Academic Appointments

2021-present
2019-2021
2015-2016
2012-2015

Assistant Professor General Faculty, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia
Lecturer, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia
Lecturer, INTO Mason, George Mason University
Assistant Professor Adjunct, Northern Virginia Community College

Education

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1991
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PhD Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
MA Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
MA East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
BA English Literature, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Publications

Books

Morimoto, L.
Morimoto, L. & B. Chin

What We See Everyday: Distribution and Access in Transnational Media Fandom [proposal stage]
Transnational Media Fan Studies: A Reader. University of Amsterdam Press. [in progress]

Edited Journal Issues

2022
2018
2015

Geraghty, L., Chin, B., Morimoto, L., Jones, B. “The Past, Present, and Future of Fan Fiction.” Special Issue. Humanities
Morimoto, L. & Stein, L.E. “Tumblr and Fandom.” Special Issue. Transformative Works and Cultures 27.
Morimoto, L.H. & Chin, B. “Transcultural Fandom.” Special Section. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 12.2.

Journal Articles (*=refereed)

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Morimoto, L. “(Trans)Cultural Legibility and Online Yuri!!! on Ice Fandom.” Mechademia Second Arc 2: 136-159. *
Morimoto, L. “Physical Disability in/and Transcultural Fandom: Conversations with My Spouse.” The Journal of Fandom Studies 7.1: 73-78.
Morimoto, L. “The ‘Totoro Meme’ and the Politics of Transfandom Pleasure.” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 4.1: 77-92. *
Creekmur, C., Kohnen, M.E.S., Morimoto, L., McIntosh, J., Morrisey, K., Scott, S., Stein, L. “Roundtable on Videographic Criticism, Vidding, and Remix.” Cinema Journal 56.4: 159-184.
Morimoto, L. “Sherlock (Holmes) in Japanese (Fan) Works.” Transformative Works and Cultures 23.
Morimoto, L. “Trans-cult-ural Fandom: Desire, Technology, and the Transformation of Fan Subjectivities in the Japanese Female Fandom of Hong Kong Stars.” Transformative Works and Cultures 14. *
Chin, B. & Morimoto, L. “Towards a Theory of Transcultural Fandom.” Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 10.1: 92-108. *
Hitchcock, L. “Third Culture Kids: A Bakhtinian Analysis of Language and Multiculturalism in Swallowtail Butterfly.” Scope: An On-Line Journal of Film Studies. February. *
Hitchcock, L. “Transnational Film and the Politics of Becoming: Negotiating East Asian Identity in Hong Kong Night Club and Moonlight Express.” Asian Cinema 13.1: 67-86.

Book Chapters

In Press

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Nielsen, E.J. & Morimoto, L. “This is my (floral) design: Flower Crowns, Fannibals, and Fan/Producer Permeability.” Sartorial Fandom: Fashion, Beauty Culture, and Identity. Affuso, E. & Scott, S. eds. University of Michigan Press.
Morimoto, L. “Transcultural Fan Studies as Methodology.” Fan Studies: A Primer. Booth, P. & Williams, R., eds. University of Iowa Press.
Morimoto, L., Klink, F., Pande, R., Hutton, Z. “The Culture of Fandom on Tumblr: A Roundtable Discussion.” A Tumblr Book: Platform and Cultures. McCracken, A., Cho, A., Stein, L., Hoch, I.N., eds. University of Michigan Press.
Morimoto, L. “Hannibal: Adaptation in the Age of Fan Production.” Becoming: Genre, Transformation, and Queerness in NBC’s Hannibal. Finn, K.M. & Nielsen, E.J., eds. Syracuse University Press.
Morimoto, L.H. “From Imagined Communities to Contact Zones: American Monoculture in Transatlantic Fandom.” Transatlantic Television Drama: Industries, Programs, and Fans. Hilmes, M., Hills, M., Pearson, R., eds. Oxford University Press.
Morimoto, L. “Ontological Security and the Politics of Transcultural Fandom.” A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies. Booth, P., ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
Morimoto, L. “Transnational Media Fan Studies.” The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom. Click, M.A. & Scott, S., eds. Routledge.
Morimoto, L.H. & Chin, B. “Reimagining the Imagined Community: Online Fandoms in the Age of Global Convergence.” Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World, Second Edition. Gray, J., Sandvoss, C., Harrington, C.L., eds. New York University Press.
Morimoto, L.H. “The Good Fandom: Depicting Japanese Female Fans in Moonlight Express, Moumantai, and Hong Kong Star Fans.” Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture. Bennett, L. & Booth, P., eds. Bloomsbury.

Other Writing

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2021
2018
2015
2014
2013

Morimoto, L. “Alternative Pedagogies at Fan Studies Network North America 2020.” Transformative Works and Cultures 35.
Morimoto, L., Booth, P., Garner, R., Kohnen, M.E.S., Jones, B., Nielsen, E.J., Noppe, N., Stein, L., Williams, R. “Transcultural Fan Studies in Practice: A Conversation.” Transformative Works and Cultures 35.
Chin, B., Morimoto, L., Pande, R. “Global Fandom Conversations (Round One).” Confessions of an Aca-Fan blog.
Morimoto, L. “Global Fandom: Lori Morimoto.” Confessions of an Aca-Fan blog.
Morimoto, L. & Shrestova, S. “The State of Fandom Studies 2018.” Confessions of an Aca-Fan blog.
Morimoto, L. “Fangirls in the Crosshairs.The Outtake.
Morimoto, L. “Yukata!Batch Goes Global.” On/Off Screen blog.
Morimoto, L. “Sherlock Goes to Tokyo.” On/Off Screen blog.

Videographic Criticism

2017
2017

Morimoto, L. “Leslie Cheung: Blamefully Beautiful.” VCinema/DC Chinese Film Festival.
Morimoto, L. “hannibal: a fanvid.” [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies 3.4. *

Presentations and Speaking

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Master Lecture Series in Fan Studies, Ateneo de Manila University, remote. Feb-May 2022.
“What a Difference a Name Makes.” Fan Studies Network Conference, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK. 2019.
“Anime in America: From Analog to Digital.” Fandemicon, remote. Aug 2021.
Yuri!!! on Ice in/and the Fandom Contact Zone.” Fujocon, remote. Jun 2021.
“Franchising Transmedia Series: Interconnected Products, Networked Places, People.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, remote. Mar 2021.
“Transcending Realms: The Fan Culture Experience.” Project Insight, remote. Aug 2020.
Fan Fiction: The Lit that Asks What If?” 1455 Summer Literary Festival, remote. Jul 2020.
“Masterclass: Fandom and Audience Methodologies.” Research School for Media Studies, HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands. Jul 2019.
“It was … intimate: Hannibal and the Gendered Politics of Identification in Quality TV.” McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Nov 2018.
“Praxis in Practice.” Flow Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX. Sep 2018.
“Pleasure and Politics.” The Transformative Civics of Fandom, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Feb 2018.
“Chinese Queer Fan Cultures in the Twenty-First Century: Queering Heterosexuality, Geopolitics, and Transcultural Imaginations.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, IL. Mar 2017.
“Towards a Transnational Fan Studies.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, GA. Mar 2016.
“Transcultural Fandom.” Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Mar 2015.
“Women in East Asian Film.” Association for Asian Studies Conference, Honolulu, HI. Apr 2011.

Conference Organization

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“Intersections: Fan Studies in Conversation in Japan.” Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Dec 2018.
“Intersections: Japanese Media Fan Cultures Through a Fan Studies Lens.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Toronto, Canada. Mar 2018.
Fan Studies Network North America Conference. DePaul University, Chicago, IL and remote. 2017-2022.
“Through a Magnifying Lens: Sherlock Fandom in Global Context.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada. Mar 2015.
“Fan Studies’ (Transcultural) Futures.” Fan Studies Network Conference, Regents University London, London, UK. Sep 2014.

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“Critical Approaches to Transnational Film Studies.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, remote. Mar 2022.
“Third Culture Subjectivity in Acafandom.” Fan Studies Network North America Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Oct 2018.
Yuri!!! on (Thin) Ice: Convergence and Conflict in Transcultural Fandom.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada. Mar 2018.
First Principles: Hannibal, Affective Economy, and Oppositionality in Fan Studies.” Fan Studies Network Conference, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK. Jun 2017.
Outrageous Sirk-umstances: Hannibal and the Aesthetics of Excess.” Feasting on Hannibal Conference, University of Melbourne, remote. Nov 2016.
“The Fan-shufu: Hong Kong Star Fans in/and the Home.” Communicating with Cool Japan ICA Preconference, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Jun 2016.
Sherlock and Global Transfandom.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA. Mar 2016.
“Setting the Stage: The Origins of Modern Foreign ‘Boy Booms’ in Japan.” Fan Studies Network Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Jun 2015.
Sherlock and the British Actor Boom: ‘Regifting’ Female Fandom in Japan.” Console-ing Passions, Dublin, Ireland. Jun 2015.
Rationalized Passions: Sherlock and Nation-Branded Boy Booms in Japan.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada. Mar 2015.
“Transcultural Fandom In/As Contact Zone.” Fan Studies Network Conference, Regents University London, London, UK. Sep 2014.
Video Killed the Martial Arts Star: Distribution Technologies and the Vagaries of Jackie Chan Fandom in Japan.” Cult Cinema and Technological Change Conference, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK. Apr 2014.
Yukata!Batch Goes Global: Japanese Entertainment Booms in the Age of Social Media.” Southwest PCA/ACA Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Feb 2014.
The Loquacious Geisha: Lotus Blossom and the Hidden Transcript of Teahouse of the August Moon.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston, MA. Mar 2012.
“The Trans-cult-ural Geographies of Hong Kong Film Fandom in Japan.” Asian Cinema Studies Conference, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Mar 2012.
“Wings of Desire: Hiroko Shinohara and the Making of ‘Fashionable’ Hong Kong Cinema.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, New Orleans, LA. Mar 2011.
“Digital Fandom and the Making of Trans/Cultural Geographies.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Mar 2008.
“Your Place or Mine? Transnational Okkake and Global Media Fandom.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Vancouver, Canada. Mar 2006.
“Hong Kong Cinema and its Japanese Female Fans – A Comparative Study of Film Spectatorship Practices.” Association for Asian Studies Conference, San Diego, CA. Mar 2004.
“Seeing Stars: Japanese Women Watching Leslie Cheung.” Asian Studies Conference Japan, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Jun 2002.

Media

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Mar 2015

Quoted in Kaitlyn Tiffany, Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Interviewed and quoted, Dan Orlowitz, “Meet the ‘fanyus,’ the passionate yet chaotic force behind Yuzuru Hanyu,” The Japan Times
Podcast guest, “Scandal in C-Ent: Contextualizing the Zhang Zhehan Scandal,” The Three-Patch Podcast
Research referenced, “Parasocialism and Industry Amnesia in K-Pop Fandom,” Wear Your Voice Magazine
Interviewed and quoted, Abby Kirby, “FSN-NA: Interview with Paul Booth, Lori Morimoto, and Lesley Willard,” The Daily Fandom
Interviewed and quoted, Kaitlyn Tiffany, “Tucker Carlson Makes a Play for the Barbz,” The Atlantic
Interviewed and quoted, Kristina Manente, “Origins of Fanfiction Tropes: ‘Enemies-to-Lovers’ is a Trope Readers Love to Hate and Hate to Love,” SYFY Wire
Podcast guest, “Feasting on Hannibal 1: Season One,” …And Now the Podcast Starts
Podcast guest, “Wild and Weird Stuff,Aca-Media Podcast
Interviewed and quoted, Aja Romano, “The internet’s most beloved fanfiction site is undergoing a reckoning,Vox
Podcast guest, “Transcultural Fandom Roundtable,” The Three Patch Podcast
Interviewed and profiled, Anne Ganzert, “Lori Morimoto im Interview mit Anne Ganzert: A Fanstudies Soup – Or it’s complicated,”  AugenBlick 78/79
Research referenced, Khursten Santos, “When Asian Fans Socially Distance because of Cultural Tensions in Fandom,” Fujojocast podcast
Research referenced, Aisling Kelliher, Culture File, RTÉ Radio Ireland
Interviewed and quoted, Ana Cabral Martins, “Como falar (e não falar) da cultura de fãs, especialmente de Star Wars?Ípsilon
Podcast guest, “Be Good to Each Other,” Aca-Media Podcast
Research referenced, Jo Livingstone, “The Irreverent Joys of a Japanese Sherlock Holmes,” The New Republic
Podcast guest, “Lori Morimoto,” Fansplaining
Podcast guest, “Geek Interpreter: Queerbaiting & Transformative Fandom,” The Three-Patch Podcast
Podcast guest, “Shipping and Activism,” Fansplaining
Interviewed and quoted, Elizabeth Minkel, “From the Internet to the Ivy League: Fanfiction in the Classroom,” The Millions

Awards

Console-ing Passions Conference, Competitive Travel Grant, 2015. (€200)
Japanese Government (MEXT) Research Scholarship, 2001 (¥2.5 million)

Recent Teaching Experience

University of Virginia

MDST3559
MDST3510
MDST3504
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MDST3110
MDST2508

Hannibal as Counter-Quality TV (SP22)
Communities and Cultures of Media Fandom (FA22/SP22/FA21/SP21/SP20)
East Asian Transnational Media (FA22)
Hong Kong Cinema and Cultural Identity (FA21/SP20)
Japanese Film in Global Context (SP22/SP21)
Hollywood Goes to Asia (FA20/FA19)
Art of the Video Essay (FA22/FA21)

Service

Professional

Membership: Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Association for Asian Studies

Editorial Board: Transformative Works and Cultures, The Velvet Light Trap, Fandom and the Humanities book series (Palgrave MacMillan)

Steering Committee: Fan and Audience Studies Special Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2016-2018.

Online Coordinator: Fan Studies Network North America Conference, 2017-2022

Reviewer: New Media & Society; Women’s Studies in Communication; Continuum; Plaridel Journal; Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media; Journal of Fandom Studies; [in]Transition; Genre en series; Palabra Clave; Participations; Transformative Works and Cultures; In Media; Society for Cinema and Media Studies; Fan Studies Network North America; Routledge; Oxford University Press; University of Iowa Press; Peter Lang.

Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Member, MDST in Northern Virginia Committee 2021-
Member, Speaker Series Committee 2021-