Resource: Dietrich Seckel’s Photo Archive (1936-1942)

Haruna Shrine, as photographed by Dietrich Seckel

Those interested in everyday life in Japan during World War II may be interested in the University of Heidelberg’s digital archive of photographs by German art historian Dietrich Seckel.

Credited as one of the leading figures in establishing art historical studies of East Asia in Germany, Seckel lectured on German literature in Japanese schools from 1937 to 1947, including at what is today Tokyo University. He later returned to Germany and worked on Japanese art and architecture.

This digital archive of his black and white photographs includes amateur shots he took from 1936 to 1942. These candid photos of acquaintances, architecture, and nature capture a more serene view of Japan than one might typically think of for this period. All of the photos (some 970 of them) are can be perused at the archive website and are available for download. They can be navigated by keyword or categorical searches. Enjoy!


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Call for Papers: European Network of Japanese Philosophy

The 4th European Network of Japanese Philosophy (ENOJP) Conference at University of Hildesheim, Germany​

(Sept 5–8 2018)

​Übergänge – Transitions – 移り渉り: Crossing the Boundaries in Japanese Philosophy

We encourage applicants to send in proposals for individual presentations or group proposals of 3 presenters to collaborate on a panel together. Papers dealing with the conference theme “Übergänge – Transitions – 移り渉り” are particularly welcome, but papers on other aspects related to Comparative & Japanese Philosophy will also be considered.

It is not necessary to adjust your presentation to the general theme in a very strict manner – we want to use the topic in a thought provoking rather than restrictive way! Please feel free to interpret the theme creatively. It is more important that you can give your presentation on a topic you are interested in than adjusting it to the general theme.

Deadline: April 30, 2018  (Abstract 250-500 words with 5–10 keywords & CV)
Conference Languages: English, German and Japanese
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Summer Program: Translation, Intercultural and East Asian Studies at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is delighted to announce a new edition of the Ph.D. Summer School in Translation, Intercultural and East Asian Studies.

The Ph.D. Summer School is organized by the Department of Translation, Interpreting and East Asian Studies, and it will be held at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (UAB) during the week of June 25th to June 29th, 2018.

This week-long summer school aims at promoting quality research by encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences amongst young researchers and providing a forum within which students and lecturers can share interests and experiences.

The Ph.D. Summer School offers seminars, workshops, and tutorials with internationally renowned scholars. It is open to postgraduate students from all over the world seeking to further their studies at MA, Ph.D. or postdoctoral level.The School also includes attendance and participation in the 9th International Symposium for Young Researchers in Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies and East Asian Studies (June 29th, 2018).

For more information about the Ph.D. Summer School, please visit:

Application deadline: June 15, 2018

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Call for Papers: Resistance Reimagined: East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Symposium

Call for Papers:

Resistance Reimagined

East Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Symposium

University of Southern California
September 29, 2018

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Graduates Studying East Asia at the University of Southern California invite graduate students conducting research in all disciplines related to East Asia to submit abstracts for our 2018 symposium, “Resistance Reimagined,” to take place September 29, 2018. This conference aims to investigate and formulate new theorizations of resistance as well as rethink how communities and individuals construct narratives to reimagine social and political changes in the context of East Asia. The topic can be interpreted widely in relation to various fields, including but not limited to cinema and media studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, literature, religion, and visual studies.

Topics can include but are not limited to:
Methods and practices that initiate or imagine resistance;

Representation of marginal communities or intersectional identities;

Strategies or modes of resistance movements and activism efforts;

Pedagogies of resistance in East Asian studies.

The conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss current research on East Asia with each other and invited faculty panelists. The conference provides a venue for participants to meet other scholars in their fields conducting similar research and to forge new professional relationships. Submissions are welcome from graduate students in all disciplines. Papers should be related to East Asia, including East Asian interactions with the wider world.

Applicants should submit an abstract (max. 250 words) and a short biography (max. 150 words) to by May 1, 2018 (5:00 p.m. PST).

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Book Announcement: Cool Japanese Men. Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge

Cool Japanese Men: Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge.

edited by Brigitte Steger and Angelika Koch.

Following the successful publication four years ago of Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge, we are delighted to announce a second book by our recent Japanese Studies graduates. Cool Japanese Men: Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge, edited by Brigitte Steger and Angelika Koch, is a collection of well researched and thoroughly up-to-date essays which explore what it means to be a ‘cool’ man in Japan today. Normative ideas of masculinity are currently being negotiated and revised in many societies and these studies make for fascinating reading, both for those with little knowledge of Japan and Gender Studies and those with long-standing interest in these areas. We have every confidence that this book will replicate the success of its predecessor, which is held in many UK school libraries and included on the reading list of university courses on Japanese society around the world. Our hope is that Cool Japanese Men will help inspire many more young people to begin their own exploration of Japanese culture.

The four essays explore how recent expressions of manhood diverge from the gendered division of social roles of the traditional post-war family system and the hegemonic model of masculinity typified by the hard-working, dark-suited but otherwise colourless ‘salaryman’. They also raise the question of how far these so-called ‘new’ masculinities are still influenced by more traditional ideas of how men and women should act. Hannah Vassallo discusses recent government campaigns promoting the image of ikumen (child-raising fathers) and the ‘cool’ men who manage to juggle successful careers with proactive fatherhood. Christopher Tso and Shirota Nanase examine a range of self-help literature that encourages businessmen to adopt the proto-typically female gendered skills of personal grooming and listening. ‘Rebellious cool’ is showcased in an ethnography by Sakari Mesimäki of a student hip hop dance circle at a Japanese university and, by way of contrast, the final chapter by Rosie Dent-Spargo examines a group of decidedly ‘uncool’ otaku men — the nerdy fans of the pop idol group AKB48.

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Job Opening: Japanese or Korean humanities, Johns Hopkins University

Institution: Johns Hopkins University, Program in East Asian Studies
Location: Maryland, United States
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Japanese or Korean Humanities

The program in East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University is pleased to announce a two-year teaching Post Doctoral Fellowship in Japanese or Korean Humanities to begin July 1, 2018.  Applicants in the following disciplines will be considered: film, literature (classical or modern), art history, philosophy, religion, archaeology, anthropology, and museum studies. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to teach two courses per semester and present his or her research at least once as part of the East Asian Studies speaker series.

We specifically seek a recent PhD who would benefit from collaboration with (and mentorship from) our current faculty and who would, by means of teaching and research, contribute to the vitality and intellectual diversity of our program.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation by way of Interfolio. In the cover letter, please describe the four classes per year that you propose to teach as part of our program, as well as the ways in which your teaching and research interests will contribute to the East Asian Studies program at Johns Hopkins. Review of applications will begin on April 22, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The position will commence on July 1, 2018.

Questions may be directed to Tobie Meyer-Fong.

Apply through Interfolio at

Contact: Tobie Meyer-Fong (


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Have advice/experience to share? Write for us!

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Send us an email at and pitch us an article! We’re happy to collaborate with guest writers to develop their ideas and create an even bigger body of shared knowledge for the community. Happy writing!

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