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MECHADEMIA

INTERNATIONAL ON ASIAN POPULAR CULTURES CONFERENCE 2019

QUEER(ING)

September 27-29, 2019


Friday, September 27, 7:00pm:

Nagaike Kazumi, PhD.  Keynote Speaker

Oita University, Japan

 “A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Men’s Desires to “Become” Fudanshi: On the Psychology, Physicality, and Communication Strategies of Male Fans of BL in East Asia.”

Japanese manga, anime, and games culture is associated with excessive sexuality and gender-bending that have unsettled cultural norms in multiple, often queer, ways. The appeal of such queer(ing) and hypersexual attributes has at least partially driven the spread of these media and fan practices around Asia and beyond. In spite of the ongoing strong association with Japanese popular culture, however, Japan is but one of multiple centers of queer(ing) media and fan practices in contemporary Asia.

This conference will focus on queer(ing) comics, animation, and games, and other related media as well as their fandoms in Asia. The committee invite papers which offer new insights on queer aspects of popular media and fandoms, or alternatively new queer(ing) perspectives on media and practices that are not self-evidently queer. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Asian media and fandoms and intersectional queer studies
  • Fujoshi and fudanshi fan cultures
  • Boys love/yaoi, and slash media
  • Yuri/girls love, and femslash media
  • Representations of queer identities (transgender, intersex, bisexual, pansexual, gender-fluid/genderqueer/nonbinary/X-gender, asexual, lesbian, gay, etc.)
  • Queer(ing) pornographies (“hentai,” tentacles/“consentacles,” BDSM/fetish media, etc.)
  • Queer(ing) fan practices (crossplay, maid cafes, butler cafes, etc.)
  • Flows of queer(ing/ed) media and fandom practices around Asia

Presenters can register as either attending or as a GoToMeeting candidate. Paper and/or panel proposals of not more than 250 words are due on or before May 15, 2019.

Send conference proposals to mechademia@mcad.edu with the subject line “Mechademia Conference 2019.”

 

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