Publications

Asiascape Occasional Papers & Others

Asiascape Occasional Papers (Asiascape Ops) are an internationally peer-reviewed publication series that are available free of charge via Asiascape.org.
In recognition of the under-representation of cyberculture in many of the mainstream academic journals (and hence the difficulty encountered by scholars, journalists and others in finding reliable, scholarly sources in these fields), Asiascape Ops deliberately utilises free, web-based distribution in order to assist in the dissemination of serious scholarship in the areas of cyberculture, animanga etc., with the goal of helping to establish a lively, rich, diverse and thriving field. Materials available here can be used freely in teaching and/or research, and we simply ask that proper scholarly conventions (including copyright) be observed when citing the material.

Submissions to the editorial board are welcome. In keeping with international academic practices, all submissions will be blind-refereed by at least two recognised scholars in the appropriate field. Asiascape Ops has its own ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) references.

Applications for permission to reprint should be sent to Asiascape using the form on the contact page.
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December 6, 2014
Virtual Ninja Manifesto
Chris Goto-Jones

Based on the insights of gamers around the world the Virtual Ninja Manifesto is a must-read for gamers who are interested in taking the meaning of their gaming to the next level.
The book is a product of the Virtual Ninja Project.

Written by Chris Goto-Jones and illustrated by Siku,
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December 6, 2014
beyond utopia - manga in/as essay (the collection)

Asiascape sponsored three manga competitions over the course of four years (2010-2014). ‘Beyond Utopia - Manga in/as Essays’ features all prizewinning and other remarkable manga entries. A limited edition hardcopy of this book was presented at a special ‘Beyond Utopia’ exhibition on 6 December 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
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Manga in/as Essay
Vol. 3, 2014
Manga in/as Essay - Interpreting Kurama Tengu

Manga in/as Essay is an occasional online publication dedicated to exploring the critical, analytical, and expressive potential of manga. In this 3rd issue Manga in/as Essay presents graphic interpretations of classic Japanese Noh play 'Kurama Tengu'.
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Occasional Paper Series
ISSUE 7, June 2013

The Futurities and Utopias of the Shanghai World Exposition - A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of the Expo 2010 Theme Pavilions
Florian Schneider

"The Shanghai Expo, hailed by the PRC’s official news media as “the largest ever Expo in history”, was far more than a theme park. It was a large-scale attempt at political communication. This paper examines this communication process, which the Chinese government initiated as a core part of its public relations strategy for the 21st century. "
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Occasional Paper Series
ISSUE 6, April 2013

Japanese Science Fiction in Converging Media: Alienation and Neon Genesis Evangelion
Carl Li, Mari Nakamura, Martin Roth

"Japanese popular culture, represented primarily by manga and anime, has over the last couple of decades increasingly gained popularity both within and beyond Japan. Based on the assumption that this is partly due to their distinct qualities as media of political expression, this article aims to identify and discuss some of these expressions."
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Manga in/as Essay
Vol. 2, 2012

Manga in/as Essay - First Contact

Manga in/as Essay is an occasional online publication dedicated to exploring the critical, analytical, and expressive potential of manga. In this second volume, Manga in/as Essay presents interrogations of the theme of ‘First Contact,’ be this between humans and aliens, self and other, man and god, lovers, material and spirit.
The content in this magazine is the result of a 2012 manga competition hosted by Leiden University’s Asiascape.org.
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August 2010
The Asiascape Collection v1 - Essays in the Exploration of CyberAsia
Chris Goto-Jones (ed.)

The Asiascape Collection brings together the first 5 Asiascape Ops as well as additional essays drawn from a special Asiascape issue of the newsletter of the International Institute for Asian Studies themed on CyberAsia.

Unfortunately we are out of the beautiful, bound copies but we can order a 'print on demand' copy for you. If you are interested in one of these, please email us.
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Manga in/as Essay
Vol. 1, 2010

Manga in/as Essay - The Ox-Herding Sequence

Manga in/as Essay is an occasional online publication dedicated to exploring the critical, analytical, and expressive potential of manga. In this first issue, Manga in/as Essay presents modern variations and interpretations of the 12th century zen buddhist ox-herding sequence. The contents of this magazine are the result of a 2010 manga competition hosted by Leiden University’s Asiascape.org and the Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC).
Most of the manga in this issue were presented before in a virtual exhibition hosted by MEARC in 2011 and a on-location exhibition by the Political Arts Initiative in The Hague in 2012.
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Occasional Paper Series
ISSUE 4, August 2009

Virtual Death of the Human Being: Time and the (Ir)Reversibility of Choice in Digital Media
Fabian Schäfer

"This paper would like to distinguish Japanese cultural critic Azuma Hiroki’s concept of human and animal action, and Martin Heidegger’s authentic and fallen selves in terms of the notions of choice and reversibility, and pose the question of whether the subject of virtual choice is best understood through the former or the latter.."
Occasional Paper Series
ISSUE 5, November 2009

Beyond Utopia - New Politics, the Politics of Knowledge and the Science Fictional Field of Japan
Chris Goto-Jones

"Recognizing that, since the end of the Cold War, political theorists around the world have embarked upon a deliberate quest for difference and innovation in their discipline, triggered by the apparently ‘world historic’ victory of liberal capitalism, this five-year project aims to uncover a series of sites of difference and innovation."
Occasional Paper Series
ISSUE 3, December 2008

Nostalgia and Futurism in Contemporary Japanese Sci-Fi Animation
Yoko Ono

"Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) is one the most dominant genres in Japanese popular visual media, namely manga and anime. Although Sci-Fi generally deals with events that take place in the future, Japanese anime/manga abounds with nostalgic images that coexist in these futuristic settings."
Occasional Paper Series
ISSUE 2, March 2008

Electrosonic Autonomy: Building up Virtual Acoustic Space From Avant-garde Techne to Karaoke Singer
Young Sook Choi

"The King of Pop, Elvis Presley, died about thirty years ago, but in a way he still exists today. You can listen to his music any time you want by pressing play; sometimes a DJ remixes his song in a dance-floor-friendly and contemporary version, and you can hear his music on the radio while having a dinner at a restaurant or driving a car."
Occasional Paper Series
ISSUE 1, August 2007

Anime, Thought Experiments and the Limits of the Human
Chris Goto-Jones

"What if a cyber-brain could generate its own ghost, create a soul by itself? And if it did, just what would be the importance of being human then?"
Major Kusanagi, Ghost in the Shell, Oshii Mamoru, 1991