This internationally recognized three-day conference explores the global innovations and the creative and cultural implications of especially, though not exclusively, Japanese anime, manga, and gaming. The sessions combine the vibrancy of fan practices, a fashion show, and anime screenings with the presentations and dynamic discussions of keynote speakers, plenary speakers, academic papers and presentations from both established and emerging scholars, resulting in an enriching and unique experience. In recent years, we expanded our reach internationally by implementing remote presentation and attendance at the Minnesota conferences.
Since its inception in 2001, Mechademia has become an international center for discussion of the cultural study, creation, theories, aesthetics, semiotics, and history, as well as the fascination and wonder of the remarkably broad range of objects and practices that have developed around the global proliferation of Japanese anime, manga, and gaming. It was also the birthplace of the now internationally praised Mechademia vols. 1-10 book series published by the University of Minnesota Press.
In recent years, we have sought to bring the conference to Asian countries to both enrich the experience and to include scholars who may not have been able to attend otherwise. In 2012 the conference was held in Seoul, South Korea and in 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan, as the birthplace of this culture, is key to establishing the conference’s standing in international scholarship.
Over the years, Mechademia participants have gained access to notable experts – both artists and scholars as keynote speakers — across a wide range of perspectives, such as Thomas Lamarre, Fujimoto Yukari, Taniguchi Tomoko, Azuma Hiroki, Sato Dai, Novala Takemoto, Paul Benjamin, Helen McCarthy, Susan Napier, Patrick Drazen, Christopher Bolton, Sharon Kinsella, Toku Masami, Antonia Levi, Brent Allison, Brian Ruh, Marc Hairston, Udon, Trina Robbins, Peter Paik, Crispin Freeman, C.B. Cebulski, Jeremy Ross, Wendy Siuyi Wong, Tim Lehman, Ke Jiang, Lea Hernandez, Frenchy Lunning, Brianna Wu, and Deguchi Hiroshi.