Kimberlee Sanders

Kimberlee Sanders

Ph.D. Candidate in Japanese New Media
Kimberlee Sanders

Kimberlee Sanders is a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and currently a visiting researcher at Waseda University. Her dissertation project, titled “Intimate Listening: Tuning into the Voices of 20th and 21st Century Japan,” seeks to reorient the history of Japanese popular culture towards an attunement to the crucial role of sound technology, listening, and voicing in constructing contours of intimacy, both felt and imagined. More broadly, her research interests include popular media in East Asia, sound studies, speculative criticism, and issues of intimacy and embodiment in contemporary media landscapes. She has previously been an exchange researcher at the Interfaculty Initiative for Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, and her research has been supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a Fulbright-IIE Doctoral Research Grant. Her earlier work has focused upon remediation and girl idol culture in 20th and 21st century Japan and representations of girlhood and subjectivity in 21st century manga. She received her master’s degree in 2015 from the Regional Studies – East Asia program at Harvard University, and a B.A. from Williams College in 2012.

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