Extended Application Deadline to Present at 15th Annual IAJS Conference, Toyo Univ. Tokyo Nov. 23, 24 2019

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Call for Papers
November 23, 2019 to November 24, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Japanese History / Studies, Human Rights, Environmental History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Indigenous Studies



15th Conference of International Association of Japanese Studies


YONAOSHI: Remaking the World

November 23-24, Toyo University, Hakusan campus, Tokyo



Applications to present on the 23rd* should be sent by Nov. 7 to iajs2019conference@gmail.com

Those interested in participating in the student-centered event on the 24th* should complete the registration form at: https://forms.gle/Xj3XphaZxH1Fv5jP8


Imagination, spontaneous fancy, humor, creativity, art and hope for tomorrow are powerful antidotes to the despair of extreme inequality, profound alienation, the stress of endless competition, marginalization and, dare we say, the growing awareness of the planetary devastation threatened by runaway neoliberal economics.  It is worth recalling in times such as these that, across time and space, people in Japan time and time again have remade their worlds, reimagining reality, dreaming of things unlike anything before and bringing them forth to fruition. In this year’s conference, we welcome papers that take up issues connected with transformations in Japan, transformations that are personal and societal, past or present. We welcome scholars from an array of fields who are interested in exploring the power of creative thought - from quiet abstract contemplation to extravagant fantasy and vision, from everyday doodles to the unconscious in literature and film, from ancient delicate poetry to pithy tweets, from exotic manga to political expression.


As this year’s keynote speaker, we are excited to welcome Dr. Harumi Osaki, speaking on


Beyond Universalism and Particularism:

Rethinking the Philosophy of the Kyoto School


Harumi Osaki is an independent scholar of Western and Japanese philosophy. Her recently published book  Nothingness in the Heart of Empire: The Moral and Political Philosophy of the Kyoto School in Imperial Japan (2019, SUNY Press) deals with heated debates over the essence of the Japanese nation and its relationship to the West that arose in the early 20th century. Her work has been praised as an exceedingly valuable contribution to the English-language scholarship on NISHIDA Kitarō, a towering figure in modern Japanese philosophy. In demonstrating the connections between Japanese wartime philosophers’ attempts to articulate “non-Western forms of rationality” and their engagement with wartime aggression, Osaki has placed herself at the center of discussions on the nature of identity and Japanese nationalism that are as relevant today as they were during the war. 


Harumi Osaki received her PhD in contemporary French thought from Hitotsubashi University in 2003 and went on to complete a second doctorate in Japanese philosophy from McGill University in Canada in 2016.  


*NOTE: In keeping with the traditional aims of our society, the first day of this year’s conference will be dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of scholarly research. In the spirt of renewal and expansion, we also encourage students to come and join in discussions. Building on last year’s efforts, the second day will establish spaces where students, activists, artists and educators interested in issues of equity and social justice can gather as poster presenters, workshop facilitators or simply participants to share food and drink, inspire and empower, exchange ideas, build solidarity, organize and act for change.


Overview of the Yonaoshi Project

This year’s gathering will take place at Toyo University on Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th. 

This year’s theme is: YONAOSHI, Why not Remake the World?
This event will take place over the two days of November 23rd and 24th and encompass the annual conference of the International Association of Japan Studies (IAJS). It will offer coordinating and planning sessions, keynote speakers, panels, leadership booths, round-table discussions, workshops and entertainment in Japanese as well as English, and include music, photography and dance.

About this year’s theme:
The word YONAOSHI recalls how the inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago have overcome immense challenges throughout history by radically reconceiving and remaking their societies. In this time of crisis—not only ecological and climate-driven, but also economic, systemic and geopolitical--we hope that you will unleash your imagination in order to conceive of new worlds of infinite possibilities. Imagine —an inclusive community based on compassion, equity, participatory governance and gender and ethnic equality. Imagine —a nation supported by locally autonomous communities that welcome people from all different backgrounds, bringing them together through music, art and creative and intellectual freedom. Imagine — a society that recognizes the urgent need to reintegrate humans with natural ecosystems in a sustainable way of living that preserves biodiversity, habitats and indigenous lands and cultures, honors the sacredness of life, and moves rapidly away from dependency on fossil fuels, plastic, needless consumption and the destructive fantasy of limitless economic growth. 

It is with great enthusiasm that we invite feminists, artists, philosophers, environmentalists, Okinawan and Ainu activists, musicians, scholars, members of sexual and ethnic minorities, members of the disabled community, film-makers, teachers, foreign and Japanese students, immigrants, social activists, workers, and all manner of caring, creative change-makers to join us in our celebratory project of creating solidarity through collectively embarking on the decisive actions we must take together in order to recreate the world and stave off calamity.

Notable Features of the Conference 特徴

For Updated Information, see the Yonaoshi Facebook Page

日程 Schedule
リンクを参照、Please see link:

無料の朝食、ビーガンスナックなど Complimentary Breakfast, vegan snacks and other food and drink
A breakfast of coffee, tea, donuts and fruit will be available to registered participants both days.

パネル セッション , Panel Sessions
プログラムは11月にFBページとIAJSのHPに載せられる。The Program will be loaded on the FB page and IAJS HP in November.

基調プレゼンテーション Keynote Presentation (16:00-17:00)

ライブ音楽付き懇親会 Receptions with Live Music (17:45-

環境危機のフォトランゲージ体験 Photolanguage Experiences in response to Climate Crisis

モーニング・ヨーガ Morning Yoga (9:00-10:00)

ESJ ワークショップ ESJ Workshops
下記のリンクをご参照ください。Click on the link below for information.

基調パネル Keynote Panel

ラウンドテーブル談話 Round-table Discussions
予定されている1時間ほどのラウンドテーブル談話の五つのテーマは、「社会に取り掛かっていく能力、エンパワーメントや変化のための教育学」、「気候変動と日本の環境運動」、「コミュニケーション技術、孤独と他者になること」、「日本における少数派と先住民の声を聴く」と「日本でのジェンダー(不)平等と’#Me Too'運動」
We will have afternoon 1-hour round-table discussions about "Pedagogy for Social Engagement, Empowerment and Change", "Climate Change and Japanese Environmental Movements," "Communication Technology, Loneliness and Becoming Other", "Listening to the Voices of Minorities and Indigenous Groups in Japan" and  "Gender (In)Equality and '#Me,Too' in Japan"   

ペチャクチャ・プレゼンテーション Pechakucha Presentations
Student Videos and PechaKucha Presentations are limited to students working with teachers involved with JAPAN IN BITS, WAKE UP.  If you are a teacher who is interested in including your students in either of these activities, please indicate below. If you are a student not working with a teacher, but nevertheless wish to present a PechaKucha Presentation or  video, please state your interest below. 

リーダーシップ・ブース  Leadership Booths
Leadership booths provide attendees with opportunities to learn from the experiences of student leaders and social activists while gaining information about their organizations.  Visiting the booths should be especially exciting for students who want to play a more active role in their education, become more involved in society or consider a career in social activism.  Together let's unlock the secret that gives  individuals the confidence and commitment to dedicate themselves to  justice and social change.

ポスタ―発表 Poster Presentations
Poster sessions may be done by individuals or by teams of two or three people. During poster sessions, presenters discuss their information and ideas with a small number of visitors. Presenters post information on their topics on a poster board, clearly labeled and illustrated by photographs, charts, graphs or tables.  Presenters will exhibit over a 90-minute period.  Poster presenters are urged to bring handouts for distribution. We recommend using a single, double-sided A4 sheet to provide your name and institution,  the focus of your exhibit, a summary of key information and sources for further investigation. Presenters are suggested to click on the following link for tips on effective presentation design.









Beginning this year, we happily accept presentations in Japanese or English







2019年のイベントは東洋大学白山キャンパスで11月23日(土)と24日(日) に行われる。今年のイベントに参加される方は、当日に留まらず、学生・活動家・教員・芸術家・若者そして社会人との間に今までなかった強い絆を築くことにより日本における高等教育そして社会運動の有様を考え直す共同作業を可能にする新たな運動の中心的な人物の一人になっていただけたら幸甚。




フェミニスト、芸術家、哲学者、環境運動の方、沖縄及びアイヌの活動家、音楽家、学者、性及び民族の少数派、障がい者、映画監督、教員、国内及び海外の学生、移民、正義のための活動家や労働者などの、心優しく想像力が富んでいるあらゆるチェンジ・メーカーの方に是非ご参加頂きたいのです。一緒に夢を見ながら生きていることを祝い、そして社会崩壊を止め、”世を直す” ために何が必要なのかを話し合い行動することにより絆を築き上げましょう。



Contact Info: 

Charles Cabell, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Regional and Global Studies, Toyo University
Vice President, International Association of Japan Studies