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ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM
Artworlds Across the Pacific:
Creators, Curators, Policy Makers, and Entrepreneurs in the Making of a Global Japanese Contemporary Art

ABE FELLOWSHIP COLLOQUIUM

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Social Science Research Council will jointly conduct a colloquim.

Artworlds Across the Pacific:
Creators, Curators, Policy Makers, and Entrepreneurs
in the Making of a Global Japanese Contemporary Art

The global mobility of art depends on the physical mobility and networks of creators and entrepreneurs, as well as material connections between specific places- even when the products themselves are largely fantasy representations of the society that inspired them. Drawing from an ongoing LA-Tokyo based ethnographic project, Adrian Favell will discuss the creative and business connections behind the highly selective import of Japanese art and popular culture into the West, particularly the role of Southern California as a gateway. He will trace the story of one exemplar of "Cool Japan" : the international superstar artist, Takashi Murakami, currently the subject of a major retrospective at the LA Museum of Contemporary Art. The Murakami phenomenon reveals both the transnational dynamics key to any successful export of a distinctive "Japanese" culture, as well as the limitations in how the best of contemporary culture in Japan has been represented globally.

Date:

Tuesday, December 4   6:00-8:00 p.m.   An informal reception follows.

Venue:

The Japan Foundation Conference Hall

Speaker:

Adrian Favell
Associate Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Visiting Professor, Hitotsubashi University / Abe Fellow (2005)

 Discussant:

Ikuya Sato 
Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Commerce and Management,  Hitotsubashi University /Abe Fellow (1999)

Moderator: Tsutomu Sugiura
Art Curator, Marubeni Corporation/Adviser, Marubeni Research Institute

Biographical Information

Adrian Favell, Associate Professor of Sociology, UCLA, works on migration, mobility, and transnational processes in Europe, North America and East Asia. He is the author of "Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain" (1998), "The Human Face of Global Mobility: International Highly Skilled Migration in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific" (co-edited with Michael Peter Smith, 2006), and "Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe"" (2008).

Note: Simultaneous interpretation will be available. Admission is free.
RSVP by sending this form by fax(PDF:11KB)(PDF/11KB), by Friday, November 30, 2007. Your colleagues and friends are also welcome.
FAX: (03) 5369-6042

Contact:
Abe Fellowship Program
Social Science Research Council Tokyo Office
C/O Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
4-16-3 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004, Japan
Tel: 03-5369-6072
Fax: 03-5369-6042
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