Conference: Teaching Japanese Popular Culture Conference

National University of Singapore

Department of Japanese Studies

11-12 November 2012
Venue: AS7, Seminar Room B

Interest in popular culture is one of the main factors driving enrollment in Japanese studies at universities worldwide.  However, few models exist for teaching popular culture, and students are sometimes more knowledgeable than faculty about current trends.  For these reasons, it is to our advantage as instructors to reflect on the ways in which we can most effectively teach popular culture and include popular culture topics in the curriculum.  The purpose of this conference is to share pedagogical approaches to teaching Japanese popular culture and strategies for incorporating topics related to Japanese popular culture into courses of all kinds and across all disciplines.

We invite faculty and graduate students with an interest in either Japanese studies or teaching popular culture across the humanities and social sciences to attend this unique conference.

For more information including speakers and schedule, please see the conference website:

The registration fee for all attendees is S$150 (inclusive of 7% GST), which covers two lunches, one dinner, and assorted light refreshments between sessions. Please register by the deadline of *September 30, 2012**:*

This conference is generously funded by The Japan Foundation and the National University of Singapore.

The conference is scheduled to coincide with Anime Festival Asia. We encourage attendees to  consider attending AFA on November 10:

Please email with any queries.

Steering Committee:
Deborah Shamoon <>, Assistant
Chris McMorran <>, Lecturer
Kam Thiam Huat, Teaching Assistant
Department of Japanese Studies
National University of Singapore

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