The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2014 AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, a unique track of academic talks, presentations and panels that will be an integral part of the live programming at the largest anime convention in the United States.
July 3 – July 6
Anime Expo 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marc Steinberg (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014
Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) represent one of the major contributions that Japan has made to global visual and popular culture. Indeed, for many people, their first – and sometimes only – contact with Japanese culture at all is through Japanese visual culture.
The field of anime and manga studies is young, only about 30 year old, but extraordinarily vibrant. It welcomes a wide range of interpretations and approaches, draws on different disciplines and methodologies, and can involve both academics, industry professionals, independent scholars, and fans/enthusiasts.
A major goal of the Anime and Manga Studies Symposium is to bring together speakers from diverse backgrounds, fields and areas to exchange ideas, explore new directions, and contribute to building a community of anime and manga studies. Uniquely, the Anime and Manga Symposium is an integral part of the schedule of Anime Expo, the largest gathering of fans of Japanese popular culture in the U.S. This will give speakers an opportunity to present their research and scholarship directly to public, non-academic audience, to interact with fans of anime and manga from around the world, and to become participants in a celebration and appreciation of Japanese popular culture. In turn, the Symposium also serves to introduce convention attendees to the ideas and practices of formal scholarship of Japanese visual culture.
Submissions on a wide range of topics dealing with anime and manga will be considered. Possible areas to explore can include—but are not limited to:
- Critical studies of individual creators, directors and animators, especially in larger contexts such as anime/manga as a whole, animation, comics, Japanese literature/film, science fiction, war literature, etc.
- Close readings of particular works, with a focus on genre conventions and subversions and relationships to previous works in anime/manga and other media.
- Gender and Sexuality: Fan service and objectification, the male and female gaze, the interplay of male and female creators, producers, and audiences
- Age, class, race, ethnicity/nationality and other social differences
- Reflections on current social, political and ecological issues
- Responses to the world and to Japanese history: The 3.11 Tohoku Disaster, World War II, interactions between Japan and other countries
- The impact of new technologies (wireless communication, augmented reality, mobile computing) on storytelling in anime/manga
- The use of remix culture: Adaptation and interpretation of Eastern, Western and other literatures and visual media in Japanese popular culture
- Copyright, obscenity, and other legal issues
- Anime and manga as tools of globalization and agents of promoting Japanese culture
- The history and evolution of anime/manga fandom outside Japan: Fan practices and experiences – clubs, conventions, cosplay, fansites, fansubbing, anime music videos
- The future of anime/manga consumption – streaming, online comics, crowdsourcing, etc.
- Potentials for anime/manga as platforms for social change and anime/manga fans as actors of social change
- The ethics and challenges of presenting Japanese popular culture products around the world
- The Symposium particularly welcomes presentations on newer/emerging works and creators.
- Speakers are also welcome to submit proposals for roundtable discussions on these and related topics.
Potential roundtables can include:
- Differences in theoretical approaches to anime and manga
- Anime/manga fan practices and activities in different countries, cultures and regions
- New directions, new opportunities, and new challenges in thinking, writing, and teaching about anime/manga
The AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium will be open to all AX attendees. Speakers are urged to consider subjects that will be of interest to general non-specialist audiences and do not require significant backgrounds in Asian Studies, media theory, literature, etc.
For consideration, please submit the title of your paper or panel, an abstract (300 words maximum) and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: May 1, 2014
All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
All invited participants will be offered free admission to Anime Expo.
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