UNCOOL JAPAN: Otaku, Nationalism, and
the “Never Be Cool!” Politics of Tsurumi Shunsuke
Prof. Toshiya Ueno
Wako University (Japan)
Tuesday, March 17
12:30 – 2:00 pm
MIT, Room 14E-310
pizza will be served
(RSVP requested, but not required: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Topic: What’s wrong with the talk about “soft power” and the narcisstic nationalism of “cool Japan”? What can the resolutely uncool “otaku” (obsessive fans) teach us about popular culture and political protest? What does the life of philosopher Tsurumi Shunsuke tell us about the changing meaning of politics in the postwar period and the new millennium?
Come join in a dialogue with one of Japan’s leading cultural studies scholars. Prof. Toshiya Ueno of Wako University (Tokyo) and McGill University (Montreal) is the author of many books in Japanese including “Red Metal Suits: Anime as War Zone” (1998) and “Urban Tribal Studies: A Sociology of Party Club Culture” (2005).
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