Department of Communication Professor Mark Wolf

Department of Communication Professor Dr. Mark J. P. Wolf will give a keynote address at a symposium in Tokyo, Japan in November.

The symposium is titled “Theorizing Anime: Invention of Concepts and Conditions of Their Possibility,” and will take place at Waseda University. The event’s purpose is to present about the recent changes in studying anime.

Dr. Wolf is honored to be giving the keynote to share his opinions about the role of anime in society, how people should be trying to study it, and meeting other professors.

In addition, he is also excited about traveling to a new place and witnessing a unique culture.

“Seeing Tokyo and experiencing it will be the highlight of the trip. I’m looking forward to the food, the sights, the whole experience. I’ll be able to do some sightseeing before I give the keynote,” Wolf said.

Dr. Wolf researches media history and imaginary worlds. He is the author or editor of over twenty books. His research and teaching sometimes relate.

“Introduction of Mass Communication includes the history of each medium, so that class includes any kind of historical research,” Wolf said.

Additionally, he has also helped develop a course for the Department of Communication related specifically to his research interests, called “Imaginary Worlds in Media.”

“The course will look at how imaginary worlds work and their history over the past 3000 years. Students will look at particular worlds and how they were made,” Wolf said.

The symposium will take place November 16-17.

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