Dr. Ian Condry, a cultural anthropologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a public lecture about the creative production of Japanese animation as art and entertainment Oct. 8 at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Condry specializes in media, pop culture and globalization from below – that is, cultural movements that go global without the push of major corporations or governments. His research has explored social media in Japan and the U.S. and its uses for activism, entertainment and entrepreneurship.
In his 2013 book, The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story, Condry explores the emergence of anime – Japanese animated film and television – as a global cultural phenomenon.
Among the topics he will discuss in his UT Dallas lecture:
- Why is Japan, and not the U.S., the source of an estimated 60 percent of the world’s TV broadcast cartoons?
- Why are grownup-oriented comics and animations more developed in Japan than in the U.S.?
- How does the fan culture surrounding the comics and animation in both countries affect the creative process and the production of these art forms?
His talk is sponsored by the UT Dallas Arts & Technology Program, in conjunction with an undergraduate course, LIT 3311: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki. The course is co-taught by Dr. Pamela Gossin, professor of arts and humanities, and Dr. Marc Hairston, research scientist in the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences.
“Dr. Condry’s talk is a perfect match for our interdisciplinary mission at UT Dallas,” Dr. Gossin said. “He studies the ‘ecosystem’ of creative, collaborative cultures and the things it takes to generate and sustain artistic, inventive and innovative workspaces and their products, including the successful exchange between the humanities and sciences and the arts and technology.”
About the Speaker
Dr. Ian Condry is a professor of comparative media studies at MIT, where he has been teaching since 2002. He is the author of The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story (2013) and also Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization (2006). He is the founder and organizer of the MIT/Harvard Cool Japan research project, which organizes talks, artistic events and conferences aimed at exploring popular culture and globalization.