Associate Professor of Media Studies and Japan Studies
Comparative Media Studies/Writing

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Paul Roquet studies the atmospheres of Japanese media and culture. Atmospheres are a form of emotionally-tuned space, both immersive and inescapable; they are increasingly also objects of intentional design. Roquet’s theoretical inquiry focuses on how media technologies in Japan have come to serve as tools for the production and circulation of such moods. Engaging theories of emotional attunement from disciplines like philosophy, affect theory, and urban studies, and rooted in the close reading of environmental aesthetics, his work approaches Japan as an essential site for understanding the cultural politics of atmosphere.

Before coming to MIT Roquet was Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Media and Film Studies at Brown University's department of Modern Culture and Media, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford. His courses at MIT include Digital Media in Japan and KoreaCinema in Japan and Korea, and Introduction to Japanese Culture.

Research Areas / Expertise: Japanese Studies; Media Theory

2012 Ph.D. UC Berkeley
2007 M.A. UC Berkeley
2003 B.A. Pomona