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.

The symposium aims to contribute to ongoing attempts to better understand our globally interconnected world, focusing on the ways in which artists and scholars have grappled with questions of ‘the global’ over the years.

The RCMC provides a platform for innovative research, experimentation and public engagement. Often in collaboration with external partners, we program a variety of events targeting diverse publics, from academic and museum practitioners, to artists, creatives and activists, to various local and translocal communities.