Alternative Politics:

Youth, Media, Performance and Activism in Urban Japan

 

Conference outline and schedule

 

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Place

Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Bldg. #10, 3F Room 301

Date

July 10th, 2010; 10am-5pm

Invited Speakers

Sharon Hayashi, York University
Carl Cassegard, University of Gothenburg, Kyoto University
Yoshitaka Mouri, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku)

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Organizer/Contact

David H. Slater (d-slater@sophia.ac.jp),
FLA, Sophia University

Language

English and Japanese

Map

http://www.fla.sophia.ac.jp/about/location.html

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Beyond NPOs, young people in Japan are creating new politics and finding alternatives to what we think of the "political." New generations of activists are questioning and reshaping the very idea of political involvement by organizing through new avenues, forging new alliances, and staging demonstrations and performances that range from the everyday to the spectacular. Transformative uses of new media, art and space, urban and digital, public and private, are engaging young people in new ways, and revitalizing political possibilities. Approaching these connections from a variety of perspectives, we are looking for new critical languages and analytical devices to address this exciting turn of events.

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Panel One
10:00 am
Alternatives, Exits and Withdrawal: Is this Politica

 

 

Producing Locality: a case of Shonan-Fujisawa

Yuka Hasegawa,
University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

Sequestered Space: Intimacy and Performance in Tokyo's Live Houses

Heide Imai,
Hosei University

 

Local Spaces Rediscovered: Alternative lifestyles in contemporary Tokyo

Kim Jirik,
Tokyo University

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Panel Two(Plenary Panel)
1:00 pm
Technologies, Rhetorics and Resources of a New Politics of Protest

 

Mapping Protest Tokyo: New Media and the Politics of Representation

Sharon Hayashi,
York University

 

Precarity, Public Protest, Life and Survival

Carl Cassegard, University of Gothenburg, Kyoto Universityy

 

Reconsidering Cultural-Political Movements in Japan in the Age of 'Freeter'

Yoshitaka Mouri,
Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku)

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Panel Three
3:00 pm
Making Public Space Political

 

Reclaiming the streets … for whom? Mapping Tokyo's contested geographies

Christian Dimmer,
University of Tokyo

 

"Our actions make park!" (Re-)discovering public space in Miyashita Park

Love Oskarson-Kindstrand
Sophia University

 

Wrap-up Discussion and Future Directions

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After the conference, please join some of us to see Take Jun'ichiro's exhibition at Gallery Ten. Take was one of the painters in the Cardboard Village art movement in the Shinjuku Station underground in the late 90's. (Press release: http://take-junichiro.tumblr.com/)

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