M. (Mari) Nakamura MA

  • PhD student
  • Japanese Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: m.nakamura@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan

Fields of interest

Political thought, (Japanese) visual culture, literature and language.

PhD research

Emancipation in Postmodernity: Political Thought in Japanese Science Fictional Animation
Supervisors: Chris Goto-Jones and Florian Schneider

My PhD research project studies the intersections between animation and political thought. Specifically, it explores the ways in which the philosophical notion of ‘emancipation’, along with its related concepts such as ‘domination’ and ‘resistance’, have been conceptualised in Japanese science fictional animation. Considering animation as an expressive medium, and science fiction as a locus of thought experiments, the project seeks to examine how animation can develop and deploy various innovative ideas about the future of politics, and aims to identify its grammar of expression. The project explores alternatives to contemporary methods of studying political thought in popular culture.

Part of the VICI project by Chris Goto-Jones:
Beyond Utopia - New Politics, the Politics of Knowledge and the Science Fictional Field of Japan

Curriculum vitae

Ph.D. student in Leiden University, The Netherlands (since 2010)
M.A. in Linguistics, Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
B.A. in English, Department of English, Fukuoka University, Japan
Exchange student to the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, UK

Related Employment
Project Translator, The Modern East Asia Research Centre, Leiden University (2010)
English-Japanese Translator, Booking.com b.v., Amsterdam (2009-2010)
Japanese Language Instructor, National Tsing Hua University Language Center, Taiwan (2001-2003)
Research Assistant, Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2001-2003) 

Grants and Awards
Leiden University four-year full PhD funding (2010-2014)
ROC (Republic of China, Taiwan) Ministry of Education scholarship (1999, 2001-2002)
Association of International Education Japan (AIEJ) scholarship (1996-1997)

Qualifications and Skills
Teaching Certificate of English at Junior and Senior High-School levels in Japan
Language Certificate in Mandarin, Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Japanese (native), English, Mandarin

The Politics of Visual and Graphic Culture (BA course, Spring 2013) (co-taught with Carl Li)


Peer-reviewed Journal Article 

'Japanese Science Fiction in Converging Media: Alienation and Neon Genesis Evangelion'. Asiascape Occasional Paper Series Issue 6. pp. 1-16 (2013) [online publication] (co-authored with Carl Li and Martin Roth)

‘Translation or Transformation? A Case Study of Language and Ideology in the Taiwanese Press’. Discourse & Society 16:3. pp. 393-417 (2005) (co-authored with Sai-hua Kuo)

Degree Thesis

‘Ideology in the News: A Critical Discourse Analysis of News Reporting in Taiwan’s Two Newspapers’. M.A. thesis submitted to National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2003)

Conference Paper/Presentation

‘Politics Animated: Transhumanity and Hybridity in Appleseed’. Conference paper presented at the 3rd Mechademia Conference, Dongguk University, Seoul, November 2012.

‘Utopia and Political Thoughts in Japanese Sci-Fi Animation’. Conference paper presented at the 1st annual LIAS PhD and Postdoc Conference, Leiden University, May 2012.

‘Japanese Science Fiction in Converging Media: Alienation and Neon Genesis Evangelion’. Conference paper presented at the Digital East Asia conference, Leiden University, December 2011 (co-authored with Carl Li and Martin Roth).

Last Modified: 11-12-2015