The Japanese Studies Program at Ateneo de Manila University (Manila, Philippines) has unveiled the full schedule for Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture, the program’s 15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies. The conference will be held at Ateneo de Manila University on January 22 and 23, 2015, and this year, it will receive support from the Women’s MANGA Research Project (Chikushi Jogakuen University) and also serve as the project’s 6th Women’s Manga Conference. Accordingly, the conference will significantly emphasize manga in general and manga’s female readers in particular both in Japan and in other Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.
The University of Florida Comics Studies program is now accepting proposals for paper presentations at the 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. The dates for the conference will be April 10 to April 12, 2015, and the conference’s title and theme is “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media”, and its overall goal is stated as “to celebrate and interrogate the representation of marginalized groups in comics and related media.”
As it has in previous years, the conference actively welcomes papers on Japanese cultural products. Some of the specific themes and topics that the conference’s organizers suggest include:
- Representations of disability and disorder in manga
- Representations of homosexuality, alternative sexualities, and related issues in manga
- Representations of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders and sexualities in anime/manga
- Anime adaptations of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual/queer manga
- Particular titles to examine include With the Light, Real, Revolutionary Girl Utena
The deadline to submit a proposal for the conference (200-300 words) is January 1, 2015.
One of the goals of this blog is to promote and highlight new and noteworthy publications on anime and manga. And so, today marks the launch of the blog’s first regular feature – a Spotlight on a New Publication in anime/manga studies. (more…)