Invited Lecture, April 10, 2024

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Association for Asian Studies (AAS), North East Asia Council (NEAC) Distinguished Lecture Series:“Robo-Buddhism: Kokoro, Technology, and Spirituality in Japan Today.”


Invited Keynote Lecture, March 11, 2024

Ethnography for HRI: Embodied, Embedded, Messy and Everyday. A workshop  hosted at the 2024 IEEE International Conference on Human and Robot Interaction (HRI 2024), Boulder, CO: “Doing Ethnography in Robotland: Warnings and Advice.”


Invited Lecture, February 16, 2024

Carnegie Mellon University, Association for Asian Studies (AAS), North East Asia Council (NEAC) Distinguished Lecture Series: “Robo-Sexism: Designing and Programming Gender in Robots and AI. Perspectives from Japan.”


Webinar: November 27, 2023

Tokyo College, University of Tokyo Public Lecture:  “‘Securitainment’: Triangulations of Embodied AI, Entertainment, and Surveillance”


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Webinar:  March 16 &17, 2023

Emory University The Emerging Technologies and the Future of the Humanities Series: “Emotional Robots and Digital Hormones: Japanese Perspectives on Technology, Religion, and Spirituality”

JR 16 March Emory poster & urls


Webinar: February 20, 2023

Tokyo College, University of Tokyo Public Lecture:  Affective (kansei) Robotics in Japan: Designing and Programming Gender in AI and Humanoid Robots”



Hybrid Event:  April 13, 2022

Princeton University, Annual Marius Jansen Memorial Lecture:  “Digital Hormones: Robotics, Emotions, and Techno-Spirituality in Japan”

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Hybrid Event:  April 22, 2022

Cornell University Lecture:  “Robo-Sexism:  Gendering AI and Robots in Japan and the United States (and Elsewhere)”

Annual University Lecture (postponed from 2020), open to the public, co-sponsored by the following programs and departments:  Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; Anthropology; Asian Studies; History; Society for the Humanities; East Asia Program; Asian & Asian American Center; China and Asia-Pacific Studies.



Webinar:  April 6-7, 2022

Keynote Lecture:  “Robots, Religion, and Techno-Spirituality in Japan”

Graduate Student Conference,  School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) and Department of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:  “Technologies and Adaptations:  Celebrating Innovations in Human Knowledge Across Asia”