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2010-08-30 06:17 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Further reading

Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History
Nancy Armstrong, Fiction in the Age of Photography
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations
Dana Buntrock, Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (reread)
Paul Cohen, Discovering History in China
Confucius, Analects
Judith Farquhar, Appetites
Han Fei Tzu
Ian Christopher Fletcher et al., eds., Women's Suffrage in the British Empire
Martin Heidegger, Being and Time
James Hevia, Cherishing Men from Afar
Hsun Tzu
Rebecca Karl, Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World
Thomas Keirstead, The Geography of Power in Medieval Japan
Kenko, Essays in Idleness
Lao Zi
Der Ling, Two Years in the Forbidden City
Lydia Liu, Translingual Practice
André Malraux, Man's Fate
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (reread)
Anchee Min, Pearl of China
Tessa Morris-Suzuki, A History of Japanese Economic Thought
Herman Ooms, Tokugawa Ideology
Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract
Procopius, The Secret History
The Rig Veda
Kim Stanley Robinson, The Years of Rice and Salt
Edward Said, The Culture of Imperialism
Victor Segalen, Rene Liys
Sima Qian
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
Edgar Snow, Red Star Over China
Frederick Teggart, Rome and China
E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class
Joanna Waley-Cohen, The Sextants of Beijing
Wang Yang-ming
J.Y. Wong, Deadly Dreams
Karl Wittfogel, Oriental Despotism
Xiao Jing
Zhu Xi

Further viewing
Bernardo Bertolucci, The Last Emperor
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2017-08-02 11:12 pm

Moving blogs

Somehow I neglected to mention that I have moved most of my blogging to my personal site. I don't anticipate many further entries on this one, though I intend to keep it up indefinitely. See you on WordPress!
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2017-08-01 10:54 pm
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Belated post: Sirens Vidshow 2016

Last fall I organized a vidshow at the Sirens Conference in Englewood, Colorado. I swore I'd post the playlist, and then I went to Belgium and Germany and when I came back reality blew up in our faces.

So, at long last, the vid playlist and panel description. The theme last year was Lovers, which informed my choice of vids.

Vidding comes to Sirens! This presentation and roundtable discussion will briefly introduce the practice of vidding (aka fanvids or songvids) by showing about a dozen vids, ranging from classics to book vids to vids related to this year’s Sirens theme. After watching the vids, we’ll have a short combined discussion and Q&A about the vids, vidding in general, and the fannish love that goes into them.


  1. Discord Days (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) by mmmandarinorange
  2. Clear the Area (The X-Files) by astarte
  3. Hurricane (Battlestar Galactica/Farscape) by [personal profile] laurashapiro
  4. Blank Space (Doctor Who) by [personal profile] purplefringe and [personal profile] such_heights
  5. Republic City (The Legend of Korra)by [personal profile] beccatoria
  6. You & I Sail (Only Lovers Left Alive) by [personal profile] violace 
  7. Keep The Streets Empty For Me (Twilight) by [personal profile] chaila
  8. All of Me (due South) by [personal profile] kuwdora 
  9. Carry Your Throne (Captive Prince) by Rhea314
  10. Sky Is Open (Ms Marvel/Avengers) by Garrideb ([personal profile] garrideb)
  11. When Brakes Get Wet (Code Name Verity) by thatfangirl
  12. I'm Your Man (Multi) by Charmax ([personal profile] charmax)
  13. Holding Out for a Hero (Wonder Woman) by [personal profile] chaila 
  14. Hold Me (Håll Om Mig) (Princess Tutu) by Marisa Panaccio
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2016-05-05 11:19 pm
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Talk: The Origins of Japanese Comics, 1905-28

Somewhat belatedly: I'm giving a talk on a portion of my dissertation tomorrow afternoon in Doe Library on the Berkeley campus. The abstract is below; I hope to see you there!

Between 1905 and 1928 manga emerged as a separate artistic medium in Japan in reaction to ponchie, a populist hybrid art form that flourished in the early and mid-Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The pioneers of manga, self-consciously elitist in the vein of Fukuzawa Yukichi’s (1835 – 1901) philosophy of “civilization and enlightenment” (bunmei kaika), wished to create a higher-class art form that could, and did, depict exclusively political content. This early vision of manga as consisting of only political satire did not survive the economic fortunes of World War I, and its collapse, therefore, has profound implications for the history of Japanese comics as a whole. Only by expanding the scope of manga beyond political satire was the medium able to survive and flourish in the Taishō (1912 – 1926) and Shōwa (1926 – 1989) periods.
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2016-03-06 09:39 pm
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Women Write About Comics, me included

I'm very happy to say that I now have a gig as an occasional reviewer at Women Write About Comics! I'll be focusing on academic works related to comics, and my first review, of Katherine Roeder's Wide Awake in Slumberland, is now up at the site.
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2016-02-05 08:12 pm

Mechademia 10! Conference talks!

It's been a whirlwind six weeks of moving continents and coasts, and I'm very behind on updates.

My article "Record of Dying Days: The Alternate History of Ôoku" was published in Mechademia 10 in November, and the BCNM very kindly put out a short blurb about it. You can see a photo of yours truly with one of my author copies. On the topic of Mechademia, the tenth volume is the last of the original series, and the fifth one that I worked on as the editorial assistant/general citations dogsbody. I want to take the time now to publicly thank Frenchy Lunning, Wendy Goldberg, Christopher Bolton, and Tom Lamarre for their giving me the job, their advice and support, and their general friendship and camaraderie. I had the time of my life, and it was a true privilege.

Speaking of Mechademia, I'll be traveling to Tokyo next month to give a talk drawing on materials from the third chapter of my in-progress manuscript at the Mechademia Conference next month, "Women and Comics: Reconsidering the ‘Origins’ of Shojo Manga in the Postwar.” From there I'll go immediately to Seattle to give the same talk to a different crowd at the Popular Culture Association annual meeting, in the comics arts track. I had a wonderful time when I last presented at the PCA in 2009, and I'm very much looking forward to both conferences. See you there, I hope!
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2015-11-22 11:58 pm
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OTW Board of Directors, again

As has been announced elsewhere, I've decided to decline appointment to the OTW Board of Directors for the 2016 term and have tendered my resignation from the Board, effective 15 December 2015.

It's been a privilege to serve on the Board for the past three years, and I wish the 2016 Board and the OTW all the best for their future success.
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2015-11-14 03:49 pm
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OpenCon 2015

I have the privilege to be one of the people attending OpenCon 2015 in person in Brussels this weekend. It's been a very thought-provoking gathering so far, and I'm excited to share back what I learn in my various projects.

In the meantime, you can follow along with the conference events on the OpenCon livestream (subject to country by country copyright restrictions).
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2015-10-09 10:59 am
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The World Without the OTW: Donate Now!

It's the OTW's biannual membership drive again this week, and we're fundraising to continue to do our work in support of our mission and our projects! 

The theme of this drive is tropes, and I wrote a post about the alternate universe in which the OTW never existed: it's a pretty dark timeline. With your support, we can prevent it from ever coming true and continue to bring you great projects like Fanlore, Open Doors, the AO3, and many more.

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2015-10-06 10:15 am

Quitting Wiscon

I’m sorry to say that my co-chair s.e. smith and I have resigned as Wiscon 40 chairs and as members of the Wiscon concom, effective immediately. This is a really unfortunate decision to have had to make, and we very much regret placing the con in this position. That said, it seems clear that we are a poor culture fit for the concom, and we feel the need to prioritize self-care rather than further risk our own mental health and well-being. Another reason we are leaving now rather than later is that at this juncture there is still potentially time to find replacement chairs to bring Wiscon 40 to fruition.

We really appreciated the opportunity to work on Wiscon, and we wish the convention all the best.
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2015-09-30 11:44 am
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PCA/ACA 2016

I'm very happy to say that I'll be presenting a paper called "Women in Comics: Reconsidering the Origins of Shojo Manga in the Postwar" at the 2016 national conference of the Popular Culture Association in Seattle next March. This presentation will draw on the in-progress third chapter of my dissertation and will be my first chance to take the material out for a spin.

PCA is one of the most enjoyable academic conferences I've been to, and after a seven-year absence I'm looking forward to going back. Even better, my paper is part of panels on manga organized by my colleague James Welker and staffed with some pretty awesome people including Patrick Galbraith and Sharalyn Orbaugh. I hope to see you there!
ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
2015-09-09 07:01 pm
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BCNM Summer Fellowship Dispatches

I sent a short report back to the Berkley Center for New Media talking about how I used their generous funding to go to Kyoto for research. Taking selfies with the Manga Museum's mascot was entirely a bonus, I assure you--though it's practically par for the course in my research, I have to say. I've certainly been having a lot of fun while doing it, anyway.
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2015-09-05 08:19 pm
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Sirens 2015: Revolutionaries

I'm really looking forward to returning to the Sirens Conference this year. Sirens has been one of my favorite cons since I first attended in 2010, and I'm very happy to say that I'll be on a panel at this one, the theme of which (Revolutionaries) is very close to my heart: 

The Iconoclastic Revolutionary
Rae Carson, Kate Elliott, Andrea J. Horbinski, Jennifer Michaels, s.e. smith, Jennifer Udden
In the midst of “strong female characters” going it on their own, what happens to cooperative fellowship, shared labor, and the femme side of being revolutionary? How do female villains play a role in revolutionary narratives? The revolution often begins at home, and the lone heroine approach devalues many female experiences and forms of labor. Hermione, Katniss, Maleficent, and Sansa all have their place—let’s talk about what real heroines and villains look like and why only some are celebrated.

I'll also be hosting a Books & Breakfast discussion on Laurie J. Marks' novel Fire Logic, which I read and loved earlier this year. You can still register to join us in Denver!

And in the meantime, I have a booklist up on the Sirens blog, Five Fantasies of the Roaring Twenties from the New Gilded Age. (See, I did pay attention when I was a reader for American history!)
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2015-08-04 11:23 pm
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The Ada Initiative, again

I suspect many people have already seen the announcement that the Ada Initiative is shutting down in approximately mid-October. My tweets have said what I feel on the subject, but to repeat at somewhat greater length: I'm proud of what TAI has accomplished over the past four years, and it's been a privilege to be a part of it as an AdaCamp attendee, a donor, an advisor, and last but not least, and far too briefly, a member of the board of directors. I said in my previous post that I was looking forward to supporting TAI's work; that support turned out to be rather in the spirit of "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him," but we made the right decision. For me, the meat of the question is in just two sentences:

We don’t feel like non-profits need to exist forever. The Ada Initiative did a lot of great work, and we are happy about it.

So what's next? As I said on Twitter, I'm looking forward to seeing what the people whose lives TAI has changed do next--and that includes me. For the time being, like Cincinnatus to his farm, I'm going back to my dissertation, and I'm excited to bring what I've learned with TAI to my future and ongoing projects. I'll be around at fandom and open source cons again at the end of this year and into next year; do say hi, and let me know if you want an Ada Initiative sticker--I still have stacks of them.
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2015-07-28 10:19 pm

And now, for my next trick…

I'm thrilled and flattered to report, belatedly, that I received a fellowship from UC Berkeley and the Université Libre de Bruxelles to spend two months in Belgium at the end of this year researching the development of Franco-Belgian comics, i.e. bandes dessinées. I was interviewed about my research briefly for the news section of Berkeley's Graduate Division. I spent about four days in Belgium last summer--just enough time to see the BD museum and Bruges, and not much else--and I'm looking forward to going back.
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2015-05-17 08:37 pm
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Inspire campaign: results!

I don't believe I mentioned that I was invited to serve on the reviewers committee for the Inspire campaign, a Wikimedia Foundation effort to increase gender diversity on Wikipedia and its related projects through funding community-proposed efforts. It was interesting to be on the committee side of things, and I certainly learned a lot. You can read more about the grantees and their projects at the WMF blog post.
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2015-05-12 10:04 pm
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News: Ada Initiative Board of Directors

I'm thrilled to be joining the Board of the Directors of the Ada Initiative as Secretary, starting immediately. TAI is an organization with which I've been honored to associate, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with the rest of the Board and the TAI staff to help contribute to and support its continuing success.
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2015-05-06 10:48 pm
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OTW Fundraising Drive

A stack of playing cards with the OTW fundraising drive dates.
I'm in just under the wire, Tokyo time, with a note about the OTW's first 2015 fundraising drive. It's that time of year again when we ask people to support our work supporting fans and fanworks by donating to the organization. This is your chance to ensure that we're able to continue doing and improving our work, and as someone who's been involved with the OTW for a good long while now, I can assure you that your support is very much appreciated. We've come a long way thanks to you, and thanks to you, we'll keep going even further in 2015 and beyond.

So thank you again, and again, you can donate now.

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2015-04-28 07:36 pm
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Only now am I kicking myself for not getting bubble tea

I went back to California two weeks ago for the Media & Transmission graduate conference hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies, Berkeley. Many thanks to the organizers for all their hard work, and for funding my travel so that I could participate in a conference geared towards a theme that is close to my dissertation. The abstract for my talk, "A Children’s Empire: The Club Magazines and the Prewar 'Media Mix',” is also available on the website, and is drawn from what will eventually be chapter two of my dissertation. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to discuss my research amongst a Japan-knowledable but animanga-context-light audience, and also really enjoyed my fellow panelists' talks. It was a very productive week back, all in all, though I have to admit I'm still jet-lagged.
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2015-03-23 07:29 pm

Brief notes on Kajii Jun's Tore, yôchô no jû to pen

This book is probably the first non-fiction Japanese book I ever attempted to read, back when I was on a Fulbright in Kyoto from 2007-08. I was writing about contemporary hypernationalist manga, and Kajii was one of the few writers I could find with my then-resources who talked about wartime manga in depth. I couldn't really read Japanese at the point, but I didn't let that stop me. Seven years later, I read the whole book in a few days, an amount of time which before would have netted me only a few pages, and I can say that part of the problem I had back then is that Kajii's prose is kind of opaque. Unlike Shimizu Isao, he doesn't write in a conversational style, and he uses a lot of uncommon words. So it was still slow going, even now that I'm literate, and it took me about half the book before Kajii's prose style clicked in my mind and I was able to start skimming with more confidence.

I was glad I did go back and read the whole book, because the second chapter in particular caused me to significantly revise my views on Kajii as a critic.Kajii is not rational about Norakuro )
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2015-03-03 08:35 pm

Brief notes on Shimizu Isao's Manga tanjô: Taisho democracy kara no shuppatsu

Shimizu Isao is probably the most famous "manga historian" in Japan, though this book (1999) isn't an academic text, much to my frustration: there are no citations beyond the dates and original publications of the images, and Shimizu displays the usual tics of Japanese scholarly writing that are deeply infuriating to someone trained in the more rigorous American style, especially his habit of making claims about what people thought with absolutely no evidence to back it up, and his habit of going on pointless tangents (such as his talking about his trip to Egypt by way of an introduction to how professional cartoonists portrayed women in the era of imperial democracy).

That said, Shimizu is a giant in the field, and a lot of what he says here (the influence of movies on manga in particular) agrees with things that I have already been thinking and conclusions I have previously drawn from my research. Of course, there's also plenty of things I disagree with him about, most notably in this book his addiction to the empty, outdated term "Taisho democracy" and his conviction that manga has important continuities with the "amusing pictures" of the Edo period. It would be difficult to overstate the degree to which I am opposed to this position, and in my opinion, Shimizu should know better, particularly since he is probably the single most knowledgeable person about prewar comics periodicals anywhere. Oh well.

For further remarks, see the dissertation.