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New Job Announcement:

Professor in Japanese Studies, The University of Melbourne



New Job Announcement:

[Deadline: November 15th] Assistant Professor in Japanese or Korean Art History or Architectural History at The University of British Columbia



New Fellowship Announcement:

[Deadline: October 31] The 9th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship



New Call for Papers announcement:

Conference: "Japan and Europe in Global Communication"



New Exhibition announcement:

"Namban lacquer: Japan remained in Spain. 400 years after the Keichô Embassy".



New Japanese Conference announcement:

2013 Conference of the International Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS)



As of May 6th 2013, the EAJS Office has a new address.


Japanese Studies Conferences & Workshops

These are announcements for conferences that have already been planned and entirely organised. For prior announcements and CfP to these conferences, please use the Call for Papers/ Articles site.


International Workshop  "From Garbage to Art: Environmental Consciousness in Japan in the Post-Cold War Era"

Please find more info here

Please let me bring your attention to the International Workshop  ”From Garbage to Art: Environmental Consciousness in Japan in the Post-Cold War Era”. 

It is a part of the transdicsplinary research project conducted at the Leiden University, sponsored by the Modern East Asia Research Centre and directed by Prof. Dr. K.J. Cwiertka and Dr. E. Machotka (LIAS). Please find more information here.

The objective of this project is to reconstruct the process of growing environmental awareness in Japan, from the point of its inculcation in the 1990s to the present day. 

The project rests on two pillars:

1) the exploration of popular attitudes towards environment, recycling, and energy conservation; and 2) the study of cultural articulation of the newly emerging consciousness in visual arts. On the one hand, it will examine mundane practices such as garbage collection and recycling programs, which have developed across Japan since the 1990s, and the popular attitudes towards these practices voiced in the media. On the other hand, it will study the processes of artistic recycling and/or artistic production revealing high sensitivity to the critical realities of the post-Bubble, post-industrial and post-development era in Japan in an attempt to challenge the popular image of intellectual and social flatness of contemporary culture in Japan driven by the global consumerist agenda.

A series of workshops, which we will organize during the coming two years, aims to create a platform for discussing waste and environment in the context of the Humanities. The inaugural workshop of this project takes place on May 23rd. It will bring together experts on waste and consumption, environmental issues, visual culture and art history.





Workshop "Inoue Enryo and Meiji Japan"

The International Association for Inoue Enryo Research

organizes a workshop about "Inoue Enryo and Meiji Japan" on April 25, hosted by Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.

Conference languages will be Hungarian and Japanese. Everybody interested is welcome. No registration is necessary.

For any further question, please send an email.

Secretariat, International Association for Inoue Enryo Research 5-28-20 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8606, Japan.

Tel & Fax: +81-3-3945-4209




“Deciphering the Social DNA of Happiness: Life Course Perspectives from Japan”

organized by the Department of East Asian Studies / Japanese Studies, in cooperation with the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ).

Location: University of Vienna

Dates: April 24 -26, 2014.

For detailed information, program, conference booklet and registration, please see the following website

Participants include (in alphabetical order): E. Ben-Ari, C. Bondy, M. Brinton, F. Coulmas, O. Goldstein-Gidoni, R. Goodman, P. Holdgruen, C. Hommerich, T. Ivry, S. Klien, P. Matanle, G. Mathews, Y. Moriki, M. Mullins, S. Oishi, H. Ono, J. Raymo, C. Spoden, F. Taga, T. Tiefenbach, Y. Yamamoto.

In recent years, governments of several OECD countries including Japan have shown a heightened interest in gauging the happiness of their people. Previous research has shown that material and structural conditions as well as their subjective perception have an impact on the degree of happiness in and across populations. Many studies acknowledge cross-cultural variability, but the most prominent academic fields in happiness research, psychology and economics, are not fully capable of coming to terms with the dispositions and patterns of happiness in society. We propose that anthropology and sociology with their respective methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and heuristic assumptions are better equipped to explore the multidimensionality of happiness and well-being. For the purpose of deciphering 'The Social DNA of Happiness in Japan', well-known Japan specialists will look at happiness and well-being with an eye to the shaping impacts of social institutions and socio-cultural values. By covering specific social groups, speakers will demonstrate how life stages and life events have a distinctive impact on states and expressions of well-being in contemporary Japan.

We would be delighted to seeing you in Vienna.

Barbara Holthus and Wolfram Manzenreiter (conference organizers)

For questions about the event, contact Barbara Holthus 



"Sōseki's Diversity"

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


One of the world’s great early twentieth-century modernists, the Japanese novelist Natsume Sōseki was an author of astonishing stylistic diversity whose work spanned a number of divides, including, to name just a few: "East/West," "modern/premodern," "Japan/China," "metropole/colony," "literature/science," and "homosociality/heterosociality." As such, Sōseki's work offers fertile ground for scholarship from a wide range of perspectives. With the centenary of his death approaching in 2016 and the recent release by prestigious presses of a number of new English translations of his work, interest in Sōseki is poised to increase well beyond the world of Japanese literary studies.

"Sōseki's Diversity" is a symposium exploring all aspects of Sōseki’s works, to be held on April 19 and 20, 2014, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  The symposium will coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the first installment in the Asahi Shinbun, on April 20, 1914, of Sōseki’s best-known novel, Kokoro.




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