Transfiguring Boys Love Media in Asia

Wed, Mar 28 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Graham Hall-HILLYR

"Transfiguring Boys Love (BL) Media in Asia"

James Welker is associate professor in the Department of Cross Cultural Studies at Kanagawa University in Tokyo,
Japan. He is also a co-founder and current co-chair
of the Society for Queer Asian Studies, an affiliate of the
Association for Asian Studies. His research has focused on gender and sexuality in shojo manga (girls’ comics) and
on the lesbian community in Japan. His first book Transfigurations: Feminists, Lesbians and Shojo Manga Fans in Late Twentieth Century Japan (forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press) examines female genders and
sexualities in Japan in the 1970s and 1980s. He also co-edited Queer Voices from Japan: First Person Narratives of Japan’s Sexual Minorities, and Rethinking Japanese Feminisms (University of Hawaii Press 2018). His articles have been published in peer reviewed journals such as Signs and Mechademia, as well as included in anthologies such
as Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture and Community in Japan, Asia PacifiQueer: Rethinking Genders
and Sexualities (Fran Martin and Peter A. Jackson, eds.).
His talk will be appealing to Five College faculty and students interested in East Asia (particularly Japan), Japanese popular culture, gender and sexuality in East Asia. Students and faculty in gender and sexuality studies may find a comparative perspective of interest as well.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Program in East Asian Studies, and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender.

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