Friday, September 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m.Sunday, September 24, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
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Exploring the global innovations and creative and cultural implications of Japanese anime and manga.


The internationally recognized three-day conference Mechademia combines the vibrancy of fan practices, a fashion show, and anime screenings with presentations and discussions of academic papers, resulting in an enriching and unique experience.


Mechademia 2017: Science Fictions

Science fiction gives us free rein to imagine a different world, giving us insight into what in our own world has become naturalized and allowing us the space to question the potentials of technologically enhanced futures. The questions provoked by science fiction strategies and forms often provide insights that lead us to imagine our own world in a different light. Mechademia 2017 focuses on Science Fictions. Science fiction is central to the study of Asian Popular Cultures because it is the key narrative formation of anime, and the subject of many manga volumes and video game narratives. We encourage papers that analyze science fiction tactics and narratives to explore themes regarding the way the geo-political, geo-economic climatic situation has been reflected, criticized, and made hypothetical through futuristic utopian/dystopian narratives in anime, manga, art, design, illustration, literature, film, and gaming.

Tatsumi Takayuki is a Professor at Keio University where he teaches literary theory and American literature. He is one of Japan’s leading cultural critics, renowned for his work on American literature and culture, but especially science fiction.

Kotani Mari is a Japanese science fiction critic, best known in the West for her work Techno-Gynesis: The Political Unconscious of Feminist Science Fiction, which won the 15th Nihon SF Taisho Award. She is now the chair of the Japan PEN Women Writers Committee and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of Japan.


Call for Presenters

This conference invites scholars, fans, and creators to attend and/or present. We welcome both in-person presentations at the conference as well as remote presentations via Zoom (much like Skype) for those unable to make it to Minneapolis. Please send 250-word proposals to by August 14, 2017. In your email subject field, state: *mechademia_2017_submission*

Sponsored by Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Anime Detour

Full Fashion Panic

This annual fashion show, which usually coincides with Minnesota Fashion Week, is your chance to see the latest sartorial creations by notable fashion designers from around the country who are inspired by cosplay, manga, and anime.


About Mechademia

Since its inception in 2001, Mechademia has become a center for discussion of the cultural study, creation, aesthetics, sociology, fascination, and wonder of the remarkably broad range of objects and practices that have developed around the global proliferation of Japanese manga and anime. It was also the birthplace of the now internationally praised Mechademia book series published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Over the years, Mechademia participants have gained access to notable experts across a wide range of perspectives, including:

  • Paul Benjamin
  • Helen McCarthy
  • Susan Napier
  • Patrick Drazen
  • Christopher Bolton
  • Sharon Kinsella
  • Masami Toku
  • Antonia Levi
  • Brent Allison
  • Brian Ruh
  • Marc Hairston
  • Udon
  • Trina Robbins
  • Peter Paik
  • Crispin Freeman
  • C.B. Cebulski
  • Jeremy Ross
  • Wendy Siuyi Wong
  • Tim Lehman
  • Phil Anderson
  • Ke Jiang
  • Erik Lervold
  • Lea Hernandez
  • Frenchy Lunning
  • Samantha Rei
  • Verssen Werks