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N. Trace Cabot

cabot@usc.edu
I'm an academic working on classical film/animation theory and contemporary Lacano-Marxist thought. I have a special interest in Japanese film and animation, which features prominently in both my research and teaching. I'm presenting "The Real Limit on the Cult of Speed: Attack on Titan's Ambivalent (Anti-)Fascism" as part of the AX Academic Panel "Examining and Questioning Japan's Place in the World" on Saturday at 5:00, and have previously participated in an academic track round table on teaching anime and manga at AX 2015. Drop in if you'd like to hear about Attack on Titan's engagement with and complication of Japanese fascist aesthetics, along with an overview of what that entails and an (extremely brief) history of how it has been featured in anime and manga.

My current project looks at the resonances between French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's figure of the lamella and Soviet film theorist and director Sergei Eisenstein's theory of 'plasmaticness' in animation, and in the process answers the question that I'm sure immediately jumped to every reader's mind: what would they think of Space Dandy?