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.
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!
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.
I’m in Los Angeles for Anime Expo, and in point of fact I’m speaking later this evening on some research I did the last time I was in southern California for this con, on the history of anime (and manga) fandom in the United States. My panel starts at 6:45pm; you can view the full schedule for the academic track online and in the AX app. I hope to see you there!
In the spirit of evolution, I’m moving my blogging to this site and semi-retiring my former blog at ahorbinski.dreamwidth.org. Onward!