Genron Triannual

Welcome to Genron

We Genron company published the first issue of its triannual critical magazine Genron in fall 2015.

Genron is a regularly issued publication that will carry on the critical awareness of Genron’s previous publication series Shisouchizu beta. Genron offers both critical and analytical outlook on Japanese contemporary society and culture through this new publication.

Each Genron issue will be sequentially numbered, and the first series of issues is planned to stretch for three years to Genron 9. While the inaugural issue Genron 1 was already released in last November, the pre-launch issue Genron 0 is still being prepared. Issues are slated to be published with a length of about 300 pages and a price of 2,000 to 2,500 yen. Hiroki Azuma, the head of Genron company, supervises their planning and editing while he also contributes his papers and dialogues to each issue.

Genron 1, the first issue of Genron, takes as its main feature “Criticism in Contemporary Japan” in addition to its side feature “The Work of Art in the Age of Terrorism.” It features a diverse array of writers, including Tadashi Suzuki, Ikuo Kameyama, Boris Groys, Craig Owens, Atsushi Sasaki, Satoru Osawa, Kenro Hayamizu, Melon Uminekozawa, Yohei Kurose, etc. Genron 0 takes as its theme “The Philosophy of Sightseeing” and will be a completely new written work by Azuma alone.

The table of contents of future issues will be announced on this site. The envisioned readership for Genron includes students and researchers as well as educated citizens with an interest in humanities in general. The issues are published in Japanese language while we use the final pages of each issue for English translations and summaries to ensure access to our arguments for global readers interested in Japanese contemporary thought.

Only a limited number of Genron will be printed, and they will only be sold through select bookstores. If you wish to ensure that you receive a copy, we recommend joining Genron Supporters (Genron Tomonokai). E-book editions of each Genron will be for sale on Amazon Kindle. We also publishes an affiliated online magazine titled Genron B(beta) monthly and sent it to the members of Genron Supporters.

Japan is now witnessing a rapid growth of the number of individuals who boast that literature or humanities are not needed any more in our nation and openly scorn for critical discourses. It reflects rise of political passiveness and conservatism of citizens but also implies the impotence of Japan’s humanities-based intellectuals to cope with our political reality. We here hope to bring back to life the rich and unique tradition of Japanese critical thought by the publication of this periodical besides our other attempts Genron Café and Genron School.

April 2016
Hiroki Azuma
President and Editor-in-Chief, Genron
Author of Otaku (University of Minnesota Press) and General Will 2.0 (Veritcal)

English translations and summaries available.
English translations and summaries of some papers available in each issue.

March 20, 2017 release (scheduled)

2,300 yen + tax

A5版 304頁(予定)

978-4-907188-20-7

Genron 0

Table of Contents

To be announced

November 15, 2016 release (scheduled)

2,400 yen + tax

Genron 4

Table of Contents

Criticism in Contemporary Japan III
[Discussion]Will Liberals Reboot? Jiro Yamaguchi + Daisuke Tsuda + Hiroki Azuma

An Illness Called Criticism Hiroki Azuma

Criticism in Contemporary Japan III
[Interview] From Marx (via Gorbachev) to Kant: After the Rise and Fall of Postwar Enlightenment Akira Asada
Japan’s Cultural Left: On with the Story? Atsushi Sasaki
[Discussion] Problems with Heisei Criticism 2001-2016
Makoto Ichikawa + Satoshi Osawa + Atsushi Sasaki + Sayawaka + Hiroki Azuma
[Appendix]The Age of Hatena Diaries: Intersections between Criticism and the Internet
Satoshi Osawa + Sayawaka + Hiroki Azuma
Stillborn Babies of the Lost Generation Shunsuke Sugita
Twenty Years of Street ThoughtIkuo Gonoi
Kojin Karatani and Korean Literature Revisited Cho Young-il

Wake Up New #1 Prabda Yoon

On Other Surfaces #3 Yohei Kurose
On Independent States #3 Kenro Hayamizu
Introduction to Dark Tourism #11 Akira Ide
Contemporary Art as Global Art: A Critical Estimate #2 Hans Belting

[Columns]

[Novel]The Pigeon Clock of Dischronia | Afternoon 4 | Melon Uminekizawa

English Translations and Abstracts

July 15, 2016 release (scheduled)

2,400 yen + tax

Genron 3

Table of Contents

Escape from Postwar Japanese Art

The World After Dark Tourism
Hiroki Azuma

Another Bad Place
[Interview] From Museum to Garden: The Philosophy of REAL DMZ PROJECT Sunjung Kim
The Mirror and the Swamp, or Representation of Division in Media and Art Park Chan-Kyong

Outward from Japan
[Discussion] The Colonies and Exposure in the Wild: Towards a Reinterpretation of Postwar Japanese Art
Makoto Aida + Reiji Ando+ Noi Sawaragi + Yohei Kurose
A Different Place, While Being Here: In a “Bad Place” in the Age of Global Art Atsushi Shinfuji
The Art History of TranspositionYohei Kurose
Reconsidering “Okinawan Art” Before 1945: From Yoshitaro Kamakura’s Studies of Okinawan Art to Yashu Nakamatsu’s Gods and Villages
Seiichi Tsuchiya

Reexamining World Art History
Critical Topography of World Art Yohei Kurose + Atsushi Shinfuji
Is Art History Globalizable?: A Critical Commentary from a Far Eastern Point of View Shigemi Inaga
Contemporary Art as Global Art: A Critical Estimate #1 Hans Belting
The Endogenous-Exogenous Interface in Globalism: The Case of China and Thailand John Clark

A Shifting Leviathan and the Politics of Affect Bak Kabun
Introduction to Dark Tourism #10 Akira Ide
The Allegorical Impulse Part2 Craig Owens

[Columns]

[Novel]The Pigeon Clock of Dischronia | Afternoon3 | Melon Uminekizawa

English Translations and Abstracts

December 1, 2015 release (scheduled)

2,300 yen + tax

Genron 1

Table of Contents

The Work of Art in the Age of Terrorism (1)
[Discussion] Theatre, Violence, and the State Tadashi Suzuki + Hiroki Azuma

On Our Inaugural Issue Hiroki Azuma

Criticism in Contemporary Japan
[Report] Criticism and Media Satoshi Osawa
[Discussion] Problems with Showa Criticism 1975–1989
Ryota Fukushima + Satoshi Osawa + Makoto Ichikawa + Hiroki Azuma
Groove/Tone/Atmosphere Atsushi Sasaki
Looking from the Outside Reiji Ando
How do we Criticize Japanese Literature? Ryota Fukushima

On Other Surfaces #1 Yohei Kurose
On Independent States #1 Kenro Hayamizu
Introduction to Dark Tourism #8 Akira Ide

The Work of Art in the Age of Terrorism (2)
[Discussion] Dostoyevsky and a Literature of Terrorism Ikuo Kameyama + Hiroki Azuma + Yoko Ueda
[Interview] Outside America only Superman can be Explained Boris Groys

The Allegorical Impulse Part1 (1/2) Craig Owens

[Columns]

[Novel]The Pigeon Clock of Dischronia | Afternoon 1 | Melon Uminekizawa

English Translations and Abstracts

April 1, 2016 release (scheduled)

2,400 yen + tax

Genron 2

Table of Contents

Criticism in Contemporary Japan 2 (1)
[Discussion] From Science Fiction to GOD Yasutaka Tsutsui + Hiroki Azuma

For a Phiosophy of Mourning to Come Hiroki Azuma

Mourning Spaces
[Interview] The Mourning of Species and Logic of the Forest Shinichi Nakazawa
[Proposal]Haunted Nation Revisited/Reposed: A Rejected Proposal for Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016
Chaos*Lounge + Kenshu Shintsubo + Daisuke Tsuda + Ryuji Fujimura + Hidenori Watanabe + Hiroki Azuma
The Architecture and Space of Memorialization in Modern Japan Taro Igarashi
[Discussion]Architecture beyond Death: From Mobilization to the Archive
Russian Cosmism: Biopolitics of Immorality Boris Groys

Criticism in Contemporary Japan 2 (2)
[Discussion] Problems with Heisei Criticism 1989–2001
Ryota Fukushima + Satoshi Osawa + Makoto Ichikawa + Hiroki Azuma
[Columns] Uwasa-no Shinso and the rise of Anti-establishment “Sabukaru” Critics Sawayaka

[Discussion]God Arrives Contingently: On the Development of Speculative Realism Masayama Chiba + Hiroki Azuma

On Other Surfaces #2 Yohei Kurose
On Independent States #2 Kenro Hayamizu
Introduction to Dark Tourism #9 Akira Ide
The Allegorical Impulse Part1 (2/2) Craig Owens

[Columns]

[Novel]The Pigeon Clock of Dischronia | Afternoon 2 | Melon Uminekizawa

English Translations and Abstracts