ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
I've had quite a year for travel, and I wanted to take the time to share two write-ups of events I attended this year that, I thought, did a good job of discussing the events in question from a balanced perspective.

In July I participated in the Media Mix Workshop funded by the Kadokawa Foundation at the University of Tokyo. My friend Samantha Close wrote a piece at Ethos Review about all the transnational, transdisciplinary practices the program situated itself in. It was frustrating at times, but the program overall was great, and I just ran into one of my fellow participants at the Genron Cafe in Gotanda here in Tokyo on Friday night and we sat down like old friends. So none of it was wasted, probably, and all in all, the workshop was an invaluable experience for which I am very grateful.

Last month I went to Australia for the sixth Manga Futures conference, held at the University of Wollongong. Khursten Santos, who also organized much of the event, somehow found the time to write up a very thorough blog post about the conference which, incidentally, says very kind things about my paper: Lessons from Manga Futures. I had a great time at the conference, and I was thrilled to be able to participate.

ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
My once and future collaborator Mikhail Koulikov wrote a paper last September arguing that the conflict between fansubbers and officially licensed distributors ought best be understood as a 'net war', in which actors use networked forms of organization, in Transformative Works and Cultures

Today Mikhail has a post on the TWC blog exploring a recent battle in that war, the conflict over the anime Fractale between its U.S. licensor Funimation and its Japanese production company. 

This isn't the last time I'll be talking about Fractale, I suspect; the story is written by Azuma Hiroki, which if nothing else would guarantee its interest. In the meantime, I'm going to watch the latest episode and leave you, readers, to consider Mikhail's post. 


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Andrea J. Horbinski

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