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JAWS Conference 2019

Posted on | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on JAWS Conference 2019

Time: 15-17 April 2019

Venue: Aarhus University, Aarhus (Denmark)

Conference organiser and convenor: Anemone Platz ostap[at]cas.au.dk

Conference Theme: Networking and sharing

Decades of perceived accessibility to material goods and a broad range of educational and cultural possibilities led to an increased individualization and the building of personalized private spheres in many areas of Japanese society. However, the political and socio-economic developments backed by natural and human-made catastrophes during the last two decades have changed part of these individualization tendencies and led them into new and often socially charged channels. New types of networks and spaces for sharing are emerging due to an extensive use of diverse social platforms. This leads to renewed ways of interaction starting from very narrow circles of family, friends and acquaintances, extending over neighborhoods to interregional and international ones. After the Tōhoku Triple Disaster, topics related to networking, sharing and volunteering have not only gained momentum in the public discourse, in academia and in the entertainment industry but also have become the normal for many an average citizen in everyday life.

We welcome any contribution to this deliberately broad topic.

However, as has been characteristic for the JAWS workshop, everybody is also invited to send in a thematically not related abstract of your recent research for consideration.

Deadlines and notification

Please send your abstract of about 250 words directly to Anemone Platz ostap[at]cas.au.dk

Individual abstracts: the deadline is Wednesday, December 12.

Panel proposals: if any group has not managed to send its proposal due to deadline insecurities, please let me know and I try to find a solution.

You will receive a mail of acceptance by Monday, December 17.

If anybody needs a letter of acceptance before that date, please let me know.

JAWS 2019 homepage at Aarhus University

On December 10. we aim at opening a link to a JAWS 2019 homepage, where you first of all will find practical information and links for your stay in Aarhus and about the workshop site.

I look forward to seeing you in Aarhus in April.

Anemone Platz

Grants for JAWS members

Posted on | November 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Grants for JAWS members

JAWS is pleased to announce the following grants:

Conference Travel Grants to participate at the upcoming JAWS conference in Aarhus, Denmark (15-17 April 2019):

JAWS members may apply for a travel grant to cover transport and/or accommodation costs of max. €250.

Eligibility: the applicant must be

– a JAWS member and a graduate student or precariously employed academic.

– confirmed to present a paper at the JAWS conference.

– write a conference report to be published on the JAWS website (and in the newsletter).

Actual costs to a maximum of £250 will be paid after receipts and conference reports have been submitted.

Application deadline: 15 March 2019

Send applications to: bs382[at]cam.ac.uk (Brigitte Steger)


Language Editing Grants for academic articles


Eligibility:

– The author must be a JAWS member.
– The article must be of high and publishable quality.
– In the case of native speakers of English, eligibility is restricted to graduate students. In the case of non-native speakers, priority will be given to graduate students and those on unestablished or low-income posts.

and either
–  the article has already been accepted for publication (either book or peer-reviewed journal)
or
–  the article has been informally reviewed by a colleague and is ready to be submitted to a journal for peer review. There needs to be a clear plan as to where the article will be submitted. 

Maximum support per article is 20 hours of professional language editing. The receipt of a grant must be acknowledged in a footnote of your article.


Application procedure:

There is no deadline. Please send applications/enquiries directly to bs382[at]cam.ac.uk. We aim to make decisions within a week and will then forward the article to a professional language editor arranged by JAWS.

Upcoming JAWS conference 2019

Posted on | September 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Upcoming JAWS conference 2019

Dear JAWS members,
I hope you had a nice summer no matter whether you were in one of the hot spots of this earth or a more comfortable one temperature wise.
It is high time to let you know that the next JAWS conference will take place at Aarhus University in Denmark from 15.-17. April 2019, as announced last year in Lisbon.
Since it will take a little longer to post the proper call for papers, here is some preliminary information.
The overall theme will revolve around new developments in networks and networking but, as usual, the workshop will also be open for other themes and proposals within the broader area of anthropology.
The deadline for panel proposals will be 1. November and for individual papers 3. December.
If you need an earlier acknowledgement in order to apply for traveling expenses, etc. you are welcome to contact me. The same counts for any other question you may have.
Best regards,
Anemone
Global Studies, Aarhus University

Joy Hendry Awarded by Japanese Government

Posted on | July 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Joy Hendry Awarded by Japanese Government

It is with great joy that we announce the bestowal of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, to Professor Joy Hendry on 26 July by Ambassador Tsuruoka at the Japanese Embassy in London. The award recognizes her many contributions to mutual understanding between Japan and the UK.

The award is well deserved, not only because of her tireless activities as the ‘founding mother’ of JAWS and senior editor of the JAWS Routledge series.

Prof. Hendry is interviewed by Laura Dales in JAWS Newsletter No. 50.

Brigitte Steger, Secretary-General

Call for Application for the “3rd Professor Josef Kreiner Hosei University Award for International Japanese Studies”

Posted on | July 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Call for Application for the “3rd Professor Josef Kreiner Hosei University Award for International Japanese Studies”

1. Objective
This award has been created to publicly celebrate Professor Josef Kreiner in his remarkable academic efforts to promote Japanese studies in Europe and at Hosei University Research Center for International Japanese Studies (HIJAS). At the same time we want to encourage overseas scholars of Japanese studies and to contribute to further development in this academic field.

2. Responsible Organisation
Hosei University Research Center for International Japanese Studies (HIJAS).

3. Qualification Requirements
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Call for Papers and Panels

Posted on | December 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Call for Papers and Panels

28th JAWS conference, concurrent with section 5a and 5b of the 15th EAJS International Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, 30 August – 2 September 2017

Extended deadline: 14 December 2016
All information on the conference and the submission process, including detailed CFP for each conference section as well as the proposal submission forms can be found at http://www.nomadit.co.uk/eajs/eajs2017/cfpan.

CFP: 27th JAWS Conference, 24-26 SEP 2016, Kobe, Japan

Posted on | March 15, 2016 | Comments Off on CFP: 27th JAWS Conference, 24-26 SEP 2016, Kobe, Japan

27th Conference of the Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS) 2016
Ceremony and Ritual in Japan: From Matsuri to Daily Life

Venue: Kobe University, Kobe (Japan)
Time: September 24~25, 2016 (concurrent with the 2nd EAJS Japan Conference https://www.eajs.eu/index.php?id=751)

Deadline for paper proposals: 30 April 2016

Abstracts should be submitted through the EAJS website, but please make sure to include your JAWS affiliation in the PDF file you upload.

We invite proposals for the 27th Conference of the Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS), to be held on September 24-25, 2016 in Kobe, Japan.

Main conference theme: “Ceremony and Ritual in Japan: From Matsuri to Daily Life”
Convenor: Dr. Carmen Tamas (Kobe University), carmentamas[at]yahoo.com

25 years ago, the fifth meeting of JAWS focused on the religious practices of industrialized Japan, in an attempt to discover whether the Japanese penchant for ceremony and ritual was just a “peculiar” national characteristic or the cultural response to the human condition at the end of the century. Well into the 21st century, our meeting in 2016 will look into the transformations that formal ceremonies and festivals (matsuri) have undergone in recent years (if any) and consider how ritual practices have developed in order to better suit the needs of contemporary society.

Many of those closely involved in the performance of formal ritual acts deplore the loss of “tradition” (as an example, the date of some matsuri was changed from the original one to the nearest weekend, in order to allow for more people to come, either as participants or as tourists), while others see change as the only way to keep such practices alive and to ensure their survival into the future.

But ceremony and ritual do not apply only to the large-scale formal practices, but also to “family-sized” gestures and customs, and these have been subject to change as well. Fewer people choose a traditional funeral involving the priest from the temple they are associated with, and more opt for the general “no particular sect” mortuary homes. At the same time, it appears that more people are visiting shrines and temples for healing rituals or to pray for a romantic partner. What are the mechanisms behind these changes in a society that is now dominated by instant and worldwide communication? Are there any similarities with other transformations that have occurred along the years? Was there a traceable tipping point? And last but not least, are we going to witness a kind of ritual revival or the slow demise of the ceremonies and rituals as we know them?

We invite proposals for papers that address the topics of ceremony and ritual from a wide variety of perspectives and represent Japanese contexts within the broad scope of anthropological research:

  • Matsuri — their structure, evolution and impact on current society;
  • Religious rituals — the interplay between practice and belief;
  • Rituals of daily life — (such as formal cleaning days, sports days, summer and winter gift exchanges, Valentine chocolates, etc.) their meaning and role both for the community and the individual.

Announcement for the “Kreiner Award”

Posted on | February 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Announcement for the “Kreiner Award”

Call for Applications for the “2nd Professor Josef Kreiner Hosei University Award for International Japanese Studies”

1. Objective
This award has been created to publicly celebrate Professor Josef Kreiner in his remarkable academic efforts to promote Japanese studies in Europe and at Hosei University Research Center for International Japanese Studies (HIJAS). At the same time we want to encourage overseas scholars of Japanese studies and to contribute to further development in this academic field.

2. Responsible Organisation
Hosei University Research Center for International Japanese Studies (HIJAS).

3. Qualification Requirements
Read more

More info on Istanbul conference added

Posted on | August 26, 2015 | Comments Off on More info on Istanbul conference added

We have added the Bogazici University map and directions to the campus to the Conferences page.

Important Info on Istanbul Conference Added

Posted on | May 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Important Info on Istanbul Conference Added

Important information on the 26th JAWS Conference in Istanbul has been added to the Conferences Page. Everyone planning to attend (or considering it) should download and read the latest info regarding the conference schedule, registration, tutorial/mentoring sessions, travel arrangements, transportation in Istanbul, and funding options.

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