These professors will be on a Satoshi Kon Legacy panel run somewhat like "The View" Sunday at 12:30pm in Stone Room.
Tomoko Shimizu is a professor of English literature and cultural studies and media and globalization at the University of Tsukuba located in Ibaraki, Japan. Currently she is a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, researching the Japan Media Network and the Anime Culture.
Susan Napier is currently a professor of Asian language and culture at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Fascinated by Asian art from a young age, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Japanese literature and culture from Harvard University and later studied as a research student at Ochanomizu Women's University in Tokyo. Since then, aside from studying Japanese literature, she has become the most prominent anime and manga scholar in the United States, having published two books on the subjects: Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Japanese Animation in 2001 and From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West in 2007.
Ian Condry is currently an Associate Professor of Japanese cultural studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Having graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Government and Yale University with a Ph.D in anthropology, he has since specialized in media, popular culture, and globalization with a focus on contemporary Japan and the United States. Currently the organizer of the Harvard-MIT Cool Japan Research Project, which presents colloquia, international conferences, and arts events to examine the cultural connections, dangerous distortions, and critical potential of popular culture, he published his book, Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization, in 2006. His next book The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story, is anticipated to be published in fall 2011.