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ICAS Academic Conference

Emergent Forms of Engagement and Activism in Japan: Politics, Cultures and Technologies

Saturday, June 11, 2011   13:00 - Sunday, June 12, 2011   19:00

Speakers:
  • Tomiko Yoda
  • Higuchi Takuro
  • Patricia Steinhoff
  • David H. Slater
  • Robin O’Day
  • Shibuya Nozomu
  • Daishiro Nomiya
  • Yoshitaka Mōri
  • Shin Mizukoshi
  • Love Kindstrand
  • Sharon Hayashi
  • Ikuo Gonoï
  • Patrick W. Galbraith
  • Ann Allison

This conference brings together an international, multi-disciplinary group of scholars seeking to document and understand emergent forms of political activism, social engagement and cultural expression, especially among youth in Japan. With roots that go back to the post-war student and citizens movements, popular culture shifts during 1970’s affluence, and post-bubble recessionary disenfranchisement, our goal is to develop a critical language that captures the range of alternatives to what was once considered “political.” From street politics to new forms of socialities, from creative representation to active resistance, our goal is to explore these alternative currents right into our post 3.11 moment.

Organizers:
Kyle Cleveland, Temple University Japan
David H. Slater, Sophia University
Love Kindstrand, Sophia University

Admission: General – ¥1,000 (Sat & Sun inclusive)   Students – Free with student ID

Schedule
Saturday, June 11th:
– Opening Remarks: David H. Slater, Sophia University “Emergent Politics in Japan Today”

1:00pm – 3:00pm: ART, CREATIVITY, REPRESENTATIONS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

– Tomiko Yoda, Japanese Literature and Media Studies, Harvard University
Between Pop and Radical: Feminism and Media Culture in Early 70s Japan
– Sharon Hayashi, Cinema and Media Studies, York University
From Exploitation to Playful Exploits
– Patrick W. Galbraith, Information Studies, University of Tokyo
Train Man, Radiowave Man, Underground Man: Revisiting the Politics of Pleasure after the Akihabara Incident

Discussants: Anne Allison, Duke University and Yoshitaka Mouri, Tokyo University of the Arts

3:30pm – 6:00pm: CURRENTS AND CULTURES OF ACTIVISM 

– Yoshitaka Mouri, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku)
Reconsidering Cultural-Political Movements in Japan in the Age of ‘Freeter’
– Higuchi Takuro, Social Movement Studies
A Prehistory of the Alterglobalisation Movement in Japan: Subterranean Autonomous Networks in Japan Since the ‘90s
– Robin O’Day, Cultural Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Union is Hope: The Role of Networks and Digital Media in Organizing Japan’s Young Irregular Workers
– Love Kindstrand, Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University
Tactical Currents, Spatial Framings: the Movement Against Nike-ification of Miyashita Park and Beyond

Discussants: Patricia Steinhoff, University of Hawaii and Daishiro Nomiya, Sophia University

6:00pm: “GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION” DEMONSTRATION

June 11 is a global day of action organized by the Japanese movement against nuclear power. After the final panel on Saturday we will leave together for a gathering held in central Shinjuku. Anyone who is interested in attending is more than welcome to join. More details are available at http://nonukes.jp/

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 Sunday, June 12th: 

1:00pm – 4:30pm TRAJECTORIES OF ALTERNATIVE POLITICS 

– Ikuo J. Gonoï, Political Theory, Rikkyo University
The World’s End : The Cognitive Turn from “Sekai” to “Shakai”
– Patricia Steinhoff, Sociology, University of Hawaii
Transforming Invisible Civil Society into Alternative Politics
– Mizukoshi Shin, Media Studies, University of Tokyo
Everyday Sociality and Social Media
– Anne Allison, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Stopping Death and Organizing Around Life: a Politics of Survival
– Shibuya Nozomu, Cultural Sociology, Chiba University
Radioactive Contamination and the Common

Discussants: Tomiko Yoda, Harvard University and Sharon Hayashi, York University

5:00pm – 6:00pm: ROUNDTABLE ON 3.11

POST-3.11  FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP AND ACTIVISM

Since the Tohoku earthquake on March 11, Japan has seen a renewed sense of national and political crisis, and an intensification of nationalistic narratives. Perhaps more importantly, there has been a reawakened political subjectivity that goes beyond existing anti-capitalist or anti-nuclear alternatives, which suggests a broader and more lasting repoliticization of everyday life. Demonstrations in Tokyo have been some of the largest since the Anpo era, but this is only one aspect of a post-3.11 critique of key institutions at the heart of the Japan, Inc. power structure. In this round-table discussion our presenters will attempt to make sense of the events since 3.11, and explore their implications for our own scholarship.

Chair: Kyle Cleveland, Temple University Japan

6:00pm:  RECEPTION (light food and drinks will be served)
Hosted by TEMPLE UNIVERSITY JAPAN: Wakai Project

Date & Time:
Saturday, June 11, 2011   13:00 - Sunday, June 12, 2011   19:00 (Doors open at 12:30)
Venue:
2F, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Moderator:
Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
Registration:
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Speakers:

Tomiko Yoda

Higuchi Takuro

Patricia Steinhoff

David H. Slater

Robin O’Day

Shibuya Nozomu

Daishiro Nomiya

Yoshitaka Mōri

Shin Mizukoshi

Love Kindstrand

Sharon Hayashi

Ikuo Gonoï

Patrick W. Galbraith

Ann Allison