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24th Annual Japan Studies Graduate Conference at UCLA


CALL FOR PAPERS: Poetics and Politics of the Imagining(s) of Japan

This conference on Japan explores the transdisciplinary theme of the interactions in poetics and politics that manifest as imagining(s). Imagining(s), or the act of producing ideas, visions, and understandings, appears in various shapes and fields, including international relations, governance projects, economic schemes, and urban planning, as well as literature, art objects, commodities, architecture, etc. In other words, these forms embody poetics—the juxtaposition of different elements to create affect —and politics— the dominant structure of power that is embedded in a given context. While poetics and politics began as a theme within the humanities as a literary analysis of allegory, it can also be applied broadly to other fields to understand the interface of social, political, and cultural realms.

We seek to apply poetics and politics to understand the elements and networks that design and produce Japan. The effects of sumptuary laws during Tokugawa era, which curated one’s everyday aesthetic choices, are the poetics and politics of imaginings. The designing of the Olympic stadium and the route the torch travel is also the workings of politics and poetics. More recently, the selection of Reiwa for the new era is an example of poetics and politics of imagining, especially as it is connected with neo-nationalism of Abe regime. So are the contents of popular animations and its global market strategy of productions.

Examining modern and pre-modern topics in Japan through the theme of poetics and politics, we seek to explore 1) how the poetics and the politics of imagining(s) work in the construction of an ideology, identity, memory, or space, 2) where, why, and how poetics can be found in the politics, and visa-versa, and 3) how self-awareness of our own imaginings of poetics and politics influences our research.

In order to present a range of approaches, we encourage a variety of disciplinary participation including, but not limited to, history, art, literature, linguistics, religious studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, business studies, and gender studies. Please e-mail submissions and queries to the conference committee at Successful applications will be notified by August 20th. The organizing committee anticipates providing accommodation and travel subsidies for all presenters.

ABSTRACTS (250 words) DUE BY: Friday, August 2, 2019


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Justin Jesty, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Language and Literature, University of Washington


Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung

2019 Edition

‒ Call for Papers ‒

The Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies (Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasien-forschung) is now accepting submissions in either English or German for edition 42, which is scheduled for publication in winter 2019‒20. All papers submitted will undergo double-blind peer review.

The Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies (BJOAF) has been published since 1978 by the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. It serves as an international forum for academic publi-cations on East Asian research, with individual research papers making up the larger part of the journal.

To get an idea of the scope of topics and research approaches that have received coverage in the Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies, please view the PDF files of back issues at

Authors are kindly requested to use our template and to send their paper as an email attachment to ‹ › by August 1, 2019.



Call for Papers:

Collections – Encounters – Inspirations
Reception of Japanese art and crafts in Central and Eastern Europe
before the establishment of diplomatic contacts between Poland and Japan in 1919

Dear Colleagues,

After a long period of non-existence Poland reappeared on political maps of the world in 1918 and began to establish diplomatic relations with many countries, including Japan in 1919. It became an active partner in Central and Eastern Europe by making its contribution to the development of cultural relations in this region that are ongoing to this day. These were not entirely new activities, however, as before 1919 the inhabitants of Polish territories participated in cultural exchange in various fields (including art) by actively cooperating with collectors and artists from Europe and beyond. Some examples being the creation of the collections of Japanese art and crafts, and exchange of art-related experiences and ideas within Europe.

Such collections not only helped to circulate the knowledge about Japan throughout Europe, but also inspired European artists in the process of creating their own works of art. This conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of Poland's diplomatic relations with Japan. The primary objective of this project is to promote the inter-sector cooperation between universities, museums, associations, collectors and artists specialising in Japanese art and culture. Furthermore, the project aims to create a network for international cooperation among scholars exploring encounters between Japan and Central and Eastern Europe (from their first encounters until now), including collections of Japanese arts and crafts, the role of collectors and the reception of Japanese arts and crafts in Central and Eastern European countries. We have the pleasure to extend our invitation to all scholars who are interested in joining our project or taking part in our conference.

The Conference and the Meeting will be organised by the Institute of Intercultural Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the National Museum in Krakow and Polish Institute of World Art Studies in Krakow and Warsaw. The venue of the meeting will be the National Museum in Krakow – the Feliks Jasieński Szołayski House, and the conference will be held in the Main Building (Gmach Główny) of the National Museum in Krakow, which hosts the famous portrait, “Lady with an Ermine” by Leonardo da Vinci. The Krakow Old Town, part of the former capital of Poland, was one of the first Polish sites added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. You are most welcome to join!

Language of the conference:

The primary language of the conference will be English.

Submission and publication:

The submission should be sent to: (email topic: Europe–Japan2019 submission). It should consist of abstract (500–700 characters) and short information about the participant (300 characters).

Each speaker will be given 30 minutes: the paper presentation (20 minutes) will be followed by a discussion (10 minutes). There will be sufficient time for discussion and personal contact during the conference as well.

As we are planning a post-conference publication, papers – to be considered - should be submitted by 15 August 2019 (length: 20.000 – 30.000 characters).

Topics of interest:

  • Definition of art in Japan and Europe
  • Definition of crafts in Japan and Europe
  • Jesuits collections
  • Nanban art in Central and Eastern European collections
  • Emergence and development of Japanese art and craft collections in Central and Eastern European museums
  • Emergence of private Japanese art and craft collections in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Collectors and their role in cultural exchange
  • Artists and artisans
  • Exhibitions
  • Arts and crafts as diplomatic gifts from Japan
  • Associations and their role in cultural encounters between Central and Eastern Europe and Japan
  • The role of journals and books in spreading knowledge about Japanese art in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Libraries with book collections on Japanese arts and crafts
  • Cultural encounters and their consequences for arts and crafts
  • Inspirations of Japanese arts and crafts as seen from European and Japanese perspectives
  • Japonisme in arts and crafts
  • Art and national identity



All participants and presenters must register for the conference.

We welcome participants in two categories:

(1) Speakers who present their papers (conference fee)
(2) General audience who participate without presenting a paper (no conference fee)

Conference fees are as below:
All participants except students: 260 PLN or 65 Euro.
PhD students: 200 PLN or 50 Euro.

Registration deadline is 31 May 2019.

Important dates:

Abstract submission: 30 April 2019
Acceptance decision: 15 May 2019
Registration deadline: 31 May 2019
Conference: 27–29 June 2019
Full paper submission: 15 August 2019


Institute of Intercultural Studies of the Jagiellonian University
The National Museum in Krakow
Polish Institute of World Art Studies

Organising committee:

Head of the Conference:
Professor Jerzy Malinowski – President of the Polish Institute of World Art Studies; President of the Year 2019 Poland-Japan Committee

Concept of the Conference:
Dr Eva Kaminski – Institute of Intercultural Studies of the Jagiellonian University; Krakow Branch of Polish Institute of World Art Studies; Year 2019 Poland-Japan Committee
Beata Romanowicz – The National Museum in Krakow, the Far Eastern Art Department

Coordination of the Conference:
Aleksandra Görlich – Krakow Branch of Polish Institute of World Art Studies

Dr Beata Biedrońska-Słota - Head of the Krakow Branch of Polish Institute of World Art Studies
Dr Małgorzata Reinhard-Chlanda – Krakow Branch of Polish Institute of World Art Studies
Małgorzata Martini – Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology; Krakow Branch of Polish Institute of World Art Studies
Izabela Bawół-Lloyd - independent researcher


Year 2019 Poland-Japan Committee



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