The Ideal Idol: Making Music with Hatsune Miku
5:00 PM, Wednesday April 8, 2015
14N-225 (second floor of Building 14, MIT campus)
Jennifer Milioto Matsue (Union College)
Associate Professor of Music, Asian Studies and Anthropology (Union College)
Prof. Matsue will discuss Hatsune Miku, an anime style character associated with “Vocaloid” vocal synthesizer software. Hatsune Miku’s image and voice appear in a wide range of media from amateur produced songs on the internet to multi-million-dollar productions during which she performs ‘live’ as a projection on stage.
“Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific”
5:00pm - 6:45pm, Tuesday, April 14, 2015
E40-496 (fourth floor of building E40, MIT campus)
Christine Yano (Harvard / U Hawaii)
Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, and Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Prof. Yano will discuss her 2013 book, “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific" and provide hints into Japanese culture of cuteness.