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,
30 September 2014
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.
Posted on | April 14, 2014 | Comments Off
113th AAA Annual Meeting:
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.
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
A detailed programme and a growing bibliography can be found at our homepage:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
With kind regards
Johannes Wilhelm and the heterotopia organization team
Posted on | March 4, 2014 | Comments Off
Japan’s Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics, Mark K. Watson (Feb. 2014)
The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan, by Luis Frois, S.J.; edited by Daniel T. Reff, Richard Danford (Feb. 2014)
Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and the Culture of Death, Sébastien Penmellen Boret (Jan. 2014)
Religion and Politics in Contemporary Japan: Soka Gakkai Youth and Komeito, Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen (Nov. 2013)
Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto: Claiming a Right to the Past, Christoph Brumann (Oct. 2013)
Ascetic Practices in Japanese Religion, Tullio Federico Lobetti (Aug. 2013)
Posted on | February 10, 2014 | Comments Off
The Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
The department can nominate up to three MPhil/PhD students for studentships of £10,000. This studentship is initially for one year only, but may be renewable subject to satisfactory progress in subsequent years, up to a maximum of four years, beginning in September of the2014/15 academic year. Please note, however, that you will be required to reapply for the studentship each year, and that the GBSF will consider these applications on their merits. The GBSF cannot make a recurrent four year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.
For the successful candidates the Faculty will contribute £1,000 per year towards the student’s fees for up to four years, in addition to the Sasakawa studentship. All successful candidates will be required to pay the remainder of their fees each year and International applicants should be aware that they will need to fund the remaining fees at the International rate for each year of the award.
For further details please see: www.social-sciences.brookes.ac.uk/research/degrees/studentships/.
Deadline for applications: March 10th
Posted on | January 27, 2014 | Comments Off
Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is advertising for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan. They are seeking a specialist in the Anthropology of Japan who will also have significant expertise in an additional area of general Social Anthropology and/or expertise in an additional ethnographic area. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out advanced research in the Anthropology of Japan and if appropriate in their other areas of expertise, and to contribute to teaching in general Anthropology, including lecturing, examining, graduate supervision, academic guidance of students, and assistance with the administration and organisation of teaching and research.
Starting salary: £32,590, rising annually to £35,597 for Lecturer level; £37,756, rising annually to £46,400 for Senior Lecturer level. Further details are available at https://edm.brookes.ac.uk/hr/hr/vacancies.do?id=15851770.
Closing date: 28 February 2014
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.
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