ASCJ 2016 Conference in Tokyo: Call for Papers

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Call for Papers
October 15, 2015
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Asian History / Studies, Literature, Sociology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

The Executive Committee of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers to be presented at the Twentieth Asian Studies Conference Japan. The conference will be held at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo on Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, 2016. All presentations are to be delivered in English.

Please visit the ASCJ website for details:

Proposals may be submitted online beginning on September 1, 2015. The online application forms are available on the ASCJ website:


The deadline for proposals is October 15. Results will be announced by late December.


Panels are proposed by a group of scholars around a common subject. A complete panel includes up to five participants, three or four paper presenters and one or more discussants. Panel proposals should include a 250-word (maximum) abstract from each participant as well as a 250- word (maximum) statement that explains the session as a whole. Only complete panels will be considered for acceptance.

Roundtables offer an opportunity for participants to discuss a specific theme, issue or significant recent publication. A maximum of six active participants is recommended. While a roundtable proposal will not be as detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the purpose, themes or issues, and scope of the session.

Individual papers give scholars an opportunity to participate in the conference even if they are not able to put together a complete panel. Since only a limited number of individual papers can be accommodated, preference will be given to junior scholars. Applicants have a better chance of acceptance as part of a panel.


The Executive Committee encourages members to submit proposals that, by focusing on more than one region or by drawing on more than one discipline, will attract a broad range of scholarly interest. Suggestions for innovative alternatives to the panels, individual papers and roundtables described above are also encouraged.

The Executive Committee also strongly encourages graduate student participation, and will give favorable consideration to panels that include junior as well as senior scholars.

From 2014 the ASCJ initiated a Graduate Student Paper Prize. For details on this competition please see the ASCJ webpage. To be considered for this prize the student must be enrolled in a degree program at a Japanese university and present the paper at ASCJ 2016. The deadline for submission of the completed paper is June 14, 2016. The winner will be announced at the time of the keynote lecture.

The programs and abstracts of past ASCJ conferences can be found on the ASCJ webpage:

Everyone worldwide interested in Asian Studies is invited to participate. Unfortunately we cannot provide visa support, and can only draft letters of invitation for participants scheduled to present papers at the ASCJ.


Mark E. Caprio

ASCJ President