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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:

See also:

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

Recent releases in the JAWS Routledge series

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)

MPhil/PhD studentship in Japanese Studies, Oxford Brookes University

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

Job Posting: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan

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.

Ref: 382/18935/BC
Closing date: 28 February 2014

Upcoming Conference: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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.

Upcoming conference: Chiba, Japan

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.

Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies (two positions)

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.


CFP for Asian Studies Conference Japan

Posted on | October 11, 2013 | Comments Off

Dear All,

A brief reminder that the CFP deadline for the 2014 Asian Studies
Conference Japan (ASCJ) is October 15, 2014. [See below]

Best regards,

Gavin Whitelaw


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
ASCJ President


Shouldn’t that deadline be October 15, 2013?

JAWS Webmaster

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