Academic Talks

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Symposium Series

Twice Annually

We host casual talks exploring Japanese pop culture, historical influences, and personal experiences of how anime defines our identities and our communities.

Convention Panels

Based on convention schedules

Our team has hosted dozens of panels on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture as both guests and applicants of large-scale conventions. It’s the best way to get the word out!

Festival Booths

Based on festival schedules

Local festivals allow us to educate folks through one-on-one discussion. We also bring our Anime Advice Bot to help folks discover their new anime obsession.

Past Talks


Frequently Asked Questions

Is AnimeChicago a convention?
No, we organize local meetups. Sometimes we’ll host an academic talk. But we love attending, promoting, and hosting panels and meetups at our favorite local conventions!

We would love to have you speak at our event.
Wow, we’re flattered! We’re on a mission to educate Chicagoans on all things Japanese Pop Culture. Please contact us for more details on your opportunity.

Who can become a member?
Meetup requires account holders be 18 years or older. Many of our members are in their 20s or 30s. Our activities might include sensitive content or more adult material. We do not offer programming for kids or teens at this time.