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Inter-Asia Cultural Typhoon 2009

(On 3-5 July at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)



1. Panel Discussion (

*More than 80 panel discussions.

*Two Plenary Sessions.

“Critical Reflections on the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Project,” on 3 July, 18:00-20:00.

“Globalization and Its Fault-Lines: Beyond Poverty, Surveillance and Censorship,” on 4 July, 16:30-18:10.

2. Cinema Typhoon (

*Let’s watch and discuss films such as “Conflict,” “Atomic Bomb,” “University,” etc.

3. Booth Exhibitions (

*Various cultures and expressions will be thrown together in one space – photography, artworks, food, music, etc.

4. Dramatic Plays (

*2 Troupes.



3 July, 18:00-20:00

4, 5 July, 9:30-18:30

* Dinner Party will be held on 4 July.


Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Fuchu Campus, Research and Lecture Building


General registration (to attend panel sessions):

Salaried workers ¥5000 / Students, Non-permanent workers ¥2000

Cinema and Booths only: Free

Further Details here:



Our theme for the cultural events is SWARM.

If a spontaneous swarm of people attracted by exciting and interesting events can communicate and interact with one another, new encounters and discoveries will come about.



Entering the 7th year for the Cultural Typhoon and the 10th for the publication of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies journal, we decided to hold a joint conference in Tokyo to reflect on the past and present practices of Cultural Studies in Asia and to look towards the future.

In the past seven years, Cultural Typhoon has gradually established a reputation for its flexibility and openness to make connections with critical social forces. It has created an attractive space not only for graduate students and teachers to present their research in progress, but also for different projects and concerns to intermingle. In short, in Japan and beyond, Cultural Typhoon has become a symbol for alternative modes of intellectual work and critical engagement.

Since the late 1990s, the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) project has worked towards the imagination and possibilities of diverse forms of intellectual integrations in Asia. Besides publishing intellectual work produced out of Asia since 2000, the IACS has also organized various forms of activities to contribute to interaction in Asia. In 2004, an Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACSS) was formed in response to meet the growing demand of younger intellectuals to expand the scale of interactions in and across the region. The 2009 Tokyo Conference is the second meeting to provide a platform so that scholars and intellectuals can meet each other to discuss and analyze urgent issues emerging in the region.

Looking retrospectively, in July 2002, when members of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies joined the “New Dimensions in Cultural Studies: Media, War and Globalization” held in University of Tokyo, during the typhoon season, this was the first moment of encounter between IACS and Cultural Typhoon, which was officially launched in 2003. The overlapping membership has ever since maintained intimate relation between the two projects. And we hope this reunion in 2009 can further the links and generate productive results.

Co-organizers: Cultural Typhoon, the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society and the Institute for Foreign Affairs at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies



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