Japan Anthropology Workshop

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Posted on | September 24, 2018 | Comments Off on

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.

New Publication: Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

Posted on | January 29, 2015 | Comments Off on New Publication: Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

This reader offers eleven chapters that speak to the role and function of journalism and the newspaper in contemporary Japanese society. Individually, each chapter provides important information on the particular topic that is its focus, while at the same time elucidating on how that particular topic is addressed by the media and revealing how the coverage of that theme or event affects society overall. The combination of different themes and research approaches yields a unique work that brings insight into how information is disseminated and processed in Japan, thereby offering valuable contributions both to Japanese Studies and Area Studies, as well as Journalism Studies and general Social Sciences.

The diversity of research themes, analytical viewpoints and methodological approaches that are exhibited across the chapters offer academics and students a range of issues and depth of treatment that will enhance understanding both of Japan and Japanese journalism and the workings of modern media in general. Taken as a whole, the contents provide a map of how news is approached by journalists, how it is transmitted to the public through the newspaper, and how this news then affects public consciousness, public opinion and governmental policy. The chapters cover a range of themes related to news production: historical, geographical, and technological. The contents outline implications that are political, international and in the creation of public consciousness. The book also includes a section on journalistic treatment of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Teneo Press Homepage:
http://www.teneopress.com/teneopress.cfm?template=4&bid=610

Edited by
Anthony S. Rausch PhD
Hirosaki University, Faculty of Education
1 Bunkyo-cho, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8560
tel/fax (81) (0)172-39-3447
asrausch@cc.hirosaki-u.ac.jp

Job Posting: Kyoto Resident Director

Posted on | January 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Job Posting: Kyoto Resident Director

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) seeks candidates for the position of Resident Director of its study-abroad center based on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto. KCJS is a consortium of fourteen universities administered by Columbia University that offers academic year and summer programs. Working closely with the KCJS Governing Board, Columbia University, and Doshisha University, the Resident Director is responsible for the continued development and oversight of the academic programs, student affairs, and administrative and financial management. The Resident Director supervises a full-time administrative staff that assists in all areas of program management, and teaches one course a semester during the academic year program.

See the Postings page for details.

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