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Call for Participants:
The Japan Foundation / Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace
Japanese Studies seminar "Digital Media and Communication"

Date: Monday, September 25 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Venue: Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA), Alsace, France
CfP Deadline: 14 July, 2017


Seminar outline:

The Japan Foundation and Centre Européen d'Études Japonaises d'Alsace (CEEJA) have carried out a series of seminars since 2007, with an aim to encourage networking among young researchers on Japan in Europe and further promote Japanese studies in Europe.

Participants will join a two-day intensive workshop in the cozy and intimate atmosphere of CEEJA's facility in Kientzheim where they will present and discuss their current research projects with fellow participants and a guest mentor from Japan.

The theme of this year’s seminar will be “Digital Media and Communication ( デジタル・メディアとコミュニケーション ).” We are calling for applications from young researchers in Europe specializing in politics, history, sociology, literature, arts, language, philosophy, economics, architecture, religion, etc.


Professor Toshie Takahashi, at Waseda University, is specialized in Media and Communication Studies. Her publications include Dejitaru uizudamu no jidai e: Wakamono to dejitaru media no engejimento [To the era of digital wisdom: youth engagement with digital media] (Shinyosha, 2016), Audience Studies: A Japanese Perspective (Routledge, 2009), Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies (edited by Michael Thomas, Routledge, 2011), and The Language of Social Media: Identity and Community on the Internet (co-author; Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Eligibility and Application Procedure:

1. Conditions:

applicants must be currently on a graduate or post-graduate programme (which is not necessarily Japanese-studies), or already hold a junior teaching/research position at academic institutions in Europe. Those who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in Europe are also eligible to apply. Priority will be given to non-Japanese applicants.

2. Travel and Accommodation

(1) Applicants will be reimbursed travel costs of up to 500 euros (economy class airfare within Europe/2 nd class train ticket) upon submission of their travel receipt(s) after the seminar.

(2) Accommodation for 3 nights and 8 meals will be provided during the seminar.
Participants are expected to arrive at CEEJA on September 24 and leave on September 27.

3. Application Procedures

(1) Applicants must submit the following documents:

Current curriculum vitae

Summary of their research interests in Japanese or English on an A4-size paper

References (not obligatory)

(2) The documents listed above must be sent via e-mail to
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(3) Deadline for applications: Friday, July 14, 2017

(4) Selection results: applicants will be informed by Wednesday, August 2 by e-mail.


The Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department, Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6071
Person in charge: Yuichi Matsuo (Mr.)
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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 ( or Patricia Sieber (

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2017

Style sheet: See "Authors Instructions" at   




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