Living Politics: Self Help and Autonomous Action in East Asia and Beyond

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 14 March 2018


CIW Seminar Room
The Australian Centre on China in the World




Hanbyol Lee

How can we bring politics back to life in the age of Trump, Putin, Brexit and post-truth?

This conference will rethink the boundaries of the “political”, exploring innovative autonomous ways in which people in East Asia and beyond are collaborating to solve challenges which conventional political systems fail to address.

The conference brings together practitioners in grassroots alternatives as well as academic researchers. Topics covered will include: informal life politics; reimagining the state; cooperation and cooperatives; the self-help politics of memory, and art activism. The aim is to encourage debate and inspire new ways of looking at politics in our region.

Confirmed speakers include:

Davina COOPER – Professor in the Law School, University of Kent, and author of Everyday Utopias (2014).

KIM Yuik – Korean activist and researcher in the domain of social innovation, promotion of sustainable life style, alternative education and community building in various East Asian countries.

LAI Endian – Chinese documentary film-maker, who will show his recent documentary on the grassroots memory politics of Guomindang war veterans.

MUTŌ Ichio – Founding member of Tōwa organic farming cooperative, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Charles STAFFORD – Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics, specialising in issues of human cooperation in China, Taiwan and beyond.

TANAKA Natsuko – Small-scale farmer and researcher focusing on women’s cooperatives and other alternative economic movements in Japan and elsewhere.

ODENCHIMEG – Founder of the environmental farming community Ikh Ovoo Nurul NGO, Mongolia.

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