Minneapolis, MN—September 6, 2019— The Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, which began at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is sponsored by Twin Cities Anime. This event has since been staged annually on the last weekend of September in Minneapolis, Minnesota as an internationally attended academic conference on Asian popular cultures. In 2012, Mechademia Conference expanded to Asia in Seoul, South Korea and, in late 2016, to Tokyo. Since 2018, the Kyoto International Manga Museum has been home to the Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures in Asia and will continue to occur every two years in late May or early June.

Event Details
When: September 27-29, 2019
Where: MCAD Auditorium 150, 2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Friday, September 20, 2019, Auditorium 150
Keynote Talk with Kazumi Nagaike: 1:00 p.m. Creative Capital Presentation 6:30 p.m. Artist Talk
Screening of Queer Japan: Saturday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.
Full Fashion Exhibition: Sunday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Who: Free for registered conference attendees


Kazumi Nagaike is Professor of Japanese Culture at Oita University, Japan. She completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include studies in comparative literature, gender/sexuality, and popular culture. She is the author of Fantasies of Cross-dressing: Japanese Women Write Male-Male Erotica and co-editor of the collections Boys’ Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan, Shōjo Across Media: Exploring Popular Sites of “Girl” Discourse in Japan, and Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities. Nagaike has also published a wide range of journal articles, book chapters, and translations in relation to her ongoing analysis of gender/sexuality in Japanese literature and popular culture.


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