Inverted Mythologies

November 19, 2022
Kyoto University


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November 19thSaturday



Yoshida South Campus, Building 1, room 24

November 19thSaturday

令和4年11月19日 (土)


Yoshida South Campus, Building 1, room 24



Organized by the Everydayness Research Group

One of the practical questions we are interested in discussing is what are the narratives that mobilize social movements, both left and right. Furthermore, in this workshop, we will also focus on the following questions: What kind of roles do political myths play today? Moreover, is it licit to speak of “myths” in an era where Twitter and social networks play a central role in the distribution of information? What is the difference between “myths”, “slogans”, “fake news”?


Populism is usually thought of as based on the figure of a charismatic leader who functions as a Signifier in capital letters, guiding and manipulating the rest of the electorate. Is it also possible to investigate the production of myths and narratives from below? Both right-wing and left-wing movements can be “popular” and can receive support from the most economically vulnerable strata of society. Is there still a place for revolutionary myths or is all political fiction tied to dominant power, irrationalism and being an instrument of real power?

This program is managed by the Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research (CPIER) and the Kyoto University Research Administration Office (KURA) and supported by the MEXT-sponsored program for promoting the enhancement of research universities (Kyoto University).


9:45-10:00Welcome words, presentation

10:00-11:00Panel 1: Masataka OKI, “Toward an Introspective Analysis of the Need for a Myth. Revisiting the Theories of Imagination in Early Modern Political Thought”

11:00-12:00Panel 2: Dennis STROMBACK, “Populism ≠ Not Populism = Populism: Asserting Populism through Negating Populism from the Standpoint of El Pueblo”


13:00-14:00Panel 3: Nathaniel M. SMITH, “Martyrdom and Lionization of Activists on the Right in Japan”

14:00-15:00Panel 4: Lisa TORIO, “The Spirit of Abstraction and the ‘Mass Man’: Exploring the Possibilities and Limits of Collective Movements Through Gabriel Marcel’s Philosophy”


15:30-16:30Panel 5: Pedro ERBER, “Bolsonaro’s Brazil and Neoliberalism as Political Mythology”

16:30:17:30Panel 6: Hizumi KOMINE, 「お笑いとポピュリズム―TVディレクター・吉村誠の場合―」

17:30-18:30General Discussion

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