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McLelland, Mark J. Emeritus Professor

Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of Humanities and Social Inquiry
  • Professor - Sociology 2013 -

Overview


Mark is an internationally acknowledged researcher and teacher in the fields of Japan Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. After graduating from Cambridge in 1988 with a degree in Religious Studies, Mark spent the next two years in Japan as a Monbusho scholar affiliated with the Sociology Department at the University of Tokyo where he researched New Religious Movements in Japan. In the early 90s he engaged with further Japanese language studies at the University of Sheffield before undertaking a PhD in Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong. 

Mark has held teaching and research positions in Australia, Japan and the U.S. where he was the 2007/08 Toyota Visiting Professor of Japanese at the University of Michigan. His pioneering work on the history of sexual minority cultures in Japan has been the topic of invited presentations at universities in the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, Canada, Australia and Japan.

Mark serves on a number of scholarly and advisory bodies including a three-year term on the Australian Research Council's (ARC) College of Experts (2015-18). He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia in 2019. Mark has also served as an expert reader for the ARC Discovery Grants scheme and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. He supports research into gender and sexuality studies in an Asian context through serving on the advisory boards of Hong Kong University Press' "Queer Asia" book series as well as the advisory boards of the journals Sexualities and Porn Studies.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Mark is a sociologist and cultural historian of Japan specialising in the history of sexuality, gender theory and new media. His recent publications have focused on the postwar history of Japanese cultures of sexuality and the development of the Internet in Japan, especially the use of the Internet and other new media by minority communities in Japan and throughout Asia.

    Mark recently completed an ARC-funded Future Fellowship Project entitled "National Media Regulation and Global Cultural Literacy: International Perspectives on the Regulation of Young People’s User-Generated Content". The project looked at how the transformation of communication via networked digital media has led to a blurring between media producers and users, especially with regard to a case study of fans of Japanese manga and anime. The project led to the Routledge volume The End of Cool Japan: Ethical, Legal and Cultural Challenges to Japanese Popular Culture, described as "offer[ing]  readers  a seminal  and  outstanding  examination  into  the  problematic  aspects  of researching, studying, and teaching topics related to Japanese popular culture today" in Mutual Images Journal.

    Another recently completed ARC project was Internet History in Australia and the Asia-Pacific which compared the development and uses of the Internet in Australia, with those of China, Korea, and Japan. One outcome from the project was the Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories, co-edited with Gerard Goggin. Mark is on the editorial board of the new journal Internet Histories and on the advisory board of Asiascape: Digital Asia. He is enthusiastic about supporting research into Japan's early "pre-Web" internet cultures and is interested in the history of the non-Anglophone Internet in general. 

    Sexuality and Social Transformation in Japan is an ongoing research interest that considers how global movements of people and knowledge are impacting upon Japanese constructs of sexuality and gender. Major publications from this project include the book Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age, described in the Journal of the History of Sexuality as "a richly detailed history of sexual subcultures in postwar Japan . . .  even in Japanese there is no work with a comparable scope or depth of analysis". This was followed by Love, Sex and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation, described in The Journal of the History of Sexuality as "mak[ing] available to the general reader the vast trove of source material on early postwar Japanese sexual culture". The latest (2018) output from this project is an essay on Japanese sexologist Takahashi Tetsu in the University of California Press collection A Global History of Sexual Science.

    Mark's interest in sexuality and sexual minority culture in Japan and East Asia also recently resulted in the Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia, co-edited with Vera Mackie and a co-edited volume looking at women fans of "boys' love" (BL) media entitled Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Community and Culture in Japan, described in Mechademia journal as "a foundational text for rethinking and broadening critical perspectives that have for too long been solely informed by western engagements with identity politics".

    Mark is currently working on a follow-on volume to his book on sexuality during the American Occupation of Japan, provisionally entitled Liberal Sexology in Postwar Japan which focuses on discourses of sexuality developed in a range of coterie magazines published in Japan in the 1950s and 60s.


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Editor Of


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Japanese popular culture; history of sexuality; history of the internet in Japan; gender and sexuality studies

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Mediascapes national imaginaries: LGBT characters media in Vietnam Nguyen, Thi Huyen Linh
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Reading and Re-creating: the Adaption of Shōnen Manga in Thailand Krairit, Thammachat

Full Name


  • Prof Mark McLelland

Mailing Address


  • LHA

    Building 19

    University of Wollongong

    NSW

    2518

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Mark is a sociologist and cultural historian of Japan specialising in the history of sexuality, gender theory and new media. His recent publications have focused on the postwar history of Japanese cultures of sexuality and the development of the Internet in Japan, especially the use of the Internet and other new media by minority communities in Japan and throughout Asia.

    Mark recently completed an ARC-funded Future Fellowship Project entitled "National Media Regulation and Global Cultural Literacy: International Perspectives on the Regulation of Young People’s User-Generated Content". The project looked at how the transformation of communication via networked digital media has led to a blurring between media producers and users, especially with regard to a case study of fans of Japanese manga and anime. The project led to the Routledge volume The End of Cool Japan: Ethical, Legal and Cultural Challenges to Japanese Popular Culture, described as "offer[ing]  readers  a seminal  and  outstanding  examination  into  the  problematic  aspects  of researching, studying, and teaching topics related to Japanese popular culture today" in Mutual Images Journal.

    Another recently completed ARC project was Internet History in Australia and the Asia-Pacific which compared the development and uses of the Internet in Australia, with those of China, Korea, and Japan. One outcome from the project was the Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories, co-edited with Gerard Goggin. Mark is on the editorial board of the new journal Internet Histories and on the advisory board of Asiascape: Digital Asia. He is enthusiastic about supporting research into Japan's early "pre-Web" internet cultures and is interested in the history of the non-Anglophone Internet in general. 

    Sexuality and Social Transformation in Japan is an ongoing research interest that considers how global movements of people and knowledge are impacting upon Japanese constructs of sexuality and gender. Major publications from this project include the book Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age, described in the Journal of the History of Sexuality as "a richly detailed history of sexual subcultures in postwar Japan . . .  even in Japanese there is no work with a comparable scope or depth of analysis". This was followed by Love, Sex and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation, described in The Journal of the History of Sexuality as "mak[ing] available to the general reader the vast trove of source material on early postwar Japanese sexual culture". The latest (2018) output from this project is an essay on Japanese sexologist Takahashi Tetsu in the University of California Press collection A Global History of Sexual Science.

    Mark's interest in sexuality and sexual minority culture in Japan and East Asia also recently resulted in the Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia, co-edited with Vera Mackie and a co-edited volume looking at women fans of "boys' love" (BL) media entitled Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Community and Culture in Japan, described in Mechademia journal as "a foundational text for rethinking and broadening critical perspectives that have for too long been solely informed by western engagements with identity politics".

    Mark is currently working on a follow-on volume to his book on sexuality during the American Occupation of Japan, provisionally entitled Liberal Sexology in Postwar Japan which focuses on discourses of sexuality developed in a range of coterie magazines published in Japan in the 1950s and 60s.


Selected Publications


Editor Of


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Japanese popular culture; history of sexuality; history of the internet in Japan; gender and sexuality studies

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Mediascapes national imaginaries: LGBT characters media in Vietnam Nguyen, Thi Huyen Linh
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Reading and Re-creating: the Adaption of Shōnen Manga in Thailand Krairit, Thammachat

Full Name


  • Prof Mark McLelland

Mailing Address


  • LHA

    Building 19

    University of Wollongong

    NSW

    2518

    Australia

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