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JSA 2023 : Japan Studies Association Conference


When Jan 4, 2023 - Jan 6, 2023
Where Honolulu, HI
Submission Deadline Dec 2, 2022
Categories    literature   history   cultural studies   anthropology

Call For Papers

Twenty-Ninth Japan Studies Association Conference—In Person!
January 4-6, 2023

The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Hotel
Honolulu, Hawai'i
Established in San Diego in the spring of 1994, the JSA has assisted its members – primarily teachers from American two- and four-year colleges and universities – to acquire first-hand knowledge about Japan and infuse it into the curriculum of their home institutions. Through workshops and study-tours, and the professional networking they enable, JSA’s members have been inspired to engage in curriculum development, design study-abroad programs, and initiate Japan-related or comparative research, an outlet for which they have found both in the organization’s Japan Studies Association Journal and its annual national conference.

In January 2023 we will meet again in person, after too long a COVID hiatus, in sunny Honolulu to share our continuous and new pedagogical and research interests in Japan’s literary and cultural traditions, historical and economic developments, sociopolitical and religious past and present. We invite proposals for individual presentations, discipline-specific or interdisciplinary panels, roundtables on pedagogy and teaching innovation and staged readings.

Invited Keynote speakers include William M. Tsutsui, president of Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS/Phoenix, AZ, Paul Yonamine, president of Central Pacific Bank, Christine Yano, former president of the Association for Asian Studies.
Submitting an abstract or a panel proposal
Abstracts for an individual presentation (approx. 250 words) or proposals for a themed panel, roundtable or staged reading (approx. 500 words) should be submitted via JSA’s website: by Friday, 11 November 2022. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Friday, 2 December 2022. Please make sure that you include the name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information for each presenter along with individual presentation titles.

We would also welcome your suggestions for a Japanese literary, historical or theoretical text to provide the focus of the now traditional general discussion session.

For more information, please contact the Conference Program Co-Chairs:

Prof. Andrea Stover, Belmont University:
Prof. Paul Dunscomb, University of Alaska Anchorage:

You may also contact JSA Treasurer:
Prof. Stacia Bensyl, Missouri Western State University:

Japan Finding its Place in the World
The major theme of this year’s conference is Japan Finding its Place in the World. Like all of us, Japanese have had to wrestle with what constitutes the “new normal” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic; but this project has actually been going on for far longer. Certainly since 1989 Japanese have been challenged to puzzle out the constantly changing global context in which they must operate. Arguably the questions of how Japan and the Japan should be situated in the world has been the one of the most fundamental questions throughout its long history. We welcome paper and panel proposals that examine the attempts of Japanese to come to grips to how they fit into the broader social, economic, diplomatic, literary, and artistic world.
Accommodation and Registration Information
We will be meeting once again at Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach.

The room cost is $220, single or double. There is a destination fee of $13 (all hotels are charging up to $35 a day for a resort/destination fee). Additional tax brings the room cost up to $275 a day including breakfast.
Register for the 2023 Conference and Become a Japan Studies Association Member or Renew Your Existing Membership!
When you register and pay for the January 2023 JSA Annual Conference, your JSA Membership Fee of $45 for 2023 is included!

Registration for the 2023 JSA Conference is $200 for part-time, retired, student, unemployed or independent scholars; or $300 for full-time employees. This offer is open until Dec. 16, 2022; after that date there will be an additional $25 late fee added.

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