Professor Ian Condry explores contemporary Japanese music, with a comparison of diverse examples, such as female Japanese rappers, underground techno festivals, the virtual idol Hatsune Miku, and the pop idol group AKB48.
Video and podcast: Michael Taussig, “Mooning Texas”
Introduced by Prof. Ian Condry, Global Studies and Languages, MIT.
Michael Taussig: “Mooning Texas”
An adventure story involving social energy + art + Emile Durkheim’s “take” on Mauss + Hubert’s “take” on mana + the creativity of gossip.
Dissolve Unconference: A Summit on Inequality
Featuring social scientists, media theorists, writers, artists, activists, this unconference asks: “How can we dissolve the structures of power that produce today’s inequalities?”
Ian Condry on “How Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku Blew Up in Japan”
Associate Professor Ian Condry — a specialist on anthropology in Japan — spoke with Wired Magazine about one of his favorite topics, the virtual pop star Hatsune Miku.
Faculty Profile: Ian Condry
Ian Condry’s research has taken him from underground genba hip-hop nightclubs to Tokyo anime studios, but his interest in Japan was sparked here, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Video: Mimi Ito, “Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World”
Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at UC Irvine, discusses how otaku has come to play a major role in Japan’s identity at home and abroad.