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International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art
Call for Papers: Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities
BAJS Workshop: Meiji Japan in Global History

International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art   JPsupported

This workshop will kick-off a research-based investigation into how contemporary Japanese arts have been shaped by political forces, from wartime militarism to the ‘neoliberal world order’. In so doing, it will look to identify the processes of atomization of society through art forms. The focus of the workshop is on empirical examples of internalized art productions and art currents, in juxtaposition to art expressing national/regional politics – focusing on the presence of political notions in Japanese fine arts, popular cultures such as manga and anime, and visual arts, and on the reflections/intersections between Western arts and representations of Japanese politics. The aim is to provide insights into the changing boundaries and concepts of Japanese/Far Eastern Art History in the 19th-21st centuries, as seen by contemporary scholars of both the West and East.

Keynote speaker: Professor Atsushi Miura (The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)

Date: 24 August 2017 from 9.30am to 5.00pm

Julian Study Centre 3.02, University of East Anglia, UK

Booking Information

Admission is open to all and free but registration is required. For more information please see the UEA website 

This conference is supported by the Japan Foundation Grant Programme for Japanese Studies Projects. For more information about this programme please click here.

Image: courtesy of University of Tokyo

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Call for Papers: Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice - Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities   JPsupported

How does research on Japan inform ecological practice that is pertinent beyond the framework of area studies, and vice versa? If we were to place nature at the core of our studies of human activities, what new kinds of interdisciplinarity and knowledge would be possible, and how would we reorganize our academic disciplines?

This workshop invites individual papers from UK-based Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers within the Humanities for an inter-disciplinary discussion with guidance from established scholars and practitioners.

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 August 2017

Date: 27 October 2017 - 28 October 2017

St Antony's College, University of Oxford

Booking Information

For more information on how to register and submit an abstract please see the workshop website 

This workshop is supported by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. For more information about this programme please click here.

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BAJS Workshop: Meiji Japan in Global History   JPsupported

The 2017 BAJS Workshop ‘Meiji Japan in Global History’ will feature intensive critical discussion of six pre-circulated essays on Meiji Japan during which the authors and audience members will explore in greater depth topics presented by the collected essays.

The workshop will begin with the idea that Meiji signifies a moment of global connectivity and asks how this twenty-first century starting point stimulates new questions and offers ways to re-conceptualize Japanese engagement with the late nineteenth century/early twentieth century world. Moreover, it asks what obstacles remain—including the nation-state itself and the imperialism in which its formation was embedded—and how they might help us distinguish our views from those our sources provide.

Contributors include scholars from Europe, the United States, and East Asia who are engaged in thinking about Meiji in global perspective.

The workshop is open to the UK and EU scholarly communities, and focuses on developing each article for publication. Articles will be completed in advance of the workshop and distributed to all participants, and registered members of the gallery audience, in order to best facilitate critical, constructive discussions.

Date: 8 September 2017 from 10.00am to 5.00pm

Room 116, First Floor, Main Building, SOAS, University of London, London

Booking Information

Only invited papers will be presented and discussed, but the workshop is open to any interested member of the scholarly community interested in attending the workshop.  For more information and to register please see the SOAS website

The Japan Foundation supports the British Association for Japanese Studies through our Support Programme for Organisations in Japanese Studies. For more information about our grant programmes for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange please click here.

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