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The 2nd EAJS Japan Conference (Kobe University, 24-25 September 2016)



Call for Papers: International EAJS Conference in Lisbon, 2017



Call for Papers: One and a Half Centuries in the History of Russia and Japan: The Epoch of Great Transformations



Job Announcement: University of Minnesota: Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Environmental History



Job Announcement: Assistant professor or associate professor of Japanese early-modern literature, Chiba University



Job Announcement: Open rank search for Japanese literature study at Yale University



Job Announcement: Open-rank position in French-Japanese Comparative Culture, Japan Studies and/or French Language and Culture



Exhibition in Zürich: Itō Shinsui – Nostalgia and Modernity



Exhibition in Krakow, Poland: "Too Pretty to Throw Away: Packaging Design from Japan"


Calls for Papers/ Articles/ Applications

One and a Half Centuries in the History of Russia and Japan: The Epoch of Great Transformations

The International Conference of the Association of Japanologists : “One and a Half Centuries in the History of Russia and Japan: The Epoch of Great Transformations” will be held on December 23, 2016 in Moscow at MGIMO-University. The working language of the conference will be English.

An analysis of transformations in Japan and Russia, which were implemented in the framework of catch-up development, reveals a certain common typology – despite all obvious differences. Thus, in both cases the elites chose the same strategy – to be on a par with the developed countries, and they implemented it with the state-launched mobilization of all resources to conduct radical systemic reforms for which there were economic and spiritual preconditions. The assimilation of the new did not replace national identity with a Western one.

The main panels of  the conference will be as follows.

  • The Experience of Transformations in the Historical Tradition of Russia and Japan

  • Meiji Reforms and The Reforms of Alexander II: Is There Something in Common?

  • Russia and Japan in the First Half of the 20th Century: the Epoch of Revolutions and Conservative Backlashes

  • Postwar Reforms and Cold War for Russia and Japan

  • Great Transformations in Russia and Japan after the Cold War: Liberal or Conservative?

We look forward to your participation in this upcoming conference. Deadline for abstracts is 15 October, 2016.

Inquiries should be sent to  japanassoc(at)gmail.com


Collectors, Collections, and the Making of East Asian Book Worlds

Call for Special Issue of East Asian Publishing and Society

Robert Darntons's seminal idea of the "communication circuit" focused on the synchronically connected participants involved in the writing, manufacture, distribution, and reception of books ("What is the History of the Book," Daedalus 111 (1982): 65-83).  Subsequently, Thomas R. Adams and Nicolas Barker added a diachronic dimension to this scheme through the notion of survival ("A New Model for the Study of the Book," in A Potencie of Life: Books in Society, edited by Nicolas Barker, The British Library, 1993). In addition to the physical form, print runs, and popularity that Adams and Barker identify as key variables in a book's survival, we want to highlight collectors and collections as a critical link between the synchronic and diachronic circulation of books. 

This special issue seeks to showcase how collections and collectors shaped how successive generations of readers understood premodern East Asian book worlds in material, aesthetic, intellectual, and/or social terms. Rather than treating survival as a given or a matter of pure chance, we invite prospective contributors to examine how collections and collections fashioned texts and to what extent such activities ensured not only the physical survival of books, but made the fact of their existence known among contemporaries and posterity alike.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role of imperial, royal, and other official collections in shaping the survival of particular texts
  • The role of individual collectors 
  • The role of diplomatic, religious, commercial, academic, and/or artistic missions in creating foreign collections
  • The survival of proscribed texts in Asian, European, and/or other countries outside the text's country of origin
  • The material practices of collectors relative to the storage and consumption of texts (e.g., rebinding, seals, annotations, republishing etc)
  • The role of collections in creating access for readers to texts in historical time (e.g., coterie borrowing, libraries for different publics, etc)
  • The significance of book catalogues of collections and collectors for our understanding of the intellectual trends 


Queries: Direct to Peter Kornicki (pk104@cam.ac.uk) or Patricia Sieber (sieber.6@osu.edu)

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2017

Style sheet: See "Authors Instructions" at www.brill.com/publications/journals/east-asian-publishing-and-society   



The 12th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship

 With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international research into Japan and deepening international understanding of Japan through researchers’ activities, the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.


1. Application period: June 10-October 31, 2016

2. Research period: September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018 (6 months or 12 months)

3. Receiving organizations:

- International Research Center for Japanese Studies

- The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa

- Kyoto University

- National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics

- Ochanomizu University

- Ritsumeikan University

- Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

- Waseda University


For further details, please visit our website.

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