Studies of Japanese Popular Culture: Examining the State of the Art and the Nature of the Gap with Miyadai Shinji and Azuma Hiroki

Due to great interest in this event, we cannot take any more pre-registration at this time. Those who have not pre-registered will be allowed in on a space-available basis. Thank you for your understanding."

Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Building. #10, Room 301→Changed to L-911 on the 9th floor of the Library Building. 会場が変更になりました。新しい会場は図書館9階のL-911会議室です。


July 11, 2009,


1pm-3pm→Changed to 1pm-5pm 時間が変更になりました。


KONO Shion (Sophia University)

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David SLATER (Sophia University)


AZUMA Hiroki (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
MIYADAI Shinji (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Anne ALLISON (Duke University)
Kukhee CHOO (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Steve Clark RIDGELY (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Dixon WONG Heung Wah (University of Hong Kong)
Tomiko YODA (Duke University)

How to participate

Event will be conducted in English
Open to all
Free of charge
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by July 6th: We strongly recommend that you register in order to secure your place. We may not be able to accept those without registration due to space limitation.


About this event

Miyadai Shinji and Azuma Hiroki are probably the two most prominent scholars in Japanese popular culture and subcultural studies in Japan. Their talks will orient our event in a historical situation and contemporary review of the production and consumption of Japanese Popular Culture. In the past decade, the consumption of Japanese pop culture has skyrocketed around the world, as anime, manga, and fashion from Japan have become a commercial and cultural force in East Asia, North America, and Europe. The ubiquity of Japanese pop culture is also bringing about transformations, translations, and interplay of modes of consumption in pop culture across the world, as attested by the examples of cosplay and Pokemon.
Despite its popularity, the critical discourses on Japanese pop culture in Japanese and in English have rarely crossed paths during this period of increasing popularity. Since the 1990s, Japanese critics has produced a rich and sophisticated discourse on subculture that is also highly embedded in local theoretical and political contexts. Meanwhile, English-language studies of Japanese pop culture have been locked in US/UK cultural studies theory, and have rarely engaged Japanese approaches. The result is an almost complete lack of communication or even familiarity of the most immediate scholarly context of Japanese popular culture.
Some of you might have seen Miyadai, Azuma and Kono in a Featured Session at the Association of Asian Studies Conference in March 2009, "Post-Bubble Culture and Theory: The Real Estate for Critique after Economic Collapse." This is the second in a series of events designed to develop these themes and work toward a reorientation of research agenda for the future.

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