Mari Nakamura is a lecturer of modern Japan studies and international relations at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
Fields of interest
My research interests lie at the intersection of popular culture, international relations and political theory, with Japan as county of specialization. My doctoral thesis examined Japanese science fiction animation as a new source of political theory by integrating an area studies approach with contemporary methods of political theory and international relations. I am presently working to transform my doctoral research into a book publication.
Teaching activities and supervision
I am open to supervising students who wish to work on popular culture and International Relations. Topics including but not limited to everyday cultural practices and IR, aesthetic approaches to IR, and soft power and cultural diplomacy.
PhD Area Studies, Leiden University
MA Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
BA English, Fukuoka University, Japan
- Ling L.H.M. & Nakamura M. (2019), Popular culture and politics: re-narrating the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 32(4): 541-558.
- Nakamura M. (2018), Review of: Weihua Wu (2018) Chinese Animation, Creative Industries, and Digital Culture, China Information 32(3): 487–488.
- Nakamura M. (14 March 2017), Emancipation in postmodernity : political thought in Japanese science fiction animation (PhD thesis. Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Humanities, Leiden). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Katarzyna Cwiertka, Florian Schneider.
- Nakamura M. (2016), Review of: Sean Macdonald (2015) Animation in China: History, Aesthetics, Media, China Information 30(3): 377–378.
- Li C., Nakamura M. & Ruth M. (2013), Japanese Science Fiction in Converging Media: Alienation and Neon Genesis Evangelion, Asiascape Occasional Papers 6: 1-16.
- Kuo S. & Nakamura M. (2005), Translation or transformation? A case study of language and ideology in the Taiwanese press, Discourse & Society 16(3): 393–417.
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