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From Alexandria to Tokyo: Art, Colonialism and Entangled Histories
Conference Tokyo, Japan

From Alexandria to Tokyo: Art, Colonialism and Entangled Histories


Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational are jointly organizing a symposium entitled “From Alexandria to Tokyo: Art, Colonialism and Entangled Histories” in late June, 2020.

The symposium aims to decentre present-day debates on art and colonialism.


Papers that address the following themes through the perspective of art-based practices are particularly encouraged:

  • The legacies of non-European colonialism, especially pertaining to Japan, Russia and Central Asia, the USA and the Philippines and the Ottoman Empire
  • The politics of memorialisation in art, exhibition making and museography
  • Pan-Asianism, non-aligned movement and anti-colonial struggles
  • Art and activism in post-colonial conditions
  • The representation of cosmopolitan port cities (for example present-day Alexandria, Beirut, Izmir (Smyrna), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Shanghai)
  • Comparative perspectives with North American/European colonialisms
  • Indigenous art practices
  • Art and the representation of new forms of colonialism and domination on ethnic and/or religious minorities today


Selected speakers will be notified by mid-January 2020. They will be provided with economy/standard, roundtrip plane ticket (to/from Tokyo), lunch and dinner on both symposium days (i.e., Thursday–Friday, June 25–26, 2020) and modest honorarium. Accommodation is not covered by the organisers but logistic assistance can be provided upon request.


The organizers invite scholars and practitioners working on relevant topics to submit a 250-word (English) or a 500-letter (Japanese) abstract, along with a 2-page CV in English or Japanese to htrc.transnational@tate.org.uk AND tatexmori@mori.art.museum