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Symposium Speakers 2010

 Kathryn Earle  Miki Higasa  Brian J. McVeigh  Masafumi Monden  Toby Slade
  Joanne B. Eicher  Yuniya (Yuni) Kawamura  Patricia Mears  Hirooka Naoto (h.NAOTO)   Valerie Steele
 Tiffany Godoy  Sharon Kinsella  Laura Miller Hiroshi Narumi   Miwako Tezuka


Kathryn Earle
has been managing director of Berg Publishers, Oxford, UK, since 1998. She is the publisher of Fashion Theory, edited by Valerie Steele; Dress, Body, Culture, a book series edited by Joanne Eicher; and the Berg Fashion Library, an integrated online resource devoted to fashion and dress across cultures and throughout history. Earle has been working in academic publishing for more than 20 years. Before moving to the United Kingdom, she was with the Modern Language Association in New York. She joined Berg Publishers in 1993. In September, 2008, Berg was sold to Bloomsbury Publishing PLC.

Joanne B. Eicher is editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, consulting editor of the Dress, Body, Culture series for Berg Publishers and co-author of The Visible Self: Global Perspectives on Dress, Culture, and Society. Since completing her PhD in anthropology at Michigan State University, Eicher has taught and conducted research on dress and fashion. She is Regents Professor Emerita in the department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, University of Minnesota. Her fieldwork abroad was in Nigeria and she has lectured in the UK, Europe, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Nigeria..

Tiffany Godoy is a fashion editor and consultant who has lived in Japan since 1997, when she became an editor at Composite and, subsequently, at Studio Voice. She has consulted for style.com, reported for WWD, and has served as creative director for Studio Voice Man. In Japan and internationally, she contributes to fashion and culture magazines and websites, such as V, Elle, Self Service, Encens, Spur, Vogue Nippon, Yomiuri Newspaper, and honeyee.com. Her blog, Tiffany X, is featured on colette.fr (the website for the Paris select shop Colette) and in Japanese on dropsnap.jp. Ms. Godoy is the author of Style Deficit Disorder, a complete history of street fashion from Harajuku, Tokyo, and Japanese Goth Universe. She is the former host of fashion TV programs aired globally on NHK World, and the WOWOW network in Japan. Her new bi-annual fashion magazine, The Reality Show, began publishing in June 2010.

Miki Higasa is the founder of Kaleidoscope Consulting, a public relations and marketing agency. Established in 2004, Kaleidoscope specializes in the field of design, including fashion, interior, jewelry, and homeware design, as well as architecture. Prior to starting Kaleidoscope, Higasa was with Comme des Garcons, where for 17 years she was responsible for International Public Relations and Special Projects. She also acted as curator for the gallery area in Comme des Garcons’ Tokyo flagship store, and worked on advertising campaigns as well as the art publication, Six, from the late 1980s through the mid 90s.

Hirooka Naoto (h.NAOTO) is a fashion designer whose brand, h.NAOTO, integrates fashion and the otaku-oriented Japanese culture that includes gothic-Lolita, punk, visual-kei, costume-play, and anime. Naoto joined S-inc Co. Ltd. after graduating Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo; in 2000, h.NAOTO made its debut. By diversifying its creative design activities, h.NAOTO has produced music, movies, manga, anime, video games, dolls, pro-wrestling, and art. In 2005, Naoto created the subdivision “hEAVEN,” which is made up of new brands, such as “SIXh.”, “GRAMM,” and “HANGRY&ANGRY.” h.NAOTO has also collaborated on projects with international artists in the music industry, such as visual-kei artists called ‘h.ism.”

Yuniya (Yuni) Kawamura is an associate professor of sociology at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She earned her PhD in sociology from Columbia University in 2001, and she has trained professionally as a fashion designer. Kawamura is the author of The Japanese Revolution in Paris Fashion (Berg, 2004), Fashion-ology: An Introduction to Fashion Studies (Berg, 2005) and Doing Research in Fashion and Dress: An Introduction to Qualitative Methods (Berg, forthcoming in 2011). Her fourth book, Japanese Youths as Producers of Urban Subcultures and Fashion Trends, is scheduled to be published next year.

Sharon Kinsella was awarded a PhD in Sociology from Oxford University in 1997 for her thesis on the manga industry, a version of which was published in 2000 as the book Adult Manga. Since the early 1990s, Kinsella has been researching cultural genres, fashion, and cultural production in Japan, focusing on three overlapping areas: manga (comics); girls’ culture, magazines, and fashion performance; and the journalistic discourse in male magazines about girls in art, film, and news.  Since 2000, she has taught at a number of institutions, including Yale, MIT, and Oxford, and she currently holds a lecturing post in visual culture at the University of Manchester. She is completing a book about girls and men and the antiphonal and responsive style performances of young women.

Brian J. McVeigh is an anthropologist who has lived in Asia for 17 years. He received his MA at SUNY–Albany, where he majored in Asian Studies and Political Science, and his PhD is from Princeton University. McVeigh is interested in how politics and economics influence self-representation and macro-psychology. He has written seven books, including Wearing Ideology: State, Schooling, and Self-Presentation in Japan.  His latest projects are The Propertied Self: Wealth, Progress, and Human Nature and Spiritual Physics: Japanese Psychology in Global Perspective, 1875–1950. He currently teaches in the East Asian Studies Department at the University of Arizona.

Patricia Mears is deputy director of The Museum at FIT. Her exhibitions for the Museum include Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness, Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion, Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out, and American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion, for all of which she is author or co-author of companion books published by Yale University Press. Mears also coordinates finance, facilities, and personnel for the Museum.  From 1991 to 2003, she was the assistant curator of the costume and textile collection at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where she organized a number of exhibitions and wrote accompanying publications, including Fancy Feet, A Slice of Schiaparelli, and Japonisme in Fashion. During 15 years as a freelance curator and fashion historian, Mears organized over a dozen exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, such as Millicent Rogers, XXIème Ciel: Mode in Japan, Manuel: Star-Spangled Couture, and Cut and Construction. Other published works include Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Halston.

Laura Miller is the Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has published widely on Japanese popular culture and language, exploring such topics as the wizard boom, the Korean Wave, girls’ slang, and print club photos. She is the author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics, and co-editor of Bad Girls of Japan (with Jan Bardsley). Her new book, currently in progress, is Japanese Girl Stuff: Gendered Domains of Cultural and Linguistic Vigor. 

Masafumi Monden is a PhD candidate in the School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he is conducting an interdisciplinary study analyzing the relationship between cultural globalization and fictional narratives expressed through clothing.  Masafumi has delivered conference papers throughout Australia and publishes in the areas of Japan, fashion, and subculture.  His first publication, “Transcultural Flow of Demure Aesthetics,” in which he examined the processes of cultural globalization and the reverse flow through the Japanese youth-oriented fashion trends of Gothic and Lolita, was published in New Voices volume 2, a peer-reviewed academic journal by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, in 2008.

Hiroshi Narumi is an associate professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. He specializes in fashion studies and the sociology of culture. His publications include A Cultural History of 20th-Century Fashion, Street Fashion 1945-1995, Mode and Body, and The Cosplay Society. He is currently writing two books,  Genealogy of Street Style and 21st-Century Japanese Fashion. He is a contributing author to the book Japan Fashion Now.

Toby Slade is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo. Currently researching Asian modernity and the history and theory of fashion, Slade has previously focused on the suit and its role in modernity; Asian responses to modernity seen through art objects of the everyday; ideas of style and the classic; and the governing dynamics of systems of fashion. His doctoral research at the University of Sydney examined the modernity of Japanese clothing and the implications of that unique sartorial history for contemporary theories of fashion. His book, Japanese Fashion (Berg, 2009), covers the entire sweep of fashion and clothing in Japan from the earliest times to today.

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has organized many exhibitions, such as Gothic: Dark Glamour, London Fashion, and Japan Fashion Now.  Steele is also founder and editor of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. She is the author of numerous books, including The Corset: A Cultural History and was editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion.

Miwako Tezuka is an associate curator at Asia Society in New York. She received her PhD in 2005 from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia, University, writing on the subject of 1950s avant-garde art in Japan. In 2003, Tezuka co-founded PoNJA-Genkon (Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group), a global online network of over 180 specialists and professionals working in the field of contemporary Japanese art. She is co-curator of Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool, currently on view at the Asia Society.

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