Since January 2006, Professor Ian Condry has organized the MIT/Harvard Cool Japan research project. The project presents colloquia, international conferences, and arts events to examine the cultural connections, dangerous distortions, and critical potential of popular culture. The goal is to encourage scholarly debate, research, and networking in the Boston area for faculty and students interested in media and globalization, formerly related primarily to Japan but now expanding to include other geographic and cultural regions. The project is sponsored by the MIT Japan Program, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures, and MIT Comparative Media Studies.
Last event: "Music, Culture and Transformation" Feb. 26-27, 2014 (Wed-Thurs) - two-days of panels and musical performances