European Association for Japanese Studies

Calls and Jobs

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.

Calls for Papers/Articles/Applications/book chapters

Deadline Extension for the International Conference "New Insights Through Revision of the Old: Changes, Chances and Challenges from Ancient Times to the Global Era Japan"

The paper proposal submission deadline for the International Conference “New Insights Through Revision of the Old: Changes, Chances and Challenges from Ancient Times to the Global Era Japan” has been extended to *June 19th 2023*.

All paper proposals should be submitted online in English or Japanese via registration form on the website of the conference.

The conference’s details are as follows:
Date of the conference: November 30 – December 1, 2023
Conference venue: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

The Conference will be a hybrid event, predominantly in-person with a small (max. 30%) allotted number of online presentations.

We wholeheartedly encourage you to send your paper proposal.
We will be delighted to welcome you in Torun or online this late fall.
Also, we would appreciate it greatly if you could spread the word among your colleagues and anyone who might be interested in participating.

Call for papers_2023 – deadline extension

CFP: 10th international conference Japan: Premodern, Modern and Contemporary, on September 1-3, 2023 in Bucharest, Romania

The Center for Japanese Studies at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (Romania), with the support of its collaborators from Akita University, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Kanda University of International Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and University of Hyogo, is pleased to announce organizing the 10th international conference Japan: Premodern, Modern and Contemporary, on September 1-3, 2023 in Bucharest, Romania.

The research areas of the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • literature
  • translation studies
  • linguistics
  • anthropology
  • cultural and media studies
  • philosophy
  • (intellectual) history
  • visual and performing arts
  • business management

There is no participation fee.

 Keynote speakers (confirmed):

Prof. James Heisig (Professor Emeritus, Nanzan University, Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture)

Prof. Ikuya Kano (University of Hyogo)

Guidelines for submission

  1. The language of the conference is English, but papers may also be given in Japanese, on condition that the presenter provides detailed slides or handouts in English. *Please carefully proofread your abstract before submission. (発表言語:英語、または日本語。日本語の場合、英語による資料の配布・スライドの提供が望ましい。)
  2. Individual presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes for discussion with the floor; proposals should be up to 300 words (日本語による発表要旨の場合:500字程度). Each proposal should also include the name, title, affiliation of the presenter, and the research area of the presentation.
  3. Panels should have at least three members (three presenters or two presenters and a discussant) and a maximum of four members (four presenters or three presenters and a discussant). Panel proposals should include the title of the panel and a general abstract of up to 300 words, plus a 250-word abstract for each paper (日本語による要旨の場合:パネルの全体要旨=500字程度、各自の要旨=350字程度). The name, title, and affiliation of each member should also be included.
  4. Submission deadline is June 30, 2023. Selection results will be announced on July 15.
  5.      Priority will be given to on-site presentations, but proposals for online presentations (via Zoom) will also be considered. The submission guidelines and procedures for online presentations are the same as for regular presentations (see above). Please mention in your application that you will be presenting online.
  6. Please send your proposals as Word or PDF files, and direct any inquiries to:

A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in Synergy, the journal of the Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. Synergy is indexed with the following international databases: EBSCO, ERIH PLUS, CEEOL, Open J Gate, Index Copernicus, OAJI. More details about the journal here:

For previous iterations of the conference, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you in Bucharest!

14th PhD Summer School in Translation, Intercultural and East Asian Studies, Autonomous University Barcelona (UAB)

The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) is pleased to announce the 14th PhD Summer School in Translation, Intercultural and East Asian Studies to be held at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting from June 26th to June 30th 2023.

The PhD Summer School is an intensive one-week course that aims to promote the exchange of experiences and stimulate quality research among those starting out in their academic research career. This year we will have the following seminars in the area of the East Asian Studies:

Manga Studies: Discourse, Mediality, Aesthetics by Prof. Jaqueline Berndt, Stockholm University (Sweden)

Searching Through One Century of Modernization of the Family and Controversial Politics of Love in East Asia by Prof. Jean-Baptiste Pettier, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany).

In addition to the seminars, we offer different workshops for doctoral students ( ).

PhD Summer School participants can also register free of charge for the 13th International Symposium for Young Researchers in Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural and East Asian Studies on June 30th ( ).

For more information about the PhD Summer School, please see: .

Summer School in Classical Chinese and Japanese, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Princeton University

Visit one of the world’s most famous cities 

Learn Classical Chinese or Japanese/Kanbun in an international environment 

Get academic credits during a summer abroad 

The Ca’ Foscari – Princeton Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun is unique in its kind. It offers two tracks of comprehensive, grammar-focused instruction which are designed especially for students who wish to develop their linguistic expertise for graduate study in any discipline of premodern China or Japan. 

Both tracks are taught by the principal instructors of the classical language programmes at  

Ca’ Foscari and Princeton. In addition to language classes, students will follow a lecture series on topics in premodern Chinese and Japanese culture (history, literature, thought). Both tracks welcome students who are beginners in Classical Chinese or Japanese, as well as those who already have some background foundation.  


Dates: July 3rd to 28th, 2023 (4 weeks) 

Location: Venice, Italy – Ca’ Foscari University, School for International Education (SIE) 

Credits: 12 ECTS or equivalent of one full semester (60 classroom hours plus additional lectures) 

Fees: € 1.000,00 (accommodation not included) 

Programme directors: Professors Tiziana Lippiello (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy) and Martin Kern (Princeton University, USA) 

Course Instructors: Professors Attilio Andreini (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy) and Keiko Ono (Princeton University, USA) 


Study options 

Track A – Classical Chinese  

The course provides the fundamentals of classical Chinese grammar through the reading and analysis of passages of premodern Chinese historical and literary texts. 

Prerequisites: one year of modern Chinese language. 

Track B – Classical Japanese/Kanbun 

The course provides the fundamentals of classical Japanese and kanbun grammar along with readings in the major genres of premodern Japanese historical and literary texts. 

Prerequisites: at least one year of modern Japanese language.  



The fees include all tuition, access to University facilities and services, course materials and issue of final transcript. 

Apply online 


Job Announcements

Akademischer Mitarbeiter – Assistant Professor (f/m/d) at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) of Heidelberg University

The Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) of Heidelberg University is looking to fill the following position (full time) by 1 October 2023 as

Akademischer Mitarbeiter – Assistant Professor (f/m/d)

within its Department of Cultural Economic History, headed by Prof. Harald Fuess. The place of employment is Heidelberg. The salary is predicated on the German public sector remuneration system (TV-L 13, 39,5 h/week).

Your tasks:

  • Pursue your own postdoctoral project and contribute to the department’s and institute’s transcultural research agenda
  • Conceptualize and actively engage in various formats of scholarly exchange (workshops, joint grant applications etc.)
  • Teach two courses per semester (English medium) in the M.A. Transcultural Studies as well as within the joint M.A. degree with Kyoto University, with a focus on “Society, Economics and Governance”
  • Provide pastoral support for students
  • Actively engage in academic liaison with our HeKKSaGOn partner universities (Kyoto, Tohoku and Osaka) and Seoul National University

Your profile:

  • An excellent doctoral degree (or equivalent) in the fields of history, political economy, international relations or a related Asian area studies discipline
  • An innovative and feasible postdoctoral project suited to the department, ideally exploring international dimensions of modern history
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Japanese
  • Knowledge of German and Korean is an asset but not a necessity
  • An interest in and readiness to engage in transdisciplinary cooperation

We offer:

  • A stimulating interdisciplinary and international environment at Germany’s oldest university
  • Collaborative networks of European and international scholars
  • Possibility for further qualification (Habilitation), to gain teaching experience, and participate in mentoring doctoral candidates
  • Duration of employment up to 6 years but no tenure.

Your documents:

  • A cover letter
  • An academic CV including a list of publications
  • Three sample publications or relevant chapters from a dissertation
  • A research abstract/plan for a second book project (max. 5 pages)
  • Copies of degree certificates and diplomas
  • Proof of your language skills
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please submit all documents in one collated PDF file to Tanja Unger ( The application deadline is 30 June 2023.

Heidelberg University stands for equal opportunities and diversity. Qualified female candidates are especially invited to apply. Persons with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are equally qualified. Information on job advertisements and the collection of personal data is available at

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