学びの内容

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

自己紹介・学生へのメッセージ

My research interests cover both gender and culture on a broad scale, but I specialize in the contemporary Japanese context.
I am dedicated to helping students grow and achieve their goals, and aim to give them a variety of tools in my courses that they can use throughout their lives.
 
My background covers a wide variety of fields, which is probably why I feel that I fit best in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. After majoring in Japanese in the broader East Asian Languages and Literatures department at Pomona College in California, I moved on to study Humanities at Kyoto Seika University for my Master’s course, focusing on popular music, gender expression, and subculture. For my PhD, I am looking more broadly at Japanese subcultures and how they reflect their sociocultural environments.
 
At Shirayrui, it is my goal to help students develop as individuals, and develop critical thinking in regards to the world around them. It is vitally important to think more deeply about the things that we encounter every day. In relation to my field, this involves ideas about gender and the broader themes that occur repeatedly within popular and subcultures.
 
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. We must think more deeply about 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”) dominate our everyday lives all the time. We need to understand these ideas, where they come from, and how we can combat them if we want to improve the world for future generations of women and men everywhere.
  
As for popular and subcultures, they tell us a lot about the society that we live in: our values and ideals tend to be emphasized and highlighted within them. Pop culture is not just meaningless entertainment, and subculture is not just something that “strange” people do for fun. Both are extremely meaningful representations of what we think and value as a society, and show us how these ideas can affect our everyday lives.
担当科目
入門セミナー・比較
East Asian Studies A・B
Japanese Pop Culture A・B
Third Year Seminar Ⅰ・Ⅱ/ 3年生セミナーⅠ・Ⅱ
特別演習Ⅰ・Ⅱ

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.  
 
入門セミナー・比較
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.
 
East Asian Studies A・B
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, with a particular focus on Japan’s increasingly international and diverse music consumption.
 
Japanese Pop Culture A・B
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.
 
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 Ⅰ・Ⅱ
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 do this through looking at images of romance and relationships in the media, and in the second semester through investigating feminism and sexism in contemporary Japan and the world. 
業績
 PUBLICATIONS

2019 Cross-dressing. Japanese Media and Popular Culture: The Key Concepts. (provisional) Edited by Jason G. Karlin, Patrick W. Galbraith, and Shunsuke Nozawa. Bloomsbury Academic. Accepted for publication. Publication date provisional.
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. February.

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 (2019)]. March.

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 (2018)]. March.

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

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

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

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