Cultural Typhoon, what is?

Cultural Typhoon, one of the largest events of Cultural Studies in Asia-Pacific regions since 2003, is the gathering of people who love, create, and take part in an democratic, bottom-up and liberated space with openness and hospitality. Cultural Typhoon is the place not only for students/researchers/scholars of Cultural Studies to publish their academic studies with high standard, but for activists/artists/arbeiters to take issues with a wide range of social agendum. In that sense, through transcending the fixed framework of “theory/practice”, Cultural Typhoon could be regarded as a toe-in-the-water experiment in creating a new field of knowledge.

Cultural Typhoon 2013, “Tamaru? Tamaran!”

The annually held Cultural Typhoon, the 11th this year, will be held from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Tokyo Keizai University (Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo), located in the western part of Tokyo called “Tama” area. “Tama” is the region which has had a long tradition and historical reputation of “anti-oppression struggles and popular revolts.” The overall Japanese catch-phrase of Cultural Typhoon 2013 is “Tamaru? Tamaran!” (which can be variously transcoded as, “Give up? Never give up!”, “Can you save? None at all!” or “Collective or otherwise!” etc), which was chosen because it could evoke not only the rich heritage of anti-establishment movements in Tama area, but also the current socio-economic hardship and climate in Japan, Asia and the globe. This message is reflected in the interacting five main themes, each of which will be closely and widely discussed throughout the Cultural Typhoon 2013 in various panel/booths/exhibitions/film-screenings.

  1. Body in Digital Age and Crises in Humanities
  2. Post-Capitalism: Poverty, Immigration, Youth Culture
  3. Remembering 3.11: Evacuation, Rehabilitation, Justice
  4. Perspectives on the Alternative East Asia: Re-Imagining Borders and Archipelago
  5. Does Democracy have an After-Life?: Anarchism, Populism, Occupation

Cultural Typhoon, why now?

When we try to address social, political and cultural issues in Japan nowadays, it is obvious that events that followed the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, not only the devastation and huge loss of lives as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, but also the still on-going crises due to Fukushima nuclear power plants disaster cannot be ignored. After those incidents of massive scale and socio-political impact, careful reconsideration and reevaluation of “what has changed, and what has not changed” must be imperative. At the same time, it will be futile to discuss “what has changed, and what has not changed” since March 2011 unless the historically deep-rooted social structure of sacrifice and exclusion in Japan and East Asia for the past 150 years including Colonialism, the Cold War and Neoliberalism is scrutinized. We have chosen the above themes as we believe that those who live in the post “3.11” world like ourselves are inevitably confronted with those issues such as digitalized global capitalism, uncertain future of still divided and war-torn Asian countries, and the crisis of representative democracy. Cultural Typhoon 2013 aims to be an open and democratic field/forum to freshly look at Japan, Asia, and the world from “Tama”, where is the symbolic place of resistance against any oppression and confinement.

Date : 12th (Fri) – 14th (Sun), July, 2013
Venue : Tokyo Keizai University Kokubunji Campus

*The refectory in Tokyo Keizai University is closed on 14th(Sun), and there is almost no restaurant nearby. Please bring your lunch when you attend from the morning on 14th.

Participation Fee
General Guests and Students : ¥2,000
Full-time University Staffs : ¥5,000
*Entrance free for exhibition area

Cultural Typhoon 2013 Organizing Committee

  • Chair: Ted Motohashi (Tokyo Keizai University)
  • Advisor: Jun Watanabe (Tokyo Keizai University)
  • Intramural Liaison: Harumichi Yamada (Tokyo Keizai University)
  • Secretary General: Kyohei Miyairi (Hosei University)
  • Deputy Manager: Jun Sunose (Hitotsubashi University), Masahiro Yamanaka (Tokyo Keizai University)
  • Panel Session: Hiroko Takahashi (Hitotsubashi University), Taichi Takahara (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
  • Booth Exhibition: Emiko Karakawa (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Yuriko Shimizu (Hitotsubashi University)
  • Interpreters Section: Takeshi Arimoto (International Christian University)
  • Website Management: Toshiro Mitsuoka (Tokyo Keizai University), Seiji Ueoka (Art activist)
  • Public Relations: Atsuhisa Yamamoto (Seijo University)
  • Design: Intellipunk (RLL)