Posted on | December 6, 2013 | Comments Off
The upcoming 25th JAWS conference, concurrent with sect. 5 of the 14th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) conferences, will take place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 27 to 30 August 2014.
For more information, please see: http://aas.ff.uni-lj.si/eajs.
Posted on | December 6, 2013 | Comments Off
JAWS will be convening two panels at the upcoming conference of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences 2014. The conferences will be held in Chiba from 15 to 18 May 2014 and organised by the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JACSA).
The two panels are:
#23 ‘Living with disaster: Comparative approaches’ — this is a joint JAWS-JACSA panel, convened by Dr. Hayashi Isao (Minpaku, Osaka) and Dr. Brigitte Steger (U Cambridge).
#116 ‘Mutual anthropology: a proposal for future equality in the discipline’ — this is a JAWS panel, convened by Professors Joy Hendry and Shioji Yuko.
For more information, see http://www.iuaes.org/japan2014/index.shtml.
Posted on | October 28, 2013 | Comments Off
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seeks two tenure-track assistant professors, one in China Studies and one in Japanese Studies, to start August 2014. Candidates must have an earned PhD or be near completion in anthropology, sociology, or a related discipline. A strong commitment to and experience in undergraduate teaching is expected. Essential job functions include: classroom teaching, student advising, curriculum development and continuous improvement of curriculum, service, committee work, and professional development.
For fifteen consecutive years U.S. News and World Report has ranked Rose-Hulman first among engineering colleges that do not offer a PhD. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence, a sample of scholarly work, and contact information for three references online at: https://jobs.rose-hulman.edu, where interested candidates will find more details about each position.
Application deadline is November 30, 2013.
Posted on | October 11, 2013 | Comments Off
A brief reminder that the CFP deadline for the 2014 Asian Studies
Conference Japan (ASCJ) is October 15, 2014. [See below]
Asian Studies Conference Japan is now accepting proposals for panels,
roundtables, and individual presentations for ASCJ 2014, to be held on
the campus of Sophia University, June 21-22, 2014. The deadine for all
submissions is October 15, 2014. Information and online proposal forms
are available on the ASCJ website:
Everyone world-wide interested in Asian Studies is invited to
M. William Steele
Shouldn’t that deadline be October 15, 2013?
Posted on | September 5, 2013 | Comments Off
CFP for AJJ (Anthropologist of Japan in Japan) 2013 Autumn Meeting
November 9-10 at International Christian University, Tokyo
“People, Places, and Practices Redux: Border Crossing and
Questioning Boundaries in Anthropology and the Study of Japan”
Dates: Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 2013
Place: International Christian University (ICU) Mitaka, Tokyo
To submit an abstract, please send an email with your name, affiliation, a title, and abstract of 300 words in English (1,000 letters in Japanese) to the organizers below.
The deadline for abstracts is: Sunday, September 15
Registration 3,000 yen
Optional Reception 2,000 yen
*Please indicate in your email if you will “ATTEND” or “NOT ATTEND” the reception.
Within everyday life and academic spheres, the effectiveness of borders is said to be receding. Scholars argue that the hallmark of globalization’s current phase is cultural hybridity, an intensified awareness of “the world”, and more rapid forms of exchange between groups and individuals across the globe. Within the study of Japan, researchers readily borrow methods and share ideas in an attempt to keep up with emerging cultural phenomena. At the same time, qualitative research may still reify disciplinary distinctions by emphasizing certain kinds of knowledge. Although boundaries and borders may be in flux, people, places, and practices remain critical components to understanding the issues that interest us.
The following conference seeks to bring together a wide range of papers that explore – empirically and/or theoretically – these tendencies and trends within the study of Japan. In what ways does the study of culture(s) in Japan today contribute to the blurring or remaking of disciplinary boundaries? What kinds of approaches are being undertaken to situate the study of Japan in broader, more global contexts? Is the study of Japan the vanguard or stagnant backwater of ethnographic inquiry into contemporary life?
AJJ welcomes scholars from a range of disciplines and backgrounds to present papers that explore these topics through theoretical and fieldwork-driven research. Papers may be given in English or Japanese in hopes of encouraging a robust discussion about new directions in anthropology and Japan studies. Papers and panels that combine several disciplinary perspectives and transverse Japan’s geographic borders are especially encouraged.
Further information about AJJ and a CFP version in Japan can be found on the AJJ website blog:
Posted on | July 24, 2013 | Comments Off
The website upgrade has been completed as of 1830 hrs Austin time on Thursday, 25 July. If you encounter any difficulties, please try the following, in the order shown:
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This website will be offline for a software upgrade for an hour or two on 25 June 2013. We will make a follow-up announcement when the work has been completed.
Posted on | January 4, 2013 | Comments Off
The Ninth NAJS Conference on the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society, March 14-15, 2013, Aarhus, Denmark.
You are most welcome to the Ninth Annual NAJS Conference. The conference will take place at the Institute of Culture and Society, Aarhus University.
There is no particular theme for the conference, but we especially invite abstracts on Japan and global networks (art-related, diplomatic, religious, economic, political, social or any other kind).
Registration forms and more information about the conference can be found on the NAJS website: www.najs.jp/?page_id=239
Please read the guide for participation (also on the website) before registering and sending your abstract.
Deadline for abstracts: January 10, 2013 (Thurs)
Deadline for full papers: February 25, 2013 (Mon)
You will be notified by January 25 if your abstract has been accepted.
Annette Skovsted Hansen
On behalf of the Steering Committee of NAJS
(Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society)
Posted on | November 8, 2012 | Comments Off
This is to announce that the journal Asian Anthropology will shortly be changing editors and publishers. Asian Anthropology has been published by Chinese University Press for the last eleven years, but is now moving to Routledge, and will be published twice a year in 2013, three times a year in 2014, and four times a year beginning 2015. The journal will no longer be linked only to Chinese University: the new chief editors are Gordon Mathews (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Liu Shao-hua (Academia Sinica), Nawa Katsuo (Tokyo University), and Sidney Cheung (Chinese University of Hong Kong). We are excited about having a truly pan-East-Asian journal now! The last issue of Asian Anthropology with CUHK Press will come out next week, and I will then announce its contents on this list, but I wanted to get this message out to you all first.
We thought long and hard about going open access with Asian Anthropology, especially in light of the debate that took place on EASIANTH several months ago. We decided not to in the end, just because actually running the journal would take great effort if there was no institutional or financial support, and also because we would run the risk of vanishing in cyberspace unnoticed. Routledge is working diligently to boost the publicity for and visibility of Asian Anthropology, to make it one of the foremost journals in the field, and is offering thorough production help, something we much need. At the end of our five-year contract with Routledge, we will again consider our options. I realize that some may disagree with the move to a large corporate publisher–and I, frankly, have had very mixed feeling myself–but this does seem to be the best path to follow, given the circumstances of the journal. Thus far, it has been a pleasure working with Routledge, and I trust that will continue.
Our first Routledge issue will be coming out in late spring 2013; our next issue will come out in fall 2013. We are anxious to have the best possible submissions we can get. The on-line submission system will be up and running in several months. For now, if you, or any of your colleagues or advanced graduate students has a paper to be considered for publishing in this new incarnation of Asian Anthropology, we’d love to see it. We are very eager to see papers providing solid ethnography, clearly and persuasively presented, about any Asian society. Please drop a line or send a manuscript to one or all of us: Gordon Mathews [firstname.lastname@example.org], Liu Shao-hua [email@example.com], Nawa Katsuo [firstname.lastname@example.org], and Sidney Cheung [email@example.com]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Posted on | October 31, 2012 | Comments Off
Due to the issues on the East Coast of the US with the weather disaster, we are extending the deadline for submission to the JAWS 2013 conference in Pittsburgh to 7 January 2013. As of 1 December 2012 or earlier, we will begin assessing the submissions we have and will respond to those who have put in proposals on a rolling basis from December 1st onward.
We are looking forward to a great conference in Pittsburgh!
John Traphagan, Ph.D
Secretary General, Japan Anthropology Workshop
Posted on | October 23, 2012 | Comments Off
It is with great regret that I pass on the news that, after a long illness, my one-time colleague, co-author, and stubborn comrade-at-arms, Arne Kalland, died on October 18th. He was 67 years old.
Many of you will know Arne only by name through his exemplary work on fishing, whaling, and the environment. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have met him will also remember his piercing gaze, his wicked humour, and his uncompromising stance towards scholarship. He was the best fieldworker I have ever come across and it was both a pleasure and a challenge to work with him. Most importantly, he instilled in me – and I’m sure in many of you who knew him – a desire and determination to learn, and learn more. To say that we shall miss him, as I do, is a banality, perhaps, but the anthropology of Japan is the poorer for his being no longer among us.
Brian Moerankeep looking »