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Anthropology and Sociology (Section 5a)


Submit a paper proposal to this section for the 14th EAJS International Conference

Convenors:

Barbara Holthus, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Japan & Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of Vienna, Austria

Theme: All for the good life - anthropological and sociological perspectives on happiness in Japan

 

What makes life worth living? Ever since in 1961 the OECD began providing policy-makers with data and research insight to design better politics, it emphasized the material aspects of economic development over the many immaterial factors that shape people’s more immediate appreciation of life and living. More recently, an increasing amount of scholarship casts doubt on the equation of material riches and happiness, both on an individual and a societal level. Nowadays the OECD also concedes that “there is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics”. Researchers have come to consider citizen’s leisure experience and work-related accomplishment, their family and social relations, security and environmental standards, welfare issues and religious belief, among others, to be of utmost importance to balance the materiality of economic factors against social, cultural and other aspects that equally impact objective conditions and the subjective perceptions of well-being. But what is the meaning of happiness for Japanese today and in the past? What is their take on what makes life worth-living? To what degree is the individual’s pursuit of happiness and well-being constrained or facilitated by society and its institutions?

We especially invite papers that address the outlined theme and the cultural variability of happiness and well-being across Japanese society and among different social groups. In case of limited time slots for the session, papers related to the core topic will be preferentially rated. However, other panel and paper proposals are as always also welcome and will be taken into consideration.

Please direct all inquiries to the convenors to the section's email address.  

Applicants may do a maximum of two separate submissions - provided that at least one of them is co-authored. This means a participant can submit up to one single authored abstract and one co-authored abstract (co-panelist counts as a single author) or two co-authored abstracts.

Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted no later than November 30, 2013.

  • For individual papers, we kindly ask you to submit an abstract of not more than 1500 characters.
  • For panels, please submit the title of the panel and an abstract of up to 1500 characters explaining the overall focus, together with a 300 word abstract from each participant. We also need you to identify a chair.
  • All proposals should be anonymous (i.e. the abstract should not include the author's name and affiliation, nor shall it be printed on the author's private or university letter head), but be accompanied by presenter name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es) to be entered into a separate form
  •  Any audio-visual equipment requirements you might have need to be submitted together with your proposal.

Applicants will be informed of the results of their submissions by the end of January 2014. Accepted presenters will be asked to submit a short, one paragraph biographical statement.

Barbara Holthus

Wolfram Manzenreiter