Anime USA Welcomes Professor Charles Dunbar

Sep 6th 2012

Star convention panelist to lecture at Anime USA 2012

Charles Dunbar is an anthropologist. He studies a lot of things, be it fandom, anime culture, the supernatural or mysterious men in blue boxes. He received his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2011, after utilizing ancient Mayan techniques to hypnotize his department into believing that he was, in fact, the reincarnation of Victor Turner. His thesis, entitled "Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities," was published soon after, and focused on anime convention participation, including stereotyping, spending habits, cosplay and con culture.

Currently, he travels around lecturing on topics like mythology, sacred practice, anime culture, Hayao Miyazaki, Pokémon, Time Lord physiology, folklore and fandom. In his spare time, Charles hunts yokai and indulges in the occasional JRPG. You can keep track of his current ramblings on www.studyofanime.com

For biographical information and pictures, please check out our Guests page at http://animeusa.org/guests

About Anime USA: In 1999 Anime USA began as a northern Virginia convention started by fans, and in 2004 become a non-profit educational organization. Our mission is to educate the public about and promote Japanese arts and popular culture. As in the beginning, we remain a convention of fans, by fans, and for fans. Anime USA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.

Anime USA 2012 will be held November 9-11 in our new location: the Marriott Wardham Park in Washington, D.C. For more information and to register for the convention, visit us at http://animeusa.org


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