Professor Koichi Iwabuchi speaking tour

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Development Node

Co-ordinator: Fran Martin

A report on this activity is available

This project is to facilitate a series of Masterclasses and “open door” sessions with visiting scholar, Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, who will be in Australia on sabbatical leave from Waseda University, Japan, in 2009-2010. The intention is to run events in Melbourne and Brisbane.

It is envisaged that the format for each city would include:


In February and March 2010, the CRN PG/ECR Node provided funding for a travelling MasterClass with Professor Koichi Iwabuchi from Waseda University in Tokyo.

On February 19, professor Iwabuchi led a MasterClass with seven postgraduates and early career researchers at the University of Melbourne, on the topic of “ Transnational media culture consumption and its implications for the local/national politics of multiculturalism and postcolonialism.” Participants from The University of Melbourne, RMIT, La Trobe and Monash University presented their work on a wide range of topics from Japanese theatre to Malaysian soap opera to South Korean cinema, followed by discussion and comments from Professor Iwabuchi and the group.

On March 9, Professor Iwabuchi led discussion at a similar class of five attendees hosted at QUT in Brisbane where he also gave a public lecture on “Revisiting critical issues of media and cultural globalisation in East Asia.” The lecture attracted about 30 listeners and was followed by lively and engaged discussion. Both MasterClasses were very successful, with participants giving very positive feedback following the events.