*Asian Conference on Cultural Studies*

*Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan*

*Thursday, June 2 — Sunday, June 5, 2016*

*”Cultural Struggle and Praxis: Negotiating Power and the Everyday”*

In this conference participants are invited to explore and question the
ways in which cultural struggle characterises our present times. Given
that culture is the fabric of meaning making, understanding its
relationship to politics and society is crucial. Cultural struggle, for
instance, alerts us to the political dynamics of how meaning making is
controlled, contested and communicated through the core institutions of
society such as media, education, law, medicine, government, the family,
religion, the market and so on — all of which impact upon and influence
everyday life.

Nowhere is the cultural struggle more evident than in questions of
belonging (and un-belonging), identity and mobility; refuge, exile and
community. In the convergence of culture and narrative, the contemporary
and historical story of the human condition is particularly marked by
how power and the everyday are negotiated through the experience of
displacement and dispossession or privilege and status. Culture,
expressed, articulated and represented through sites and locales,
practices, actions and values, identities and forms, histories and
memories, myths and traditions, is a pivotal lens through which we are
able to understand and interpret the way society works, and to see how
power and the everyday intersect.

*KEYNOTE SPEAKER*

Professor John Nguyet Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University

*”Negotiating ‘Refuge’: Humanitarianism for the ‘Included-outs’”*

*FEATURED PLENARY PANELS*

Chair: Koichi Iwabuchi, Monash University

Discussant: Baden Offord, Curtin University

*”Social movements and critical pedagogy”*

* Noriko Manabe, Princeton University

* David H. Slater, Sophia University

*”Public pedagogy and social praxis”*

* Megumi Yuki, Gunma University

* Gon Matsunaka, NPO?”Good Aging Yells”

* Shigeaki Iwai, Immigration Museum, Tokyo

*CALL FOR PAPERS:*

Abstracts submission: 1 April 2016

VISIT WEBSITE: http://iafor.org/conferences/accs2016/