Call for Papers: The Third Bi-Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for Japanese Studies

call for papers [150-2]Galapagosizing Japan?

The Challenges of Participation and the Costs of Isolation

The Israeli Association of Japanese Studies (IAJS) would like to invite submission of proposals for its third bi-annual conference, which will take place at Tel Aviv University, on May 11-13, 2015.

The broader theme for the conference will be “Galapagosizing Japan? The Challenges of Participation and the Costs of Isolation”. Proposals may address this topic from various perspectives, such as, Japanese politics and economy, social and cultural processes, Japan in historical and trans-national perspective. We encourage proposals from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to political science, anthropology, economics, cultural studies, international relations, literature, that would illuminate on the processes taking place within Japan as well as on Japan’s place in the regional and global scene. Organized panels and individual papers that address topics other than the conference’s main topic will be considered as well

Language of the conference: English, Hebrew and Japanese.

Proposals for panels as well as individual papers should include name, title, institutional affiliation, and an abstract of up to 300 words with relevant keywords listed. The proposals are to be sent to Ms. Shir Shapira, IAJS Secretary ( by February 10, 2015. Proposals from abroad are open to non-members of IAJS. Successful applicants will be notified by February 28, 2015.

The organizers will strive to secure funding for accommodations to participants from abroad. No registration fee is required.

Conference Venue: Tel Aviv University, Israel

Situated in Israel’s cultural, financial, and technological capital, TAU shares Tel Aviv’s unshakable spirit of openness and innovation – and boasts a campus life as dynamic and pluralistic as the metropolis itself. Tel Aviv the city and Tel Aviv the university are one and the same – a thriving Mediterranean center of diversity and discovery.

Proposals should include the following information:

For Organized Panels

  • Panel title
  • Panel abstract (limited to 300 words) with relevant key words
  • Abstracts of papers in the panel (limited to 150 words each)
  • Name of panel chair including institutional affiliation and contact information
  • Names of all participants including institutional affiliation and contact information

For Individual Papers

  • Paper Title
  • Paper abstract (limited to 300 words) with relevant key words
  • Name, institutional affiliation and contact information

For inquiries please contact

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Michal (Miki) Daliot-Bul, The University of Haifa and Chair of IAJS Academic Committee

Dr. Helena Grinshpun, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Mika Levi-Yamamori, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and IAJS Chair
Dr. Liora Sarfati-Donskoy, Tel Aviv University

The Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS) is a cross-university association dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching of Japan in Israel. IAJS is a non-profit organization whose aims are to address the academic interest in Israel in the field of Japanese studies and the need for better coordination among the various researchers and academic institutions working in the field. IAJS seeks to encourage Japanese-related research and dialogue in Israel, to promote Japanese language teaching, to organize symposiums, workshops and conferences in the field of Japanese studies, and to advance the academic ties and collaboration with other associations and academic institutions of Japanese studies abroad (


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