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Joanne Bernardi

Associate Professor of Japanese
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Modern Languages And Cultures

Areas of expertise: Japanese cinema and culture; silent cinema; nuclear culture and the visual image; animation; moving image archiving and preservation; film and media studies; tourism and material culture studies

Press contact:
Valerie Alhart

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Joanne Bernardi is an associate professor of Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, a faculty member of the Film and Media Studies Program and the Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation, and affiliate faculty in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. She holds a bachelor of fine arts in Photography, Film and Video from Kansas City Art Institute, and masters and doctoral degrees in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, and an honorary certificate from the L. Jeffrey Selznick Program in Film Preservation. Her first book, "Writing in Light" (Wayne State, 2001), was on Japanese cinema of the 1910s, focusing on its intersection with changing international attitudes toward screenwriting, film production, and consumption. She has published on such topics as Japanese cinema, genre, and screenwriting during the silent era; Godzilla and nuclear culture in Japan and the United States; the writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki; and the films of Kenji Mizoguchi and Yoshikata Yoda. Her current project, Japan as Destination in 20th Century Visual and Material Culture, involves an online digital archive focusing on representations of Japan in the visual and material culture of travel and education.