Call for Papers: UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference – Media & Transmission

call for papers [150-2]April 17-18, 2015

University of California, Berkeley


This conference will bring together graduate students from all disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies to explore the past and present role of media in Japan. What can the examination of various media (including images, texts, discourses, objects, and anything else that functions as a medium of transmission) tell us about the formation and transmission of culture and knowledge in Japan?

We welcome submissions from any and all disciplines. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, the following areas of study:

-mediation in literature
-theater and film
-premodern texts
-aesthetic artifacts
-new media studies
-politicians and the media
-print culture
-digital humanities
-social theory
-Japan and the world

Deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words): Friday, January 16th, 2015

Please email abstracts (including name, institutional affiliation, and presentation title) to

Travel (airfare + lodging) funding is available for all presenters. We encourage applicants seeking funding to apply well in advance of the deadline.  Please email the conference organizing committee at with any questions.

Please visit our website at:

Organized by the Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Supported by the Japan Foundation


About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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