ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
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!
ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
My friend Alex Leavitt and I have an article in the current issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, Transformative Works and Fan Activism, guest edited by Henry Jenkins and Sangita Shresthova. Our article, "Even a monkey can understand fan activism: Political speech, artistic expression, and a public for the Japanese dôjin community," looks at fan activism against the Tokyo metropolitan ordinance Bill 156, which could potentially curtail artistic expression in the name of keeping fictional characters under the age of consent (hence the bill's popular nickname, the "Nonexistent Crimes Bill") out of "harmful situations." 

We wrote this article in about four days flat, and that wouldn't have been possible without the timely generosity of a large group of people. I'd particularly like to thank Karen Healey, Sandra Annett, and Nele Noppe for sharing their research and insights, and in Japan, my friend Manabe Toko for her willingness to watch a Hatsune Miku PV and spot-check our translations.
ahorbinski: kanji (kanji)
I had a great time at WisCon 36, and one of the flattering pleasures of the con was some of my very good friends and awesome new acquaintances asking me to sign their copies of The WisCon Chronicles vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom. It was available from publisher Aqueduct Press at the con and is edited by my friend Prof. Alexis Lothian.

My piece is entitled "Ôoku: A Secret SF History in Manga," and is about Fumi Yoshinaga's award-winning manga of the same title, about which I moderated a panel at WisCon 35 last year. I'm very much looking forward to WisCon 37 - I'll see you in Madison next year!
ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
I've just received my contributor's copies of Mechademia 6: User Enhancement, which contains my review of Mamoru Oshii's The Sky Crawlers.
Cover of Mechademia 6, showing a girl holding a phone in shadow printing

In celebration of which, I'm giving away one of my extra copies of the journal.

The contest will run from now until about 17:00 on Friday, December 16, Pacific Time, when I will choose a winner at random. To enter, just drop a comment to this entry (anonymous comments are enabled) leaving your name and an email address I can contact you at. You can earn additional entries to the contest by posting about it on social networking sites and linking me back to those promo posts in the comments to this entry (one additional entry per promo post, up to five points per individual).

This contest is open worldwide (all shipping will be done via the US Postal Service). If you win, I'd ask that you post about the journal to your own blog, tumblr, twitter, Facebook, whatever, and if you like the journal, please let people know.
ahorbinski: A DJ geisha (historical time is a construct)
In what will hopefully be the first of many, I am delighted to announce that my paper "The Tokyo Tribunal: An Ethical Review" has been published in the inaugural issue of the Berkeley Student Journal of Asian Studies. You can download the entire issue, which also features a paper by my cohort-mate James Lin, among others, at this link here

As part of the process of rolling out BSJAS, there will also be a symposium, at which each of us will discuss our work, held on 15 April 2011 at the Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, from 10am to 2pm. I'll be speaking for approximately half an hour, I'm told. If you're interested, please do think about attending!


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