Call for Book Chapters. La búsqueda de Okinawa: sociedad, cultura y representación en el archipiélago sur de Japón

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies



Call for chapter proposals

La búsqueda de Okinawa: sociedad, cultura y representación en el archipiélago sur de Japón

[The Search for Okinawa: Society, Culture and Representation in the Southern Archipelago of Japan]


Colección Biblioteca de Estudios Japoneses
East Asian Studies and Research Centre (CERAO), GREGAL Research Group - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Ediciones Bellaterra

Edited by Eduardo González
 (CEAA - El Colegio de México / GREGAL
 - Universitat  Autònoma  de Barcelona)


The East Asian Studies and Research Centre (CERAO), the GREGAL Research Group, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Ediciones Bellaterra, invite chapter proposals to participate in the next volume, dedicated to Okinawa, of the book series Japanese Studies Library.

Contributions are expected from researchers of the Spanish-speaking world whose work deals with the Okinawa from the perspective of the plurality of socio-historical and cultural phenomena intersecting in the archipelago. Much of the history of Okinawa formerly the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879)- and its culture during the 20th century is the history of a stigmatization, and the tremendous consequences that brought to the islands being the site of the most brutal battle of the Pacific War. Since the last decades of the past century, Okinawa has begun to receive considerable attention from the media and the academia, reversing much of the general lack of knowedge, and particularly the negative perceptions that Japanese society commonly held about the poorest, most remote, and militarized prefecture of the country. This process, however, coexists with powerful political and economic strategies that exoticize and touristify Okinawan history and traditions, while capitalizing on its uniqueness for the defense of geostrategic interests of Japan and the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific.  Because of the conjunction of multiple factors and facets, the sociocultural reality of Okinawa constitutes a fertile field of study of its own, and also presents an excellent opportunity to broaden our knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural, and economic policies taking place in contemporary Japan and East Asia in the context of globalization.

The aim of the book is to offer a multidisciplinary overview in Spanish language that engages with Okinawan studies, allowing us to better understand the complexities of its local, regional, and global articulations, all of them considerably imbricated. The publication also pursues to support the development of Okinawan studies in the Spanish-speaking academic environment. At the same time, it encourages us to rethink the need of going beyond the dominance of the Anglo-Saxon tradition and views in scholarly analyses on Okinawa produced outside Japan. This call is open to scholars specialized in Japan and East Asia, as well as to early career researchers.

The volume is expected to appear in 2022, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan, and to cover disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, literature, or cultural studies.

Therefore, this invitation looks for chapters proposals focusing on Okinawa and considering diverse approaches, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies, to delve, among others, into topics like the following:


  • Contemporary economy and society of Okinawa prefecture.
  • The Okinawa Special Free Trade Zone and its geo-economic integration in East Asia.
  • The geopolitical situation of Okinawa in relation to the perception of power and security in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Okinawa's place in the political and legislative debate in contemporary Japan.
  • Military bases, civil society, and activism in Okinawa.
  • The Battle of Okinawa, the politics of memory and the culture of peace in Okinawa no kokoro.
  • The 1972 reversion and its anniversaries.
  • The tourist construction of Okinawa and its relationship with the policies of Japanese cultural capitalism (Cool Japan, soft power, nation-building).
  • The Okinawa Boom in arts and culture.
  • Okinawan literature and film.
  • Tradition, folklore, heritage, and daily life in Okinawa.
  • Indigenous beliefs, Taoism, Buddhism and Shintoism in the Okinawan religious landscape.
  • Okinawan migration in Honshū: ethnicity, social class, identity, and multiculturalism in center-periphery relations.
  • The Okinawan diaspora in Latin America.
  • The Ryukyu in Hispanic and Latin-American historical records: testimonies of missionaries, travelers, traders, and diplomats.


The deadline for submission of complete chapters will be February 1, 2022. Texts should have a length between 8000-10.000 words, including citations, bibliography, and notes.

Please send and abstract of your proposal (400-500 words), accompanied in the same file by a short-bio (maximum 200 words), to by June 30, 2021.

Acceptance will be notified by July 15, 2021.

For any clarification, please contact the editor, Eduardo González de la Fuente, at or

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