Hybrid Book Launch
Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia
On Wednesday, 29 June 2022, the research group for International Japanese Studies within Kanagawa University’s Institute for the Humanities will host a hybrid book launch for the collection Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (Hawai‘i 2022), edited by James Welker. The event, conducted in English, will be moderated by Quintana H. Scherer. There will be time for questions from both online and in-person audience members.
In-person participation is limited to Kanagawa University students, faculty, and staff. Everyone else is welcome to join online. Preregistration is not required.
As a bonus for online attendees, during the event a flier will be shared that may be used purchasing the book at a discount through University of Hawai‘i Press.
Speaker: James Welker
Moderator: Quintana H. Scherer
Date & Time: 4:00 to 5:00 pm JST, Wednesday, 29 June 2022
In-Person: Kanagawa University Minatomirai Campus, Room 4020 (limited to Kanagawa University students, faculty, and staff)
Online (Zoom): Meeting ID: 992 7292 3250 Passcode: 875964
Host: Research Group for International Japanese Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Kanagawa University
About the Book
Queer Transfigurations is the first detailed examination of the BL media explosion across Asia. The book brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms.
Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. BL has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. In short, Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives.
About the Speaker
James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies at Kanagawa University. He is the editor of Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (Hawai‘i 2022) and BL ga hiraku tobira: Hen’yō suru Ajia no sekushuariti to jendā (BL opening doors: Sexuality and gender transfigured in Asia; Seidosha 2019), and co-editor of Rethinking Japanese Feminisms (Hawai‘i 2018) and Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan (Mississippi 2015), among other publications.