The Emergence of a New Public: Redefining the Festival, Policy, and History

Hideyo Konagaya (Waseda University)

This paper discusses the rise of the civic festival in relation to the cultural policy framework that has come to redefine the public cultural sphere since the 1990s in Japan. Focusing on a dance / performance festival in Tokyo, it examines the way in which the folk/traditional practices has been reconstructed as the civic event of a new public and the participatory space of vernacular, artistic creativity in the urban metropolis. It pays attention particularly to the emergence of the new public with regard to the reinterpretation of “culture” in the cultural policy and that of national history and identity.

Part of 05-12 Theorizing Global Asian Folklore Studies: Remaking Fluid Boundaries, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm