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New Publication: Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

Posted on | January 29, 2015 | Comments Off on New Publication: Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

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:

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

Job Posting: Kyoto Resident Director

Posted on | January 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Job Posting: Kyoto Resident Director

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 on Welcome Message from Incoming Secretary-General Steger

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

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 on CFP: 113th AAA Annual Meeting

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

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 on Recent releases in the JAWS Routledge series

  • 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 on MPhil/PhD studentship in Japanese Studies, Oxford Brookes University

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

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 on Upcoming Conference: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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.

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