Call for Papers – Cultural Typhoon 2016 – Can You Feel It?


Call for Papers

Cultural Typhoon 2016 – Can You Feel It?

Cultural Intervention in Globalising Cities


Date: 2nd – 3rd, July 2016

Place: Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno campus, Tokyo, Japan

Host: Committee of Cultural Typhoon 2016 and Tokyo University of the

Arts, Graduate School of Global Arts


The First Deadline: 30 November 2015 (Notification of Acceptance:

mid-December 2015)

The Second Deadline: 28 February 2016 (Notification of Acceptance:

mid-March 2016)


We are pleased to announce that the international conference Cultural

Typhoon 2016 will be held in Tokyo Japan, from July 2nd to July 3rd,

2016, hosted by the Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University

of the Arts.


As this is the first conference that will be held at an art university

in the 14 years of Cultural Typhoon’s history, the conference will

focus on art and cultural practices; particularly practices related to

society, the formations of the city and globalization.


Can You Feel It is a dance music track, originally released as an

instrumental by Larry Heard (a.k.a Mr Fingers) in 1986, and soon

became a classic anthem in Chicago house music. It was important, not

only because it was one of the first ‘deep house’ tracks, but also

because the original track and version remixed with Chuck Roberts –

who has also discussed the meanings and affectivity of house music in

society – connected dance music to politics. This song foresaw a

utopian world where anyone, regardless of their race, nationality,

class or sex, could dance together to house music. DJs have often

remixed this tune with Martin Luther King’s famous speech; ‘I Have a

Dream’. That key moment in the 1980s, just before the end of the Cold

War, was a time when people could really ‘feel’ a sense of change in



The world we live in now however, is not like the vision Can You Feel

It proposed 30 years ago. The end of the Cold War has brought with it

neo-liberalist greed and market-oriented globalization, while the

world has become increasingly divided by borders of race, ethnicity,

religion, gender, and class. The project of multiculturalism is seen

as a failure, chauvinistic nationalism rises in developed countries in

the West: New racism has been re-formulated along with the growth of

religious fundamentalism and feminism and LGBT politics face a sheer

backlash from neo-conservatism.


With these crises of our age looming, Cultural Typhoon 2016 asks; can

you (still) feel it? We are witnessing the emergence of new formations

of power that control our bodies, emotions, desires, creativity and

subconscious territories through a variety of affective technologies

in the Post-Fordist era. We all know that the world is rapidly

changing, but it is difficult to envision our futures when modernist

promises such as progress, rationalization and enlightenment seem

unlikely to be realised. This is why we invite you to ‘feel’ possible

futures to come in order to theorise the ‘structures of feeling’ in

our age.



Cultural Typhoon conferences have assembled 500-1000 participants that

include several keynote and plenary speakers, from all over the world

and in particular, from Asia.


This year, we will invite Prof. Lawrence Grossberg as a keynote

speaker at the conference. A more complete list of participating

keynote and plenary speakers will be published soon.



All topics relevant to Cultural Studies, especially new and innovative

areas of research are welcome. Possible topic areas include:


  • Art Activism and Socially Engaged Art
  • Making Alternative Spaces in Asia
  • Politics and the Body
  • Trans-national Popular Culture in the Digital Era
  • Base Culture and Militarism in a Postcolonial World
  • Affection and Post-medium
  • DIY Politics and Globalization
  • Queer Culture
  • Censorship and Freedom of Speech
  • Films and the City
  • Tourist Gazes and Mobility
  • Art and Labor
  • Post-Drama Theatre and Everyday Life
  • New Materialism and Post Humanism
  • Trans-Asian Popular Music
  • Social Movements and Youth Culture
  • Mobile Subjectivities and Social Media


Participant Guidelines:


Please visit our website (English and Japanese):


Yoshitaka Mori (Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Haruka Iharada (Research Associate, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Shunya Yoshimi (Professor, University of Tokyo)