, Early Modernity, Postmodernity in Japan” (University of Southern California, 2002)
- Director, Film and Media Studies Program, University of Rochester, 2004-2007; Interim Director, 2001-2002
- Japan Foundation Publication Grant (Writing in Light, 2001)
- Susan B. Anthony Research Institute for Women’s Studies Research and travel grant (1995)
- Association of Asian Studies Northeast Area Council Research and travel grant (1995)
- American Council of Learned Societies International conference travel grant, International Symposium on Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Università di Venezia Ca’ Foscari (1994)
- Faculty Committee, Film and Media Studies Program, University of Rochester (1994-present)
- Associate, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Rochester (1994-present)
- Harvard University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1993-1994)