Program: The University of Tokyo: Summer Program on Media Content Studies in Japan

Warmest greeting from Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III) of the University of Tokyo.

We would like to inform you that the Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project in conjunction with the University of Tokyo will host a summer program focusing on Japanese pop culture. Each summer, the program will focus on a different aspect of Japanese media and popular culture. The main theme of the program for its second year is “Mediated Worlds: Sociality, Publicness and Celebrity.” The goal of this year’s program is to better understand how media technologies have transformed the category of celebrity and fame in Japan to produce new modes of socially mediated publicness.

The features of the program are as follows:

  1. Two-week program with the opportunity to be deeply engaged in the scene of Japanese pop culture through:
  •  Lectures conducted by leading scholars in the field of media and popular culture.
  • Experiential learning in Tokyo, with access facilitated by the combined networks of Kadokawa and the University of Tokyo.
  •  The opportunity to contribute to a published educational text on Japanese media and popular culture.
  •  Collaborating and networking with scholars, students, and media professionals from Japan and around the world.
  1. The program is aimed at those who are enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program, or have recently obtained a Masters or Ph.D. in art, humanities, or the social sciences. Upper-level undergraduates, who intend to pursue graduate study in a related field in the future, are also welcome to apply.
  1. The program has no tuition or registration fees. Instead, we will be offering (1) financial support up to \100,000 yen for travel expenses and (2) a \32,000 subsidy for accommodations during the period of the summer program (two weeks) to all participants.

The program details are available at the website below:

If you have any questions, please contact us at:,

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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