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Montreal's McGill University Hosts Shōjo Conference

posted on by Mikhail Koulikov
Speakers from Canada, U.S., Japan to discuss cultural representations of girls

McGill University will host an academic conference on gender issues in manga and anime in Montreal, Canada, this Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. Entitled "TranscultureELLE: How Girls Cross Cultures," the conference will look at "transculturalism associated with shōjo cultures." Over two days, it will feature presentations by such scholars as Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Ian Condry (whose research deals with the role of rap and hip-hop music in Japanese culture), McGill's Thomas Lamarre and Satomi Saitō, New York University's Thomas Looser, Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Mechademia Editor-in-Chief Frenchy Lunning, and Toshiya Ueno (who teaches at Wako University in Tokyo).

The full schedule for the conference is as follows:

Friday January 25
11:30 – 14:00

Anne McKnight, "Subcultures and Frenchness"

Brian Bergstrom, "Girliness is Next to Godliness: The Girl as Sacred Criminal in Kurahashi Yumiko's 'Seishōjo'"

Frenchy Lunning, "Under the Ruffles: Shōjo and the Morphology of Abjection"

Session 2
Friday January 25
15:00 -16:30

Saitō Satomi, "Genre Convergence in the Digital Age: Shōjo manga, sekai-kei, and Shinkai Makoto"

Emily Raine, "Kawaii and Capital in t.o.L's Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space"

Ian Condry, "Future Anime: Girls and Boys who Leap through Time"

Session 3
Friday January 25
17:00- 18:30

Livia Monnet, "The Anatomy of Permutational Desire: Perversion and the Artificial Girl in Contemporary Japanese Animation"

Tom Looser, "The Utopic Matter of Women"

Session 4
Saturday January 26
3434 McTAVISH Room 302
(East Asian Studies building)

Toshiya Ueno, "Matriarchy and Criticism in Japan"

Yukiko Hanawa, "Camouflage Time"

Tom Lamarre, "Nature Girls and Culture Times"

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