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AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium (June 29 - July 2)
full name / name of organization:
Mikhail Koulikov, Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
2012 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
Anime and manga are visual culture and media, popular entertainment, commercial products, objects of interest and sometimes obsession – and for many people, their first and sometimes only contact with Japan. Scholars in Japan and around the world have increasingly become interested in the themes, topics, and issues of anime and manga – and of all Japanese popular culture.
The goal of the AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium is to highlight cutting-edge research and critical thinking about Japanese animation and comics by examining emerging trends in anime and manga studies around the world. Anime Expo is the largest gathering of fans of Japanese popular culture in the U.S., and, as an integral component of the AX program, the Symposium will also serve to introduce anime and manga studies to a general, non-academic audience. Another goal of this event will be to establish crucial connections and facilitate bridging gaps between scholars and fans.
Speakers are invited to present papers on any topic related to Japanese comics and animation, global anime and manga fandom, and the anime/manga industry in Japan and elsewhere. Individual presentations can focus on themes and topics such as:
• Close readings of particular individual anime and manga texts.
The symposium particularly welcomes studies of recent and new anime and manga (including, but definitely not limited to Durarara!!, Eden of the East, Madoka, and Redline) and papers that engage with recent Japanese and Western scholarship on these and other related topics.
This list is not exhaustive, and other topics and approaches will be welcome as well.
All submissions will undergo peer review.
The Symposium program will also feature several roundtable panel discussions, bringing together scholars from different institutions to share different perspectives on anime and manga and the anime/manga studies field.
Roundtable panel 1: Anime and manga studies at 30: Issues and directions.
If you are interested in presenting your paper, please submit the title, a 300-500 word abstract, and your CV. All abstracts will undergo peer review.
Potential panel speakers are invited to submit a summary of your experience and background, a formal CV, and a 300-500 word statement of your interest and specific approaches to one of the Roundtable Panel topics. Additional panel topics may be considered.
Please forward your submissions by no later than May 15, 2012, to Mikhail Koulikov at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All speakers will receive complimentary admission to Anime Expo 2012. Some reimbursement of travel expenses may be available.