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Dr Mari Nakamura

Dr. Mari Nakamura

Lecturer in Japanese Language and Culture

School of Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB129

+44 (0) 1772 89 3134

mnakamura3@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies, Media, Politics and International Relations, TV, Film and Photography

Dr Mari Nakamura is Lecturer in Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire. She obtained her PhD in Area Studies from Leiden University and her MA in Linguistics from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Prior to joining UCLan, she worked as visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University, and taught at Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mari’s research interests include animation, political thought, and visual culture in East Asia.

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Dr Mari Nakamura is Lecturer in Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire since 2016. Mari’s research interests include animation, political thought, visual culture in East Asia.

She obtained a BA in English from Fukuoka University, a MA in Linguistics from National Tsing Hua University, and a PhD in Area Studies from the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies at Leiden University. Mari’s doctoral research on science fiction anime and political thought is a part of the VICI-funded 5-year Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) project Beyond Utopia: New Politics, the Politics of Knowledge, and the Science Fictional Field of Japan, headed by Professor Christopher Goto-Jones. During her doctoral study, Mari taught at Leiden University College The Hague and Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2016, she received the Taiwan Fellowship and worked as visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University. Previously, she also worked as translator at Booking.com in Amsterdam and the Modern East Asia Research Centre at Leiden University, and as Japanese language instructor at the National Tsing Hua University Language Centre.

Qualifications

  • PhD. Area Studies, Leiden University, 2017
  • MA. Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2003
  • BA. English, Fukuoka University, 1998

Teaching

  • Background to Japan
  • Exploring Japan through Media
  • All levels of Japanese Language (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • BA thesis supervision

Publications

‘Emancipation in Postmodernity: Political Thought in Japanese Science Fiction Animation’. PhD thesis submitted to Leiden University, The Netherlands, 2017.

‘Book review: Animation in China: History, Aesthetics, Media’, China Information 30:3, 2016, pp. 377-378.

‘Japanese Science Fiction in Converging Media: Alienation and Neon Genesis Evangelion’, Asiascape Occasional Paper Series Issue 6, 2013, pp. 1-16 [online publication] (co-authored with Carl Li and Martin Roth).

‘Translation or Transformation? A Case Study of Language and Ideology in the Taiwanese Press’, Discourse & Society 16:3, 2005, pp. 393-417 (co-authored with Sai-hua Kuo).