October 24, 2014/ 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

UCLA Royce Hall Room 306

Power, ideology, and the everyday

19th Annual Graduate Symposium on Japanese Studies

This conference seeks to examine the concrete practices in which modes of domination are inscribed and contested, and the ways in which ideology (re)produces and dismantles frameworks of power. 

Taking everyday life to be a site that both reflects and influences social changes, an examination of power and ideology as interconnected provides a means to understand how both produce the ordering and disruption of social relations. Such an inquiry requires interrogating cultural forms as sites of politics and/or reification, as well as investigating the social structures, localities, and individuals through which relations of domination and resistance play out in the everyday. By looking at the actually-existing-manifestations of power and ideology in and around Japan, we hope to reveal their contingency, and the possibilities for social change contained therein. 

Potential sites of inquiry include but are not limited to ancient polities, imperial court politics, religions and traditions, visual and representational cultural forms, the Tokugawa social hierarchy, the development of capitalism, Japan’s colonial empire, postwar literary criticism, and the politics of 3/11 and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. We encourage submissions across a broad range of disciplines and time periods. 


Keynote presentation by: 
Dr. Mark Driscoll 
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 


Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies