European Association for Japanese Studies

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The EAJS aims to provide its members and the larger Japanese Studies community with timely professional information on new developments in the Japanese Studies field in Europe.

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Lecturer in Japanese/Lecturer in Japanese and Linguistics at York St John University

Department: School of Education, Language & Psychology
Location: York
Salary: £38,205 to £46,974 per annum pro rata
Hours: 25
Closing Date: Sunday 17 December 2023 at midnight
Interview Date: Monday 08 January 2024
Reference: 252-23

Part time permanent

Location: York

Salary: £38,205 to £46,974 per annum (£25,814 to £31,739 pro rata) 

Hours: 25 – 32 depending on applicant

About York St John University

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.  

Our strategy for the next decade emphasises our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset and investing in enabling this expertise to thrive.  

The role 

We are currently seeking a Lecturer in Japanese, or Japanese and Linguistics. The successful candidate will join a team of seventeen Languages and Linguistics academics based within the School of Education, Language and Psychology. We offer BA and MA programmes in British Sign Language, Deaf Studies, English Language and Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Japanese, Korean, Language and Social Justice, and TESOL.  

The successful candidate will contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics. You will have experience and expertise in teaching Japanese to an advanced level to students, preferably including HE level, using a range of teaching and learning techniques.   

During term-time and in assessment periods, the majority of your work will involve teaching in a variety of settings including; small group tutorials/seminars and lectures, assessment, and the provision of pastoral and academic support to students. The successful candidate will also be supported in developing a solid research profile. You may have the opportunity to teach in the areas in which you research, and to involve your students in your research through the York St John ‘Students-as-Researchers’ scheme.  

The number of hours per week will be negotiated depending on the specific expertise and needs of the candidate but will be likely to range from 25 to 32 hours per week (0.68 FTE to 0.88 FTE). 

The School of Education, Language and Psychology has recently established a Research Centre for Language and Social Justice. The successful applicant for this post will be encouraged to think about ways in which they (and their students) can contribute towards the development of the Centre. Engaging the public in the study of language(s) will be an important part of the Centre’s work, and ideas about how this might be achieved, both internationally and locally, are welcome.   

Key requirements 

It is essential that candidates hold a doctoral level qualification, or are near completion, and are actively engaged in research. Research interests in language and social justice issues would be an advantage. Candidates with research outputs suitable for submission to REF are encouraged to apply.

Further Information  

This role is eligible for Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship.  For further information regarding this visa route please visit Skilled Worker visa: Overview – GOV.UK (

Any informal enquiries should be addressed to the Programme Lead, Dr Chisato Danjo, or Associate Head of School: Language, Dr Nikki Swift  

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to apply for this position please contact  Within the application form there is an opportunity for you to request a reasonable adjustment at the interview stage of the process, however if you wish to discuss this in further detail at any point  in the process please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer a range of family friendly and inclusive policies and facilities to support staff from different backgrounds. As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements. 

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Our benefits package

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including – 

– Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days over the Christmas period

– Pension scheme

– Health Cash Plan after six months service

– Employee Assistance Programme

– Relocation expenses package for certain roles

Visa loan scheme

Further information about life at YSJ

Read more about our culture, inclusive community, working arrangements and benefits for York St John employees here.  

The latest news, views and stories from our staff and students can be found here.  

We are committed to managing and reducing our environmental impact and to promoting sustainable development wherever we can, read more here.

Closing Date – Sunday 17 December 2023 at midnight

Provisional Interview Date – Monday 08 January 2024

Two funded PhD positions at Heinrich HeineUniversity Düsseldorf for projects on Japan's contemporary craft industries

I am happy to advertise two funded PhD positions at the Institute of Modern Japanese Studies at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.


Those of you, who are interested in applying, please consult the official job advertisements (Kennziffer: 168.23-3.1) in either German or English for all details at:


Here is the key information:


The Institute of Modern Japanese Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf invites applications for two positions of Research Associate (m/f/d) (75,00 %, pay grade 13

TV-L) to be filled by 1 April 2024.


The employment is initially limited for a period of 3 years. With reference to the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contracts (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – Wiss-ZeitVG), the positions are to facilitate the scientific qualification of the employees.


Your tasks: The positions are part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on the topic of „Traditional Craft Industries and Their Markets in 21st Century Japan – Social and Economic (Re-)Organisation“.


For more information on the project please refer to my website under “research projects”:


As part of the project, you will carry out extended field research in a Japanese crafts district for your PhD dissertation. In addition to your own research, you will assist in the preparation of research events, projects, and applications for third-party funding.


Our requirements:

• An excellent university degree (M.Sc. / M.A. / Magister) in the field of Japanese Studies • An excellent command of Japanese and English • Prior experience of living in Japan for a minimum of 6 months • Willingness to conduct 10-months’ field research in Japan as part of a coordinated research effort (DFG-financed) • Knowledge of or strong interest in economic sociological approaches


Please submit your application documents (Motivation letter, CV, certificates & transcripts, contact details of one referee, copy of master thesis) until 27 December 2023. For details refer to the official job advertisements at the link above.


Interviews are planned for the period 8-19 January 2024.


To avoid misunderstandings, I would like to point out that the positions are not suitable for postdocs or applicants without a prior degree in the field of Japanese Studies or a similar degree, e.g., Asian Studies with a strong focus on Japan. The posts are explicitly only for those aiming to pursue a PhD degree at my university. Knowledge of the German language is not a crucial requirement.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.


Prof. Dr. Harald Conrad

2024-25 Postgraduate Fellowships in Japanese Studies at Harvard University - Apply by Dec. 15, 2023


*** Application submission deadline: December 15, 2023, 5pm EST ***



The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) at Harvard University will offer several Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies to recent PhD graduates of exceptional promise, to provide the opportunity to turn dissertations into publishable manuscripts and to continue research in Japanese studies.


Applicants must have received their PhD in 2019 or later, in Japanese studies, in any area of the humanities or social sciences. RIJS especially encourages applications from those who have not previously held postdoctoral appointments at Harvard. Those who are selected to receive fellowships must have a Registrar-certified PhD degree by June 30, 2024.



Applicant Deadline: December 15, 2023 (Friday), 5pm EST

Recommender Deadline: January 5, 2024 (Friday), 5pm EST


** Applicants, to ensure a smooth process, please communicate with your recommenders in advance of the first deadline on December 15. Only after the application is submitted will the recommender be notified of the recommendation letter request.

Appointment Term: Year-long appointments, commencing August or September 2024.

Grant Amount: $67,000 stipend; eligibility for university subsidized health insurance, up to $5,000 in research funds.





During the 2024-25 academic year, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Program on US-Japan Relations at Harvard University will offer postdoctoral fellowships for outstanding scholars in the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, (modern) history, law, political science, public health, and sociology. The fellowship recipient must hold a PhD by August 1, 2024.



Deadline: December 15, 2023 (Friday), 5pm EST

Appointment Term: Year-long appointments, commencing August or September 2024.

Grant Amount: $67,000 stipend; eligibility for university subsidized health insurance, up to $5,000 in research funds.


Join the 17th Annual Conference on Asian Studies as online Audience Members

The 17th Annual Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS) will be held as a hybrid event this Friday and Saturday on 24 and 25 November in Olomouc, Czech Republic and over Zoom. The general theme of the conference this year is “Interpretation and Misinterpretation”. The conference is organized by the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc and consists of 35 sessions.


You can join the conference as online Audience Members for free and without registration. The conference program with direct links to the livestreams of individual sessions is available at: Please remember that the times provided are in Central European Time (CET).


You can learn more about the conference at:


In case of any questions, you can contact us at

Seikei University Faculty of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (tentative name) Public recruitment in JAPANESE POP CULTURE field (Professor or associate professor or lecturer)

Seikei University is currently aiming to launch the Faculty of Global Interdisciplinary Studies in April 2026.

Seikei University Faculty of Global Interdisciplinary Studies (tentative name) Public recruitment in JAPANESE ART field (Professor or associate professor or lecturer)

Seikei University is currently aiming to launch the Faculty of Global Interdisciplinary Studies in April 2026.

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is searching for a KCJS Postdoctoral Fellow for the academic year 2024-25, with the possibility of extension. Based at Doshisha University in Kyoto, KCJS is an undergraduate study abroad program governed by a consortium of thirteen American universities and administered by the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement at Columbia University.


For more see here: KCJS 2024-25 Postdoc Job Description Final.docx

Calls for Papers/Articles/Applications/book chapters

CfP SASE/ KITE: Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship/ Deadline for submissions: Jan 19, 2024

Call for Papers for Network F

KITE: Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship


SASE Annual Meeting 2024

27-29 June 2024

University of Limerick – Limerick, Ireland
“For Dignified and Sustainable Economic Lives: Disrupting the Emotions,
Politics, and Technologies of Neoliberalism”


FIXED Deadline for Submissions: 19 January 2024


Network F focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship as well as its underlying technologies and knowledge sources. We welcome papers from a variety of perspectives, including institutional, strategic, managerial, ethnographic, historical, and behavioural approaches. These may pay attention to the variations of knowledge, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship across cities, regions, and countries. We are keen to advance new research methods, including the use of artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning, automated text and visual analyses, big data analysis and ethnographic approaches. To advance our understanding in these areas, we call for papers asking:


  • How have, or how can, innovation policies or programs address grand societal challenges like climate change, rising inequalities, or digitalization?
  • Are the politics and policies of innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalization shifting toward new paradigms in the current era? If so, how and why – and with what effects?
  • How have innovation and technological developments, as well as entrepreneurship and digitalization affected (or been affected by) national models of capitalism?
  • Which institutions shape the emergence of innovation or entrepreneurial ecosystems? As well as social innovation and social entrepreneurship, digitalization, and knowledge work?
  • How do firms’ management and strategies enhance innovation or entrepreneurship?
  • How does the platform economy contribute to or alter the dynamics of innovation?
  • Are university-industry linkages changing in character or importance in innovations systems? How, and with what effects, are universities adapting practices to enhance entrepreneurship and innovation?
  • What new methods are available to study innovative dynamics? Given that in some nations, regions, or firms, researchers have limited access to the field, are there new models or methods – like the use of AI – that can be effectively employed to study innovation dynamics?


Our network welcomes proposals for single paper submissions, or for panels. We do not, at this stage, require complete papers to be submitted; all you need to do is submit an extended abstract of no more than 500 words. Please submit proposals through the links found here:

(Hybrid) Kyoto Lectures: Farina on Japan and the Journey of Soy, December 12 at 6 pm JST

École Francaise d’Extrême-Orient EFEO

Scuola Italiana di Studi sull’Asia Orientale ISEAS



Tuesday, December 12th, 18:00 JST

co-hosted by Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University 


Japan and the Journey of Soy: From Food from Somewhere to Washoku


Speaker: Felice Farina


In recent years, there has been a growing appreciation worldwide for soy-based products that are often associated with Japan’s culinary tradition, such as tofu, shōyu (soy sauce), miso, or edamame. However, the path that soy has taken to become a pillar of Japan’s culinary identity is a fascinating story that encompasses not only nutrition or agriculture but also politics, diplomacy, and economy. Soybean cultivation began in ancient China, and for centuries, soy production, trade, and consumption remained concentrated in East Asia (“food from somewhere”). However, by the late nineteenth century, it gradually transformed into a global commodity (“food from nowhere”). This lecture explores Japan’s crucial role in this transformation. In the 1930s–1940s, Japanese colonialism fueled soy production in Manchuria, then the world’s leading producer. After World War II, Japan became a major market for American soy, enhancing U.S. dominance. The 1973 soybean embargo led Japan to diversify sources, notably investing in Brazil, which became the world’s leading exporter. Our narrative culminates in Japan’s recent efforts to restore soy’s cultural significance in its cuisine (washoku) through gastronationalism and gastrodiplomacy.


Felice Farina is Research Fellow at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” where he teaches a course titled “Politics and Institutions in Contemporary Japan.” His research primarily focuses on Japan’s food security, gastro-diplomacy, washoku, and the history of soy. He is the author of La via della soia. Una storia politica, economica e diplomatica del Giappone contemporaneo (Cierre Edizioni, Verona, 2023).


This hybrid lecture will be held on site (email required in advance) and via Zoom


Symposium "Reality and the Modern Japanese Language: Linguistics, Literature, and Film" (近代の日本語とリアリティ:言語学、文学、映画)

The symposium Reality and the Modern Japanese Language: Linguistics, Literature, and Film (近代の日本語とリアリティ: 言語学、文学、 映画) will take place in person at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies on December 10, 2023.

Talks by prof. Nomura Takashi and prof. Hidaka Yoshiki will be followed by a performance and explanation of 1916 movie Ukiyo by benshi/ film narrator Kataoka Ichirō. The talks and performance will be in Japanese, but English explanations will also be offered.

Please register at:

Important details:
Time: 12月10日(日)、 13:00-17:00

Place: 東京外国語大学、留学生日本語教育センター、さくらホール/ Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, JLC, Sakura Hall


野村剛史 (Nomura Takashi)「スタンダード研究の意義」

日高佳紀 (Hidaka Yoshiki)「本当らしさと文体─谷崎潤一郎の小説表現─」
片岡一郎 (Kataoka Ichirō )「文学、演劇、映画を越境する大衆娯楽の存在」、 映画『うき 世』(1916)上映と説明

Speaker bios:
Nomura Takashi (Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo) specialises in the history of Japanese grammar. His publications include The History of Spoken Japanese (2011), The History of Standard Japanese: from ‘miyako kotoba’ to ‘genbun itchi’ (2013), The History of Standard Japanese: Spoken Language, Written Language, Orthography (2019).

Hidaka Yoshiki (Professor, Bukkyo University) specialises in modern and contemporary literature and literary theories. He is the author of The Discourse of Tanizaki Jun’ichirō: An Approach to Modern Readers (2015) and the co-editor of numerous volumes, including Tanizaki Jun’ichirō: a Reader (2016) and The Fictionality of Novels: Re-reading Japanese Literature Through the Lens of Literary Theory (2022).

Kataoka Ichirō (Katsudō shashin benshi/ film narrator) studied under Midori Sawato from 2002. He has acted as benshi for 350 silent films, and has given talks and performances in 23 countries. He appeared in the historical drama Idaten, the morning drama Boogie Woogie, and Katsuben: Talking the Pictures! (2019), for which he also acted as technical advisor and was in charge of historical accuracy. In 2020 published the monograph The History of Film Narration.

Hasekura Symposium 2024 - Additional CfP for PhD students

Sapienza University of Rome, in cooperation with Tohoku University and The University of British Columbia, presents


The 8th Annual Hasekura International Japanese Studies Symposium

Embodied Discourse, Embodied Practice

The Body as Text, Medium, and Testimony in Japan


2024 January 25-26, Sapienza University of Rome


Additional call for proposals by PhD students


Central to the human experience both as a definer of identity and as a means for social interaction, bodies – real or imagined, individual or collective – are also essential to our perception of what surrounds us. In Merleau-Ponty’s words, “The body is our general medium for having a world.” Starting with the earliest records of human expression, bodies have been at the core of manifold discourses spanning from epistemology and religion to art and literature, creating connections between the myriad aspects of human experience while separating the phenomenal and the metaphysical realms. At the same time, they have also functioned as a privileged site for practices aimed at controlling, disciplining, and punishing individuals, groups of people, or entire nations.


This symposium aims at investigating discourses and practices connected with the body as they relate to Japan, bringing together scholars of different disciplines from across the world. We invite scholars in all fields of the humanities and social sciences to join us and present their research.


Relevant topics for the symposium include, but are by no means limited to, the following:


·      The body as a site for artistic expression

·      The embodiment of memory

·      Bodies and trauma

·      The exploitation of bodies in media

·      The commodified body

·      Colonial bodies

·      Disciplined bodies

·      Ideology and the body as metaphor

·      The body politic


PhD students interested in joining us and presenting their work at the symposium should send a proposed title and brief description to by December 12, 2023.

Those who have already submitted their proposal do not need to re-submit it.

Selected participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.


Research Workshop at Kyoto University: Women’s Education - Dialogue between French and Japanese Literature, from Medieval to Modern Times

Kyoto University (Faculty of Letters) is organizing a research workshop on the topic of women’s education, as seen through French and Japanese literature(s), from medieval to pre-modern times.


The workshop is scheduled on Friday, February 2nd, 2024 and we hope to receive abstracts / proposals by December 15th, 2023.


We invite anyone interested in comparing French / Japanese literature references or interested in analyzing one particularly relevant title, to contact us at the following addresses:

– Justine Le Floc’h (Kyoto University) : 

– Lucile Druet (Kansai Gaidai University) :


For more details about the theme of the workshop, the different perspectives and approaches that we welcome, please refer to the attached PDF documents(one version is in French, the other in English).

Self-Cultivation in East Asian Martial Arts, Western Michigan University, July 2024


Self-Cultivation in East Asian Martial Arts 


We invite paper proposals for the 2024 Asian Forum on “Self-Cultivation in East Asian Martial Arts.” East Asian martial arts are often seen as more than just physical training, expertise in self-defense, or sporting competition. Many consider them a form of self-cultivation and self-discipline, a means to instill specific cultural and social norms related to proper moral conduct, religious goals, and spiritual attainment. This perspective on martial arts remains prevalent in popular culture. The academic study of martial arts has expanded in recent decades, as evident in the journal Martial Arts Studies. Interest in self-cultivation in Asian religions has also grown through works such as those by Puett and Keenan. We aim to continue advancing scholarship in new directions. We plan to hold a hybrid symposium to bring scholars together to discuss self-cultivation in East Asian martial arts, including those arts adopted outside Asia that subsequently underwent transformations not only in terms of physical practice but also within their religious and spiritual framework. We welcome papers from all relevant disciplines, and full panel proposals will also be considered. The conference language will be English. We envision publication of papers after the conference.  

The symposium will take place in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 26 and 27, 2024, with the option for virtual attendance. Accommodation and meals will be provided for in-person attendees.  


Please submit a 180-200 word abstract describing your proposed presentation, along with your paper title and a one to two page c.v. to Dr. Ying Zeng at by March 31, 2024.  

Travels Beyond the Holocaust: Memorialization, Musealization and Representation of Atrocities in Global Dialogue (June 25-28, 2024, Vienna-Austria)

Deadline for submissions: 1 December, 2023

10th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network
Final Conference of the ERC project Globalized Memorial Museums
Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History, Austrian Academy of Sciences & Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies
June 25-28, 2024
Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions December 1, 2023

Around the world, the Holocaust has become an emblematic historical reference point for other atrocities and their representations. The transfer of tropes and icons, knowledge and expertise has translated into a broad range of phenomena in the global field of memorialization and musealization, but also in the narrative framing of atrocities/egregious human rights violations. On the one hand, the Holocaust has traveled as a historical imperative of “never again”, of the respect of human rights, and a model or template for remembrance, repair and musealization of many atrocities worldwide. On the other hand, the complex journeys of representing the Holocaust have opened space for comparisons, controversies and, in extreme cases, Holocaust distortion; they also gave incentive for claims that Holocaust memory has overshadowed that of colonial and imperialist pasts.

Against this backdrop, this conference seeks to explore how the memorialization and musealization of the Holocaust and other genocides, wars, histories of sexual violence, slow violence and colonialism travel around the world across a range of media and come into dialogue with one another. We intend to look at the many and varied templates, models and examples being used, challenged or explicitly rejected through the symbolic and material travel across cultures and geographies. The conference focuses on memorial museums, memorial sites and other materialities of remembrance, but also takes into consideration film, photographs, social media, oral and public history, literature, and the fields of community advocacy and activism. We are interested in analyzing the diverse ways in which forms of memorialization and musealization come into exchange and become entangled – not only in relation to the Holocaust, but casting a wider net to other internationalizations of memorial debates, including the “comfort women” trope in and beyond East Asia, the redress movement in the US, the strategic essentialism of Roma in Europe, or the travel of the notion of (enforced) disappearance from Latin America to Europe, to name several other examples. We ask how this movement of ideas and tropes challenges the representation of victim- perpetrator dichotomy and brings into view the gray zones of complex positionalities (beneficiaries, facilitators, implicated subjects) and forms of agency (resistance, resilience). Which global trends regarding the representation of gender, sexualized and sexual violence as a form of crimes against humanity and genocide can be detected in the practices of memorialization and representation of atrocities? How are the intersections with class, ethnicity, ‘race’ and religion addressed? Finally, which role do the worldwide distribution of material and human remains, and their exhibition in museums and other memorial institutions, play in the evolving ‘globalization of memory’?

The conference is open to scholars, practitioners, advocates and activists from around the world. The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network (, coordinated by an international Steering Committee and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, will hold its annual conference on June 25-28, 2024 at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History (IKT) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute of Holocaust Studies (VWI) in Vienna, Austria. This will at the same time be the closing conference of IKT’s ERC project on “Globalized Memorial Museums. Exhibiting Atrocities in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals”.

A keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Carol Gluck (Columbia University). The conference language is English, no translation is available. There is no conference registration fee, and no funding for travel and accomodation will be provided.

Submission Guideline

Conference participants may deliver one paper and participate in one panel or roundtable; they may not participate in more than one formal panel presentation other than as a chair. Applications should be submitted no later than December 1st, 2023 as a single email attachment to gmm.conference.2024(at)

Individual Submissions

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail a 300-500 words abstract, a 2-3 sentence bio, and contact information. This material should be sent as a single email attachment. Applications for panels or roundtables are also very welcome.

Panel Submissions

Panels consist of a chair and 3-4 panelists. Panelists should plan to speak for 15 minutes each. Panelists are not asked to circulate their papers in advance. If you are interested in submitting a panel, please provide a title for the panel and a brief overview of the theme or question that the panel will explore. Each participant should also provide a title, a 300-500 word abstract for their presentation, and a 2-3 sentence bio with their contact information.


Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. The focus of discussion must be clearly articulated in the abstract, and participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance, even if the nature of a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel. If you are interested in submitting a roundtable abstract, please include the title of the roundtable, a description (300-500 words) of the issue or question to be discussed, and a list of participants with a brief bio for each person listed, including contact information for each participant.

Local Organizing Committee

Zuzanna Dziuban, ERC project “Globalized Memorial Museums”, IKT, ÖAW

Éva Kovács, Deputy Director of the VWI for Academic Affairs

Ljiljana Radonić, IKT Deputy Director & head of the ERC project “Globalized Memorial Museums”, ÖAW

Conference organised in cooperation with niod. Institute of war, holocaust and genocide studies

2022-2023 William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation




The Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago is proud to announce the 2022-2023 William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation to Stone Bridge Press and MONKEY imprint for their upcoming book Takaoka’s Travels by award-winning Japanese author, Tatsuhiko Shibusawa (1928-1987), translated by David Boyd (University of North Carolina at Charlotte).  


Takaoka’s Travels is a fantasy set in the ninth century. It follows an aging Japanese prince as he travels from Japan to China to Southeast Asia in pursuit of Buddhist truth. As he approaches India, the rules of the physical world are upended. Like Alice in Wonderland, the Prince discovers curiosities and miracles everywhere he goes. Alluringly seductive and mysterious, offering high adventure yet deeply human–this is a novel like no other.  This publication is forthcoming in May 2024.


Tatsuhiko Shibusawa (1928-1987) was a prolific translator of French literature, known for his translations of the Marquis de Sade and the French surrealists. He published several short story collections, but Takaoka’s Travels was his only novel. Shibusawa is also known for his essays, which deal with topics ranging from dreams to the occult.


David Boyd is Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His translation of Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat (Pushkin Press, 2017) won the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. He has translated three novellas by Hiroko Oyamada: The Factory (2019), The Hole (2020), and Weasels in the Attic (2022). He won the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the second time for his translation of The Hole. With Sam Bett, he co-translated three novels by Mieko Kawakami: Breasts and Eggs (2020), Heaven (2021), and All the Lovers in the Night (2022).


The William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation is an annual competition coordinated by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. Sibley was Associate Professor Emeritus in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and a renown scholar and translator of Japanese literature. He is best known for his work, The Shiga Hero, first published in 1979 by the University of Chicago Press, which introduced Western readers to the fiction of Shiga Naoya, one of Japan’s foremost modern writer. In keeping with Sibley’s lifelong devotion to translation and to the place of literature in the classroom, up to $3,000 is awarded each year as a publishing subvention for translations of Japanese literature into English.




Please contact for more information.

Japan Studies Association 2024 Conference

The 2024 Japan Studies Association Conference will be in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 3-5, 2024. Anyone interested in topics related to Japan (economics, history, sociology, fine arts, literature, language, and more) is invited to submit an abstract or panel idea. Information can be found at the JSA’s website.

Contact Information

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Call for Papers and Panels, ASCJ 2024 (Tokyo)

The Executive Committee of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers to be presented at the 2024 Asian Studies Conference Japan. Next year’s conference will be held on the Yotsuya Campus of Sophia University on Saturday & Sunday, 6–7 July.

As in past years, all presentations are to be delivered in English. Proposals may be submitted online between 15 September 15 and 31 October 2023. Results will be announced by late December.

Each participant is allowed to present only one panel or individual paper during the conference. (This restriction applies to co-authored and co-presented papers.) Furthermore, during the conference, presenters may also be the chair of their own panel or of another one, but no presenter should be the discussant for their own panel. Presenters may be the discussant for a different panel.

The forms and further information are available at:

Submission Categories

Panels are proposed by individual scholars around a common subject. A complete panel includes up to five participants (three or four paper presenters and one or more chair/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. Papers may be co-authored. However, only the names of registered participants will appear on the program.

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 embed students alongside more seasoned scholars. 

Since 2014 the ASCJ has awarded the L. B. Grove Graduate Student Paper Prize. For details on this competition please see the “Conference” section of the ASCJ website. To be considered for this prize the student must be enrolled in a degree program at a Japanese university and be accepted as a presenter at the ASCJ 2024 Conference. The deadline for submission of the completed paper is 15 June 2024. The winner will be announced at the time of the keynote lecture.

Encounters: Call for Papers (ACLA, March 14-17, 2024)

I am writing to call for papers for the American Comparative Literature Association’s next annual meeting in Montréal (March 14–17, 2024), where Jason Beckman and I (mostly Jason) are co-organizing a seminar, “Encounters: Textual, Digital, and Otherwise Mediated.” Its abstract can be viewed below:

We would like to invite those who resonate with the theme to submit abstracts, and those who happen to know anyone (in or outside Japanese literature—not language specific) potentially interested in it to let them know of our seminar. Normally an ACLA seminar would include 8-12 papers for 2-3 sessions. 

I know this meeting will coincide with the Association for Asian Studies and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. But if you are not participating in either, and are interested in the theme of a proposed seminar (hopefully ours), then please be informed that the paper proposal portal has just opened and will remain so until September 30. 

Please see the exact guidelines on the page linked at the end of this message, but let me highlight a few things: 

1 There are 2 stages of selection: first, seminar chairs will choose appropriate ones from the submitted abstracts, by October 11; then ACLA will review the seminars and accept some of them in November.

2 You will need to be an ACLA member by March 14, 2024 9 am Eastern Standard Time to be able to participate in the meeting as presenter, though you don’t need to be at the time of sending an abstract.

3 As a presenter, you must stay in attendance for all the sessions (2 or 3, typically) beyond your own session.

Thank you for your attention. We look forward to receiving paper proposals. Please feel free to spread the word—your help would be much appreciated.

CfP JEN conference 21-22 March 2024

Following a very successful JEN2023 conference hosted by CJEB at Columbia University in March, it is our pleasure to share with you the call for papers for the Sixth Annual Conference of the Japan Economy Network. JEN2024 will be hosted by Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo from 21-22 March 2024, with co-organization from the German Institute for Japanese Studies:

Please send your extended abstracts or papers to and by 23 November 2023. The outcome of the selection process will be announced by 30 November 2023 to facilitate travel planning. Later submissions will be considered. 


CfP for The 6th EU-Japan Young Scholars Workshop

Please find below the CfP for the 6th EU-Japan Young Scholars Workshop on „Transnational Change in Contemporary Japan“ to be held 17.-19. November 2023 in the Centre Européen d’Études Japonaises d’Alsace (CEEJA) in Colmar, France. 

CFP EU-Japan Young Scholars Workshop 2023_Final

Call for Papers: METAPHORS: Conceptualising Horizons of Meaning

Please find below the CfP for the PhD Symposium at the Department of Asian and North African Studies of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice from 26-28 February 2024.

PhD Symposium 2024 – Metaphors