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Charles Dunbar


Anime Anthropologist
New York, NY USA

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Biography:
Charles Dunbar is an anthropologist. He studies a lot of things, be it fandom, anime culture, the supernatural or mysterious men in blue boxes. He received his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2011, after utilizing ancient Mayan techniques to hypnotize his department into believing that he was, in fact, the reincarnation of Victor Turner. His thesis, entitled "Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities," was published soon after, and focused on anime convention participation, including stereotyping, spending habits, cosplay and con culture.

Currently, he travels around lecturing on topics like mythology, sacred practice, anime culture, Hayao Miyazaki, Pokemon, Time Lord physiology, folklore and fandom. In his spare time, Charles hunts yokai and indulges in the occasional JRPG. You can keep track of his current ramblings on www.studyofanime.com.

   

 

Convention Guest Appearances:
2011
   Conbust 2011 - March 25-27 in Northampton, MA
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2011 - June 17-19 in Chesapeake, VA
   PortConMaine 2011 - June 23-26 in South Portland, ME
2012
   Ichibancon 2012 - January 5-8 in Charlotte, NC
   Conbust 2012 - March 30 - April 1 in Northampton, MA
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2012 - June 15-17 in Chesapeake, VA
   PortConMaine 2012 - June 21-24 in South Portland, ME
   Banzaicon 2012 - October 12-14 in Columbia, SC
   Anime USA 2012 - November 9-11 in Washington, DC
   Anime Punch: Armageddicon 2012 - December 21-23 in Columbus, OH
2013
   Ichibancon 2013 - January 11-13 in Charlotte, NC
   Risukon 2013 - March 2 in Scranton, PA convention cancelled
   BAMCon 2013 - May 10-12 in Pittsfield, MA
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2013 - June 14-16 in Chesapeake, VA
   PortConMaine 2013 - June 20-23 in South Portland, ME
   Anime USA 2013 - September 13-15 in Washington, DC
2014
   Ichibancon 2014 - January 9-12 in Concord, NC
   Katsucon 2014 - February 14-16 in National Harbor, MD
   Ring of Fire 2014 - February 28 - March 2 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Triad Anime Convention 2014 - March 14-16 in Winston-Salem, NC
   Conbust 2014 - March 28-30 in Northampton, MA
   Tekko 2014 - April 4-6 in Pittsburgh, PA
   Shinboku Con 2014 - April 10-13 in Huron, OH
   Anime Southeast 2014 - May 9-11 in Sevierville, TN
   AnimeNEXT 2014 - June 6-8 in Somerset, NJ
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2014 - June 13-15 in Chesapeake, VA
   KuroKiiro Festival 2014 - August 29-31 in California, PA
   KantaiCon 2014 - September 6 in Mount Pleasant, SC
   Anime USA 2014 - October 3-5 in Washington, DC
   Banzaicon 2014 - October 10-12 in Columbia, SC
2015
   Ichibancon 2015 - January 1-4 in Concord, NC
   KotoriCon 2015 - January 9-10 in Sewell, NJ
   AlmaCon 2015 - February 6-8 in Alma, MI
   Katsucon 2015 - February 13-15 in National Harbor, MD
   TexanCon 2015 - March 27-29 in Stephenville, TX
   Shikacon 2015 - April 25-26 in Bristol, VA
   Colossalcon 2015 - June 4-7 in Sandusky, OH
   AnimeNEXT 2015 - June 12-14 in Somerset, NJ
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2015 - June 19-21 in Chesapeake, VA
   KantaiCon 2015 - August 21-23 in Mount Pleasant, SC
   In-CON-Ceivable 2015 - August 28-30 in Northampton, MA
   Tsubasacon 2015 - October 9-11 in Huntington, WV
   Banzaicon 2015 - October 30 - November 1 in Columbia, SC
   Sangawa Project 2015 - December 4-6 in Pittsburgh, PA
2016
   Ichibancon 2016 - December 31, 2015 - January 3, 2016 in Concord, NC
   KotoriCon 2016 - January 8-9 in Sewell, NJ
   Ohayocon 2016 - January 15-17 in Columbus, OH
   AlmaCon 2016 - February 5-7 in Alma, MI
   Katsucon 2016 - February 12-14 in National Harbor, MD
   Triad Anime Convention 2016 - March 11-13 in Winston-Salem, NC
   Ring of Fire 2016 - March 18-20 in Hampton, VA
   Zenkaikon 2016 - April 1-3 in Lancaster, PA
   Tekko 2016 - April 7-10 in Pittsburgh, PA
   Castle Point Anime Convention 2016 - April 23-24 in Hoboken, NJ
   Shikacon 2016 - April 30 - May 1 in Bristol, TN
   Anime Fan Fest 2016 - May 6-8 in Somerset, NJ
   Anime North 2016 - May 27-29 in Toronto, ON
   AnimeNEXT 2016 - June 10-12 in Atlantic City, NJ
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2016 - June 17-19 in Chesapeake, VA
   PortConMaine 2016 - June 23-26 in South Portland, ME
   Glass City Con 2016 - July 16-17 in Toledo, OH
   Another Anime Convention 2016 - October 14-16 in Manchester, NH
   Anime USA 2016 - October 21-23 in Washington, DC
   Youmacon 2016 - November 3-6 in Detroit, MI
   Banzaicon 2016 - November 11-13 in Columbia, SC
   DerpyCon 2016 - November 18-20 in Morristown, NJ
   Sangawa Project 2016 - December 9-11 in Pittsburgh, PA
2017
   Ichibancon 2017 - December 29, 2016 - January 1, 2017 in Concord, NC
   Triad Anime Convention 2017 - March 3-5 in Greensboro, NC
68 guest appearances

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