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Mechademia Journal + Conferences

This website is the home of the Mechademia journal series and conferences (formerly SGMS) in the United States and worldwide. Information about upcoming conferences will be posted well in advance to give scholars and fans time to plan for attendance. Information about current and forthcoming issues of the journal is also available here.

Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures began at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the United States and 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, the Mechademia conference expanded to Asia, in Seoul, South Korea, and later in 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Plans are in the making for conferences in Kyoto in 2018, and again in Tokyo in 2020.

For questions about the Mechademia conferences, email mechademia@mcad.edu.

The Mechademia 2017 Conference takes place September 22-24, 2017. The schedule is available now.

Past Guest Speakers

Over the years, Mechademia conference participants have gained access to notable experts – both artists and scholars – as keynote speakers.


Novala Takemoto



Dai Sato



Brianna Wu



Hiroki Azuma


Upcoming Conference Call

Mechademia 2017: Science Fictions

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 22-24, 2017

Keynote Speakers: Tatsumi Takayuki and Kotani Mari

Science fiction gives us free rein to imagine a different world, giving us insight into what in our own world has become naturalized and allowing us the space to question the potentials of technologically enhanced futures. The questions provoked by science fiction strategies and forms often provide insights that lead us to imagine our own world in a different light. Mechademia 2017 focuses on Science Fictions. Science fiction is central to the study of Asian Popular Cultures because it is the key narrative formation of anime, and the subject of many manga volumes and video game narratives. We encourage papers that analyze science fiction tactics and narratives to explore themes regarding the way the geo-political, geo-economic climatic situation has been reflected, criticized, and made hypothetical through futuristic utopian/dystopian narratives in anime, manga, art, design, illustration, literature, film, and gaming.

Please send 250 word proposals to mechademia@mcad.edu by September 1, 2017.

In your email memo field, state: mechademia_2017_submission

Mechademia 2017: Science Fictions