Sirens Studio 2018

Since there are apparently 15 tickets remaining, it seems like the time to mention that I’ll be one of the faculty members at this year’s Sirens Studio, the prequel event for the Sirens Conference. Join us in Beaver Creek, CO in October to take a deep dive into writing, reading, and career sessions with me and seven other distinguished session leaders.

My session is “Taking the Off-Ramp: Strategies and Practices for Changing Careers (Especially for Academics).” We’ll be talking about the increasingly common reality of changing careers and best practices for doing it.

PCA/ACA 2018

Belatedly, I’m happy to say that I’ll be chairing a session and giving a paper at the PCA/ACA Conference in Indianapolis tomorrow. As part of “Comics and Comic Arts VII,” I’ll be speaking on “What Does the God of Manga Want with Anime? Re-Evaluating Tezuka in Manga History.”

I hope to see you there!

Beyond Academia 2018

I’m very excited to say that I’ll be appearing at the Beyond Academia 2018 conference at the beginning of next month. Beyond Academia is an organization seeking to connect PhDs with career opportunities outside academia, and I’ve been a fan of their work for a while now. The conference includes keynotes, panels, and networking receptions.

Specifically, I’ll be appearing on the Media & Communication panel at 9:45am on Thursday, March 1st, and sticking around through the networking luncheon that same day. Registration is open now. I hope to see you there!

AHA 2018

I’m writing from the train on the way to Washington, DC, where I’ll be presenting on my research at the 2018 conference of the American Historical Association.

Specifically, I’m part of the Comics and History panel tomorrow afternoon, at 1:30pm in the Empire ballroom. My topic is “Don’t Fear the Gutter: Platforms, Formats, and Comics in Postwar and Postmodern Japan,” in which I speak about some of the conclusions I drew about the history of pop culture in my dissertation. I hope to see you there!

Sirens Conference 2017

On Wednesday I’ll be heading to Colorado for the 2017 Sirens Conference. I’m very pleased to be returning to Sirens, one of my favorite annual events. The theme this year, which is sold out, is Women Who Wield Magic.

I’ll be participating in two program items; the first is a panel, and the second is a roundtable discussion:

Becoming a Better Reader
Amy Tenbrink, Faye Bi, Andrea Horbinski
Edith Wharton once said, “When I first began to read, and then to write ghost-stories, I was conscious of a common medium between myself and my readers, of their meeting me halfway among the primeval shadows, and filling in the gaps in my narrative with sensations and divinations akin to my own.” This idea, that readers must meet authors halfway, implies that readers bear a certain amount of responsibility for the success or failure of their reading experience—and that, ultimately, reading itself may be a skill, something that a reader can improve with education, diligence, and practice. On this panel, four readers will discuss what it might mean to be a good reader and how one might become a better reader.

The Magical Girls of Anime and Manga
Andrea Horbinski
The anime and manga genre of magical girls has a rich history of girls wielding magical power with fashion, friendship, and heart. In this roundtable, we’ll review our favorite magical girls from famous to unfairly forgotten, and talk about why and how anime, manga, and magical girls work so well together.
 Justin Pava

Crunchyroll Expo

Despite some shenanigans, I’m looking forward to attending the inaugural Crunchyroll Expo in Santa Clara this weekend. You can find me and my frequent collaborator Alex Leavitt at the con on Saturday: starting at 10:45, we’ll be presenting a newly updated version of our panel “Anime in Academia: An Introduction to Anime and Manga Studies.”

I hope to see you there! You’ll know me by the Yuri on Ice ita bag.

Sirens 2017

First things first: I’m speaking on the early history of manga at the Crunchyroll Expo in Santa Clara later this month. I’ll post again when I have full schedule details; tickets are available now.

Second: I’m delighted to say that I’ll be bringing anime and manga content to the Sirens Conference in Vail, CO in October of this year with the roundtable “The Magical Girls of Anime and Manga.” From the description:

The anime and manga genre of magical girls has a rich history of girls wielding magical power with fashion, friendship, and heart. In this roundtable, we’ll review our favorite magical girls from famous to unfairly forgotten, and talk about why and how anime, manga, and magical girls work so well together.

Sirens is one of my favorite conferences–I’ve attended all but two years of its eight years so far–and while I’d love to invite you to attend, this year it is already sold out. Still, if the conference themes sound like you’d be interested, you should totally keep it on your list for the future.

Finally, I have posted the Sirens fanvid playlist I made for last year’s con.

Anime Expo 2017 and PhD

I was so caught up in finishing my dissertation that I neglected to announce that I have earned my PhD. I filed and graduated last month; “Manga’s Global Century: A History of Japanese Comics, 1905-1989” will be available on ProQuest in the near future.

As for me, I will be at Anime Expo in the very near future. I’ll be speaking in the academic track at 5pm on Monday July 3, on the topic “Researching the History of Manga: 1970’s – We Want to Revolutionize…,” an expansion of my April talk. (I’ll probably change the title on the actual slide deck.)

Many thanks to everyone who supported me in the PhD process. I hope to have more news on the publication front, and others, soon.

Conference season

It’s that time of the year again, and I’m afraid that I’ve been remiss in posting about some of my appearances. In reverse order, they are:

  • UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies graduate conference: I’ll be speaking at 15:50 this Saturday, April 8, about the history of shojo manga, specifically “Something Postmodern Going On: The Queering of the Manga Sphere in the 1970s.”
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies: My professor Abigail De Kosnik and I spoke in Chicago two weeks ago about our oral history project about fandom on the internet, specifically “Historicizing Fandom’s Queerness: Conflicts over Sexual Content in the Early Years of Internet Fan Fiction Communities.”
  • Japan Ahead conference at UC Berkeley: I was part of an extremely distinguished group of panelists assembled for “Area Studies Under Threat: How Will Japan be Taught in the Years Ahead?” at the end of February.

Many thanks to the people who attended the previous two panels. If you can’t make it to the conference on Saturday, I’m hoping to be able to talk about the same topic at Anime Expo and DragonCon later this year.