Schedule Panel

"The Soul of Anime" -- Book Launch -- Talk and Discussion
Hosted by Ian Condry

MIT professor Ian Condry will discuss his new book, The Soul of Anime, in a multimedia presentation that includes details on his fieldwork in Tokyo anime studios and his brief voice acting role. In the book, Ian explores the emergence of anime, Japanese animated film and television, as a global cultural phenomenon. Drawing on ethnographic research, including interviews with artists at some of Tokyo's leading animation studios- such as Madhouse, Gonzo, Aniplex, and Studio Ghibli—Ian discusses how anime's fictional characters and worlds become platforms for collaborative creativity. He argues that the global success of Japanese animation has grown out of a collective social energy that operates across industries—including those that produce film, television, manga (comic books), toys, and other licensed merchandise—and connects fans to the creators of anime. For Ian, this collective social energy is the soul of anime. Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist, and Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization, also published by Duke University Press.

90 minutes
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