Popular culture

On 4 and 5 September 2017, the Research Center for Material Culture in Leiden, The Netherlands, will host the two-day symposium Cool Japan: Creation, Production, and Fabrication of the Cool.

Diasporic Fashion Identities: beyond haute couture & street culture is a platform to explore themes such as style, representation, appropriation, kinship and identity in relation to the fashioned self and community.

Disassembling sexual and gender identities in the city

“We are often superficially perceived as "sub" culture. Sub for whom? Not for us”- artist, activist Kareem Reid.

In 2015, five feminists were detained in China for more than a month; their public activism for more female toilets, against domestic violence and for safer subways, appeared to challenge the authorities too much. Meanwhile, in India, calls for a safe city for women continue to dominate public debate. Asian cities are changing at an unprecedented speed, along with their gendered social fabrics. Simultaneously, forces against changing gender roles also multiply, summoning a return to traditional (often regarded as ‘Asian’) values that invokes banishing women back to the private sphere. 

This research project studies the popular culture through which the socio-political authority of criminal gangs is produced in Latin America and Caribbean countries.