Anime and Manga Symposium Archives – 2012

After the success of the first Anime and Manga Studies Symposium at the 2011 Anime Expo, it was clear that the idea of academic presentations included in the program of a major American anime convention was something that fans were ready to welcome. So, in the spring of 2012, I began planning to repeat the Symposium at AX 2012, and when the convention opened its doors, was able to welcome a new group of scholars, representing institutions from around the U.S., as well as two European schools, to the Symposium.

AX 2012 Anime and Manga Studies Symposium – Schedule

Friday, June 29

Keynote Address: Jeffrey Dym (Professor, History, California State University, Sacramento)

Adventures in teaching ‘The History of Manga’

The Cutting Edge of Anime/Manga Studies

  • “I want to be a Hero of Justice!”: Gen Urobuchi and the failed hero
    – Andrew John Smith (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
  • “All cities are destined to doom”: Apocalyptic destruction of Tokyo as representation of resilience
    Shiro Yoshioka (Newcastle University)
  • The state as a serial killer: Death in the name of prosperity and the necropolitics of citizenship in Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit
    Bo Luengsuraswat

Saturday, June 30

Special Guest Presentation: Northrop Davis (University of South Carolina)

  • – Education in art and creative writing using styles and technologies from Japanese sequential art

Building Bridges through Individual Texts

  • Remixing history: The semiotics of race and nationality in Samurai Champloo
    Laurel Foote-Hudson ((University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Alienated from her emotions: Conveying interaction between character psychology and the science fictional in 7 Billion Needles
    Carl Li (Leiden University)

Sunday, July 1

What do anime fans do, why and how?

  • Even a monkey can understand fan activism: Political speech, artistic expression, and a public for the Japanese dojin community
    Alexander Leavitt (University of Southern California
    – Andrea Horbinski (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Artifacts of sound: Sound effects and their impact on fan and genre community
    – Evan Jones

Supporting and expanding anime and manga studies

  • “Save me!”: Practices of manga collection preservation
    – Hannah Li (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Young adult literature in the manga world: Inspecting the adaptations
    – Ashley Poston

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