CFP: “Teaching Anime and Manga” (Northeast MLA, April 2018, Pittsburgh), Submission Deadline 9/30/17

Here’s the first conference panel organized by the JAMS Association!

This session emerges out of presentations Stevi Grimm and I have given at Anime Expo’s annual Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, particularly our discussions how we have used various Japanese animated and comics series in teaching critical thinking, composition, gender studies, and literature.

While the Northeast Modern Language Association is a language and literature conference, we welcome proposals that incorporate anime and manga outside of strictly language and literature courses: proposals may consider the use of these texts in courses on history, music, science, and more–because as long as there is an anime or manga about just about anything, there is likely one that fits almost any class.

Please consider sharing the call for papers below with interested colleagues. 300-word abstracts are due online September 30, 2017, at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16923. If you have any questions for Stevi and me, please email derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com or message me on Twitter @dereksmcgrath.

Teaching Anime and Manga

This session proposes to look at what has been a persistent but under-represented section of comics studies: manga (Japanese comics), and associated with it, anime (Japanese animation). Access to anime and manga is pervasive: one distributor, CrunchyRoll, has one million yearly paying subscribers, providing electronic access to 50 manga titles translated into English, and 800 anime titles. In partnership with United States distributors such as Viz and Funimation, the vast majority of those anime titles are dubbed into English, making language much less of a barrier of access for teachers–as well as students. Manga and anime are popular with students, and it is to the benefit of teachers to gain a better understanding of such content that appears in their students’ essays.

How can Japanese animation and comics be incorporated into courses in a variety of methodologies, topics, and fields of study? This pedagogical session welcomes proposals that discuss designing assignments and syllabi based on the study of anime and manga. This session will allow experienced teachers and scholars to share strategies for how they incorporate manga and anime into the classroom. Example content to share may include sample lesson plans, syllabi, and assignments.

Please submit 300-word abstracts, along with a short bio and any audio-visual requests, online before September 30, 2017, at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16923.

The 49th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will meet April 12 to 15, 2018, at Pittsburgh’s historic Omni William Penn.

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