January 27-28, 2018 ‘Towards Post-Media Studies in Asia Conference’ Program

International Conference: Towards Post-Media Theories in Asia


Date: 27th (Sat) -28th (Sun) January, 2018

Venue: Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju Campus, Tokyo, Japan

MAP: http://ga.geidai.ac.jp/en/access/

Organized by: Post-Media Research Network,

Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

Program is available here: Post-Media Conference Program


Keynote Speakers:

Scott Lash (University of Oxford)

Anthony Fung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Alexander Zahlten (Harvard University)

Shin Mizukozhi (University of Tokyo)


The media environment has changed dramatically over the last three decades as digital technologies, in particular, the Internet and mobile terminals, increasingly play an important role in our communication, society, economy and politics. The nature of media is also transforming itself, as media is not merely a means of communication between senders and receivers any more, but an essential and inseparable part of our society, everyday life and body. Following the predictive argument Félix Guattari raised during the pre-internet period, we may call our age a ‘post-media era’. Guattari optimistically hoped that a transformation of mass-media power would overcome modern subjectivity and that, in the post-media era, new collective-individual subjectivities would be appropriated by and through an interactive use of machines of information, communication, intelligence, art and culture (Guattari 1990). Now that thirty years have passed since then, we can critically re-examine the idea of post-media and try to develop post-media theories in order to understand emerging forms of power under our current social, economic, political, cultural and technological conditions.

Post-Media Theories in Asia may sound a contradiction in terms: post media theory should be by definition global, or at least, transnational beyond any geographical boundaries in the age of globalization, as new media itself is a product of transnational capitalism. Asia cannot be seen as a homogeneous entity, but as a socio-cultural imagined construction with contradictions, conflicts and disagreement within geographical mapping. While admitting the problems of utilizing the geographical term “Asia,” we still believe that to think about theory and practices in and around/beyond Asia could provide a means for critically assessing conventional Euro-American oriented media studies towards more appropriate understandings of digital media ecology in the age of globalization. As a region, Asia is the largest in consumption as well as production globally; nonetheless dominant media theory is still being produced in the West. Now we have to critically examine this imbalance of knowledge production from a post-colonial perspective.

This conference also hopes to discuss the possibilities and problems of current intellectual debates around digital media studies: affective theory, cyber-feminism, software studies, platform studies, algorithmic power, speculative realism, new materialism, post-humanism, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and creative industries. It will be a space for the discussion of current political conditions in which new digital media has become deeply intertwined. Furthermore, this conference aims to provide opportunities for young scholars working in and on Asia to discuss the future of media studies in Asia.

Language: English

Booking in advance is necessary. If you would like to attend the conference, please contact:

Yoshitaka Mōri (postmedia.research.net@gmail.com)

We have stopped accepting registration because there is no more place available.


Organizing Committee Members:

Yoshitaka Mōri (Tokyo University of the Arts)

Mamoru Ito (Waseda University)

Kazunori Mizushima (Osaka Sagyo University)

Tomoko Shimizu (University of Tsukuba)

Shinji Oyama (Ritsumeikan University)

Takeshi Kadobayashi (Kansai University)

Satofumi Kawamura (Kanto Gakuin University)

Toshiro Mitsuoka (Tokyo Keizai University)


Sachi Komai (University of Tsukuba)

Ryosuke Hidaka (Tokyo Metropolitan University)


This project is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 17H02587


January 27 (SAT)
schedule name title affiliation
9:00-9:20 Opening Remark Yoshitaka Mori Towards Post-Media Theories in Asia Professor/Tokyo University of the Arts
9:20-10:00 Keynote Speech 1 Scott Lash Western Communications as War: Asian Communications as Coupling Professor/University of Oxford
10:00-10:10 Break      
10:10-10:50 Keynote Speech 2 Anthony Fung Technologization of Everyday Life: social media and China Professor/Chinise University of Hong Kong
10:50-11:00 Break      
  Session 1 Post-Medium Conditions (Chair: Yoshitaka Mori)  
11:10-12:30 Speaker Takeshi Kadobayashi Rosalind Krauss’ “Post-Medium Condition” Revisited: From the Standpoint of Film and Media Theory Associate Professor/Kansai University
Ji-hoon Kim Contemporary East Asian Postinternet Art of the Moving Image:
Postproduction, Circulationism, and the Layers of the Global and the Local
Associate Professor/Chung-ang University
Stephen Sarrazin Images in Exile  Lecturer/Paris 8 University
12:30-13:30 Lunch      
  Session 2 Media, Affect anf Politics (Chair:Kazunori Mizushima)  
14:00-15:20 Speaker Yeran Kim Affective Network in the Popular Movement of Feminism Professor/Kwangwoon University
Chung Il-Joon Candlelight Rallies in South Korea: Entwining and/or Merging of Online/Offline Protests? Professor/Korea University
Jong Pairez Strange Connections: Radio Kosaten as a Collaborative Research Laboratory Artist/Activist/Postgraduate Student, Tokyo University of the Arts
15:20-15:40 Coffee Break      
  Session 3 Popular Culture in the Post-Media Era (Chair: Shinji Oyama)  
15:40-16:40 Speaker      
Andreas Lenander Ægidius The Disappearance of Music Media – Theorizing Post-media Conditions for Control in the East Asian Music Industry. PhD Student/University of Southern Denmark.
Park Sungwoo Mediatization and Cultural Practice in Asia: with a Case in Korea Assistant Professor/Woosong University
16:50-17:10 Break      
  Session 4 Space and Practices (Chair: Tomoko Shimizu)  
17:10-18:30 Speaker Lik Sam Chan Dating potential: The Forming of Desiring Subjects in Dating Apps in Contemporary China Ph.D. Candidate/University of Southern California
Jones Gareth ‘Readerly Shuttlings’: How New Materialism, Borrowed Scenery and a Cross-Cultural Community Walking Practice Contribute to an Attentive Engagement with the City PhD candidate/University of Dundee
Hyunjoon Shin The Roles of Social Media in ‘Cut out’ Seoul and Mobile Space-making by Young Artists in Seoul, South Korea Associate Professor/ Sunkonghoe University
19:00 Welcome Party      
January 28 (SUN)
schedule name title Affiliation
9:00-9:40 Keynote Speech 3 Alexander Zahlten Post-Media Theorization: For a Theory Without Content Associate Professor/Harvard Univesity
9:40-9:50 Break      
9:50-10:30 Keynote Speech 4 Shin Mizukoshi An Attempt to Design a Media Community Preofessor/University of Tokyo
10:30-1:50 Break      
  Session 5 Theorizing New Media (Chair: Mamoru Ito)  
10:50-12:30 Speaker Satofumi Kawamura [Im]possibility of “Asian” Media Theory? Lecturer/Kanto Gakuin University
Toshiro Mitsuoka Screen as Method: Reframing Visual Experience in the age of Mobile Media Associate Professor/Tokyo Keizai University
Jin-Woo PARK Politics and  Dispositif on the basis of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben Associate Professor/Konkuk University
John Wolfgang Roberts Metafictionality as Ethic: Affecting Change in our Narrative Ecologies Foreign Teacher/Mie University
PhD Student/ University of Birmingham
12:30-13:30 Lunch      
  Session 6 Heterogeneous Voices: East Asian Video Art and Intermedia in the 1970s and 1980s (Chair:Yoshitaka Mori)  
13:30-14:50 Speaker Nina Horisaki-Christens Video Communication: Artists Redefining Media Publics in 1970s Japan Visiting Researcher/Sophia University
Yu-Chieh Li Intermedia in Taiwan and Hong Kong in the 1980s Adjunct Researcher/Tate Research Centre:
Haeyun Park Post-Technological Video: Agency of Matter in Korean Video Art in the 1970s Doctoral candidate/City University of
New York
14:50-15:10 Coffee Break      
  Session 7 New Subjectivities/New Identities (Chair: Ryosuke Hidaka)  
15:10-16:30 Speaker Maria Grajdian Japan’s Paris, or: On Humanity as Extension(s) of Media Associate Professor/Nagasaki University
Lisander Martínez Mexijuku: Mexico City’s Harajuku and new Japanese identities PhD Student/Tsukuba University
Ai Kano Re-finding the Concept of the ‘Tactical Media’ in the Post-media era in the Terrain of Socially Engaged Ph.D candidate/Tokyo University of the Arts
17:00-17:50 Wrap-up Session