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University of Queensland

Tomoko Aoyama is an associate professor of Japanese language and literature at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on parody, intertexutality, gender and humour in modern and contemporary Japanese literature. She is the author of Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature (University of Hawaii Press, 2008) and is the co-editor of Girl Reading Girl in Japan (Routledge, 2010) and Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2015). She has also edited special issues of Japanese Studies (2003), Asian Studies Review (2006, 2008) and US-Japan Women’s Journal (2010) and has co-translated Kanai Mieko’s novels, Indian Summer and Oh, Tama!.

William S. ARMOUR

University of New South Wales

William S. Armour is an honorary senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, where he taught Japanese as an additional language for over two decades. His research interests include the history of Japanese popular culture in Australia and the relationship between the practises of Japanese language pedagogy and curriculum construction. From 2005 until 2013, he used manga as the medium for teaching the Japanese language.


Monash University

Thomas Baudinette received his PhD in Japanese Studies from the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. His research focuses on how engagement with media and space influences young Japanese gay men’s understandings of their gay desires and identities. Thomas has a strong interest in queer studies, critical race and gender theory, and the study of Japanese popular culture. He is currently preparing a monograph, based on his thesis, on the contemporary Japanese gay media landscape.

Corey BELL

University of Melbourne

Corey Bell is a sessional teacher at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. His primary research interests include the proselytic and pastoral uses of secular literary/popular culture genres in Zen Buddhism, and moral discourse in contemporary East Asian popular culture, particularly in Hong Kong and Japan.

Queenie CHAN

Professional manga artist

Queenie Chan was born in 1980, and is an artist who specialises in OEL manga. In 2004, she began drawing a three-volume mystery-horror series called The Dreaming for LA-based manga publisher Tokyopop. Since then, she has collaborated on several single-volume manga with best-selling author Dean Koontz, with their books reaching the New York Times Best Sellers list. Small Shen, her prequel to Kylie Chan’s best-selling White Tiger fantasy series, was published in late 2012. Queenie’s website is


University of Queensland

Belinda Kennett is a lecturer in Japanese at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on language education and language teacher education, particularly in relation to Japanese as a foreign language (JFL) education and English language education in Japan. She is currently analysing various forms of language edutainment on Japanese television and mobile devices, and investigating the topic of swearing and bad language by second-language learners.


University of Adelaide

Claire Langsford is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Adelaide’s Department of Anthropology and Development Studies. Drawing on a material culture approach, her PhD thesis explored the concept of transformation within the Australian cosplay community of practice, examining the transformations between textual and material, digital and physical, local and global.

James F. LEE

University of New South Wales

James F. Lee is deputy head of the School of Humanities and Languages. His main interest is in cognitive factors in instructed second-language acquisition. His research interests include input processing, reading comprehension and the relationship between the two. He has published extensively on processing strategy training.


Kyoto Seika University

Angela Moreno Acosta is a Venezuelan manga and anime-influenced illustrator, who has a specialisation in story manga and has conducted research on OEL manga. She holds a BFA in illustration from Ringling School of Art and Design (2003), an MA in story manga from Kyoto Seika University (2011) and a PhD in art from Kyoto Seika University (2014).


Monash University

Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou is a lecturer in Japanese studies at Monash University and she holds a PhD in Japanese applied linguistics. She is the author of a number of articles in this area and a book, Online Communication in a Second Language (Multilingual Matters, 2012). She has previously worked with Cathy Sell on the translation of an art exhibition catalogue, and contributed a title on manga for the MWorld application.


Juntendo University

Lara Promnitz-Hayashi is a lecturer at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan. She has completed an MA in applied linguistics and an MEd in TESOL. She is currently completing a doctorate of education at the University of Southern Queensland. Her research interests include language teaching pedagogy and methodology, bilingualism, Australian English, CALL, code-switching and popular culture.


Meiji University

Renato Rivera Rusca is a graduate of Japanese studies at Stirling University in Scotland and conducted his masters and doctoral research in Sociology on Japanese popular culture at Osaka University and Kyoto University. He is Assistant Professor in the Organization for International Collaboration at Meiji University, where he teaches Manga Culture and Animation Culture in the School of Global Japanese Studies and coordinates the Cool Japan Summer Program.


Monash University

Wes Robertson is currently a PhD candidate in Monash University’s School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, where he also tutors Japanese. His research is focused on the use of script to create meaning, specifically within Japanese writing. He received his bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, USA, in 2008, and completed an MA in applied Japanese linguistics at Monash in 2013.

Cathy SELL

Monash University

Cathy Sell holds a PhD from Monash University where she currently teaches translation and Japanese. She is a NAATI accredited professional translator specialising in fine arts and popular culture. Her primary research interests relate to multimodal communication, including translation and semiotics in Japanese art museums, manga as an intercultural medium, and sign language teaching and learning.


University of Western Sydney

Paul holds an honours degree in composition from the University of Western Sydney and is currently completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts exploring Japanese visual culture and music. He works as a casual lecturer and tutor at the University of Western Sydney and the University of New England and as a freelance singer in the greater Sydney area. Kawaii Suite, a recent work, was featured on an album of contemporary piano music by Antonietta Lofreddo.


La Trobe University

Lidia Tanaka has taught in the Japanese Program of La Trobe University for more than 20 years and is currently an Honorary Associate in the Languages and Linguistics Department at the same institution. She is the author of Gender, Language and Culture (John Benjamins, 2004), which looks at the factors of age and gender in Japanese television interviews. Her research interests are in Japanese communicative interaction, gender and language, ‘institutional’ language, and ‘impoliteness’ in the media.


Chulalongkorn University

Simon Turner is an associate professor of cultural studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. His principle research interests lie in the fields of queer studies, affect theory, Japanese cultural studies and new media studies. He is currently researching cross-cultural reception of Japanese yaoi manga amongst users of yaoi fan websites using a multidisciplinary approach as well as the queer and affective practices of fandom.

Adam Antoni ZULAWNIK

Monash University

Adam Antoni Zulawnik graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he completed a BA in Japanese and Korean studies. In 2012, Adam completed combined honours (first-class) in Japanese and Korean studies at Monash University, Australia. Adam is currently a PhD (translation) candidate at Monash University where he is continuing research focusing on risk and ethics in the translation of ‘controversial’ texts.

Manga Vision

   by Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou and Cathy Sell