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Anne Allison

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230 Friedl Building
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 681-6257 (office)
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Education:
  • PhD University of Chicago, 1986
  • MA University of Chicago, 1979
  • BA University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, 1975
Areas of Research

youth, labor, desire, capitalism, precarity, sociality, Japan

Areas of Interest

Japan
global culture
youth
precarity/security
sociality
desire/fantasy/sexuality

Areas of Experience

mass/popular culture, globalization, youth and popular youth culture, anthropology and cultural studies of contemporary Japan, gender, sexuality, cyber-technology, capitalism

Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
Full Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, 2006 - present
Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, 1996 - 2006
Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, 1992-1996
Advertising Educational Foundation
Visiting Professor, Grey Advertising, June 15, 1999 - June 30, 1999
-visiting professor
University of Colorado
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, 1988-1992
University of Chicago
Lecturer, Collegiate Division, 1985-1986
Visiting Positions
Visiting Professor, Sophia University, April 01, 2007 - July 25, 2007
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Bookwatch for Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke Libraries, January, 24, 2007
Bass Distinguished Chair - Robert O. Keohane Professor, Arts and Sciences, April, 2006
Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Social Sciences Research Council, 1999-2000
Domesticity and Femininity in Japan, Japan Foundation Post-Doctorate Fellowship, Tokyo, Japan, 1997
Boyer Prize, Society for Psychological Anthropology, 1994
Domesticity and Femininity in Japan, Social Science Research Council Post-Doctorate Fellowship, 1987-1988
Corporate Usage of Nightlife, University of Chicago-Rikky, University Exchange Fellowship, Tokyo, Japan, 1981-1982
Language training at the Inter-University Language Center, Language training grants from Japan Foundation and University of Chicago, Tokyo, Japan, 1978-1979
Conferences Organized

Digital Youth, Temple University, Tokyo, Japan, June 0810, 2008
Co-organizer, Hip-Hop/ Global Flows, Duke, 0000
Co-organizer, Youth and Affective Labor: East Asia and Beyond, Temple University, Tokyo, Japan, July 25, 2007
Erogenous Fields: The Anthropology of Sexuality in the 21st Century, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, October 16, 2005
Sexual Citizens of Transnational Queer Subjects: Sexuality Studies and the Emergency of Empire, Program for the Study of Sexualities; co-organized with Women's Studies, Duke University, September 30, 2005
co-organizer, Hip-Hop/ Global Flows, Duke University, April, 2005
Lectures

  Invited Lectures:

  • Discounted Life/Reconfiguring Death in Post-Crisis Japan, Chapel Hill, NC, May 11, 2013
  • "Precarity, Sociality, and Hope: Japan in Times of Crisis", University of Cape Town, Department of Anthropology, August 22, 2012
  • "Stopping Death and Organizing Around Life: A Politics of Survival", Temple University in Japan. Tokyo, Japan, June 11, 2011
  • "Precarious Sociality: Social Life - and Death - in Post-Corporate Japan", East Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, April 07, 2011
  • "Precarious Sociality: Social Life and Death in Post-Corporate Japan", Department of Anthropology. University of Toronto, March 25, 2011
  • "Life and Death in Precarious Japan", International Conference on "Death and Desire in Modern and Contemporary Japan." at Universita Ca' Foscari. Dipartmento di Studi Sul 'Asia e Sul' Africa Mediterranea. Venice, Italy., March 07, 2011
  • "Soul on Strike: Global Precarity/Transnational Response", Chao Center, Rice University, February 18, 2011
  • "Soul on Strike: Precarity, Insecurity, and Restitching the Social in 21st Century Japan", University of Alberta. East Asian Studies and Department of Anthropology, February 03, 2011
  • "Sensing Precarity: Amamiya Karin's Activism and Post-Feminism of "Life Pain"", Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, January 22, 2011
  • "Precarious Sociality: Life and Death of Post-Corporate Japan, Weatherford Institute, Harvard University, September 28, 2010
  • "Precarious Lives, Emergent Sociality", Cultural Typhoon Conference, Komazawa University, Fukazawa Campus, Tokyo, July 11, 2010
  • Keynote: "What Difference Does Gender (Still) Make?", Gendered Labor in Popular Culture Conference, Temple University Tokyo, Tokyo, July 05, 2010
  • "Precarious Sociality for Flexible Youth, "Youth, Labor and Neoliberal Governmentality" Conference, Pittsburgh University, March 05, 2010
  • Digitality, Affect, and Home: Net-Cafe Refugees in Japan, East Asian Studies, New York University, November 20, 2009
  • Everyday Monsters in Post-Bubble Japan, Tufts University Art Gallery, October 30, 2009
  • Precarious Sociality: Social Life--and Death--for Youth in Post-Corporate Japan, University of Cambridge, Department of Social Anthropology, October 23, 2009
  • Precarious Sociality: Social Life--and Death--For Youth in Post-Corporate Japan, University of Manchester, Program in East Asian Studies, October 20, 2009
  • Hope and Hopelessness in Times of Economic Decline, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University, October 16, 2009
  • Digitality, Affect, and Home: Net-Cafe Refugees in Japan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, July 6, 2009
  • "Virtual Cartographies and Techno-Intimacy: Youth in Millennial Japan", National University of Singapore, Global Studies Symposia, November 17, 2008
  • "Sexual Connections in a Disconnected Age", University of Brussels, "Sexual Heterotopias Conference", October 15, 2008
  • Sociality of the Present: Family, Affect, and Japanese Kids, Center for East Asian Studies, Brandeis University, May 10, 2008
  • "Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination", Japan Society, New York City, May 05, 2008
  • "Sociality of the Present:: Family, Affect, and Japanese Kids", Center for East Asian Studies. Brandeis University, April 17, 2008
  • "Sociality of the Present: Family, Affect, and Japanese Kids", East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University, March 20, 2008
  • "Sociality of the Present: :Family, Affect, and Japanese Kids", Society of Fellows, Columbia University, February 28, 2008
  • "The Sociality of the Present: Affect, Family, and Japanese Kids", Middlebury College., October, 2007
  • "Calculus of Cool: The Value (and Non-value) of Japanese Youth Today.", Critically Cool. Waseda University. Tokyo, Japan, May, 2007
  • "Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination", Dickinson College., April, 2007
  • "Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination", East Asian Institute. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY, March, 2007
  • "Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination", Duke University Bookwatch. Featured Author. Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries. Duke University., January, 2007
  • Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, April, 2006
  • Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, East Asian Studies and Comparative Media Studies, MIT, April, 2006
  • Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, Department of Anthropology, Haverford College, Philadelphia, March, 2006
  • Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, February, 2006
  • Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, November 17, 2005
  • Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination, Michigan State, East Asian Popular Culture--speaker series, November 09, 2005
  • Dreams and Fantasies: Reflections on Murakami Takeshi, Japan Society, Little Boy panel on Japanese Popular Culture, New York City, March 25, 2005
  • "Godzilla's Legacy: The Collectible Cuteness of Pocket Monsters", "In Godzilla's Footsetps: Japanese Icons on the Global Stage" conference, University of Kansas, October, 2004
  • "Techno Animism and Virtual Intimacies: The Japanese Brand", Yale University, East Asian Studies, September, 2004
  • "Nightwork," "Sailor Moon: Japanese Superheroes for Global Girls," "Enchanting Commodification: Pokémon and the Flow of Japanese Character Goods to the U.S.", President's Visiting Scholar, Western Michigan University, 2004
  • "Shifting Screens: From Disneyfication to Pokemonification", invited talk, Abe Fellowship Retreat, Abe Fellowship Program, 2004
  • "Japanese Monsterology in the Global Marketplace of "Cool"", Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California, Conference on "Animation and the Contemporary Japanese Imagination", April, 2004
  • "Globalization of Japanese Kid's Culture", Rudelson Lecturer, Dartmouth College, April, 2004
  • "Japanese Fantasies in an Era of Millennial Capitalism", Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, March, 2004
  • "Fantasy Creatures and Capitalist Creations: Japan's Brand(ing) of Youth Culture", Humanities Institute, Wesleyan College, February, 2004
  • "The Currency of Japanese Monsters in the Global Mass Marketplace: From Godzilla to Pokemon", Stanford University, East Asian Studies, January, 2004
  • "The Globalization of Japanese Mass Fantasies in the Era of the New Millenneum", University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, 14 November 2003
  • "A Traffic in Goods and a Currency of Magic", Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 2000
  • "Millennial Monsters: The Era of Japanese Global Hits", Japan Society, New York City, 10 April 2003
  • "Globalization of Japanese Mass Fantasies", keynote speaker, Moreland Lecture Series, Randolph Macon College, 2003
  • "Japanese Pop Characters from Godzilla to Pokémon", Public Lecture Program, "Consuming Culture: Sushi, Hello Kitty, and Anime in America," Japan Society, 2003
  • "Circuits of Global Traffic in Toys, Characters, and Cute Goods", invited talk, Department of East Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, 2003
  • "Traveling Culture: Pokémon Goes Global", Guest speaker, College of the Atlantic, 2002
  • "Enchanting Commodification: Pokemon and the Flow of Japanese Cultural Goods into the US", East Asian Institutional and Cultural Studies, Asian pacific Studies Institue, Duke, September, 2000
  • "A Traffic in Goods and a Currency of Magic", Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 2000
  • "Sailor Moon and the Genre of Pretty Girl Super Girls", Gender Seminar, Tokyo University, February, 2000
  • "Immoral Monsters and Moral Warriors", Guest speaker, Institute for Behavioral Sciences, Emory University, 1997
  • "Performing Food: Japanese Mothers Who Make Art and Ideology out of a Lunch-box", Guest speaker, Department of Russian and Japanese, Bates College, 1997
  • "Pleasures and Performances: Three Case Studies from Japan", Guest speaker, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1996
  • "Permitted and Prohibited Desires", Guest speaker, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, 1996
  • "Public Veilings and Public Surveillance: Obscenity Laws and Obscene Fantasies in Japan", Speaker, Department of Cultural Anthropology Colloquia Series, Duke University, 1995
  • "Nightwork", Guest speaker, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1994
  • "Transgressions of the Everyday: Stories of Mother-Son Incest in Japanese Popular Culture", Guest speaker, Department of Anthropology, Yale University, 1994
  • "Everyday Pornographies", Guest speaker, Center for Women's Studies, University of Virginia, 1994
  • "Cutting the Fringes: Pubic Hair at the Margins of Japanese Censorship Laws", Guest speaker, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University, 1994
  • "Cutting the Fringes", Guest speaker, Edwin Rieschauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, 1994
  • "Feminism, Anthropology, and Japanese Hostess Clubs", Speaker, Faculty Women's Studies lecture series, Duke University, 1993
  • "Japanese Women, Motherhood, and Lunch-boxes", Duke Women's Studies Outreach Program held in Chicago, 1993
  • "Nightwork", Speaker, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, 1993
  • "Leisure, Play,and Commodification: Japanese Recreation and Corporations", Speaker, History of Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1992
  • "A Male Gaze in Japanese Children's Cartoons", Guest speaker, Far Eastern Symposium Series, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Japanese Soft Power: Social Science Research Council conference held in Tokyo, Japan, February 14, 15, 2005
  • Digitality, Affect, and Home: Net-Cafe Refugees in Japan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, July 67, 2009
  • Digitality, Affect, and Youth: Net-Cafe Refugees in Japan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, July 67, 2009
  • Digitality, Affect, and youth: Net-Cafe Refugees in Japan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, July 67, 2009
  • Digitality, Affect, and Home: Net-Cafe Refugees in Japan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, July 67, 2009
  • "Life and Death in Precarious Japan", Universita Ca'Foscari. Venice, Italy, March 078, 2011
  • "Stopping Death and Organizing Around Life: A Politics of Survival", Temple University of Japan. Tokyo, Japan, June 1213, 2011
  • "Life and Death in Precarious Japan", Universita Ca'Foscari. Venice, Italy, March 078, 2011
  • "Life and Death in Precarious Japan", Venice Italy. Universite Ca'Foscari, March 078, 2011
  • "Life and Death in Precarious Japan", Universite Ca'Foscari. Venice, Italy, March 078, 2011
  • "Life and Death in Precarious Japan", Universita Ca'Foscari. Venice, Italy, March 7, 2011
  Meetings:
  • Planting Futures on the Edge of Death in Post-Nuclear Japan, Chicago, October 22, 2013
  • "Missing Elderly, Lonely Death: A Sociality (or De-Sociality) of Loneliness", American Anthropological Association meeings,San Francisco, 3 December 2012
  • "Sharing Death as a Form of Sociality in Post Postwar Japan", Society of Cultural Anthropology meetings, Providence, R.I., 3 December 2012
  • "Social Precarity: Sensing Hope in Post-Earthquake Japan", American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Montreal, Canada, November 18, 2011
  • Digitality, Affect, and Home: Net-Cafe Refugees in Japan, American Anthropological Association annual meetings, 19 December 2009
  • Discussant, December 04, 2009
  • "Monstrous Youth and the Youth Industry of 'Cool' in 21st Century Japan", "Monsters and the Monstrous in Modern Japanese History" Conference. Indiana University, March 21, 2008
  • "The Sociality of the Present: Affect, Family, and Japanese Kids", Hope Studies. Conference. University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan., December, 2007
  • Youth and Affective Labor: East Asia and Beyond, Tokyo, Japan, July, 2007
  • "The Sociality of Neoliberalism: Affect, Family, and Japanese Kids", Youth and Affective Labor: East Asia and Beyond. Conference. Tokyo, Japan., July, 2007
  • "Objectifying Self in the Mobile Medium of Cell Phones", Object and Media. Panel. Ubiquitous Media Conference. University of Tokyo, June, 2007
  • "Portable Citizenship: The Post-cool Brand of Japanese Youth Today." Cool Japan. panel. Ubiquitous Media Conference. University of Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan., June, 2007
  • La globalisation culturelle et le role de l'Asie. international conference at Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Paris, France, March 17, 2007
  • Cyber Sexuality in a Post-Orgasmic Era?, American Anthropological Association annual meetings. Invited session, "Orgasm", October, 2006
  • Fantasies and Futures from the Dream(lessnes)s of Japanese Youth, American Anthropological Association annual meeting, co-organizer of panel (Fantasy-Making and Fantasy-Theorizing in the 21st Century), Washington DC, December 02, 2005
  • "A Pocketbook Business and a Pokemon World", Annual Meetings for the Association of Asian Studies, April, 2000
  • "Bursting Bodies and Borders with Queer Machines", "Violence and Children", Annual Meetings, American Ethnological Society. Vancouver, Canada, 1999
  • "Pokémon and Global Merchandising", Fulbright Seminar, Tokyo, Japan, 1999
  • "Memoirs of the Orient", Panel, "Eroticism, Desire, and Orientalism," Annual Meeting, Association of Asian Studies, 1998
  • "Power Heroes: Rangers and Scouts Roam the US", Panel, "Children and Popular Culture," Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, 1998
  • "Sentai Superheroes", Conference, "Apocalyptic Anime and Manga Madness: A Conference on Popular Culture Today," University of California at Santa Barbara, 1997
  • "Sailor Moon: Japanese Superheroes for Global Girls", Conference on Japanese Popular Culture, University of Kentucky, 1997
  • "Sailor Moon: Japanese Superheroes for Global Girls", Panel, "Toys, Dolls, and Video Games: Playing Children (or, Children at Play) in Postmodern Culture, Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, 1995
  • "Sailor Moon: Japanese Superheroes for Global Girls", Panel, "Anthropological Interpretations of Symbolic Meanings," Annual Meetings, Society for Psychological Anthropology, 1995
  • "Cutting the Fringes: Public Hair at the Margins of Japanese Censorship Laws", Conference, University of Texas, 1994
  • "Desires and Mothers in Japanese Popular Culture", Conference, "Contemporary Cultural Politics in East Asia," University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994
  • "Cutting the Fringes", Invited panel, "Body and Psychological Anthropology" at Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, 1994
  • "Desire, Mothers, and Corporate Money in Japan", Featured speaker for Anthropology - Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Colloquia, Annual Meetings, American Psychoanalytic Association, 1994
  • "Hail Mother: Motherhood, Interpellation, and Obsterical Practice in Japan", Panel, "Feminism and Psychologival Anthropology," Annual Meetings, Society for Psychological Anthropology, 1994
  • "Anpanman: Japanese Children's Stories of Food, Self-sacrifice, the Gender", Panel, "Food and Popular Culture," Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, 1993
  • "Motherhood, Desire, and Food", Interdisciplinary colloquia, Annual Meeting, American Psychoanalytic Assocation, 1992
  • "Structuring Gender out of Sexual Play: Male Workers and Female Hostesses in the Corporate Nightlife of Japan", Organizer of panel, "Gendering Japan," Annual Meetings, Association for Asian Studies, 1992
  • "Land of the Sexual Colonization: Japan's Pornographic Manga", Panel, "Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture," Annual Meetings, Association for Asian Studies, 1990
  • "The Anthropology of Culture when Culture Encodes Gender and Race", Conference, History of Science Symposium on Gender and Race, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1988
  • "Japanese Mothers and Obent_s: The Lunch-box as Cultural Agenda for Representation", Panel, "Food as Culture," Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, 1987
  • Youth and Globalization: Advanced Seminar, School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM, undefined, 2004
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Soft Power Conference hosted by SSRC, Tokyo, Japan, February 178, 2005
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Soft Power Conference hosted by SSRC, Tokyo, Japan, February 178, 2005
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Soft Power Conference hosted by SSRC. Tokyo, Japan, February 178, 2005
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Softpower Conference hosted by SSRC. Tokyo, Japan, February 178, 2005
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Soft Power Conference. Tokyo, Japan, February 1718, 2005
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Softpower Conference. Tokyo, Japan, February 178, 2005
  • Crossing the Wave: Soft Power in Inter-Asia Conference, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, October 045, 2007
  • Cultural Globalization and the Role of Asia; international conference, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Paris, France, March 16-7, 2007
  • La Globalisation Culturelle et le Role de l'Asie, International conference at Centre d"Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Paris, France, March 167, 2007
  Talks:
  • "Studying Sexuality in the Japan Field", Modern Asian Symposium, Yale University, October, 2001
  Lectures, Seminars, and Colloquia:
  • "Social Precarity and Hope", Possible Futures of Japan workshop, Shonan Village, Japan, 3 December 2012
  • Discussant, Sophia University, Toyko, Japan, July 11, 2009
  • Finding Japan? The Attractive Power of J-Pop Amongst American Youth, Japanese Soft Power; Tokyo, Japan, February 1415, 2005
  Other:
  • Workshop. "Crossing the Wave: Soft Power in Inter-Asia Conference.", Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, October 34, 2007
Professional Service

A&S Council
faculty member, Program II, Advisory Committee, October-December 2003
representative from Cultural Anthropology, Arts & Sciences Council, January-December 2003
faculty member, Founder's Day Committee, July 2003
Univ Committee
Sub-committee of A&S, Program II Selection Committee, 2004 - present
Steering Committee, "Race/Culture/Medicine" New Beginnings Initiative, 2003 - present
associate chair, Bass Society Executive Committee, December 2011
Campus Culture Initiative Committee, May, 2006 - Feb 2007
Arts and Sciences Global Health Task Force, September, 2005 - December, 2005
FCC, Faculty Compensation Committee, 2004 - June, 2004
faculty member, Curriculum 2000 Review Committee, May-December 2003
Co-director, Center for Asian and Asian American Studies, January-December 2003
Univ Services
Editorial Advisory Board, Duke University Press, 2001 - 2006
Director, Program in the Study of Sexualities, October-December 2003
faculty member, Asian Pacific Studies Institute, Curriculum Development Committee, January-December 2003
faculty member, Editorial Advisory Board, Duke University Press, January-December 2003
Other
Chair, Department of Cultural Anthropology, July 1, 2002 - June 31, 2008
Member, Association Memberships and Service
Publications (listed separately)

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