The Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project in conjunction with the University of Tokyo will host a summer program focusing on Japanese pop culture. Each summer, the program will focus on a different aspect of Japanese media and popular culture. The main theme of the program for its first year is “media mix” (or “media convergence”). The goal of this year’s program is to better understand the ways in which Japanese pop culture circulates across multiple media platforms and commodity forms. The program will examine this transmedia movement between anime, manga and other media forms from both a theoretical and practitioner perspective.
The two-week summer program consists of three parts: main lectures, workshops, and field trips. The main lectures, which will be taught by Professors Ian Condry (MIT), Marc Steinberg (Concordia University), Eiji Otsuka (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) and Shunya Yoshimi (the University of Tokyo), will provide background and introduce theoretical perspectives that will enhance the experience of the program’s workshops and field trips. In the workshops, you will experience the process of creation and production of media content. For the field trips, we will visit the studios of some of Japan’s media creators and explore the archives of primary media resources located in Tokyo.
The summer program will give the participants the opportunity to become deeply engaged in the scene of Japanese pop culture. Our hope is that the participants will pursue work related to Japanese media and popular culture in the future, whether as a critic, researcher, creator, producer, or editor. The program will accept 20 participants from universities around the world and will include additional participants from the University of Tokyo. Researchers and media content creators, who have already received their degrees, are also welcome to take advantage of this opportunity. The program will be conducted mainly in English (though some knowledge of Japanese is preferable).
For the Applicants from the University of Tokyo〔東大学内からの応募〕 (Last updated on 18-04-2014)
|Date||AM (9:00-12:00)||PM (14:00-17:00)|
|7/14 (Mon)||Orientation (explaining the program, life in Tokyo and etc.)||Keynote Lecture and Symposium (open to the public)|
|7/15 (Tue)||Screening of TATSUMI and the Talk by the Director, Eric Khoo||Discussion about program and Self-Introduction of each participant|
|7/16 (Wed)||Lecture on Media Mix by faculty members||Roundtable Discussion on Media Mix||7/17 (Thu)||Lecture on the History of Media Mix by faculty members||Mini Workshop 1 (on the Layout of Manga)|
|7/18 (Fri)||Lecture on Ethnography & discussion of readings||Interview with Creators/ Producers on Media Mix|
|7/19 (Sat)||Lecture on How to Use Primary Resources & Interview with Collectors||Mini Workshop 2 (on the Layout of Manga)|
|7/21 (Mon)||Main Workshop 1 (Archival Research on Media Mix Materials)||Field Research 1 (to Archives on Media Mix Materials)|
|7/22 (Tue)||Interview with Creators/ Producers on Media Mix||Main Workshop 2 (about Archival Research on Media Mix Material)|
|7/23 (Wed)||Lecture (TBA)||Field Research 2 (to Archives)|
|7/24 (Thu)||Interview with Creators/ Producers on Media Mix||Main Workshop 3 (about Archival Research)|
|7/25 (Fri)||Lecture (TBA)||Field Research 3 (to Archives)|
|7/26 (Sat)||Main Workshop 4 (about Archival Researches)||Presentation|
This is the submission due date for the students of the University of Tokyo. Application submissions for the students of universities abroad were closed.
You are required to submit your application materials by email in the subject of “Application to the 2014 summer program.” We will not accept application materials sent through the mail, unless you are instructed to do so by the program administration office.
Matters to be noted when you prepare the application form.
Please note that the mailing address should be the one at which you receive official documents from the school and any concerned ministries and/or agencies. If you have a different mailing address when you are out of town for a considerably long period, please indicate both addresses.
Please mention your language level in English and Japanese. The program menu will be available in English. However, a certain level of Japanese knowledge may be helpful during the workshop and field trip parts of the program.
This should include in-depth descriptions of any work experience, responsibilities or projects relevant to the program’s main theme (such as anime, manga, and other pop cultures of Japan). It should also briefly explain any courses you have taken or will take as well as prizes and awards, which are relevant to the main theme.
Please answer the following questions:
You must submit an academic record from each university that you have attended for one full academic year (two semesters, three quarters or trimesters) or more, regardless of the number of credits received, when you are selected as a successful candidate.
Any discrepancy between the submitted materials by the applicant and the official record received after the selection process may result in the rejection of your application or withdrawal of our offer of admission.