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.

Global Comics exhibit at Doe Library

This spring I was one of the collaborators on putting together materials for the exhibit “Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics,” on view now at Doe Library through March 2017. Japanese subject studies librarian Toshie Marra and I spent an enjoyable few weeks arguing over what constituted “manga” and notable examples of it; the results are on view as part of the exhibit and constitute an extremely abbreviated tour of my dissertation.

There’s also an opening reception tomorrow night, October 14, at 5:00pm in the Morrison Library. I hope to see you there!

Around the internet: Interview, roundtable, write-up

After teaching a rather intense summer course, I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing. In the meantime, I’ve recently made several appearances elsewhere online.