Dystopia Denied – Dystopian Narratives in Anime conference paper (video)

& now for something completely different. . .

The following is a video of a conference paper/academic lecture given on the dystopian narrative in anime, highlighting trends over the past 4 decades.

The lecture was given as part of the University of Tasmania‘s Unnatural Futures that was held on the 3rd & 4th of July 2014.

Unfortunately, due to issues with YouTube, the audio quality in the embedded video is pretty poor (the raw video is fine), so you will have to turn your speakers up a bit. The speaker also does talk very fast & with a mild lisp but does it completely off the top of his head (possibly the only conference speaker who didn’t use notes at all but didn’t see all of the presentations due to many of them them going on simultaneously).

If this video & idea proves popular, I may ask this speaker & others to do more direct to camera lectures/presentations.

The conference’s promotional poster


As always, feedback & responses are appreciated.

6 thoughts on “Dystopia Denied – Dystopian Narratives in Anime conference paper (video)

  1. Mish Singh 05/07/2014 / 4:37 PM

    I loved this talk, thanks for sharing. Had no issues with audio, but the video stopped and started a lot (just fyi, no big problems). These themes are in my head quite a bit now – just watched Ergo Proxy and Wolf’s Rain. So it was great timing on your part :).
    Hope the work’s going well


    • andthegeekshall 05/07/2014 / 4:57 PM

      Thanks, Mish, but the video stopping/starting is do to with youtube’s loading buffers.
      Was going to talk about Wolf’s Rain but not enough time (20 minute limit).
      Thesis work is fine, at the editing stage now, just the conference took a lot out of me, so will be delayed on the latest batch of reviews for the blog.
      Thanks as always for the views & reply. 🙂


  2. Mish Singh 05/07/2014 / 5:07 PM

    I figured it was youtube rather than the recording itself. No need to answer this right now, but I was wondering if you’ve watched Monster at all? We saw it (all 70+ episodes) a few weeks ago and were mightily impressed.
    Well done – editing stage! It will feel very odd when it’s all over – akin to having a growth removed that you’d gotten quite fond of :). Hope you can re-charge a bit after the conference.


    • andthegeekshall 05/07/2014 / 5:55 PM

      I’ve got Monster set aside but yet to watch it. Was going to do it when had a long stretch & planned breaks. The 70+ ep list puts a dampener on eagerness to watch. Also because not great quality, might watch it on my tablet (which upscales things nicely on the smaller screen).
      Thanks & am used to having things removed, so won’t be that much of a hassle but as soon as I am done am straight into the A1 journal stuff & PhD applications.


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