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Call for Papers/Panels

We are happy to announce that the organizing committee of the Cultural Typhoon 2014 is now inviting proposals for panels, either as an individual presentation or panel (group) presentation. For either presentation, we will accept panels addressing the specific theme (see below) or a topic of your choice: for the second category, anything goes as long as it is related to Cultural Studies. We welcome not only academic presentations but reports and discussions from engaged activists.

Successful individual applicants will be organized by the committee into a panel of 2 to 3 speakers. As has been the case, the number of non-specific panels will be significantly smaller than the specific panels.


The overall theme for the Cultural Typhoon 2014 is ‘convivial.’ Note that it is addressed as ‘convivial, not ‘conviviality.’ That is because we would like to invite presentations addressing not only the theoretical importance of the concept, but the practical merit of it. In other words, we would like to create an atmosphere where we can freely discuss how we can go about this critical moment.

While “co-existence” has become a catchy word in the recent years, we are still witnessing repeated occurrences of oppression and/or expulsion of the other in every corner of our society. For example, the territorial dispute over a tiny island in the southwest sea has ignited the outcry of overt hatred toward each other along the ethnic/racial/state line in the neighboring countries. On the one hand, it has strengthened the nationalist party’s holding in the populace; on the other hand, the ghost of ethnic identity has risen again and national interest is now working as the sole reference point to either accept or deny the membership.

Stuart Hall once said that the challenge of the 21st century is to live with ‘differences.’ We are still facing with the same problem. In Zigmund Baumann’s words, the desire for safety coincides with fear and uncertainty and, in return, that will result in the formation of homogeneous society. In that kind of society, a criminal act committed by a person is interpreted as a result of his or her ‘racial characteristics.’ Such a simplistic thinking tends to connect an individual incident hastily with a whole group, be it race, an ethnic group, or a country. Territorial obsession is indeed a leading obstacle to conviviality.

To be convivial is to live with the other. As Sakai Naoki points outs, if the identity is constructed ex post fact, a convivial culture should precede a homogeneous culture. If that so, to create a convivial culture is synonymous with to trace back and restore suppressed conviviality. We invite presentations and reports which would address practical technique and art of reviving conviviality.


To apply, please download the form from the following website and email it to us as an attachment.
Email to: apply.cultural.typhoon@gmail.com

Please note that the deadline for submission is February 28, 2014.

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