Based at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) in central Tokyo, the Summer Institute of Studies in Japanese Popular Culture is a program for undergraduates who wish to focus their academics on studies of Japanese popular culture. The program will run from May 24 through July 28.
**The US enrollment deadline is Monday, February 22.
This unique program is designed to introduce students to various aspects of Japanese popular culture, including the inter-related fields of art, music and design, and analyze their collective expression in mass media and youth subcultures.
Summer Institute courses include Anime in Japanese Popular Culture, Manga in Japanese Popular Culture, Youth and Popular Culture, and Problems in Sociocultural Anthropology. Students also have the option of studying Japanese language, commensurate with their level of language proficiency.
The faculty for this program have diverse experience and academic expertise which complement each other, so that the courses are integrated into a structured academic program that explores the multi-faceted varieties of Japanese popular culture:
>>Roland Kelts (M.A., Columbia University, Fine Arts), the half-Japanese American author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US (www.japanamericabook.com) and Lecturer at the University of Tokyo.
>>Patrick W. Galbraith (Ph.D. Researcher, The University of Tokyo, Information Studies), a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the impact of material conditions on fantasy, specifically how shifts in modes of capitalism and consumption impact otaku culture in Japan.
>>Sachiko Horiguchi (Ph.D., University of Oxford, Anthropology), an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Temple University Japan Campus.
>>Kyle Cleveland (Ph.D., Temple University, Sociology), the Summer Institute Director, and is an administrator and Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University Japan Campus.
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