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ジョンソン エイドリエン レネー

ジョンソン エイドリエン レネー 講師

専門分野

カルチュラル・スタディーズ、ジェンダー研究

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At Shirayrui, it is my goal to help students grow as individuals and develop their critical thinking in regard to the world around them. I am dedicated to helping students improve their abilities and achieve their goals.

Through my classes, I aim to give students a variety of tools and skills that they can use throughout their lives, and help them grow into independent, confident members of society.

My research interests cover both gender and culture on a broad scale, but I specialize in the contemporary Japanese context. Through my classes, I aim to introduce students to how they can think more deeply about these fields, and how developing critical understanding of these topics can be useful in a variety of contexts.

It is vitally important to think more deeply about the things we encounter every day. A main goal of my classes is to help students develop the skills necessary to do so.

In many of my classes, we focus particularly on gender. Although we may not think about it very often (even to the point where the term in Japanese is still a loanword from English!), gender affects our everyday lives in deep, profound ways. It is important to think more deeply about and question our preconceived notions of gender, or the things that we think are “natural” about women and men. Very little, if anything, is “natural” or “a matter of course” when it comes to gender, and yet strict ideas about proper gender roles (or ideas about what it means to be a “proper woman” or “proper man”) influence our lives every day. In some cases, we may even feel pressured or dominated by them, and our freedom and individuality can be hurt. Therefore, it is important to understand these ideas, where they come from, and how we can move beyond them if we want to move towards gender equality and improve the world for future generations everywhere.

Another main focus of my classes is looking at culture to help us understand the world we live in. Popular culture and media tell us a lot about our broader culture and society. A society’s values, ideals, and common ways of thinking tend to be emphasized and highlighted within what the people in that society consume for fun and enjoyment. In my classes, we look at various parts of our culture, from the internet to television to our favorite music, and use these as windows to examine our world.
担当科目
Introductory Seminar, International Society & Culture / 入門セミナー・国際
East Asian Studies A・B
Japanese Pop Culture A・B
Third Year SeminarⅠ・Ⅱ / 3年セミナーⅠ・Ⅱ
Senior SeminarⅠ・Ⅱ / 特別演習 Ⅰ・Ⅱ (卒業論文)
担当科目の内容
In all of my classes, I encourage students to think more deeply about the popular culture and media that they consume every day, their relationships with others, and their broader, everyday experiences. My aim is to help students develop critical thinking skills, confidence, and overall academic ability.
All of my classes are taught entirely in English.

Introductory Seminar, International Society & Culture / 入門セミナー・国際
This is an introduction course designed to prepare students for more advanced courses in the Comparative Culture & Literature course. Students will ideally develop a foundation for their future in the English department, learning to think more deeply about themselves and the world around them. This course ideally provides valuable knowledge and skills that will help students regardless of the course the ultimately choose.
Topics include personal values and changing ideas of “being Japanese.” Students conduct group research investigating changes in Japan for their final project.

East Asian Studies

This course focuses on aspects of contemporary culture in Japan and East Asia, encouraging students to think more deeply about everyday aspects of their lives. In East Asian Studies A, we examine the internet as culture, looking into both its history and issues with its contemporary use. In East Asian Studies B, we look at (popular) music, and how discourses about music can tell us more about the culture and society we live in.

Japanese Pop Culture
This course focuses on gender in Japanese popular culture. Students are introduced to the concepts of the field of gender studies, and how these ideas are intertwined with every aspect of our daily lives. The relationship between gender and popular culture in Japan is then explored on a broad scale, with a number of areas investigated over the course of the year.
Students conduct group research for their final project, first looking at former academic research on gender and then applying their skills to a media text of their choosing.

While the course is divided into Japanese Pop Culture A and Japanese Pop Culture B, students are strongly encouraged to take both as a joint course.
Taking Japanese Pop Culture B without Japanese Pop Culture A is strongly discouraged.

Third Year Seminar / 3年セミナー
This course looks more in depth at the relationships between gender and culture, encouraging students to think more deeply these ideas and how they are affected by them on a personal level. Over the course of both semesters, students develop media literacy skills and learn about how to more critically engage with society. In the first semester, we focus on stereotypes and images of romance and relationships in the media. In the second semester, we delve more deeply into feminism and sexism in contemporary Japan and the world.

Students conduct independent research on the topics covered in class, and present their findings in both short presentations and a long, more in-depth final report at the end of the semester.
  
業績
PUBLICATIONS

2021 A Year of Online Learning: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward An Analysis of Student Survey Data. Co-authored with Cecilia Smith Fujishima and Yuko Fujino. 白百合女子大学研究紀要 第57号 (2021) [The fleur-de-lis review Number 57], 141-164. December. http://id.ndl.go.jp/bib/031964601

2021 Exit Cards as a Bridge between Teachers and Students in Online Learning. Co-authored with Cecilia Smith Fujishima. Learning Learning 28(2): 23-27. https://ld-sig.org/learning-learning/ll28-2-autumn-2021/

2020 Josō or “Gender Free”? Playfully Queer “Lives” in Visual Kei. In “Queer Lives in Contemporary Japan,” edited by Sabine Frühstück, special issue, Asian Anthropology 19(2): 119-142. https://doi.org/10.1080/1683478X.2020.1756076

2020 Cross-dressing: Kaya. Japanese Media and Popular Culture: An Open-Access Digital Initiative of the University of Tokyo. Edited by Jason G. Karlin, Patrick W. Galbraith, and Shunsuke Nozawa. https://jmpc-utokyo.com/keyword/cross-dressing/

2019 From Shōjo to Bangya(ru): Women and Visual Kei. Shōjo Across Media: Multidisciplinary Approaches. Edited by Jaqueline Berndt, Kazumi Nagaike, and Fusami Ogi. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 303-329. https://www.springerprofessional.de/en/from-shojo-to-bangya-ru-women-and-visual-kei/16501584

2019 Implementing the Schoology Learning Management System in Japanese Higher Education: A Preliminary Report. 江戸川大学紀要 第29号 (2019) [Edogawa University Bulletin Number 29]: 61-70. March. http://id.ndl.go.jp/bib/029594679

2018 Practical English Skill Acquisition and Cultural Exchange: Expectations vs. Reality. Co-authored with Teppei Suzuki. 江戸川大学紀要 第28号 (2018) [Edogawa University Bulletin Number 28]: 429-434. March. http://id.ndl.go.jp/bib/028985996

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND GRANTS

2015-2018 Monbukagakusho Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Tokyo, Japan

2012-2015 Monbukagakusho Postgraduate Scholarship, Kyoto Seika University, Japan

2010 Pomona College Asian Languages and Literatures Prize in Japanese,
Pomona College, Claremont, USA

2009 Associated Kyoto Program Research Grant, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

INVITED LECTURES

2021 Troubling Gender in Visual Kei: Bending, Backlash, and Binary Blurring. Modern Japanese Studies Program Guest Lecture Series , Hokkaido University. Online.

2021 Troubling Gender in Visual Kei. Graduate Student Research Colloquium (GSRC) in the Penn Forum on Japan, University of Pennsylvania. Online. https://web.sas.upenn.edu/pfj/calendar_event/adrienne-johnson-queer-japan-event/

2016 Flirting, Make-up and Cross Dressing: Performances and Consumption of Queerness in Visual Kei. (English)
Lecture for James Welker’s Kanagawa University Undergraduate Course in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in East Asia. July 19.

2016 女装とジェンダーフリー:ヴィジュアル系のクィアなジェンダー表現 (Josō and Gender Free: Queer Expressions of Gender in Visual Kei) (Japanese)
Lecture for James Welker’s Kanagawa University Undergraduate Course in Gender Studies. January 13.

2014 Visual Kei ・ヴィジュアル系: A Crash Course in a Modern Musical Subculture (English)
Lecture for Patrick W. Galbraith’s Sophia University Graduate Course in Japanese Popular Music. June 16.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Panels Organized

2016 What We Live For: Women, Expression, and Empowerment in Japanese Fan Cultures. International Communication Association Preconference, “Communicating with Cool Japan: New International Perspectives on Japanese Popular Culture.” Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. June 8.

Papers Presented

2022 Teaching Japan in the World: Building a Course, Building a Learning Community. Co-Presented with Cecilia Smith Fujishima. Global Japan and Academia during COVID 19, Center for Global Research Initiatives, University of Hyogo. Online. March.

2021 Making the Most of Online Learning: Student Reflections, Teacher Responses. Co-Presented with Cecilia Smith Fujishima. JALT 2021: Reflections and New Perspectives, The Japan Association for Language Teaching. Online. November.

2021 Making the Most of Online Learning: Student Reflections, Teacher Responses. Co-Presented with Cecilia Smith Fujishima. JALT CUE 2021 Conference, College and University Educators Special Interest Group, the Japan Association for Language Teaching. Online. September.

2016 Josō or “Gender Free”? Queering Expressions of Gender in Visual Kei. The Asian Studies Conference Japan 2016. International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. July 2-3.

2016 The Bangya Alternative: Belonging and Identity within the Subculture of Visual Kei. The Association for Asian Studies AAS-in-ASIA Conference, “Asia in Motion: Horizons of Hope.” Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. June 24-27.

2016 “Band Girls” by Default: Destabilizing Gendered Norms in Visual Kei Fandom. International Communication Association Preconference, “Communicating with Cool Japan: New International Perspectives on Japanese Popular Culture”. Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. June 8.

2014 少女からバンギャへ—戦後の女性向けポピュラーカルチャーとしてのヴィジュアル系 (From Shōjo to Bangya—Visual Kei through Postwar Women’s Popular Culture). JASPM 2014年第2回 関西地区例会 (2nd Kansai Area Regular Meeting, Japanese Association for the Study of Popular Music). Kwansei Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan. March 22.
経歴
■経歴
  •  2010 Bachelor of Arts, Japanese, Pomona College / 学士、日本語、ポモナ大学
  •  2015 Master of Arts, Humanities, Kyoto Seika University / 修士、人文学、京都精華大学大学院
  •  (Ongoing) PhD (ABD), Cultural and Human Information Studies, University of Tokyo / 博士課程(コースワーク終了)、 文化・人間情報学、東京大学大学院

■所属学会
Media, Gender, and Sexualities Study Group
Association for Cultural Typhoon
The Japan Association for Language Teaching
SIGs: College & University Education, Gender Awareness in Language Education
English Teachers in Japan (ETJ)
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