Beyond Japanese Studies Symposium: Challenges, Opportunities And COVID-19

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Considering strategies that early career Japan scholars can use to boost the reach and relevance of their research.


This symposium (AEDT time) is designed to respond to challenges, opportunities and needs in the academic landscape which have resulted from, or been intensified by, the effects of COVID-19.

Japan-interested scholars must today consider how their work intersects with ‘global studies’, Asian Studies, trans-national and trans-cultural aspects of the human, natural, economic and physical world. They must also seek to broaden the regional and global relevance of their work by better connecting with colleagues across borders. Taking “Beyond Japanese Studies” as its theme, this symposium aims to bring early career scholars together to share their research with a wider audience and to consider strategies that Japan scholars can use to thrive.

The symposium will be convened online by The Japan Foundation, Sydney (Eora nation, Gadigal land) and the Japanese Studies Department at the University of New England (UNE; Anaiwan country, shared with Gumbaynggirr, Kamilaroi and Dhunghutti nations), Australia.

Presentation is open to all early career scholars, from postgraduates to recent PhD graduates (up to seven years post-PhD; non-tenured) in Australia, New Zealand and the broader Asia-Pacific region (including the US) whose research is related to Japan. Attendance is welcome from anyone in the Asia-Pacific region with an interest in Japan-related scholarship.

Honoraria are offered to presenters, whose work will be considered for inclusion in an upcoming special issue of the New Voices in Japanese Studies Journal, an online Journal published by Japan Foundation, Sydney.

The Keynote Speaker at the Symposium will be Gracia Liu-Farrer of Waseda University. 

For more information and to submit an abstract, see all the details at: