8 – City Images, Cityscapes and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

City Images, Cityscapes and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Olympic Games is an event that shows the face of the city on the global stage. Yet this raises the question of how city images are generated and become iconic. In the case of Tokyo, Mount Fuji is often pulled in from the landscape to stand for the city as a whole. This paper focuses on the generation of the Tokyo image for the 2020 Olympics in relation to the more varied and multiple images of cityscapes and streetscapes. The paper also examines the dependence on various infrastructures (the hidden underground utilities) and Infostructures (the city not just of connectivity, but the city of sensors the smart city impetus, that generates data and surveillance potential)

  • 14 September 2021 | 10h00 – 12h00 (France) | 11h00 – 13h00 (England) | 17h00 – 19h00 (Japan)
  • Online – In English
  • Speakers: Mike Featherstone (University of London, Theory Culture & Society, Body & Society)
  • Discussant: Alexandre Faure (FFJ, EHESS)


Mike Featherstone is founding editor of the journal Theory, Culture & Society and the Theory, Culture & Society Book Series. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Body & Society. Author of Consumer Culture and Postmodernism (2nd edition 2007) and Undoing Culture: Globalization, Postmodernism and Identity (1995). Co-author of Surviving Middle Age (1982). Editor of over a dozen books and author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on social and cultural theory, consumer and global culture, ageing and the body. His books and articles have been translated into sixteen languages. He has spent time as a visiting professor in Barcelona, Geneva, Kyoto, Recife, São Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

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