Keita Moore

Keita Moore

Specialization: Contemporary Japanese and Korean Media

Email:kcmoore@umail.ucsb.edu

I study the relationship between gender, politics, and war memory in contemporary Japanese and South Korean videogames and their related media ecologies.

ACADEMIC HISTORY:

  • M.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Asian Studies
  • B.A., Colorado College in Asian Studies, Distinction in International Studies

ADVISOR:

PUBLICATIONS:

“Monstrous Pasts, Robotic Futures: A Review Essay.” The Journal of Asian Studies 78, no. 2 (2019): 449-54.

PANEL PRESENTATIONS:

2019 “Shifting Political Gears: The Medial Politics of Metal Gear Solid,” 17th Annual Cultural Studies Conference. Tulane University, Louisiana.
2019 “Shifting Political Gears: The Medial Politics of Metal Gear Solid,” at Global Asias 5 Conference. Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania.
2017 “Getting Away with Murder: Ludic Violence in the Japanese Context,” at the Annual American Ethnological Society’s Conference. Stanford University, California.

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS:

2019 “Warped Reflections: Postmodern Anxiety in FINAL FANTASY VII,” at Imaging East Asia UC Santa Barbara Graduate Conference. Santa Barbara California.
2018 “(Un)Lucky Seven: Uneasy Postmodernism in FINAL FANTASY VII,” at Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Culture. Minneapolis, Minnesota
2018 “An Aspiration to Organic Sociality: Between Marxism and Posthumanism,” at Lukács and the World: Rethinking Global Circuits of Cultural Production. Santa Barbara, California.
2017 “Going Backwards to Move Forwards: Popular Memory in Post-Authoritarian Korean War Films,” at the 28th Annual School of Pacific and Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. Honolulu, Hawai’i
2016 “Back to the Present: Towards a Narratology of Gōsuto Torikku,” at the Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Culture. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

OTHER ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS:

2018 “From Translation to Transnationalism: Considering Localization from an Industry and Academic Perspective,” at Graphic Voices. Santa Barbara, California,
2018 “Accosted in Translation: Japanese Language as Subcultural Capital in Fan Communities,” at Parameters of Play: Difficulty, Distinction & Criticism in Videogames. Santa Barbara, California.
2017 “The Residue of History: Nationhoods of Post-Authoritarian Korean War Film,” at the UCSB Graduate Student Research Symposium in Korean Studies. Santa Barbara, California.

GUEST LECTURES:

2019 “The Politics of Japanese Media: The State of Violence,” in Japan 25: Violence and the State in Japan. Popular Culture in Japan. University of California, Santa Barbara.
2018 “Looking Ahead: The Robotic, Cyborigian and Natural Futures of Japan,” in Japan 165: Popular Culture in Japan. University of California, Santa Barbara.
2018 “The Politics of Japanese Media: Placing the J-Game,” in Japan 165: Popular Culture in Japan. University of California, Santa Barbara.
2018 “What’s ‘Japanese’ about Videogames? Problematizing the National Origins of New Media,” in East Asia 120: Popular Culture in Japan. University of California, Irvine.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Japanese 6 (2nd Year Language): East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Spring 2019
  • Violence and the State in Japan: East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Winter 2019
  • Japanese 4 (2nd Year Language): East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, Fall 2018

ACADEMIC SERVICE:

  • Parameters of Play Research Focus Group: Co-convener of an Interdisciplinary Research Focus Group dedicated to the study of ludic media. September 2019-June 2020.
  • Graduate Student Association Delegate: November 2018-Present
  • Graduate Student Japanese Language Club: Founder. October 2017-Present.

SELECTED AWARDS:

University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Graduate Research Accelerator Award (2019)
  • Central Fellowship (2017-2023)
  • Kathryn W. Davis Fellow for Peace at Middlebury (2018)

 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

  • Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2017)
  • University of Hawai’i Center for Japanese Studies Graduate Student Travel Award (2016)
  • Seidensticker Award for SPAS Graduate Student Conference (2016)
  • Tasuku Harada Graduate Scholarship in Japanese Studies (2016-17)
  • Center for Japanese Studies Fellowship (2016-17)
  • Starr Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Asian Studies (2015-17)
  • Asian Studies Departmental Merit Scholarship (2015-2017)

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies:

  • Sato Foundation Scholarship (2011-2012)
  • U.S. Department of Education Scholarship (2011-2012)

Colorado College

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Member (2011-Present)
  • National Japanese Honor Society, Member (2011-Present)
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Alternate Candidate (2011)
  • Excellence in Asian Studies, Recipient (2011 & 2009)
  • Japanese Language Award, Recipient (2009)
  • Colorado College Gaylord Scholarship (2010)
  • Colorado College Venture Grant for Independent Research (2010)
  • Colorado College Presidential Merit Scholarship (2007-2011)