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



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The International Association for Japan Studies (IAJS) 2014 Conference in Kyoto (December 13)

The International Association for Japan Studies (IAJS): http://www.iajs.net , is now accepting proposals for conference papers. The conference will take place December 13, 2014 at Kyoto Women's University in Kyoto. Please use the following link to see the guidelines for applications:






“Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature”

October 10-11, 2014, Western Washington University



The theme of the 2014 conference is “Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature.” The goal of the conference is to explore the intersections between the spiritual and artistic domains in a wide range of literary texts against the backdrop of age-specific cultural and epistemological settings. We hope to attract a diverse group of scholars of modern, pre-modern and classical literature interested in the dialectic of literature and religion, the negotiations between creativity and spiritual formation, and the artistic representation of faith, the sacred and the divine. We are generally interested in papers that examine how religious practices may shape and inform the process of literary signification and how, in turn, the act of writing, in its various forms and manifestations, can address the quintessential question of mankind’s place in the universe and its relationship to the divine and the supernatural.

Possible topics include examinations of how literature may reinforce or challenge religious beliefs and eschatological views on the questions of salvation, redemption or rebirth; how literature can contribute to shifting the boundaries of what is perceived as sin, profane, and impure; or how it can authenticate, for example, a personal process of spiritual conversion or separation.

We also welcome papers that explore how religious topoi are employed in a broad spectrum of genres and we welcome interdisciplinary approaches that address how such dichotomies as purity versus pollution, the sacred versus the profane, or the body versus mind contribute to the construction of literary texts.

This conference will provide a forum for discussions on how spiritual and religious experience have engendered literature across time and how negotiations between the spiritual and literary domains may have led to forms of coherent discourse on the divine, the universe, and the after life.

"Proposals may come either from individuals or from panels. Presentations may be delivered in either English or Japanese. The deadline for panel, roundtable, and individual paper proposals is May 26, 2014.

Please complete and submit your individual proposal (includingan abstract of 250 words) here

For panels and roundtables, please submit your proposal here 

Please address any queries to Massimiliano Tomasi . The conference website is here and will be available by mid-April.





Call for Suggestions: NCC Online Guide to English-Language Publishing for Japanese Scholars Project

NCC Online Guide to English-Language Publishing for Japanese Scholars

Call for Suggestions

The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC), a clearinghouse for Japanese information resources, is developing an online guide to English-language publishing for Japanese scholars trained in and currently teaching and conducting research in Japan.


The guide, which will be available in Japanese on the NCC website, will explain the differences in the publishing climates of Japan and Anglophone countries; outline the expectations of editors and publishers; and detail the publishing process, from researching potential publishers and making contact to final publication, for four key venues—professional journals, edited volumes, monographs, and online journals. Practical resources will include downloadable templates for inquiry letters to publishers as well as advice on how to write an abstract. 


The first edition will cover humanities and social science disciplines; future editions may be developed for other subject areas. Professors Keiko Ikeda of Doshisha University and Jordan Sand of Georgetown University are the project’s executive editors.

The first stage in the guide’s development will entail surveys of both English-language publishers and journal editors and Japanese scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Currently we are contacting publishers and journal editors to learn about past experiences with and current practices in publishing the work of Japanese scholars. The survey of Japanese scholars will also be conducted during fall 2012. The final guide will be launched on the NCC’s website in summer 2013.
If you know English-language publishers or journal editors or Japanese scholarly groups or associations whom we should contact to participate in our surveys, or if you would like to contribute suggestions toward the development of this guide, please notify


Akiko Yamagata, Project Editor.


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