For University Students: Six-Week Program to Study Manga and Anime at Temple University, Japan Campus

Temple University is offering a six-week, six-credit program “Studies in Japanese Popular Media: Manga and Anime” based at its Japan Campus (TUJ). Designed for undergraduates, the program explores manga and anime, and their relation to Japanese and global culture. In addition to lectures and class discussions, the program also includes fieldtrips to art and anime exhibitions, and to studios to see how anime and manga are made at their site of production. Non-Temple students can also apply.

Students have an opportunity to interact, in both academic and social settings, with Japanese and international students studying at TUJ, both in the regular undergraduate university, and those who are participating in TUJ's other summer study abroad programs. Students also have the opportunity to participate in university-organized field trips and excursions that are of general interest to students of Japanese culture.

TUJ is home to the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS), which sponsors special programs devoted to Japanese contemporary culture and language, as well as a lecture series. Guest lecturers have included Ian Condry, Associate Professor at M.I.T. specializing in media, popular culture, and globalization; and Frederik Schodt, author of Manga, Manga, Manga and Dreamland Japan.

About the Program Director: Dr. Paul Sutcliffe
Dr. Paul Sutcliffe is an art historian whose research in anime and manga has included interviews with notable Japanese artists such as Murakami Takashi, Aida Makoto, and Mori Mariko - a group of 'Pop' artists who use manga and anime imagery. These artists' work includes reference to the subculture of otaku within the broader context of the global marketplace of Japanese youth style cultures, mass media, and popular culture.

Dr. Paul Sutcliffe has taught Japanese pop culture and manga in Japan and England. He has lectured and participated in international symposia on Japanese manga, and is an authority on Japanese art and visual culture. Dr. Sutcliffe received a BA (Honors) from Queen Mary College, University of London; an MA in the History of Art from Goldsmith's College, University of London; and a PhD in Contemporary Art in Japan from the University of the Arts London.

For more information:
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Contact Temple University International Programs, 200 Tuttleman Learning Center, 1809 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122; Phone: 215-204-0720; Fax: 215-204-0729; E-mail: [email protected]

For students currently in Japan, please contact:
Geeta Mehta, PhD, AIA
Director of TUJ Summer Institute
[email protected]
Local application deadline is mid-March.

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