2005-2006 Events


Cultural Diplomacy, Anime, and Cool Japan

Can anime lead to improved international relations?

A roundtable discussion with:
Ambassador Seiichi Kondo
Director of Cultural Diplomacy,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan)

Discussion led by Professor Ian Condry (Associate Professor, MIT)

Date: March 2, 2006
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 32-144

Cool Japan Symposium

Panel Presentation – Anime, Art and World Politics

Professor Ikumi Kaminishi (Tufts) on Takashi Murakami's Superflat project
Professor Anthony Lioi (MIT) on Hayao Miyazaki and environmental apocalypse
Professor Helen Hardacre (Harvard) on religious themes in anime.

Date: Friday, April 14, 2006
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: 32-155

Samurai Champloo (2004, Dir. Shinichiro Watanabe) anime screening and discussion on anime hip-hop samurai warriors

Kou Furukawa (author, Samurai Champloo movie book)

Set in the Edo Period (1600-1868), this recent anime TV series remixes classic swordplay themes against a backdrop of contemporary Japanese hip-hop music, challenging us to consider the complexity of cross-cultural fertilization and innovation. Note: some mature themes (R-rated sex, drugs, violence).

Date: Friday, April 14, 2006
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: 3-270

The Violent Commodification of Desire Panel Discussion

Professor Anne Allison (Duke University) on Pokemon capitalism and commodified desire
John O'Donnell (Founder, Central Park Media) on otaku entrepreneurs and anime distribution
Professor Ian Condry (MIT) on anime fans and the creative destruction of online piracy

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2006
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm (Panel Presentation)
Location: 32-155

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