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Koichi Iwabuchi

Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director, Monash Asia Institute at Monash University, MelbourneIwabuchi-Koichi

Email: Koichi.Iwabuchi@EUI.eu



Biographical Notes

Koichi Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Monash Asia Institute at Monash University in Melbourne. His main research concern is cultural globalization and transnationalism, trans-Asian cultural flows and connections, and cultural citizenship, diversity and multicultural inclusion in Japan and East Asia. Iwabuchi is the author of more than 120 books, edited volumes and articles and he is the editor of book series, Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches (Rowan & Littlefield International) and co-editor of TransAsia: Screen Cultures book series (Hong Kong University Press). Iwabuchi has also been engaged with the facilitation of cross-border dialogue and collaboration to enhance cultural diversity and inclusion in Japan and East Asia. He leads TEAM project (Trans-East-Asia Multiculturalism), which promotes transnational exchange and collaboration among film makers, performers, NGOs, NPOs, local governments and researchers to foster multicultural inclusion in East Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong). Iwabuchi has also been initiating Migran Diplomacy, an exchange project between Immigration Museum in Melbourne and Japanese counterparts to collaboratively develop the embracement of cultural diversity in Japan and Australia.


Selected publications (English only)

Books & Edited Books

2017 (eds. with Eva Tsai and Chris Berry) Routledge Handbook for East Asian Popular Culture, London: Routledge.

2016 (eds. with Kim Hyun Mee and Hsia Hsiao-Chuan) Multiculturalism in East Asia: A transnational exploration of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

2016 (eds. with Dan Black and Olivia Khoo) Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia, London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

2015 Resilient Borders and Cultural Diversity: Internationalism, Brand nationalism and Multiculturalism in Japan, Maryland: Lexington Books.

2008 (eds. with Chua Beng Huat) East Asian Pop Culture: Approaching the Korean Wave, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

2002 Recentering globalization: Popular culture and Japanese transnationalism, Durham: Duke University Press.


Book Chapters

2018 “Media and communications”, Co-authored with Nick Couldry et al., International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) (ED.), Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress Vol.2, Cambridge University Press, pp.523-562.

2018 Globalization, Culture, and Communication: Renationalization in a Globalized World, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication, Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.631

2018 Cultural policy, cross-border dialogue and diversity, F. Darling-Wolf (ed.), Routledge Handbook for Japanese Media, London: Routledge, pp 365-374.

2017 Introverted jingoism in a post-imagined-community digital era: The Upswing of Hate Speech Demonstration in Japan, Chih-Ming Wang and Daniel PS Goh (eds), Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia, London, Rowan & Littlefield International, pp.39-55.

 2016 Rethinking Multiculturalism from a Trans-East Asian Perspective, in Multiculturalism in East Asia: A Trans-national exploration of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Koichi Iwabuchi, Kim Hyun Mee and Hsia Hsiao-Chuan (eds), London: Rowman & Littlefield International: 1-18

2015 Cultural citizenship and prospects for Japan as a multicultural nation, Making and Transnational Trajectories: Nation, Citizenship, and Region in East Asia, Yasemin Soysal (ed), London, Routledge: 239-253.


Refereed Journal Articles

2018 Media, communication and the struggle for social progress,

Co-authored with Nick Couldry et al., Global Media and Communication, 14(2), pp. 173-191.

2018 East Asian Rivalry, Digital Media and Proximate Enemies in Japan, Asia Review, Vol. 7 No. 2 (Issue 14) Supplement, 2018: 183~204. http://dx.doi.org/10.24987/SNUACAR.2018.02.7.2.E.18

2017 In Search of Proximate Enemies, Japan Forum, 29 (4): 437-449. DOI: 10.1080/09555803.2017.1378704

2015 Pop-culture diplomacy in Japan Soft power, nation branding and the question of ‘international cultural exchange’, International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21 (4): 419-432.

2014 De-Westernization, inter-Asian referencing and beyond, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(1): 44-57.

2014 Against banal-internationalism, Asian Journal of Social Science, vol 41: 437-452.