SOAS University of London

Centres and Institutes Office

Trans-East Asia as method by Professor Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash Asia Institute, Monash University)

Friday 9 September 2016, 9.30-11.00
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi

In a globalized world, we are required to take into consideration cross-border mobility, connections and exchange and understand how transnationally shared issues are specifically and inter-relatedly articulated in a particular country or society. This paper will address the productive potential of "trans-East- Asian" approaches to further advance "Joint East Asian Studies". Referring to research projects that I have been conducting such as media culture flows and connections and multiculturalism from below, it will consider the ways to engage and tackle the issues, which East Asian societies commonly and differently face, by tactically advancing trans-regional comparison, referencing and exchange and fostering collaboration across various divides and borders.

Speaker biography

Koichi Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of Monash Asia Institute, Monash University in Melbourne. His main research interests are cultural globalization, trans-Asian media and cultural flows and connections, and multicultural questions and cultural citizenship in the Japanese and East Asian contexts. He has published more than one hundred academic works (books, journal articles and book chapters) in English and Japanese and his work has been translated in Chinese, Korean and French. His English publication includes Resilient Borders and Cultural Diversity: Internationalism, Brand Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Japan (Lexington Books, 2015); Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2002); Multiculturalism in East Asia: A Transnational Exploration of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (co-eds with Kim Hyun Mee and Hsia Hsiao-Chuan, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016); East Asian Pop Culture: Approaching the Korean Wave (eds. with Chua Beng-Huat, Hong Kong University Press, 2008). Iwabuchi is the editor of the new book series, Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches (Rowan & Littlefield International).