Mark McLellandProfessor Mark McLelland

BA, MA (Cambridge)
Grad Dip in Japanese Language (Sheffield)
PhD (Hong Kong)

Location: 19:2012
Phone: +61 02 4221 4305

Mark McLelland is a sociologist and cultural historian of Japan specialising in the history of sexuality, gender theory and new media. His recent publications have focused on the postwar history of Japanese cultures of sexuality and the development of the Internet in Japan, especially the use of the Internet and other new media by minority communities in Japan and throughout Asia.

He is currently engaged in three ARC-funded projects. Mark’s ARC-funded Future Fellowship Project runs from 2013-2017 and is entitled ‘‘National Media Regulation and Global Cultural Literacy: International Perspectives on the Regulation of Young People’s User-Generated Content’. The  project looks at how the transformation of communication via networked digital media has led to a blurring between media producers and users. International standards and strategies for regulation are analysed and recommendations made for ways that academics, policy makers and users can be brought into dialogue so as to generate culturally literate regulatory policies.

'Sexuality and Social Transformation in Japan' looks at how global movements of people and knowledge are impacting upon Japanese constructs of sexuality and gender. The latest publication from this project, the book Love, Sex and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.

Internet History in Australia and the Asia-Pacific compares the development and uses of the Internet in Australia, with those of China, Korea, and Japan. This internationally significant project will provide an up-to-date history of the Internet in the world's most dynamic economic region, the Asia-Pacific. Findings will be highly relevant to Australia's broadband, Internet, mobiles, and media debates and policy, and will be communicated to industry, policymakers, and community, as well as academic audiences through an innovative website, publications, and workshops.

Mark was the 2007/08 Toyota Visiting Professor of Japanese at the Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan

Potential Topics for HDR & Honours Supervision

  • Japanese history and popular culture
  • The history of sexuality
  • Gender theory
  • New media

Major Publications include the books:

  • 2012: Love, Sex and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • 2005: Queer Japan from the Pacific War to The Internet Age (Rowman & Littlefield)
  • 2000: Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities (RoutledgeCurzon)

and the edited collections:

Last reviewed: 6 March, 2019