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3rd Mechademia Conference on Anime, Manga and Media Theory from Japan "World Renewal: Counterfactual Histories, Parallel Universes, and Possible Worlds" (Nov. 29-30, 2012 Korean Film Archive; Dec. 1-2, 2012 Dongguk University, Seoul)

Linked to the annual journal Mechademia (University of Minnesota Press, 2006-), the third Mechademia conference was held Seoul, from 29 November to 2 December, 2012. It deserves highest in appreciation as a rare place of exchange for researchers engaged in entertainment media and fan cultures "from Japan," but it was not without problems as this report indicates. First, insofar as most papers addressed only a certain kind of animation from Japan. Second, animation did attract attention mainly as grist for cultural studies and philosophical speculation. Third, the uneven relationship between representation theory, media studies and social critique, or the gap between familiarity with the material and theory orientation, was striking. The conference revealed also the need for more contributions by Asia-based researchers.

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第3回メカデミア大会:日本発アニメ・マンガ・メディア理論をめぐって(2012年11月29日~ 12月2目、ソウル・韓国映像資料院および東国大学)
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