Call for Papers: Teaching Anime and Manga

Teaching Anime and Manga

Northeast Modern Language Association convention

This session proposes to look at what has been a persistent but under-represented section of comics studies: manga (Japanese comics), and associated with it, anime (Japanese animation). Access to anime and manga is pervasive: one distributor, CrunchyRoll, has one million yearly paying subscribers, providing electronic access to 50 manga titles translated into English, and 800 anime titles. In partnership with United States distributors such as Viz and Funimation, the vast majority of those anime titles are dubbed into English, making language much less of a barrier of access for teachers–as well as students. Manga and anime are popular with students, and it is to the benefit of teachers to gain a better understanding of such content that appears in their students’ essays.

How can Japanese animation and comics be incorporated into courses in a variety of methodologies, topics, and fields of study? This pedagogical session welcomes proposals that discuss designing assignments and syllabi based on the study of anime and manga. This session will allow experienced teachers and scholars to share strategies for how they incorporate manga and anime into the classroom. Example content to share may include sample lesson plans, syllabi, and assignments.

Please submit 300-word abstracts, along with a short bio and any audio-visual requests, online before September 30, 2017, at Please email questions to

The 49th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will meet April 12 to 15, 2018, at Pittsburgh’s historic Omni William Penn. More information is available at

Contact Info:

Derek McGrath, University at Buffalo

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Call for Papers: Asian Extremes: Climate, Meteorology and Disaster in History


The weather plays an often underestimated, yet vitally important role in human history. Climate has been considered an explanation for almost every aspect of society and culture, from causing disease to determining racial characteristics historically. Extremes of weather, especially those experienced in Asia including typhoons and monsoon rains, have also had a major impact on society. In urban areas, the weather has contributed to urban destruction and shaped resultant urban rebuilding and planning. In the port and coastal cities of Asia, the need to understand those extremes also led to pioneering scientific developments in the fields of meteorology and maritime science. In the modern Anthropocene, the need to understand the history of the climate and all its associated impacts is ever more critical.

Climate and weather history are still considered emerging fields despite some precedent from the sciences and arguably, studies in this field have disproportionately favoured Northern Europe, in large part because of the greater availability and accessibility of records for this region. There are still many knowledge gaps for Asia however, partly because of the paucity of records in comparison to Europe, because many archives have either been restricted or have only relatively recently been opened, but also because regional scholars have overly focused on teleological nationalistic explorations of the past.

The aim of this conference therefore is to explore the role of the weather in the history of anthropogenic Asia. It ties in with current historiographical trends that explore scientific history as a globally linked enterprise, one that crossed different national and imperial borders. It also sees Asia as critical to the development of global meteorological science: understanding extremes such as typhoons were essential to trade, economy and society. Despite the centrality of extreme weather to urban Asia historically (and in the present day) however, this field remains relatively under researched. The panels adopt an interdisciplinary approach, appealing to historians, social scientists and natural scientists with an interest in events and trends in the history of climate changes and extremes of weather, to suggest what an enhanced understanding of the past might teach us about managing and adapting to current climatic challenges. This helps us to fill a gap between different disciplines, especially meteorologists and scientist who are more concerned with quantified data and historian and/or social scientists who put more emphasis on socio-political aspects of climate and climate change.

In this conference, we seek to gain a better understanding of the following themes:

  • Asian Extremes: Weather as a Driver of Change
  • Imperial Meteorology: A Global Science
  • Culture, Climate and Weather
  • Weather History and the Modern-Day: Integrating History and Science in the Anthropocene


Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. The organizers plan to publish a special issue with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans (special issue/journal) of the organizers. The organizers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your proposal, using the provided proposal template to Dr Fiona Williamson at and Sharon at by 17 October 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 17 November 2017.

Contact Info:

Miss Sharon Ong
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

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Job Opening: Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities

Institution: Leiden University, LIAS
Location: Netherlands
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities

Leiden University is hiring a postdoctoral fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities to join the ERC-funded Open Philology project

Potential candidates should familiarize themselves with the project through the proposal, which can be found here:

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for developing the underlying back-end architecture on which the project will operate;

  • You will also develop the features of the project responsible for data analysis;
  • The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with other members of the team to create the framework for the Open Philology Project, but you will have the flexibility to develop a stack of your choosing (with input from the PI and faculty at Leiden University);
  • 50% of your time will be dedicated at the technical requirements of the project. The other 50% will be used to conduct your own research within the project’s framework

Please read the full Call for Applications at


Prof. J.A. Silk ;

Dr. P.A. Vierthaler:


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Funding: Fellowship, Social Sciences, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Institution: Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Location:  Massachusetts
Position: Two-year Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Academy Scholars Program, 2018-2019

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.  Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.

The Academy Scholars are a select community of individuals with resourcefulness, initiative, curiosity, and originality, whose work in non-Western cultures or regions shows promise as a foundation for exceptional careers in major universities or international institutions.  Harvard Academy Scholarships are open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates.  Scholars applying by the October 1, 2017 deadline for the August 2018 postdoctoral fellowships must have completed the  PhD or equivalent after September 30, 2014.

Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities.  They receive substantial financial and research assistance to undertake sustained projects of research and/or acquire accessory training in their chosen fields and areas.  Some teaching is permitted but not required.  The Senior Scholars, a distinguished group of senior Harvard University faculty members, act as mentors to the Academy Scholars to help them achieve their intellectual potential.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000 until they are awarded the PhD or equivalent degree.  The online application for the postdoctoral fellowships beginning in August 2018 is due by October 1, 2017.  Finalist interviews will take place in Cambridge on December 6, 2017.  Notification of Scholarships will be made in late December, 2017.  For complete information on how to apply and for access to the online application, please visit:



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Book Announcement: The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan

The Fabric of Indigeneity:
Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan

ann-elise lewallen

For more information, please visit

In present-day Japan Indigenous Ainu women stitch together ancestral values and global Indigenous activism to challenge bitter legacies of settler racism and colonial erasure. Instead of orchestrating this resistance in spectacular mass protest or raucous clashes with the state, they invoke ancestral knowledge and inhabit ancestral spaces through clothwork as a silent yet politically potent resistance to these erasures. Ainu women’s expressions of Indigenous modernity in Japan, a nation which has long denied the presence of Indigenous peoples and its own history of settler colonialism, directly clash with narratives of Japan’s imagined homogeneity. These spaces of cultural vitalization allow Ainu women to move between “being Ainu,” a racist label attached to Ainu bodies by settler society, to actively “becoming Ainu” and determining what this means through their art. By placing their ancestors at the heart of their resistance, Ainu women reinstate ancestral balance through gendered labor and gender complementarity, refusing the settler patriarchy and vertical gender hierarchy imposed by the colonial state. In this Ainu women reject majority Japanese and Eurocentric models of feminism, insisting on an Indigenous Ainu feminism and imagining women’s empowerment through their grandmothers and elders. Drawn from long-term relationships with Ainu communities and a sustained engagement with a multi-generational group of Ainu women, the book offers insights into the complex dynamics and centrality of Ainu ancestors in these women’s life-worlds.

The Fabric of Indigeneity is the first comprehensive text to address contemporary Ainu cultural politics and situate them in a conversation with global Indigenous studies as well as Japanese and Asia Studies. The book’s focus on women and gender in Indigenous society provides a unique perspective on different understandings of gender practices and contrasts steeply with mainstream Japan or mainstream European societies. This is the first text to examine the history of settler patriarchy and settler colonialism in Japan from the perspective of Indigenous Ainu women. Further, lewallen argues that Indigenous studies must expand its arc to critically engage with non-western Indigenous communities and models of settler colonialism toward articulating a more globally sensitive and responsive Indigenous studies. As such, lewallen proposes new directions for the analysis of settler colonialism and Indigenous mobilization in other Asian and Pacific nations.

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Call for Papers: Asian Popular Culture / The Asian American Experience

Call for Papers
Asian Popular Culture / The Asian American Experience
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

39th Annual Conference, February 7-10, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Proposal submission deadline: October 22, 2017

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 39th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

Asian Popular Culture / The Asian American Experience is a subject area that covers a wide variety of topics. Proposals for individual papers and panels on Asian popular culture or Asian American life and culture are welcome. The list of topics is suggested, but not limited to:

  • Film
  • Literature
  • Fashion
  • Family
  • Food
  • Music
  • Asian American Experience/Identity
  • Transcultural Representations in Asian Pop Culture
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Travel

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15 minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words.  Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

Contact Info:

If you have any questions about the Asian Popular Culture / The Asian American Experience area, please contact its Area Chair, Elaine Cho, Ph.D., Eastfield College.

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Fun Link Friday: Twin Peaks Bento

Let’s learn how to make a Twin-Peaks themed bento with Twin Peaks star Kyle Maclachlan!

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Did you know that Twin Peaks was a hit in Japan? Here’s a vintage New York Times article from 1992 about the show’s popularity, and a Food52 article about the Twin Peaks coffee commercials shown in Japan.


Damn fine!

Via Food52.

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