I have other interests than technology or gaming. For example, I have an essay in Inside Higher Ed about the importance of flexible name policies for transgender and genderqueer students. I also wrote an essay for Greatist about being a person with disabilities.
I am also interested in the following:
- Fan studies
- Online communities and language use
- Language learning
- Pop culture
- Comparative religion (I am an interfaith minister)
- People with disabilities and intersectional identities
Because of these things, I occasionally present on topics of popular media and culture at places like animation conventions. Presentations are typically 50 minutes in length. If you wish a list of my presentations, here are examples of the presentations I have given in the past. Some are more broad and focus on multiple areas of media – for example, The Terror Next Door presentation goes into Romanticism, Gothic literature, and proceeds through time with examples of series like Gravity Falls (Western TV animation) and podcast-centric phenomena like Welcome to Night Vale.
- Translation and Localization 101
- The Terror Next Door: Americana and Horror
- Aria of the Soul: The Persona series, Mythology, and Narrative
- Trickster Teachers (media and archetypes)
- Bits of Victory: Beginning Game Development
- The Heart of “When They Cry” (analysis of magic/fiction in the When They Cry visual novel series by 07th Expansion)
- Fractured Persona: The Persona series, Gender, and Identity
- Inari: International Spirit of Mystery (looking at Inari faith, in Japan and abroad: history, resources)
This is not a complete list. Depending on the event, I may do presentations particular to that event’s theme or educational focus, such as the Traditional Treats presentation I give at Katsucon through their Japanese Cultural Institute track.
I have been an educational guest / featured panelist at Katsucon, Otakon, Nekocon, Old Dominion University, Rowan College, Anime NEXT, and have done panel presentation work at a number of other conventions as well. Sometimes I also staff said conventions (particularly in Artists Alley or Panel Operations/Programming departments if applicable).