We seek proposals for papers to be included in a book provisionally entitled 'Japanese Subcultures on the Internet'. The volume seeks to explore whether and in what ways the emergence of the Internet as an inter- and intracultural communications medium has affected the interaction between members within diverse subculture and minority groups in Japan. It will include both academic analyses and reports from subculture and minority-group members themselves. The book aims to describe the wide variety of different people, communities, lifestyles, practices and ideas that exist throughout Japanese society with a particular focus on how the Internet has facilitated group formation and identity development.
General questions to be explored in the book include:
What role has the Internet played in the (re)organisation of 'traditional' minority groups in Japan such as the Ainu, burakumin, Korean-Japanese, shogaisha and hibakusha?
How has the Internet facilitated community awareness among recently emergent groups such as feminists, lesbians and gays and transgender people?
How has the Internet affected established subcultural groups such as the amateur manga movement (dojinshi), hippies, New Age followers and new religious movements?
Is the Internet in Japan an instrument of globalisation or is it being used in specifically Japanese ways to suit local concerns and practices?
Core papers already proposed focus on:
Lesbian and women's groups
People with hearing disabilities
People with physical disabilities
Lesbian and gay activism
Amateur manga fandom
Further submissions on the above or other minority groups or subcultures are welcome.
Please send general enquiries or abstracts of up to 250 words to email@example.com.
Closing date for paper abstracts: 1 December 2000
Closing date for paper submissions: 1 December 2001
Publication at the end of 2002
About the editors:
Associate Professor Nanette Gottlieb is Head of the Asian Studies Department at the University of Queensland. Her publications include Word-Processing Technology in Japan (Curzon, 2000), Kanji Politics: Language Policy and Japanese Script (Kegan Paul, 1995) and Language and the Modern State: The Reform of Written Japanese (Routledge, 1991). She has a book on discriminatory language in Japan forthcoming.
Dr. Mark McLelland is a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities (Curzon, 2000) and has published articles on Japanese minority groups and the Internet in Convergence and The Journal of Communication Inquiry. He has a chapter on queer uses of the Internet in Japan forthcoming in Chris Berry, Fran Martin and Audrey Yue (eds) Mobile Cultures: New Media and Queer Asia.
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