AZUMA Hiroki (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
MIYADAI Shinji (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Anne ALLISON (Duke University)
Kukhee CHOO (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Steve Clark RIDGELY (University of Wisconsin)
Dixon WONG Heung Wah (University of Hong Kong)
Tomiko YODA (Duke University)
Event will be conducted in English
Open to all
Free of charge
For more information please contact either Kono or Slater, or see the conference page on ICC website http://www.fla.sophia.ac.jp/icc/2009/Studies_of_Japanese_Popular_Culture_1.htm
Miyadai Shinji and Azuma Hiroki are probably the two most prominent scholars in Japanese popular culture and subcultural studies in Japan. Their talks will orient our event in a historical situation and contemporary review of the production and consumption of Japanese Popular Culture.
In the past decade, the consumption of Japanese pop culture has skyrocketed around the world, as anime, manga, and fashion from Japan have become a commercial and cultural force in East Asia, North America, and Europe. The ubiquity of Japanese pop culture is also bringing about transformations, translations, and interplay of modes of consumption in pop culture across the world, as attested by the examples of cosplay and Pokémon.
Despite its popularity, the critical discourses on Japanese pop culture in Japanese and in English have rarely crossed paths during this period of increasing popularity. Since the 1990s, Japanese critics has produced a rich and sophisticated discourse on subculture that is also highly embedded in local theoretical and political contexts. Meanwhile, English-language studies of Japanese pop culture have been locked in US/UK cultural studies theory, and have rarely engaged Japanese approaches. The result is an almost complete lack of communication or even familiarity of the most immediate scholarly context of Japanese popular culture.
Some of you might have seen Miyadai, Azuma and Kono in a Featured Session at the Association of Asian Studies Conference in March 2009, “Post-Bubble Culture and Theory: The Real Estate for Critique after Economic Collapse.” This is the second in a series of events designed to develop these themes and work toward a reorientation of research agenda for the future.
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