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CFP: 27th JAWS Conference, 24-26 SEP 2016, Kobe, Japan

Posted on | March 15, 2016 | Comments Off

27th Conference of the Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS) 2016
Ceremony and Ritual in Japan: From Matsuri to Daily Life

Venue: Kobe University, Kobe (Japan)
Time: September 24~25, 2016 (concurrent with the 2nd EAJS Japan Conference https://www.eajs.eu/index.php?id=751)

Deadline for paper proposals: 30 April 2016

Abstracts should be submitted through the EAJS website, but please make sure to include your JAWS affiliation in the PDF file you upload.

We invite proposals for the 27th Conference of the Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS), to be held on September 24-25, 2016 in Kobe, Japan.

Main conference theme: “Ceremony and Ritual in Japan: From Matsuri to Daily Life”
Convenor: Dr. Carmen Tamas (Kobe University), carmentamas[at]yahoo.com

25 years ago, the fifth meeting of JAWS focused on the religious practices of industrialized Japan, in an attempt to discover whether the Japanese penchant for ceremony and ritual was just a “peculiar” national characteristic or the cultural response to the human condition at the end of the century. Well into the 21st century, our meeting in 2016 will look into the transformations that formal ceremonies and festivals (matsuri) have undergone in recent years (if any) and consider how ritual practices have developed in order to better suit the needs of contemporary society.

Many of those closely involved in the performance of formal ritual acts deplore the loss of “tradition” (as an example, the date of some matsuri was changed from the original one to the nearest weekend, in order to allow for more people to come, either as participants or as tourists), while others see change as the only way to keep such practices alive and to ensure their survival into the future.

But ceremony and ritual do not apply only to the large-scale formal practices, but also to “family-sized” gestures and customs, and these have been subject to change as well. Fewer people choose a traditional funeral involving the priest from the temple they are associated with, and more opt for the general “no particular sect” mortuary homes. At the same time, it appears that more people are visiting shrines and temples for healing rituals or to pray for a romantic partner. What are the mechanisms behind these changes in a society that is now dominated by instant and worldwide communication? Are there any similarities with other transformations that have occurred along the years? Was there a traceable tipping point? And last but not least, are we going to witness a kind of ritual revival or the slow demise of the ceremonies and rituals as we know them?

We invite proposals for papers that address the topics of ceremony and ritual from a wide variety of perspectives and represent Japanese contexts within the broad scope of anthropological research:

  • Matsuri — their structure, evolution and impact on current society;
  • Religious rituals — the interplay between practice and belief;
  • Rituals of daily life — (such as formal cleaning days, sports days, summer and winter gift exchanges, Valentine chocolates, etc.) their meaning and role both for the community and the individual.

Announcement for the “Kreiner Award”

Posted on | February 22, 2016 | Comments Off

Call for Applications for the “2nd Professor Josef Kreiner Hosei University Award for International Japanese Studies”

1. Objective
This award has been created to publicly celebrate Professor Josef Kreiner in his remarkable academic efforts to promote Japanese studies in Europe and at Hosei University Research Center for International Japanese Studies (HIJAS). At the same time we want to encourage overseas scholars of Japanese studies and to contribute to further development in this academic field.

2. Responsible Organisation
Hosei University Research Center for International Japanese Studies (HIJAS).

3. Qualification Requirements
Read more

More info on Istanbul conference added

Posted on | August 26, 2015 | Comments Off

We have added the Bogazici University map and directions to the campus to the Conferences page.

Important Info on Istanbul Conference Added

Posted on | May 24, 2015 | Comments Off

Important information on the 26th JAWS Conference in Istanbul has been added to the Conferences Page. Everyone planning to attend (or considering it) should download and read the latest info regarding the conference schedule, registration, tutorial/mentoring sessions, travel arrangements, transportation in Istanbul, and funding options.

New Publication: Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

Posted on | January 29, 2015 | Comments Off

Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

This reader offers eleven chapters that speak to the role and function of journalism and the newspaper in contemporary Japanese society. Individually, each chapter provides important information on the particular topic that is its focus, while at the same time elucidating on how that particular topic is addressed by the media and revealing how the coverage of that theme or event affects society overall. The combination of different themes and research approaches yields a unique work that brings insight into how information is disseminated and processed in Japan, thereby offering valuable contributions both to Japanese Studies and Area Studies, as well as Journalism Studies and general Social Sciences.

The diversity of research themes, analytical viewpoints and methodological approaches that are exhibited across the chapters offer academics and students a range of issues and depth of treatment that will enhance understanding both of Japan and Japanese journalism and the workings of modern media in general. Taken as a whole, the contents provide a map of how news is approached by journalists, how it is transmitted to the public through the newspaper, and how this news then affects public consciousness, public opinion and governmental policy. The chapters cover a range of themes related to news production: historical, geographical, and technological. The contents outline implications that are political, international and in the creation of public consciousness. The book also includes a section on journalistic treatment of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Teneo Press Homepage:
http://www.teneopress.com/teneopress.cfm?template=4&bid=610

Edited by
Anthony S. Rausch PhD
Hirosaki University, Faculty of Education
1 Bunkyo-cho, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8560
tel/fax (81) (0)172-39-3447
asrausch@cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp

Job Posting: Kyoto Resident Director

Posted on | January 7, 2015 | Comments Off

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) seeks candidates for the position of Resident Director of its study-abroad center based on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto. KCJS is a consortium of fourteen universities administered by Columbia University that offers academic year and summer programs. Working closely with the KCJS Governing Board, Columbia University, and Doshisha University, the Resident Director is responsible for the continued development and oversight of the academic programs, student affairs, and administrative and financial management. The Resident Director supervises a full-time administrative staff that assists in all areas of program management, and teaches one course a semester during the academic year program.

See the Postings page for details.

Welcome Message from Incoming Secretary-General Steger

Posted on | October 4, 2014 | Comments Off

I began my term of office as Secretary General of JAWS at our last conference, which was held – as is the case every three years – concurrently with Section 5 of the EAJS conference in Ljubljana in late August 2014.

I would like to thank our outgoing Secretary General, John Traphagan, for his valuable work over the past years. His expertise will not be lost. He is now a member of our Advisory board and continues to manage our mailing list.

We had a fantastic conference, which was very well organised by the Department of East Asian Studies in the charming Slovenian capital. The location showed itself at its best with beautiful weather, street festivals and culinary highlights. I heard many insightful and profound papers and particularly enjoyed the discussions on happiness and on rubbish, among others. Most importantly, the atmosphere at the JAWS sessions and events was how I have always loved our association – inspiring, uplifting and supportive. We celebrated our 30th birthday with a fabulous dinner, organised by our local member, Nataša Visočnik (many thanks, Nataša!) and preceded by a very constructive and engaging General Meeting.

At the GM, we decided on a radical change: JAWS Membership fees no longer have to be paid annually. Instead, we introduced life membership. For a very modest one-time payment of £25, €30, $40 or ¥4000, everyone who identifies with the aims and objectives of the Japan Anthropology Workshop is welcome to join (see the ‘membership’ link on our website for details).

Membership brings a number of benefits: the right to attend JAWS conferences, the right to purchase hardcover books from the JAWS Routledge series at a 70 (!) percent discount, membership on the mailing list and JAWS newsletters. Most of all, JAWS provides the benefit of belonging to a community of active and very supportive academics interested in Japanese society. We especially welcome younger colleagues who are still working on their degrees and we will attempt to find financial support for graduate students and unaffiliated recent postdocs to attend our conferences.

Andrea de Antoni, Emma Cook and Blai Guarné – supported by a group of new members – are now not only in charge of editing the JAWS newsletter, but are also editors of the website, for which they have many ideas. Our aim is to improve information exchange and social support networks. I hope that this will encourage all of you to make regular active use of the website and the discussion groups.

Joy Hendry continues to be Senior Editor of the very successful JAWS series at Routledge, and we now have an impressive selection of books to offer. JAWS members can submit a proposal and they will find their manuscripts in the hands of professional and supportive editors who will make sure that the book will be scrutinised by strict but helpful reviewers before being published as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Last but not least, members greeted Selcuk Esenbel’s offer to host the next JAWS conference in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University in early September 2015 with enthusiasm. I look very much forward to seeing you on the shores of the Bosporus next year!

With warm wishes,

Brigitte Steger
30 September 2014

Article by Secr.-Gen’l Traphagan on “Universities’ customer service problem”

Posted on | April 30, 2014 | Comments Off

Op-ed piece by JAWS Secretary-General Traphagan on “Universities’ customer service problem” is gaining widespread attention and positive reviews from readers.

CFP: 113th AAA Annual Meeting

Posted on | April 14, 2014 | Comments Off

113th AAA Annual Meeting:
“Producing Anthropology”
December 3–7, 2014
Washington DC USA.

Call for Papers
Our association’s history suggests that anthropology was an early adopter of an alchemic interdisciplinarity. We are a scientific practice of multivocality, committed to conversations across networks, interests, and perspectives. Indeed, the American Anthropological Association introduced annual meeting themes to the program in 1991 (the inaugural theme addressed Nationalism, Ethnicity, Race and Racism), to underscore the discipline’s capacious potential to confront challenges faced by “human societies throughout the world.” The call for papers that year highlighted the planned participation of “[s]cholars from several countries”, signaling a burgeoning awareness that the borders of the United States did not and should not limit anthropological knowledge produced at the meetings. Topics from subsequent years reflect the discipline’s fault lines and doubts about our common legacies, affinities, collaborations and future, even as we assembled to collectively apply what we know to the struggles of humankind and our environment. No matter our individual position on the nature of anthropological knowledge or how best to produce it, the association’s members annually assemble to understand and transform the world around us.

Producing Anthropology, the 2014 annual meeting theme, offers a provocation to examine the truths we encounter, produce and communicate through anthropological theories and methods. As a discipline built on blending archives of narratives, actions, sediment and bone, anthropology has well-established methods for grappling with complex, multidimensional artifacts. But what are our epistemological commitments to the ways we make scientific knowledge today? What impact do our epistemic convictions and predilections have, intended or not? What goals do we want to set for ourselves? What partnerships should we build? What audiences should we seek? And how will the truths we generate change as we contend with radical shifts in scholarly publishing, employment opportunities, and labor conditions for anthropologists, as well as the politics of circulating the anthropological records we produce?

Washington DC, the host city for our 2014 AAA Annual Meeting, provides us with an excellent venue for this pivotal conversation. It affords rich opportunities to bring together political, cultural, and educational constituencies from the city, the region, the United States, and the world. DC is also a center for producing memories and narratives of humanity, culture, language, history, prehistory and the natural world. It even serves as the residence of a particularly well-known son of an anthropologist—Barack Obama.

In addition to the familiar, productive formats of individual papers, organized panels, screenings, roundtables and Section-sponsored events, we will work to expand Installations—performances, recitals, conversations, author-meets-critic roundtables, salon reading workshops, oral history recording sessions and other alternative, creative forms of intellectual expression. We continue our efforts to challenge how anthropology conceptualizes and experiences scholarly communication, both deeply engaging local Washington DC audiences and extending the reach of the meeting to those interested in joining the conversation from afar. We hope these conversations will challenge what we take for granted as anthropological ways of knowing, seeing and communicating our scholarship.

Info: www.aaanet.org/meetings/index.cfm

Workshop in Vienna: “Heterotopoi in Japan: Embodying Places and Emplacing Bodies”

Posted on | March 18, 2014 | Comments Off

We cordially invite you to join our workshop on “Heterotopoi in Japan: Embodying Places and Emplacing Bodies” at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (Austrian Academy of Sciences).

Address: Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Date: March 21, 2014
Time: 9:15-18:00

A detailed programme and a growing bibliography can be found at our homepage:
http://heterotopiaworkshop.wordpress.com

See also:
http://www.ikga.oeaw.ac.at/Events/Heterotopoi_in_Japan

The workshop is free of charge, but in order to provide enough space, we kindly ask you for a reservation in advance via e-mail to: heterotopiaworkshop@gmail.com

With kind regards

Johannes Wilhelm and the heterotopia organization team

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