UTokyo LAINAC organizes a series of international conferences and workshops on “The Future of Democracy after Neoliberalism.” In these events, we plan to compare the goals, strategies, and trajectories of movements around the world that challenge the neoliberal global order or have been shaped by it. We hope to examine these movements’ potential and limitations, and to explore their implications for the future of democracy. 

Starting from January 12, 2016, a three-day workshop on “The Future of Democracy after Neoliberalism: Challenges from Latin America” will take place at the University of Tokyo, followed by two-day presentations by graduate students in Yamanashi. In this workshop, we will focus on Latin American experiences. We would like to invite scholars specializing in globalization, democracy, development, contentious politics, social movements, labor, and civil society in Latin America.
For more details or if you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact UTokyo LAINAC (info@lainac.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp).

Theme of "The Future of Democracy after Neoliberalism" Conferences and Workshops (Click here)

No registration fee is needed. 

English and Spanish. 


***Tokyo Sessions***

DAY 1: January 12, Tuesday

Location: Media Labo Room 2 (Building 18), The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus (Map in English)

09:30-10:00 Welcome Coffee

10:00-11:20 Workshop #1

Kaori Baba (Institute of Developing Economies - Japan External Trade Organization)

"La política de la reforma laboral y las relaciones entre el Estado y los sindicatos en México"

Discussant: Nicolás Somma (La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

11:30-12:50 Workshop #2

Julián Rebón (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

"Desobedeciendo al desempleo, democratizando la producción: La experiencia de las empresas recuperadas por sus trabajadores en Argentina"

Discussant: Takeshi Wada (The University of Tokyo)

<Lunch Break>

14:00-15:20 Workshop #3

Carlos Alba (El Colegio de México)

"Repensar en la política informal: Caso de comerciantes ambulantes en la Ciudad de México"

Discussant: Kota Miura (The University of Tokyo) 

          Hiroyuki Ukeda (The University of Tokyo)

DAY 2: January 13, Wednesday

Location: Media Labo Room 2 (Building 18), The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus (Map in English)

09:30-10:50  Workshop #4

Taeko Hoshino (Institute of Developing Economies - Japan External Trade Organization)

"El impacto de la inversión japonesa en el cambio económico de México: El caso de industria automotriz"

Discussant: Carlos Alba (El Colegio de México)

11:00-12:20 Workshop #5

Ilán Bizberg (El Colegio de México)

"Nuevos movimientos sociales en México"

Discussants: Hiromi Makita (The University of Tokyo)

                  Kaori Baba (Institute of Developing Economies - Japan External Trade Organization)

<Lunch Break>

15:00-18:00 Sumo Wrestling at Ryogoku Stadium

18:00-21:00 Dinner at Ryogoku 

DAY 3: January 14, Thursday

Location: Media Labo Room 2 (Building 18), The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus (Map in English)

09:30-10:50  Workshop #6

Takeshi Wada (The University of Tokyo)

"Civil Society Thickening: A Comparison of Two Electricity Workers Unions in Mexico"

Discussant: Ilán Bizberg (El Colegio de México)

11:00-12:20 Workshop #7

Nicolás Somma (La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

"The Embeddedness of Social Movements: A Preliminary Framework with Glances at Chile"

Discussants: Kayo Hoshino (The University of Tokyo)

                  Taeko Hoshino (Institute of Developing Economies - Japan External Trade Organization)

<Lunch Break>

13:30-14:50 Workshop #8

Hiroyuki Ukeda (The University of Tokyo)

"Tigres del Norte y Saburo Kitajima: Crimen organizado y violencia vistos a través de canciones populares"

Discussant: Julián Rebón (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

***Yamanashi Sessions***

DAY 4: January 15, Friday

Location: University of Yamanashi, Yamanashi


Workshop #9

Kota Miura (The University of Tokyo)

"¿Los Marcos Resuenan en Realidad?"


Workshop #10

Hiromi Makita (The University of Tokyo)

"Citizens' Radicalization and State Repression: Computational Approach"


Workshop #11

Atsuko Niitsu (The University of Tokyo)

"El arte chicano y su sensibilidad estética fronteriza"

DAY 5: January 16, Saturday


Strategic Partnership Project Meeting

Format of our workshop sessions
In this workshop, we will adopt a specific format that the late Charles Tilly used for this Contentious Politics Workshop with enormous success at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University. In the workshop, a presenter distributed his/her research paper a week in advance, participants read the paper in advance of the session, and on the day of the workshop, most of the time was devoted to discussion of the paper. We choose this workshop format so that international scholars as well as our energetic graduate students can engage ideas in a free atmosphere and can nurture relationships that may serve as the a basis for global academic collaboration in the future.

A pattern of the workshop sessions (80 minutes)



00-20 min

Presenter's presentation

20-30 min

Discussant's critique (one or two discussants depending on the session)

30-35 min

Presenter's response

35-40 min

The first round of questions/comments from non-PhDs

40-78 min

Floor discussion

78-80 min

Presenter's final comments

Paper presenters
Please send your paper as an email attachment to info@lainac.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp by January 6, 2016 at your local time. The paper will be distributed to workshop participants via this homepage as soon as we receive it. There will be no restriction on the format and length of paper, but we suggest the length and style adopted by the American Sociological Association as follows:

A 15-35 page double-spaced draft/working paper (including footnotes, tables, and bibliographies) that represents a well-thought out idea or topic, either converted to a PDF file or prepared as a Word document. If necessary, special tables/charts in Excel or PowerPoint can be uploaded as separate files to accompany the paper. Abstracts are required (250 words or less).

Click here to download the papers (for workshop participants only). 

Workshop presenters can use PowerPoint in the workshop rooms. If a presenter intends to use any specific presentation materials or distribute handouts, please notify the organizers in advance. 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Komaba Campus
The University of Tokyo
Komaba 3-8-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8902, Japan

For Campus Maps and the information about transportation and access, click here.

Organizing Committee
  • Carlos José Alba Vega (Centro de los Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de México)
  • Takeshi Wada (Department of Area Studies/Advanced Social and International Studies/Graduate Program on Global Humanities, the University of Tokyo) 
  • Hiroyuki Ukeda (Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, the University of Tokyo)
  • Kota Miura (Department of Area Studies, the University of Tokyo) 

Our sponsors
  • Strategic Partnerships Fund (El Colegio de México), the University of Tokyo, 2014-2016. 
  • Strategic Partnerships Fund (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile), the University of Tokyo, 2015-2016.
  • JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 26590087. The Future of Democracy After Neoliberalism: Social Movements in a Globalizing World” (Takeshi Wada, the University of Tokyo)