The University of Illinois will host the 24th Conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies at the Urbana Champaign Campus on October 8th to 10th, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference will be, “The Senses and Sensory Experience in Japanese Literature and Culture.” We encourage participants to submit either full panel proposals or individual paper proposals on topics related to this theme. Graduate students are especially welcome. Presentations may be delivered in either English or Japanese.
Possible topics could include: the five senses in pre-modern Japanese narrative; sound and visuality in poetry and performing arts; the senses in religious and spiritual practices; sensory deprivation (including blindness and deafness); the visual and haptic in Japanese culture; mixed media in traditional and modern arts; synesthesia; the sensory experience and the modern city; senses and avant-garde literature; and Japanese aesthetics and the senses.
The deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals will be June 30, 2015. Paper proposals should be no longer than 250 words; panel proposals should also include a 300-word description of the panel.
Proposals may be submitted at our website: http://ajls.ceaps.illinois.edu