The EAJS conference content is traditionally split into disciplinary ‘Sections’ with each Section convened by a pair of Section convenors. The content is timetabled so as to maximise the ability to participate in any specific section as fully as possible.
- Bubbles, Webs, Boarders, Joints: Researching the anxiety of (dis)connection through rituals, practices and spaces
- Internalised illusions of normality: conflicted negotiations of precarity, self-growth and self-government in an uncertain world
- How to live ordinary lives in extraordinary times and how to theorize them? Considering the illusive and normative potential of post-human ideas and anti-human structures
- The making of fluid families: Emerging post-familial lifestyles and/or new takes on the family in and beyond Japan
- Escaping escapism: Reifying urban norms and productivity ideals in the Japanese countryside.
- All critical approaches
- Any level of linguistic description (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology)
- Discourse and text linguistics
- Historical approaches
- Innovative approaches to language and linguistics
- Language and technology
- Pragmatics and semantics
- Relation between spoken and written language
- Script and orthography
- What is the role of the performing arts in times of conflict and devastation?
- How do the performing arts engage in war/time?
- What happens to artists during these times of uncertainty, threat, and forced migration?
- If artists create works that support a regime that fails, do they also fail?
- What are the complications of survival under the duress of conflict?
- The performing arts stand out for the practices and methodologies of collaboration and collectivity. But in times of political, aesthetic, or social conflict, what happens to those values and practices?
- Conflicts within each form, new generations, new contexts and conditions, and new technologies require dramatic change and adaptation, even loss. How have performing artists negotiated these crucial moments of war/time?
- What do these moments or periods of transformation reveal about the art form, the artists, and the milieu of audience and devoted fans?
- How do these collective practices support or destroy new possibilities?
- The role of non-human animals in ritual practices, cosmology, and soteriology
- The agency of objects, plants, microbes, and other non-human actors in Japanese religious history
- Religious conceptualizations of hybridity between humans, animals, and other non-human actors (e.g. deities)
- The impact of geography and climate on beliefs and practices in the Japanese isles
- Indigenous (Ainu or Ryukyuan) worship practices and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
- Religious conceptualizations of toxicity, pollution, waste, and purification
- The political ecology of religious institutions in Japanese history (e.g. temples’ use of natural resources)
- Religious responses to environmental pollution, climate change, or biodiversity loss (ritual innovation, theodicy, and institutional adaptation)
- Iterations of religious environmentalism in Japan (local or transnational)
- Interdisciplinarity. We are aware of the fact that EAJS no longer has a separate interdisciplinary section, and that some panel organizers struggle to find a section that matches with research that does not fit neatly within an established subdiscipline. We therefore welcome panels with an interdisciplinary orientation, even if not all papers within the panel relate explicitly to “religion”. For instance, we would consider accepting a panel that approaches human-horse relations in Japanese culture from different disciplinary angles, even if only one of the papers discusses ritual practices.
- Transnational and/or comparative perspectives. Likewise, we are aware of the fact that conferences such as this one contribute to the reification of “Japan” as a distinct unit of analysis, and do not usually encourage transnational and/or comparative approaches. However, if Gaia theory has taught us one thing, it is that the world is interconnected (Latour 2017), and that analyzing national cultures in isolation may lead to important oversights. We therefore welcome papers and panels that place Japanese practices and ideas in wider regional or transnational contexts and/or compare them with practices and ideas elsewhere.
- Innovative panel formats. We welcome individual papers, especially by early-career researchers, and especially if they address some of the above topics. We also look forward to receiving panel proposals. These may be “classic” panels—three papers, possibly followed by comments from a discussant—but we also welcome alternative panel formats, such as roundtables, workshop-type panels, book discussions, career-related panels on subjects such as teaching or publishing, or documentary screenings. The maximum length of all panels is 90 minutes.
- discourses on sustainability, resilience and revitalization
- scenarios of rurality and urbanity
- forms of living and consumption beyond growth
- novel / traditional approaches in art, architecture and local culture
- digitalization, robotization and living spaces
- change of spatial patterns due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- sustaining regional healthcare: infrastructures of welfare and well-being
- energy transition and climate change: urban responses, emerging technologies, and local initiatives
- biodiversity: alternative ways of farming, utilizing water reservoirs and marine resources as well as cultural ecosystems (i.e., satoyama)
- citizen science and local knowledge: educational work, participation, and environmental initiatives
- local responses to pollution, food loss, (plastic) waste and (illegal) dumping
- vulnerable regions: dealing with disasters, the heat island phenomenon, urban climate and extreme weather conditions
- neoliberal city spaces: inclusion / exclusion
- grassroots networks of collaborative and innovative production and consumption
- novel and interdisciplinary ways of doing research
Transdisciplinary Panel 1: Gender Studies
Jaqueline Berndt & Anna Andreeva
Transdisciplinary Panel 2: Digital Humanities
Transdisciplinary Panel 3: Environmental Humanities
Andreas Niehaus & Iwata-Weickgenannt