New EMJNet (Early Modern Japan Network) Initiatives

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Dear Colleagues interested in Early Modern Japan,


In light of recent developments at the AAS, we will no longer offer our own traditional academic panels as a “meeting in conjunction” with the AAS (we will still sponsor panel proposals for the regular AAS annual meeting), we will experiment with some new Early Modern Japan Network initiatives.  At least one of these will require more formality than we have had in the past because it deals with the management of money.


Travel Grant Initiative:  In brief, with the small funding balance that currently resides in our AAS account, we will start a competition for travel support for early modern Japan specialists whose papers have been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the AAS.  Initial plans are for two modest awards of about $200-$300.  A detailed announcement will follow shortly, but the initial idea is to focus on a) support for early modern Japan graduate students, post-docs, independent scholars and junior faculty at institutions that provide limited financial support for travel to conferences, and b) support for those who have no institutional support whatsoever.  This kind of program has been very useful in other organizations and we are very optimistic that it can be sustained and make a contribution to scholarly exchange related to Early Modern Japan.


A New Membership List:  Looking to future support (and expansion?) of this program, we will create a more formal listing of members and a voluntary payment of a membership fee.  According to AAS regulations, members of the EMJNet MUST be AAS members. While I have enjoyed not having to worry about membership lists over recent years (it takes time!), at this point the obligation is unavoidable.  (There are several corollaries that I will explain at a business meeting at the AAS.) Formal members will have voting rights and can hold office, but we will open all activities that do not require voting rights to the broader early modern Japan scholarly enterprise.


If you are interested in being a formal member, write to me at, including Full Name, postal address, e-mail and an indication that you are an AAS member.  (Cut and paste from a digital file will make my life easier!)


Donations/Voluntary Membership Dues:  If you wish to make a membership payment or just to donate to support the EMJNet Travel Grant Program, please make checks payable to The Association for Asian Studies, and mark “For EMJNet” in the memo line or somewhere else on the check.  Mail to Philip C. Brown, EMJNet, Department of History, 230 Annie and John Glenn Avenue, Columbus OH 43210.  PLEASE SEND Membership and Travel Grant Program contributions now.


The EMJNet Mailing List:  The EMJNet mailing list remains active. It will likely be the sole channel with which to communicate purely EMJNet business.  Non-members are still very welcome, however, and posts other than purely EMJNet business are, as heretofore, very welcome.  IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THIS MAILING LIST, follow the instructions beneath my signature.  The group name is EMJNET.


More at a later date.


Phil Brown



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