Book Announcement: The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

Edited by Bruce Baird, Rosemary Candelario

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance provides a comprehensive introduction to and analysis of the global art form butoh.

Originating in Japan in the 1960s, butoh was a major innovation in twentieth century dance and performance, and it continues to shape-shift around the world. Taking inspiration from the Japanese avant-garde, Surrealism, Happenings, and authors such as Genet and Artaud, its influence can be seen throughout contemporary performing arts, music, and visual art practices.

This Companion places the form in historical context, documents its development in Japan and its spread around the world, and brings together the theory and the practice of this compelling dance. The interdisciplinarity evident in the volume reflects the depth and the breadth of butoh, and the editors bring specially commissioned essays by leading scholars and dancers together with translations of important early texts.

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Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Popular Culture, University of British Columbia

Institution: University of British Columbia
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Modern Japanese Popular Culture. Expertise in visual narrative culture (manga, anime, games, film) and a relevant discipline such as media studies, critical theory, or cultural studies preferred. Applicants should demonstrate a strong engagement with popular culture theory, and are expected to have native or near native proficiency in both Japanese and English.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence or strong potential in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Information about the Department can be found on its website,

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample (maximum 30 pages), two sample course syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 5, 2018. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2019.  All application materials should be submitted online at

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


Contact: Department of Asian Studies

University of British Columbia


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Job Opening: Instructor in Japanese Language (University of Colorado – Boulder)

Institution: University of Colorado – Boulder
Location: Colorado, United States
Position: Instructor

Instructor in Japanese Language

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a non-tenure track appointment as Instructor in Japanese language, to begin August 2019. Requirements include an M.A. in Japanese language, linguistics, pedagogy, or another related discipline and a minimum of one year of experience in teaching Japanese at the university level. Teaching experience acquired while obtaining degree will be considered. Job duties include teaching courses in Japanese language to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as service to the university.

Applicants must create and complete an online application at, posting number 13612. Please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of references
  4. Copies of syllabi of courses taught or proposed
  5. You will need to submit 3 references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact: Jacqueline Coombs (


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Fellowship: Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale

From post on H-Net:

The Henry A. Kissinger Visiting Scholars Program awards one postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy for one year and renewable for one additional year. Postdoctoral Kissinger Visiting Scholars must have completed their Ph.D. degree to begin the fellowship.

Kissinger Visiting Scholars are expected to use the time to conduct original research and write manuscripts for publication, focused on the role of the United States in global affairs from World War II to the present, including the conduct of U.S. statecraft, diplomacy, and grand strategy. Kissinger Visiting Scholars fellowships will be awarded to candidates with outstanding proposals that require access to the Henry A. Kissinger Papers or other archival holdings related to American diplomacy at Yale.

Kissinger Visiting Scholars will also work with an active academic community of post-doctoral fellows and pre-doctoral fellows, as well as Yale faculty in history, political science, and other disciplines.

Postdoctoral Kissinger Visiting Scholars may teach small seminars if desired on subjects relevant to grand strategy, participate regularly in research colloquia on campus, and are granted opportunities to present their work. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to remain in residence through the duration of their fellowship and contribute to the intellectual life of the Program in Grand Strategy, International Security Studies, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs by participating in their activities and development. Offices are located on Yale’s campus.

The Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy was founded upon the 2011 donation of Dr. Henry Kissinger’s papers to Yale related to his pre-government, government, and post-government careers. A program of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, in conjunction with International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, the Center brings academics and practitioners to Yale as Kissinger Visiting Scholars and Kissinger Senior Fellows, as well as hosts an annual conference a range of other activities relating to international affairs.

Recent Ph.D. in relevant field. Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2019.

Application Instructions

A complete application includes:

*100-word research proposal abstract.
*1000-word research proposal, to include an explanation of how access to the Kissinger Papers or other archival holdings related to diplomatic history at Yale would help achieve the goals of your project.
*Three letters of recommendation.
*Two writing samples, e.g., dissertation chapters or journal articles.

Applications are due through Interfolio by November 12th.

For more information, see:

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Resource: Japanese Censorship Collection

Page from Amenoōji Nushigami : shinjin, chūkō, kore waga michi, Library of Congress Japanese Censorship Collection

Modern Japan enthusiasts will be excited by this relatively recent addition to the digitized collections of the Library of Congress. In collaboration with Japan’s National Diet Library, the Library of Congress has made available a digitized collection of Japanese censored materials dating from 1923 (the Kanto Earthquake) to 1945 (Japan’s surrender in WWII). As described on the website:

The Japanese Censorship Collection contains 1,327 marked-up copies of censored monographs and galley proofs for approximately 1,100 titles, mostly from the 1920s and 1930s. They include copies submitted by publishers for examination by censors in the Home Ministry of the Japanese imperial government as well as books lawfully confiscated by the ministry and local authorities for censor review. The practice of censorship were carried out “to protect public order ‘annei‘ and the manners and morals ‘fuzoku‘” in Japan. To achieve these ends, censors suppressed “kinshi“, deleted “sakujo” or revised publications “kaitei” they deemed a threat to social and political stability.

These materials, previously forbidden from both publication and distribution, often include comments by censors written directly on them, including penciled remarks, notes in the margins, stamps, and more.

The website contains full-color images in high resolution as well as all the accompanying metadata one can expect from the Library of Congress archives on title, medium, creator, publication, etc. for each work. Similarly, these materials can be used for freely for educational and research purposes and some are public domain.

There are over 1,000 items included in the Japanese Censorship Collection, many of them fully digitized, so there’s plenty for the history buff or researcher to dig through while investigating this fascinating period of history. Check out the site here!

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Job Opening: Japanese Environmental Humanities (UC Irvine)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE, Irvine, CA 92697-6000. The Department of East Asian Studies invites applications for an open rank position in Japanese Environmental Humanities, appointment to begin 1 July 2019.

Discipline is open to Japanese cinema, literature, philosophy, history, theater, anthropology, visual studies, political thought, or any field that uses Japanese texts to study the relation between nature and society, science and politics, the material and the ideal. Teaching responsibilities include lectures and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, plus graduate advising. This hire is supported by a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant and part of a campus initiative to 1) establish UC Irvine as a major center for Environment and Sustainability Studies within the field of Japanese Studies and 2) launch a 4+1 MA program in Japanese within the Department of EAS. The successful candidate will have a compelling research profile and strong leadership skills. A Ph.D. is required.

The department will begin reviewing applications November 13, 2018.

Applications should be submitted electronically at

Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a statement of research and teaching interests, 3) a statement on teaching philosophy, 4) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in line with UC Irvine’s commitment to inclusive excellence, 5) a current CV, and 6) 3 letters of recommendation. The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. Please direct questions about the electronic submission procedure to EAS Department Manager Michelle Hu ( and any other questions about the search to Committee Chair Margherita Long ( To learn more about the Department, visit

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Call for Papers: KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, East Asian Studies

April 11th-13th, 2019 – University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky


East Asian Studies

Deadline for Abstract Submission: November 12th, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

The KFLC is proud to open sessions devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of East Asian Studies. Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of this field, including, but not limited to:

  • Class, gender, ethnicity/race
  • Colonialism and Diaspora
  • Memory, violence, and nation
  • Popular culture in global markets
  • Performance, agency, and identity
  • Ethics of literary-cultural studies
  • Classical literature; new readings
  • Media studies, music studies, film studies
  • Social movements – justice, citizenship, and resistance
  • The avant-garde – arts in contexts
  • Body, space, and the public sphere
  • The politics of writing – writing within/against culture

Paper presentations are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to

individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 5 papers will be considered.

The KFLC has a tradition of attracting scholars from a broad range of languages and specializations. This year’s conference will have sessions in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Indigenous and Endangered Languages, Intercultural Studies, Italian Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language Studies for the Professions, Linguistics, Lusophone Studies, Neo-Latin Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation Studies.

Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Panel proposals of 5 presentations should be submitted as follows: The panel organizer should electronically submit a panel proposal. The panel proposal cannot exceed one page in length and should include the theme of the panel, the organizer’s name and contact information, and the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel participants. Each participant MUST submit an individual abstract using our online system in addition to the panel proposal. Please indicate that your presentation is part of a pre-organized panel and list the title and organizer of the panel in the abstract.

Papers may be read in English or East Asian languages. Acceptance of a paper or complete panel implies a

commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. All presenters must pay the appropriate registration fee by March 4th, 2019 to be included in the program. Failure to pay by this deadline will result in the immediate removal of your abstract from the conference program until corrected. We will attempt to contact you multiple times before removing your presentation.

For general information about the conference and paper presentation guidelines, and to submit abstracts and panel proposals BY NOVEMBER 12th, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST, please visit our website:


Contact Info:

Masamichi (Marro) Inoue, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Japan Studies Program
University of Kentucky
Office: 1465 Patterson Office Tower

Tel: 859-257-7024
Fax: 859-257-3747


Mailing Address

1055 POT, MCLLC / Japan Studies Program

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027

Contact Email:

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