Colloque: Mechademia International Conference – Kyoto 2021

Mechademia International Conference: Kyoto 2021

June 5-6, 2021


Organized by Frenchy Lunning, Stevie Suan, Sookyung Yoo, Edmund Hoff, and Andy Scott


The Mechademia International Conference: Kyoto 2021, will present the presentations from the cancelled 2020 Conference – now fully online. The asynchronous presentations are now loaded onto a Teachable site, and once you have registered, you may watch them anytime, from any zone globally. Then, on June 5-6, 2021, there will be synchronous sessions of live online Q+As from each of the panels, and two Keynote presentations. 

This conference is now open to the public.

To register for the public attendee access on the Teachable site, go to:

Non-presenting public attendee’ categories have been added to the page above. Students or associates who would like to view the presentations and discussions can sign up through those categories. (1000 yen for students and independent scholars, 3000 yen for full-time faculty).

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Panel Schedule

(last updated May 18th, 2021)

Panel 1 – 20:00-20:45 JST 6/5 — Imaginary Landscapes: Ecology in All its Forms — Commentator: Stevie Suan

  •  Eco-Anime Movies and Satoyama Environmental Movements — Timo Thelen 
  •  Ecologies of Memory and Disaster in Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi no Na wa — Shelby Oxenford 

Panel 2 – 20:00-20:45 JST 6/5 — Soundscapes — Commentator: Stacey Jocoy

  •  Mapping Music, Space and Identity in the Anime Legend of Galactic Heroes — Rose Bridges 
  •  Queering the Popular Pitch, or Interpreting Queerness in Anime Music Videos — Christopher Hepburn 
  •  The Way Home: Dvořák’s New World Symphony in Animated Visions of the Japanese Furusato — Heike Hoffer
  • Natsukashii: Celtic Echoes from a Past that Never Was — Stacey Jocoy  

Panel 3 – 20:00-20:45 JST 6/5 — Hybridity and Ecologies: Fandom and Transnational Connections — Commentator: Daniel E. Josephy Hernández

  •  Fantasy Island: The hybrid media ecology sustaining the pirate’s Japan and the witch’s Tasmania — Craig Norris
  •  Dance to the Plastic Beat: The International Fandom of City Pop Music Online and the Nostalgic Sehnsucht for Late Showa Japan — Rhea Vichot
  •  Translation and Fandom: A Historical and Geographic Overview of Fansubbing — Daniel E. Josephy Hernández

Panel 4 – 20:00-20:45 JST 6/5 — Gaming Spaces: Industry, Locality, and Mobility — Commentator: Bryan Hikari Hartzheim

  • Pilot Disk: Anime and the Adventure Game in Early 1990s Japan — Bryan Hikari Hartzheim
  • Navigating Local Spaces through WiFi: The Case of the Nintendo DS and Digital Game Distribution — Forrest Greenwood

Panel 5 – 21:00-21:45 JST 6/5– (Re) Constitutions: Interrogating Ecology and Selfhood — Commentator: Stevie Suan

  • No Seams On Me: ‘Live Action’ Remakes of Anime in the 2010s — Sandra Annett
  • Beyond destruction or renewal: The positioning of human environmental responsibility in Mushishi and the works of Shinkai Mokoto — Laura Clark
  • Objecthood at the End of the World: The Ecological Politics of Performing Selfhood in Neon Genesis Evangelion — Stevie Suan

Panel 6 – 21:00-21:45 JST 6/5– Speaking Up: Otaku, Bullying, and Dystopias — Commentator: Wendy Goldberg

  • Anime, manga, and school bullying: From being the messaged to the messengers — Akihiko Ieshima, Yi-Shan Tsai, and (Brent Allison)
  • How to Speak like an Otaku: Otaku Identity through the Lens of Self-Referentiality, Commodity, and Art — Gabrielle Dulys
  • Dystopia in Modern Japanese Culture From the Viewpoint of Russian Audience — Olga Ilina

Panel 7 – 21:00-21:45 JST 6/5– Borderlands: Transnational Flows of Media — Commentator: Edmund Hoff

  • Releasing Masculinity for a Peaceful World—Lessons from Hong Kong as a Borderland — Charlie Yi Zhang
  • Kaiju no hosomichi: Cultural Topographies and Global Fandoms of Kaiju Eiga — Joyce E. Boss

Panel 8 – 21:00-21:45 JST 6/5– Transporting Yuri Across Borders — Commentator: Erica Friedman

  • No Place for Lilies? Yuri’s Rocky Road to Germany — Verena Maser
  • Love Online – Global Yuri Fandom Speaks For Itself — Erica Friedman
  • The Yuri Genre in Its Transnational Permutations — James Welker

Panel 9 – 22:00-22:45 JST 6/5 — Creating Form, Using Form——Multidirectional relationships and expression in popular culture — Commentator: Olga Kopylova”

  • Manga as an interactive media: Communication through “lines” — Miho Takeuchi
  • Narita Tohl’s work and the reality in tokusatsu films — Masashi Sakaguchi
  • Changing faces, lingering traces: The consistency of visual style in the media mix — Olga Kopylova

Panel 10 – 22:00-22:45 JST 6/5 — On the Monstrous, Apocalyptic, and Ecological — Commentator: Sandra Annett

  • The Inverted Forest: Chthonic ecopolitics in Miyazaki Hayao’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind — Ivo Louro and Ana Matilde de Sousa
  • On the Monsters that We Meet at the End of the World — Sudipto Basu
  • Stealing the Sun: Where is the ecological imagination in nuclear films? — Jeffery DuBois

Panel 11 – 22:00-22:45 JST 6/5 — Fan Spaces and Practices — Commentator: Leticia Andlauer

  • BTS ARMY learning things : exploring transmission of values in a K-pop band fandom — Leticia Andlauer
  • Neo Yokio and the Anime Fan-Oriented Work on Popular Streaming Platforms — Victoria Berndt

Panel 12 – 22:00-22:45 JST 6/5 — Lineages: Production and Relations Across History — Commentator: Marie Pruvost-Delaspre

  • A Boy and His Robot, A Family Tree — Wendy Goldberg
  • An ecology of the studio as workplace: on animators training at Tōei Dōga — Marie Pruvost-Delaspre

Panel 13 – 23:00-23:45 JST 6/5 — Exhibitions: Fandom , Professional Practices, and Ecological Concerns — Commentator: Kayo Onozuka

  • Cartoons representing ecology and environmental themes –activities from Kyoto- — Kayo Onozuka
  • The Journey of Fan Art: From Comic Con to gallery walls, inspiration and original creations — Herb L. Fondevilla
  • The Rise of Makoto Shinkai: The Exhibition of Makoto Shinkai and the Popularity of Kimi No Na Wa — Maria Corazon C. Reyes

Panel 14 – 23:00-23:45 JST 6/5 — Attending to the Local, Exploring Potentials — Commentator: Edmund Hoff

  • The One Thousand Faces of No-Face: Kaonashi´s Affective Reception in México City –Julieta de Icaza Lizaola
  • From Invisible to Visible: Cosplaying Fan Formation in Turkey — Ayça Oral
  • Fans Battle: Employment of Censorship in Fan Community and Expansion of Fandom — Erika Ningxin Wang

Panel 15 – 23:00-23:45 JST 6/5 — Fan Practices and Transmedia Ecosystems around Japanese Videogames — Commentator: Martin Picard

  • Gamifination. Historical Characters in the Japanese Musō Game Sengoku BASARA — Martin Picard and Martin Roth
  • Bishōjo/Bishōnen-Centered Ecologies: Dis-entangling the Familiar and Familial — Luca Paolo Bruno
  •  Dōjin Games in Japan: Recent Developments and Future Potentialities — Mikhail Fiadotau
  •  From Parody to Shared Language: A Study of Lexicalization Processes in Twitch Plays Pokémon — Fanny Barnabé

Keynote 1 – 24:00-25:00 JST 6/5 — Thomas Lamarre

Keynote 2:- 20:00-21:00 JST 6/6 — Tenjin Hidetaka

Panel 16 – 21:15-22:00 JST 6/6 — Toying Around with Technical Objects: Materiality and Media Mix — Commentator: Bryan Hikari Hartzheim

  • Interlinking Technical Objects: Media Mix as a milieu for meaning-producing. — Alba G. Torrents
  • Transforming G.I. Joe — Kerim Dogruel

Panel 17 – 21:15-22:00 JST 6/6 — Ecologies of Heroes: Representations and Transnationality — Commentator: Edmund Hoff

  • My Hero Academia: A Case Study on the Ecology of Superheroes — Emily Solomon
  • The Ecology of Representation: The Media Industrial Complex, Fandom and the Diversity Trend — Bertha Chin
  • Mighty Morphin’ Childhood — Sophia Staite

Panel 18 – 21:15-22:00 JST 6/6 — Media Across Nations — Commentator: Stevie Suan

  • Anime Digests the Nation: Media Ecologies, Media Environments, and Imagined Communities — Brett Hack
  • Anime me: self-fictionalizing practices in South Korea — Chloe Paberz
  • Constructing and Interpreting Chineseness in Shaonu Manhua: Globalization, the Nation-state and the Market — Ying Huang

Panel 19 – 21:15-22:00 JST 6/6 — Insterstices: Sound, Body, and Characters — Commentator: Sandra Annett

  • A roadmap to the perfect cosplay body: an adventure in crossdressing and hyper-femininity/masculinity — Emerald L King
  • Impureness and the Mediated Body: Theorizing Audio-visuality of the Idol — Eri Kajikawa
  • Idols and Hentai—The ecology of the erotic shōjo image in shōnen and young manga magazines — Mia Lewis

Panel 20 – 22:15-23:00 JST 6/6 — Media Mix, Media Ecosystems, Platform Capitalism — Commentator: TBD

  • Gundam and the birth of the Real Robot Media Ecology — Akinori (Aki) Nakamura and Susana Tosca
  • From Artifact to Auto Chess: Dota 2’s Meta Media Mix — Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux

Panel 21 – 22:15-23:00 JST 6/6 — Emerging Queer Spaces: BL and Transnational Connections — Commentator: James Welker

  • The Phenology of Radical Emergence: Dormancy and Regeneration of Queer Utopias in Japan/Euro-American Relations — Deirdre Clyde
  • Block the Closet Door: Disciplined Fandom between Queerbaiting and “Survival Instincts” — Xiqing Zheng

Panel 22 – 22:15-23:00 JST 6/6 — Consuming the World: Reading Ecocriticism — Commentator: Wendy Goldberg

  • The Floating Dakimakura: Notes on a found photography — Ana Matilde de Sousa (Video)
  •  Vegetarianism and its Discontents — Sona Srivastava

Panel 23 – 22:15-23:00 JST 6/6 — The Data Frontier: Potentials, Problems, Communities — Commentator: Martin Roth

  • Mapping Japanese visual media: Collaborating with enthusiast communities to open new research paths — Martin Roth, Magnus Pfeffer, Luca Bruno, Senan Kiryakos and Zoltan Kacsuk
  • MyAnimeList: A Model for the Western Anime Fandom — Allison C.E. Bidulock

Panel 24 – 23:15-24:00 JST 6/6 — Realism, Potentiality, and Game-ic Logic in Animation — Commentator: Christopher Smith

  • Harboring Unpredictability in Digitalized Anime Worlds — Selen Calik Bedir
  •  Is This All Just a Game to You?: The Privileging of Fan Subjectivity in Game-Logic Anime — Christopher Smith
  •  Animated (un)realism in the digital age — Angela Longo

Panel 25 – 23:15-24:00 JST 6/6 — Identity and Image in a Global Context — Commentator: Frenchy Lunning

  •  Nikkei Otaku: Brazilian-Japanese and Anime Contents in Social Integration — Edmund W. Hoff
  •  Black Mangaesque: Ambiguity and Absence in Japanese Visual Culture — Omar Yusef Baker
  •  Your Waifu so Sanskari: Memes and Glocalisation of Anime in India — Lakshmi Menon

Panel 26 – 23:15-24:00 JST 6/6 — Aesthetics of Proximity in Japanese contemporary visual / literary culture — Commentator: Christophe Thouny

  •  Return to the Burning South: Faulkner, Murakami and Lee — Christophe Thouny
  •  Desire, sexual expression, and the ‘absent’ body in Japanese streaming audio porn — Lucy Glasspool
  •  Dreams Bloom of Shōjo Dolls: Floral Femininity and the association of nature/human in Kawahara Yumiko’s Dollsx — Masafumi Monden

Panel 27 – 23:15-24:00 JST 6/6 — Manga’s Materiality: Digitalization, Ideological and Formal Concerns — Commentator: Deborah Shamoon

  •  Jidaigeki and the Ecology of Cinematic Technique in Manga — Deborah Shamoon
  • Production innovations. Formal transformations: Manga’s Digital Evolution Through the Case of One Punch-Man — José Andrés Satiago Iglesias
  •  Paper manga – Reconsider manga from its materiality — Julien Bouvard
  • Javascript Ghosts: The Bongcheon-Dong Ghost and Uncanny Webtoons — Cole Armitage

Panel 28 – 24:15-25:00 JST 6/6 — Sounds of Ecology: Nature and Music in Anime — Commentator: Stacey Jocoy

  • Sound Ecologies, Nature Mapping and Death: How the Ecology of Sound Communicates Nature to Readers of Manga — Kay Clopton
  •  The Will To Live: Transcendental Ecologies and the Musicality of Identity in anime movie Ponpoko: The Heisei Tanuki War (1994, Studio Ghibli) — Maria Grajdian
  •  Forest of Piano: Navigating Japanese Musicianship on the World Stage — Ruth Barratt-Peacock

Panel 29 – 24:15-25:00 JST 6/6 — Historical Perspectives in Conceptualizing Media Ecology — Commentator: Andrea Horbinski

  • The Emergence of Media-Ecological Thought: Japan’s Long Media Century — Alexander Zahlten
  •  Mapping a popular history of magic-lanterns and kamishibai within an ecology of omocha-e (play prints) — Tara M. McGowan
  •  Out of the Labyrinth: Comiket and the Manga Fandom Ecology, 1967-80 — Andrea Horbinski

Panel 30 – 24:15-25:00 JST 6/6 — Ecological Hibakusha on Film – Nuclear Power and the Disruption of Life — Commentator: Jeffery DuBois

  • Somewhere to Call Home: comparison of This Corner of the World and Barefoot Gen — James Moua
  • The Environmental and Societal Consequences of Nuclear Energy in Japan: the Documentary Films of Kamanaka Hitomi — Elise Bearrood
  • A Mere Cherry Blossom: Terror and Beauty in This Corner of the World and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom — Zong Xiong
  • The Ecological Hibakusha in the documentaries Ashes to Honey and Radioactive Wolves — Alexei Hensel

Citer ce billet
Fanny Barnabé (2021, 27 mai). Colloque: Mechademia International Conference – Kyoto 2021. LPCM. Consulté le 20 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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