Next up: Chairing a panel on manga at San Diego Comic-Con! Thursday, July 21st at 11:30am.

Amanda Kennell is an expert in modern visual media and the media environment, especially as relates to Japanese popular culture, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland novels, and new media.  She is an Assistant Teaching Professor of International Studies at North Carolina State University and co-hosts the Japanese Studies podcast at the New Books Network (though she’s been known to dabble with Chinese Studies as well).  Her forthcoming book Alice in Japanese Wonderlands: Translation, Adaptation, Mediation, uses Japanese adaptations of Alice in Wonderland by renowned artists – including author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, fine artist Yayoi Kusama, and manga artists CLAMP, Katsuhiro Ōtomo, and Kaori Yuki – to reveal new truths about the Japanese media environment, how we understand media today, and a curious little girl named Alice.  Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, The Journal of Popular Culture, Film Criticism, The Washington PostDirected By Women, and the catalogue of Manga, a British Museum exhibit on which she consulted.  

Kennell is also a curator, having curated, co-curated, or consulted on five exhibits that spanned media as diverse as video art, card games, woodblock prints, and clothing.  Most recently, she consulted on the British Museum’s Manga exhibit.  She is currently planning an exhibit of graphic narratives about the Japanese-American internment of World War II.  Other projects include an examination of the late Satoshi Kon’s manga through the lens of his films, a translation of a conversation by Drs. Hiroshi Takayama and Takayuki Tatsumi, and a book based on her popular class on “Seeing Anime.”

Kennell previously taught at the University at Buffalo and served as a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at England’s Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.  She has lectured at universities and for special interest groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.  She has a doctorate from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.