Japan's Pop Culture Takeover Speaker Series
co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston
Susan Napier's Miyazakiworld
Susan Napier in discussion with Ian Condry on her latest work, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art
Thursday, March 4, 2021
6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
Hosted online via Zoom
(Zoom link is in your registration confirmation e-mail)
We are launching a new speaker series: Japan's Pop Culture Takeover! Join us March 4th to hear anime expert Susan Napier discuss her latest work, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art, with MIT anthropologist Ian Condry!
Eight years in the making, Susan's Miyazakiworld sheds light on the indelible link between artist and environment, creator and creation. Susan describes Miyazaki as an "unprecedented animator," and in her words, Miyazakiworld is "an examination of why and how Hayao Miyazaki came to be that animator: of the world he has created and of the worlds that created him."
Hear Susan Napier divulge the story of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's life and work, including his profound impact on Japan and the world.
Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, Tufts University
Professor Napier has taught at Tufts University since 2006 and is the author of five books on Japanese culture and anime, most recently Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art, focusing on the films of Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the famed Studio Ghibli. Professor Napier's research interests include history and theory of animation, Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga), modern Japanese literature, and popular culture, especially science fiction and fantasy.
Professor of Japanese Culture and Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist and professor in Comparative Media Studies/Writing with an affiliated appointment in Anthropology. His book, The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story, is part of the Experimental Futures series at Duke University Press. He is also the author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization (2006, Duke University Press), which was translated into Japanese and published as "Nihon no Hip-Hop" (2009, NTT Publications). Overall, he is interested in "globalization from below," that is, how cultural movements spread transnationally without little push from corporations and governments.
The Japan's Pop Culture Speaker Series is co-sponsored by
The Consulate-General of Japan in Boston
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