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.

Next Event: The Ideal Idol: Making Music with Hatsune Miku

Jennifer Milioto Matsue, Associate Professor of Music, Asian Studies and Anthropology (Union College)

Wednesday April 8, 2015
5:00 PM
MIT Room 14N-225


Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific

Christine Yano,  Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, and Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa  will discuss her 2013 book, “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific" and provide hints into Japanese culture of cuteness.

Tuesday April 14, 2015
5:00pm - 6:45pm
MIT Room E40-496