Maria Grăjdian (born in Bucharest) is Associate Professor of media studies, aesthetics of popular culture(s)/subculture(s) and cultural anthropology at Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She holds a PhD in Musicology from Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. She teaches and researches on Japanese media (Takarazuka Revue, Ghibli Studio, Haruki Murakami), the history of knowledge (Japanese encyclopedias) and the dynamics of identity in late modernity. Her most recent publications include a number of research articles in academic journals as well as books on contemporary Japanese culture. Currently, within the research project Takarazuka Revue’s Metamorphosis from a Local Stage Art towards a Global Medium funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – in which she acts as principal investigator –, she is preparing two books: The Archaeology of Desire: How Takarazuka Revue Has Impacted the World, and Beautiful New World: The Poetics and Pragmatics of the Japanese Cultural Imperialism.
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