As the Executive Producer for the annual AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, the Academic Program track at Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in the U.S., I am pleased to announce the CALL FOR PAPERS for this year’s Symposium. Please feel free to distribute this to your colleagues, students, friends/acquaintances, or anyone else who you think may be interested.
The Symposium will be held over all four days of AX 2017 (July 1 to July 4), and if you are interested in presenting your research on topics related to anime/manga to AX’s audience, please submit the title of your presentation, a short summary (300 words maximum) and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is May 5.
Since its start in 2011, the Symposium has been a leading site for academic discussion on how anime/manga are created and distributed, their history, the themes and issues they explore, their connections to other Japanese and global media, how fans around the world interact with them. Uniquely, as an integral part of Anime Expo’s programming, it serves to foster relationships and facilitate conversation between academics and the general public while also supporting and promoting the development of anime/manga studies as an academic field. Just some of the speakers who have participated in the Symposium over the years have included:
- Ian Condry (MIT, author of The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story)
- Casey Brienza (City University London, author of Manga in America: Transnational Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics )
- Northrop Davis (University of South Carolina, author of Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood)
- Kukhee Choo (Tulane University)
- Masako Hamada (Villanova University)
- Kathryn Hemmann (George Mason University)
- Dru Pagliassotti (California Lutheran University)
- Ellen Seiter (University of Southern California)
- Marc Steinberg (Concordia University, author of Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan)
- Shiro Yoshioka (Newcastle University)
The Symposium is inter-disciplinary and welcomes approaches from different fields. Early-career academics, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars/industry professionals are especially urged to submit proposals! Continue reading