The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania


MEPPI Japan Lecture Series: Counter-Culture in Japan

  • Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Patrician Room (2nd Floor) 4215 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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The Labor of Cute: Net Idols, Cute Culture, and the Social Factory in Contemporary Japan
Dr. Gabi Lukacs, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, will examine new labor subjectivities such as the net idols that become famous by posting their photos and diaries on the web, cell phone novelists whose novels have recently come to dominate literary bestseller lists, and entrepreneurial homemakers who conjure wealth from day trading. The subjects of mass culture theory, digital media theory, work and play, consumer culture, and Japan in the twentieth century are also topics for discussion. There will be a cash bar.

Presented in collaboration with the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

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