25th Anniversary Special EventYouth and Imaginative Labor: East Asia and Beyond

Sponsored by TUJ ICJS Wakai Project,
co-sponsored by Klein Dytham Architecture, and
in cooperation with Super Deluxe.


Academic Panel Sessions at TUJ

Date & Time
Saturday, July 21, 2007: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 2007: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Venue
Temple University, Japan Campus,
Mita Hall Room 502 (Access)
Admission
Free

Evening Session at Super Deluxe on July 21

"Pecha Kucha University Vol. 1" and "Japanese Cinema Eclectics: introduction to the film, Avalon, by Donald Richie"

Date & Time
Saturday, July 21, 2007: 6 p.m. doors open
Venue
Super Deluxe in Nishi-Azabu (Access)
Admission
1,500 yen
RSVP
Registration closed
Language
All presentations will be in English.

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) at Temple University, Japan Campus, will host "Youth and Imaginative Labor: East Asia and Beyond," a two-day conference in July focused on the issue of youth today in the neoliberal economy of immaterial/affective labor, the social and political challenges young people face and their imaginative responses that creatively and critically transform their situations.

The conference will include leading scholars working on Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong in academic panel sessions and will feature multi-media presentations by graduate students, performers and youth NPO advocates presenting work on and by youth in East Asia.

On Saturday evening (July 21), the conference will have a conjoined session at Super Deluxe in Roppongi, where NGO activists, designers, and academics studying youth culture will give short multi-media presentations as part of "Pecha Kucha University." At this event, Donald Richie will introduce and discuss a screening of the anime film "Avalon," which will be followed by a Hip Hop party organized by Zulu Nation Japan, with live painting by Rinpa Eshidan and a Spoken Word performance by Marcellus Nealy.


Schedule (Tentative)

Please note the schedule below is subject to change. Please come back for updates.


Saturday, July 21 (Panel Sessions)

The academic panel sessions will be held at TUJ Mita Hall

10:00-12:30
Session I: New Forms of Sociality and Subjectivity (see participant list)
12:30-13:30
Lunch
13:30-16:00
Session II: Imaginative, Connected, and Popular (see participant list)

Saturday, July 21 (Evening Session)

Evening session will be held at the Super Deluxe

18:00
Doors open
18:30-21:00
Pecha Kucha University Presentations: "Digital Youth" (see details)
21:00-23:00
Screening of "Avalon" with commentary by Donald Richie (see details)
23:30-2:00
Hip Hop Afterparty w/ Zulu Nation Japan
Live Painting by Rinpa Eshidhan
Spoken Word by Marcellus Nealy

Sunday, July 22 (Panel Sessions)

The academic panel sessions will be held at TUJ Mita Hall

13:00-15:00
Pecha Kucha University Presentations: "Youth Politics, Sociality, and Engagement" (see details)
15:30-16:00
Coffee break
16:00-17:30
Plenary panel on "The Politics of Youth Culture"
17:30
Reception (light food and drinks served)

Academic Conference Participants and Titles

Session I: Forms of Sociality and Subjectivity (Saturday 10:00-12:30 at TUJ)

  • Anne Allison (Anthropology, Duke University) "The Sociality of Neoliberalism: Affect, Family, and Japanese Kids"
  • James Farrer (Sociology, Sophia University) "A Moral Economy Perspective on Youth Sexuality in China and Japan"
  • Nozomu Shibuya (Sociology, Chiba U) "The Invention of Resistance: the Pre-individual and Neoliberal Culture"
  • David Slater (Anthropology, Sophia University) "The Freeterization of Labor and the Collapse of Capitalist Imagination in Japan"

Session II: Imaginative, Connected, and Popular

  • Hiroshi Aoyagi (Anthropology, Kokushikan U.) "Reviving Local Lifeworld Through Pop Music: Okinawan Youngsters and the Imaginative Labor of Oki-Pop"
  • Cho Hae-joang, (Anthropology, Yonsei University) "Youth as New Dwellers of Network Society in South Korea"
  • Anthony Y. H. Fung (Communications, Chinese University of HK) "Fandom, Youth and Consumption in China"
  • Whang, Sang-Min, (Psychology, Yonsei University) "The Emerging Features of Korean Youth Culture in Cyberspace"

Plenary panel on "The Politics of Youth Culture"

  • Convener: Yoshimi Shunya (Cultural Studies, Tokyo University)
  • Presenter: Ken Wissoker (Editorial Director, Duke University Press) "Temporalities and Transnationalism in Youth Culture"

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.