Stevie SUAN
Education and Experience

Stevie Suan holds a Doctorate in Manga Studies from the Graduate School of Manga Studies at Kyoto Seika University. He received his M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa and a B.A. in Cinema and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University. Born in Sri Lanka, but raised in New York City, Stevie has spent considerable time living and travelling within Asia, where he has studied and researched a wide variety of topics relating to the arts and media, ranging from traditional theatrical performance to contemporary media.

Research Interests

Conceptualizing the dynamics of performance modes has been one of the principle interests guiding Dr. Suan’s research across different fields. Having engaged with various mediums, he has had a sustained interest in Asian theater, having done research on gender and aesthetics in medieval Noh performance theory. Moving towards philosophical theories of performativity, Dr. Suan has since focused his research on contemporary media. In particular, his area of expertise is in anime and manga, utilizing theories of performance and media to examine anime aesthetics and its relation to globalization, examining the shifting currents of cultural production and consumption under contemporary modes of globalization. He also extends this interdisciplinary theoretical approach to examine how anime can provide a distinct perspective on the ongoing crisis of environmental devastation.

Teaching courses
Research output

Anime’s Identity: Performativity and Form Beyond Japan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2021.

・”Objecthood at the End of the World: Anime’s Acting and its Ecological Stakes in Neon Genesis Evangelion” in Anime Studies: Media-Specific Approaches to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ed. José Andrés Santiago Iglesias and Ana Soler Baena (Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2021), 135-180.

・”Performing Virtual YouTubers: Acting Across Borders in the Platform Society,” in Japan’s Contemporary Media Culture between Local and Global: Content, Practice and Theory. Ed. Martin Roth, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Martin Picard (Berlin: CrossAsia, 2021), 187-222.

・”Colorful Execution: Conventionality and Transnationality in Kimetsu no Yaiba” in Transcommunication (Special Issue on Demon Slayer) 8, no. 2 (2021): 179–91.

・”Consuming Production: Anime’s Layers of Transnationality and Dispersal of Agency as Seen in Shirobako and Sakuga-Fan Practices.” Arts, Special Issue “Japanese Media Cultures in Japan and Abroad: Transnational Consumption of Manga, Anime, and Video Games,” 7, no. 3 (2018): 1–19.