Call for Papers: 22nd Annual Japan Studies Association Conference

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Call for Papers
September 28, 2015
Hawaii, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies

Twenty-Second Annual Japan Studies Association Conference

7-9 January 2016
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawai'i

In January 2016 we will meet in Honolulu to share our continuous and new 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. JSA offers up to three graduate student scholarships, $500 each.

The following themes can serve as useful points of departure:

  • Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945-2015: historical perspectives, enduring challenges, possibilities for the future;
  • The image of Kyoto – traditional and modern;
  • Pre-modern, modern or contemporary Japanese literature and culture, music, theater, film;
  • Japanese aesthetics and material culture;
  • Historical, social, economic or political perspectives on Japan’s relationships with its national self, minorities and neighbors;
  • Japan’s religious traditions, sacred texts and architecture;
  • Youth and popular culture in Japan; manga and anime;
  • Post-3.11 Japan – healing and persistent challenges;
  • 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 and 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 would particularly welcome contributions by alumni of JSA’s Freeman Foundation intensive workshops on Japan (2002–2015), by participants in the Wichita and Belmont workshops, both funded by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation, and by participants in the 2014 Kyoto and the 2015 Hiroshima-Nagasaki workshops.  Please contact colleagues with whom you share pedagogical and research interests and form a panel or a roundtable; 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 28 September 2015 Please make sure that you include the name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information for each presenter. 

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

Dr. Maggie Ivanova, Flinders University (Australia): 
Dr. Andrea Stover, Belmont University (USA):

Contact Info: 

Dr Maggie Ivanova

Lecturer in Drama, Flinders University

Vice President, Japan Studies Association