The final lecture in the inaugural Japanese Studies Lecture Series is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 4, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 7 p.m.
Laura Miller, Eiichi Sibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed professor of Japanese Studies and professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will be on campus to discuss “Japanese Girl Cool: Neglected Aspects of Cool Japan Innovation.”
Miller will discuss popular culture in Japan, with a particular focus on girl culture as well as the globalization of otaku (anime fans). This presentation will highlight some of the fascinating yet frequently overlooked cultural activities and aesthetics found in girl culture.
Miller has been active as a leader in many professional organizations including her role as the president of the Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association and chair and program director of the Midwest Japan Seminar. She has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on Japanese culture and language including topics such as the Korean wave, English loanwords in Japanese, the Abeno Seimei boom, girls’ slang and print club photos.
The Japanese Studies Lecture Series has taken place throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. The goal of the series is to enhance the understanding of the Japanese culture and inspire not only the college community, but also generate interest in Japan within the local community as well.
The lecture series is free and open to the public.