ICJS Event: "Call for papers - Digital Youth in East Asia"

This call for papers is to younger scholars, from undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs, to make short presentations on related research that is on-going or recently completed. The format will be pecha-kucha, a concise, very visual and exciting format that will allow us to include a wider diversity of voices. (For more on the format: http://www.pecha-kucha.org/)

In less than 150 words, tell us what you would like to present, why it is interesting and how it fits with our theme (as outlined in the abstract below). Also, include a short cv.

Deadline for Proposals
May 1, 2008

Submit Proposals to
David Slater (d-slater@sophia.ac.jp)

Call for papers - Digital Youth in East Asia

June 21-22, 2008
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall (Access)
Anne Allison (Department of Anthropology, Duke University)
Mizukoshi Shin (Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Tokyo University)
David Slater (Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University)
Kyle Cleveland (Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Temple University, Japan Campus)
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Today, many of the institutions that once contributed stability and meaning to childhood, adolescence and young peoples entrance into societyfamily, school and workare transforming in uncertain ways. At the same time, young people are the most imaginative and productive group in employing new technologies to recreate social connection and personal identity. They are networking outside of the older institutional and face-to-face contexts in ways that are changing our understanding of youth culture, and transforming the practice of social relations, knowledge and qualifications, and labor value. Being connected, every day, all the time, is for many young people a precondition of social participation, cultural citizenship, and economic productivity. The results of these patterns of connectivity are new forms of subjectivity and sociality, and greater patterns of mobility and opportunity, but also new forms of control and commodification. The young are being confronted with new mechanisms of social control and market integration that entail as much anxiety, coercion and compromise as autonomy, freedom and agency.

This workshop attempts to situate contemporary Asia within the larger patterns of digital technology innovation and neoliberal social shifts in countries around the world. While these larger dynamics are confronting youth the world over, we believe that the local culture, politics and economy filters and shapes the adoption of technology, leading to quite distinctive trajectories of development. We begin with the premise that new technologies are always mediatedby the economic patterns into which they fit; by the political structures and uses to which they are put; and the cultural forms that embody and give meaning to machines.

We will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars to develop an analysis of young peoples creativity and negotiation of subjectivity, sociality and technology, within the larger context of economic and political shifts we are seeing today.

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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.

About ICJS

The ICJS is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.