University of Calgary

Ben Whaley

  • Assistant Professor


Ben Whaley is assistant professor of Japanese. He received his Ph.D. in modern Japanese literature and popular culture from The University of British Columbia in 2016.

His research and publications examine discourses of race, ethnicity, and national identity in Japanese visual culture and modern Japanese literature. 

Ben's book project - Toward a Gameic World: New Rules of Engagement from Japanese Video Games - asks how games might bring about profound positive changes in who we are as people. It examines the ways in which Japanese video games engage with social issues and national trauma while prompting players’ emotional engagement, critical self-reflection, and development of real-world skills.   

Other research interests include the portrayal of Jewish characters and the Holocaust in Japanese culture, the works of Japan's "God of Manga" Dr. Tezuka Osamu, and modern Japanese literature of trauma by minority writers. He welcomes contact from scholars and students with overlapping research interests.

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