Liberal Arts for Advanced Students I
Creative Industries in Japan
This course will critically examine the rise of creative industries in Japan, especially from anthropological perspectives, with a special emphasis on animation (anime). With the market competitiveness of goods and services increasingly depending less on price and more on the added value of creativity, creative industries have been boosting their role in the global economy, as well as in national economies. How can we understand the rise of creative industries in Japan? How and why does it matter to Japan, Asia and the world? The first half of this course will be devoted to providing an overview of the key features of creative industries, including their definition, key sectors, organisations, labour practices and policies. In the second half of the course, we will focus on Japanese animation (i.e., anime) as one of the most prominent examples of the rise of creative industries in ― and beyond ― Japan. In doing so, throughout the course we will primarily refer to the anthropological literature on creative industries/anime. By successfully completing this course, students will be able to broaden their intellectual cognisance of the debates surrounding creative industries in general, and anime in particular.