New Perspectives on the Digital Revolution: Media and Cultural Transformations

8 August 2018


Law Building Board Room, University of South Australia (UniSA) City West Campus
224 Hindley Street
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia

The contemporary world is marked by numerous social transformations. The digital revolution, shifts in media cultures, and drastic re-configurations of the human body all attest to the need for new social perspectives and innovative social theories. This workshop seeks to answer such a call. Its goal is to bring together social researchers from Japan and Australia to exchange ideas and approaches about how we can better understand technological, mediated, and embodied transformations in the contemporary era.

The workshop will take place at the University of South Australia’s City West campus in Adelaide, Australia on the 8th of August 2018.

The Workshop is co-organized by the University of Tokyo’s Department of Sociology, the Hawke EU Centre and the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia. The Workshop co-conveners are Professor Kenji Sato (Tokyo), Associate Professor Takeshi Deguchi (Tokyo), Professor Anthony Elliott (UniSA), and Dr Eric L. Hsu (UniSA).

Funding for this workshop has been generously provided by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science’s (JSPS) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research program.

Workshop participation is by invitation only. For further information about the workshop, please contact,

Workshop program

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Workshop co-convenors

Kenji Sato

Kenji SATO, PhD is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tokyo. He is conducting research into the fields of culture of Japanese society, media studies, social consciousness and historical sociology. His publications include Dokusho kūkan no kindai (Generating Modernity in the Universe of Reading) (1987), Fukei no seisan fukei no kaihō (The Production of Scenery and the Liberation of Scenery) (1994), Ryugen-Higo (The Rumor) (1995), Rekishi shakaigaku no sahō (Methodology of Historical Sociology) (2001), Shakaichōsa-shi no riterashī (A Literacy in the History of Social Research) (2011), Kētai-ka suru nihongo (Mobile-ing Japanese in Contemporary Society) (2012), Ronbun no kakikata (Methods for Writing Sociological Paper) (2014), and Yanagita kunio no rekishi shakaigaku (Historical sociology of Kunio Yanagita) (2015), Asakusa Kōen Ryōunkaku Jyūnikai (Twelve Stories High Tower in the Asakusa Park) (2016).


Takeshi DeguchiTakeshi DEGUCHI, PhD is an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo. He specializes in intellectual history of sociology and theoretical sociology. In particular, he follows the theoretical heritage of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. Working from this foundation, he applies critical social theory to communication, recognition, and the social self and analyzes pathological forms of those social phenomena. Furthermore, he is revisiting and reappraising the heritage of Japanese critical sociology, in terms of “galapagosized sociology” and is using it to propound an analysis of the uniqueness and generality of Japanese socio-culture after modernization and globalization. His most recent work in English is ‘Erich Fromm and Critical Theory in Post-War Japanese Social Theory’ in R. Funk and N. McLaughlin (Eds.), Towards a Human Science: The Relevance of Erich Fromm for Today (Psychosozial-Verkag 2015).


Anthony ElliottProfessor Anthony ELLIOTT is Dean of External Engagement at the University of South Australia, where he is Research Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre. He is Global Professor (Visiting) of Sociology at Keio University, Japan and Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. Internationally acclaimed for his research on identity studies, he has developed an original account of how globalisation and the mobility revolution are transforming the contemporary world. He is author and editor of some 40 books – which have been translated in 17 languages.



Eric L. Hsu

Dr Eric L. Hsu is a Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia, where he also serves as Research Director of the Hawke EU Centre’s research platform on ‘Industry 4.0, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence’. Dr Hsu holds expertise in the sociology of sleep, the sociology of time, the social analysis of automation and robotics, and the social theory of disasters and globalization. In addition to co-editing The Consequences of Global Disasters (Routledge, 2016) with Anthony Elliott, he is editor most recently of Sleep: Critical Concepts in Sociology (Routledge, 2017). An article of his appearing in the flagship journal of the British Sociological Association has been shortlisted for the SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence. More information about his work can be found on his website:

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