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Dudes Need Blush Stickers, Too: Incorporating Anime and Manga into Gender Studies Courses

During July 4th weekend in 2016, I presented at the Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, part of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation’s Anime Expo. Below is the copy of the presentation as I wrote it. As this was a discussion about fanservice in anime and manga, some content below is not safe for work (but censored).


My Presentation to MLA 2015, Jan. 8: “Pursuing Two Passions: On Being a Graduate Student and Something Else”

“Pursuing Two Passions: On Being a Graduate Student and Something Else” (Session #74) will be held on Thursday, January 8, at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the 2015 meeting of the Modern Language Association.

Pursuing Two Passions: On Being a Graduate Student and Something Else
Thursday, 8 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., West 217, VCC West
Kristal Bivona, Univ. of California, Los Angeles Vice-President, the Graduate Student Caucus

This roundtable explores the challenges and rewards of pursuing another passion concurrently with graduate study. Participants reflect on what it means to be a student and “something else,” to lead a “double life,” in order to share approaches and tactics for being successful at both passions. Topics include alt-ac careers, having a family, activism, and hobbies.

Thanks again to the Graduate Student Caucus for inviting me to join this discussion. Please read the participants’ bios below and here.