Job Opening: Premodern Japanese literature, Stanford University

Institute: Stanford University, East Asian Languages and Cultures
California, United States
Assistant Professor in Premodern Japanese Literature


Faculty Position Available

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University is seeking applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the area of premodern Japanese literature. Areas of secondary interest include but are not limited to Japanese History, Performance, Religious Studies, Visual Culture, Gender Studies, and Chinese Language and Literature. Candidates are expected to have completed the Ph.D. degree by the time of appointment. Appointees will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in Japanese literature and premodern forms of language.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and three letters of reference online via []. For full consideration, materials must be received by October 15, 2017. The appointment will begin on September 1, 2018.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women, members of minority groups, and protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching, and clinical missions.


James Reichert
East Asian Languages and Cultures
521 Memorial Way
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2000

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Call for Papers: Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction

Conference: Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction
Where: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
When: February 23-24, 2018
CfP deadline: August 15, 2017

The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) invites paper proposals for its twelfth biennial conference, to be held February 23-24, 2018 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

FEEGI conferences investigate the histories of places and people touched directly and indirectly, advantageously or catastrophically, by European overseas expansion. Our conferences provide an opportunity for exchange about the circumstances, causes, and consequences of increased global interaction in the early modern period (roughly 1450 to 1850). We welcome proposals exploring political, economic, and socio-cultural interactions from a variety of fields and perspectives. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches. The FEEGI Program Committee hopes that the Hawaiian venue will be particularly attractive to those working on Europe-Asia exchanges.

One of the hallmarks of FEEGI conferences is the creation of an intellectual space for comparative thinking and interaction among scholars across traditional temporal, geographic, and imperial boundaries. To promote such dialogue, the Program Committee configures panels to make deep thematic connections, and all our sessions are plenary.

Please enter proposals for individual papers no later than 15 August 2017 by using the online form here: Submissions should include a 300-500 word abstract as well as a brief (1-2 page) C.V. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students; we hope to provide some financial support to graduate student presenters.

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Call for Papers: Murakami Haruki Conference

40 Years with Murakami Haruki
International conference at Newcastle University, March 8-9, 2018

2018 marks the fortieth year since Japanese author Murakami Haruki first decided to write a novel while watching a game of baseball (or so the story goes). Coinciding with this anniversary, The School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University (UK) is hosting an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project on Murakami. Scholars and other professionals are invited to submit a paper proposal for an international conference that explores various aspects of Murakami, his literary works and characters as well as their transmedial reach. Confirmed keynote speakers include four prominent Murakami scholars, Dr Rebecca Suter (University of Sydney), Professor Matthew C. Strecher (Sophia University), Emeritus Professor Shibata Motoyuki (Tokyo University) and Emeritus Professor Katō Norihiro (Waseda University).

Deadline for proposals

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Murakami’s works were met with much criticism from established literary circles and prize committees. Since then, he has prolifically produced not only novels and short stories, but also essays and translations, and Murakami’s writings have become part of global culture—indeed, in 2015 he was recognized as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time. His works are now translated into more than 50 languages and his stories and characters are increasingly becoming transmedial, inspiring global producers of cultural products such as film makers, artists, computer game programmers, travelogue writers, performing art producers and dance choreographers. For scholars interested in the processes of translation and transmedial production, Murakami therefore provides an intriguing case study.

At a time when literature is challenged by other digital media forms, the enduring global popularity of Murakami’s literary worlds and characters is a compelling reason why we need to enhance knowledge of his works. As cultural products that potentially influence our world view and imagination, it is interesting to ask what his works tell us about key topics such as gender and history. However, Murakami is also interesting because of his unusual position in the cultural hierarchy. While he is subject to a type of fandom typically associated with popular culture, his writings have also received some of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes including the Franz Kafka Prize (2006) and the Jerusalem Prize (2009). This straddled position might inspire us to question the relevance of segregating ‘pop’ and ‘pure literature’ in academic research.

As a topic for interdisciplinary academic inquiry, Murakami’s literary worlds and characters offer an opportunity for the humanities and social sciences to bring together specialists from diverse disciplines, such as literary studies, popular culture and gender studies, with translators, transmedial producers and general readers, thereby enriching the field of Japanese studies by connecting it to the wider academic and non-academic communities. In tandem with the conference, a series of events is scheduled to take place in Newcastle, including a workshop with public lectures on translating Murakami, film screenings and an art exhibition. The full program and further information about the entire AHRC funded project is available at

To present a 20-minute paper at the conference, please submit a 250 word proposal before 27-10-2017. While papers on gender and transmediality are especially encouraged, all perspectives on Murakami are welcome. As inspiration, consider the following list of exploratory topics:

  • Character construction and narrative techniques
  • Transmedial productions and media mix
  • Translation (Murakami as translator and translating Murakami)
  • Marketing and reception
  • Representations of sex and gender
  • Representations of historical and political events
  • Genre, ‘popular culture’ and ‘pure literature’
  • Thematic investigations such as the meaning of colours, food and parallel worlds

Please contact Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen ( with any inquiries.

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Call for Papers: Japan Studies Association 2018

Join us in sunny Honolulu January 2018 to share our new and continuing 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.

We encourage both east-west and inter-Asian comparative perspectives and particularly welcome contributions by alumni of JSA’s Freeman Foundation intensive workshops on Japan (2002–2016) such as the Wichita and Belmont workshops, both funded by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation. We also welcome proposals from participants in the 2014 Kyoto, the 2015 Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the 2017 Okinawa workshops. We recommend you contact colleagues with whom you share pedagogical and research interests to form a panel or a round table as this results in more engaging presentations and follow-up discussion.

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 Monday, 25 September 2017 Please make sure that you include the name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information for each presenter along with individual presentation titles.

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

Prof. Andrea Stover, Belmont University:

Prof. Paul Dunscomb, University of Alaska Anchorage:

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Funding: D. Kim Foundation Fellowships

D. Kim Foundation Fellowships

The deadline for fellowship applications is December 1, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail in early February. The fellowship term is September 1 through August 31, but can be adjusted with permission from the Foundation. If a recipient receives another fellowship or grant, he/she must report it to the Foundation. The Foundation may adjust the amount of the fellowship award accordingly.

Post-doctoral Fellowship: One or two fellowships ($55,000 each) will be awarded annually to a distinguished young scholar who has received his/her doctoral degree within the previous five years. Applicants should include an invitation letter from their host institution; the host institution cannot be changed without permission from the Foundation.

Visiting Studentship: Candidates must be registered in a Masters or PhD program at a university or approved research institute in East Asia, working on topics relevant to the Foundation. Two letters of recommendation are required: one from an academic referee familiar with the candidate’s work, and the other from the host institution confirming that it is willing to host the candidate during the period of the studentship. A detailed plan of the work that the candidate intends to carry out at the host institution is required. All applications must be accompanied by a certificate of English-language proficiency from an internationally recognized test, such as TOFEL or IELTS. The Foundation will conduct either Skype or personal interviews for the final selection. The duration of fellowship is six to twelve months. The candidate selected must normally stay at the host institution during the whole of the studentship period. The amount of the studentship is up to US$45,000. The final amount will be decided later in accordance with the candidate’s specific circumstances.

Dissertation Fellowship: One or two fellowships (up to $25,000 each) will be awarded annually to Ph.D. candidates who are writing their dissertations. Applicants should include  two draft chapters with their application.


Traveling/Research Grant: Several grants (up to $2,500 each) will be awarded annually to scholars who are traveling for short-term research projects (less than a month). All applications must include the description of the research purpose and the detailed outline of budget (travel, accommodation and library fees, if applicable). Travel must be made between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. If a recipient receives another grant, he/she must report it to the foundation. Deadline for submission: December 1, 2017.

Conference/Workshop Grant (NEW): Several grants (up to $2,500 each) will be awarded twice a year to scholars who plan to present papers at international conferences or workshops. All applications must include the abstract (or paper), and a detailed outline of budget (transportation, lodging, and registration).  If possible, they should also include a letter from conference/workshop organizers confirming that the proposed paper or panel has been accepted.  While applications will still be considered if such confirmation is not yet available, no grant payment will be made until official confirmation of acceptance has been provided. If a recipient receives another grant, he/she must report it to the foundation.

Deadline 1 (May 1, 2017), if the meeting is held between July1, 2017 and January 31, 2018

Deadline 2 (December 1, 2017), if the meeting is held between February 1 and June 30, 2018.

Application starts with an online form

For more information:

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Book Announcement: The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan

The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan

Sari Kawana

SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan

The Uses of Literature in Modern Japan explores the varying uses of literature in Japan from the late Meiji period to the present, considering how creators, conveyors, and consumers of literary content have treated texts and their authors as cultural resources to be packaged, promoted, and preserved.

As the printed word became a crucial form of entertainment for an increasingly literate public in early 20th-century Japan, the publishing industry developed by leaps and bounds. This study illustrates how the industry exerted forces strong enough to influence the appearance and substance of literary output. Touching upon a wide array of key industry players as well as authors and their works, Kawana takes up previously neglected issues such as the materiality of texts, the role of editors and advertising campaigns, the interplay between literature and other media and the creation and dissemination of larger cultural fantasies tied to literary consumption. She stresses the agency and creativity with which readers engaged literary works, from unintentional misreadings of propaganda literature to innovative adaptations of canonical texts in visual media, culminating in the practice of literary tourism.

Moving beyond close reading of texts to look at their historical context – the rise of literacy and social mobility in the Meiji period, the redistribution of leisure time and the growth of unemployment in the Taisho period, and wartime censorship and the subsequent economic boom in the Showa period – the book will appeal not only to scholars and students of modern Japanese literature but also those studying the history of the book and modern Japanese cultural history more broadly.

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Call for Papers: The Book in Transition, the East and the West

The Book in Transition, the East and the West Symposium

Date: 9 December 2017

Place: G-Lab (6-7th floors), East Research Building, Mita Campus, Keio University, Tokyo

Deadline: 21 August 2017 (Japan time)

Keynote speaker: Dr Paul Needham (Scheide Librarian, Princeton University)

Conveners: Mayumi Ikeda, Mari Agata, & Satoko Tokunaga (Keio University)

Historically, the introduction of a new means or material in book production has led to a change in form, use, perception and even meaning of the book. This process, however, is by no means straightforward and varies among communities, each of which can be met with excitement, confusion, debate and at times rejection, but also, creative breakthroughs which have opened up new horizons in the history of the book. A prime example of this is the introduction of typography, whose impact in Europe is all too well known, but which also brought complex issues and reactions in East Asia, the region that precedes Europe in its evidenced use of typography by more than a century but did not see it thoroughly established until much later.

The above-described process also applies to bibliographical studies, in which the employment of new technologies as tools for analysis has created new possibilities in the field but also stimulated further questions to ask and more problems to solve. In the age of digital technology, the speed and intensity of this trend has become ever greater.

This symposium examines the impact of shifts and developments in the production and study of books in the early modern period. It will be interdisciplinary as well as intercultural, encouraging conversations among scholars of various backgrounds.

Abstracts for papers in English or Japanese are invited from all disciplines, with the book being the subject of research. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction of new methods or materials in bookmaking
  • Shift in the use, perception or meaning of the book
  • Co-existence of old and new forms of books
  • Comparison of means of book production (e.g., handwritten or hand-painted elements vs printed elements)
  • Comparison of bookmaking in different cultures
  • Presentation and/or review of new approaches to book study

Presentation of papers should be no longer than 20 minutes, with additional 5 minutes for questions. Abstracts of 250 words in English or 400 characters in Japanese should be submitted for review at <> by 21 August 2017(Japan time). Results of the review will be notified to applicants in early September. Speakers will be further asked to submit an A4 abstract of the paper by the beginning of November. Accommodation and transport within Japan will be offered to speakers.

For enquiries please e-mail:

The symposium is organized by “The Creation of an Integrated Database for Bibliographical and Visual Analyses of Early Printing in Europe” project under the Keio University Global Research Institute’s Creativity Initiative and funded by Keio University’s Research Grants for Global Initiative Research Projects (

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