Call for Papers Twenty-Fourth Annual Japan Studies Association Conference January 4-6, 2018, Honolulu, HI

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Call for Papers
January 4, 2018 to January 6, 2018
Hawaii, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies

Join us in sunny Honolulu January 2018 to share our new and continuing pedagogical and research interests in Japan’s literary and cultural traditions, historical and economic developments, sociopolitical and religious past and present. We invite proposals for individual presentations, discipline-specific or interdisciplinary panels, roundtables on pedagogy and teaching innovation and staged readings. The following themes can serve as useful points of departure:

• Okinawa: identity, history and culture; • Cultural memory: historical perspectives, enduring challenges, possibilities for the future; • The legacy of Fukushima and nuclear futures – healing and persistent challenges; • Pre-modern, modern or contemporary Japanese literature and culture; • Performance traditions and contemporary practice: music, theater, film; • Japanese aesthetics and material culture; • Historical, social, economic or political perspectives on Japan’s relationships with its national self and neighbors; • Multicultural identities in Japan; • Japan’s religious traditions, sacred texts and architecture; • Youth and popular culture in Japan; manga and anime; • Pedagogy, field trips and study tours: teaching Japanese language and culture – reflections and strategies, hurdles and achievements; • Infusing Japanese Studies into the undergraduate curriculum: successful course/program development, faculty collaboration and ways to engage with institutional core goals; • New voices in Japanese Studies: graduate student research.

We encourage both east-west and inter-Asian comparative perspectives and particularly welcome contributions by alumni of JSA’s Freeman Foundation intensive workshops on Japan (2002–2016) such as the Wichita and Belmont workshops, both funded by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation. We also welcome proposals from participants in the 2014 Kyoto, the 2015 Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the 2017 Okinawa workshops. We recommend you contact colleagues with whom you share pedagogical and research interests to form a panel or a round table as this results in more engaging presentations and follow-up discussion.

Submitting an abstract or a panel proposal:

Abstracts for an individual presentation (approx. 250 words) or proposals for a themed panel, roundtable or staged reading (approx. 500 words) should be submitted via JSA’s website: by Monday, 25 September 2017 Please make sure that you include the name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information for each presenter along with individual presentation titles.

For more information, please contact the Conference Program Co-Chairs:

Prof. Andrea Stover, Belmont University:  

Prof. Paul Dunscomb, University of Alaska Anchorage:

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Prof. Andrea Stover, Belmont University:  

Prof. Paul Dunscomb, University of Alaska Anchorage: 

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