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Call for Papers: 2017 Tanaka Symposium in Japanese Studies: ‘Literature After 3.11’



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The William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce a CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for The William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation.

This annual competition, coordinated by the Committee on Japanese Studies of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, honors the legacy of William F. Sibley, Associate Professor Emeritus in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and scholar and translator of Japanese literature. In keeping with Sibley’s lifelong devotion to translation and to the place of literature in the classroom, the award provides up to $3,000 as a publishing subvention for translations of Japanese literature into English.

Eligible translations include, but are not limited to, poetry, fiction, short stories, compositions, literary criticism, and essays. New translations of works previously translated are acceptable.

Subvention funds will be paid directly to publishers. Nominations will only be accepted from presses that have previously published Japanese literature in translation.

The deadline for nominations from publishers is April 1, 2017.

Full details and nomination instructions can be found on the CEAS website:



2017 Tanaka Symposium in Japanese Studies:

‘Literature After 3.11’

University of Oxford
Pembroke College
June 1st 2017

More than five years on from the devastation of the Great Eastern Earthquake,
tsunami and Fukushima crisis, the future for many of those affected by the disaster remains unclear. Authors and cultural critics have penned numerous responses to these traumatic events, and this symposium considers the state of Japanese literature written about or in reaction to 3.11. The symposium will interrogate issues related to the crises including but not limited to the following: How have writers and cultural critics responded to 3.11? How can we best define the category of shinsaigo bungaku (post-disaster literature)? Is there a new post 3.11 set of ethics that has emerged in the aftermath of these crises? How has the literary world changed since 3.11? What is the role of literature in the wake of trauma?

The symposium will be held at Pembroke College, University of Oxford on June 1, 2017. The Keynote Speaker will be Ikezawa Natsuki.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio by November 27, 2016. Notification will be sent by mid-December 2016. Participants will be required to send final drafts of their papers by April 23, 2017.

Abstracts and enquiries should be sent to: linda.flores@orinst.ox.ac.uk. Please
specify: ‘Tanaka Symposium application’ in the subject field.

Dr. Linda Flores
Associate Professor in Modern Japanese Literature
Oriental Institute and Pembroke College
University of Oxford


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   




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