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Calls for Papers/Articles/Applications/book chapters

EAJS Panel: Call for presenters on Social Collectivity in the Japanese society

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for presenters who are interested in participating in our panel on Social Collectivity in the Japanese Society for the EAJS conference 2023 in Ghent.

Comparative research and Japanese studies have often viewed Japan as a collective society. We believe that this type of social collectivity has resulted from the modernization and industrialization processes. As such, we are planning to organize a panel to rethink social collectivity in Japanese society from the viewpoint of modern history. We are preparing presentations exploring the entangled relationship between post-war social changes and so-called collective education in Japan. Our presentations are focused on school education because the formation of collectivity is considered as one of the socialization processes of society. However, we are also looking for presentation proposals examining Japan’s educational and social activities from a broader academic context. If you are interested in topics such as formation of a collective identity and feeling of togetherness, please contact us until December 18. 2022!

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Shinichi Aizawa (Sophia University, Tokyo)

Dr. Ami Kobayashi (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

Job Announcements

Two postdoc positions at the MPI for Social Anthropology, Constructing Urban Futures in Asia

We’ve extended the deadline of our search for two postdocs for the following thematic focus to 15 January 2023. Japan is part of what we’re interested in!

Constructing Urban Futures in Asia

Growing prosperity and ongoing rural-urban migration have been feeding an unprecedented building boom across the cities of East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia, sometimes coupled with a renewed appreciation of cultural heritage. Not only is the boom transforming political economies; it will also create the signature metropolises of our century and challenge Euroamerican hegemony over notions of the urban. The new focus group will concentrate on the professionals in planning, architecture, construction and conservation, as the people most centrally placed to shape urban futures in Asia, and will investigate their ideals, concerns, strategies and compromises when dealing with the multiple political and economic actors involved in construction and with general challenges such as climate change. Researchers are expected to conduct in-depth ethnographic fieldwork and to contribute to theoretical and methodological innovation in anthropology, urban studies and adjacent fields.

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