Call for Papers: Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual

Call for Papers
Imaging ‘East Asia:’
Constructing Knowledge through the Visual
Graduate Student Conference

presented by the East Asia Center
January 25-26, 2019 
University of California, Santa Barbara

Aesthetic sensibilities and visual cognition of the external world are fundamental to the construction of knowledge and divination of meaning. For “Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual,” a UCSB East Asia Center Graduate Student Conference, we seek proposals that grapple with how “East Asia” and its constituent cultural, linguistic, or national properties and territories are problematized through the framework of the visual (e.g. art, film, digital and popular culture, or the everyday). Visual culture constructs and is constructed by assumptions about the world. How one reads visual culture is determined on at least two fronts—first, by the artist/producer through choices of subject, style, and genre, among others and, second, by the audience’s worldviews, biases, and dispositions. Given the inherent subjectivity of visual cognition, we as historians, art historians, anthropologists, religion, film, and literature scholars are forever conscious of alternative readings and wary of misrepresentations.

We invite participants to examine how ‘East Asia’ has been imagined and is being reimagined through visual culture, as well as the mechanisms and media through which these imaginings further animate various identities, ideologies, economies, and interpermeations. Relevant paper topics may approach this set of issues from any region or time period commonly identified as part of “East Asia.”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas Lamarre, James McGill Professor in East Asian Studies and Associate in Communications Studies (McGill University)


Please submit an abstract (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) by November 14, 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by early December.
Final Papers are due by January 11, 2019.


Lodgings and travel funding will be made available on a limited basis. Participants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions.
Application materials may be submitted at:

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Conference Site:

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Job Opening: Asst Prof in Inter-Asian and Transpacific Studies, UC San Diego

Position: Assistant Professor in Inter-Asian and Transpacific Studies
Institution: University of California, San Diego
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2018

From official posting:

The Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor in Inter-Asia and Transpacific Studies. The candidate must have a PhD degree in literature, film, cultural studies, or related field by the time of the appointment. More specifically, we seek a colleague whose innovative research examines two or more Asian/Pacific/American countries/territories in the modern and/or contemporary period. Preference will be given to a candidate who uses two or more languages (in addition to English) in her/his research. Another preference is a comparatist with proven interdisciplinary, crossmedia research skills.

Ideal candidates should have an excellent record of publication, teaching, and service, as well as demonstrable interest in working within a world literature department with a focus on critical theory, social justice, and cultural, ethnic, and gender studies, where faculty members work in multiple languages, geographies, and historical periods. The candidates are also expected to enhance a campus-wide cluster of excellence in Transpacific Asian Studies and collaborate with Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Transnational Korean Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, History, Sociology, and Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).

We welcome candidates with demonstrated excellence in college-level teaching. Candidates will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in literature, film, and culture. In addition to specialized seminars, the successful candidate should also be prepared to teach large enrollment courses in Asian cultures for non-majors.

Preferred candidates should contribute or demonstrate promise in contributions to advancing equity and diversity, such as leadership in teaching, mentoring, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly and artistic environment and programs that foster inclusion and access for historically underrepresented groups. Salary and level of appointment are based on qualifications and UC pay scale. Proof of authorization to work in the U. S. will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1985).

Closing Date: October 31, 2018

Applicants are asked to submit applications using UCSD’s online Recruit web page:

Applicants should include a personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity and leadership. Contribution to diversity statements could include an attention to diverse learning needs, engaging learning fields of diverse communities, pedagogical methods that address learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, an awareness of inequities in education and research, a track record of specific activities that address and mitigate inequities, follow-up of positive impact on under-represented students, and a specific plan of activities and follow-up at UCSD.

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Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Japanese, Grinnell College


The Department of Chinese and Japanese invites applications for a three-year appointment in Japanese beginning Fall 2019. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) or Associate Professor possible. Research and teaching interests might include, but are not limited to: Japanese Language at all levels, Japanese Literature and Culture, Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Pedagogy, or Second Language Acquisition.

Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of social responsibility. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 20, 2018. Please visit our application website at to find more details about the job and submit applications online. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), a sample of scholarly writing, and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Mariko Schimmel, at [] or 641-269-3272.

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.

An offer for this position will be contingent on successful completion of a background check.


For details, see

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Job Opening: Assoc. Prof. (Int’l Publishing), Tōbunken, U of Tokyo

Position: Associate Professor, promoting global & international publication by University of Tokyo faculty
Institution: Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Tōbunken), University of Tokyo
Location: Tokyo, Japan

From the official job posting on the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia homepage:

Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA) at the University of Tokyo is seeking to appoint an associate professor to promote global and international publication by the faculty members of the university for a period of five years starting on April 1, 2019.

The purpose of this appointment is to encourage international publication from leading publishers by members of the faculties of humanities and area studies in the University of Tokyo, and to raise the international profile of humanities and area studies. To this end, the IASA expects the associate professor to assist faculty members to produce qualified book proposals for English-language publishers, through activities such as organizing relevant seminars for faculty members. She or he will also act as a managing editor of the International Journal of Asian Studies managed by the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia and published by Cambridge University Press.

The IASA will give preference to the candidates who have good academic networks and strong connections with international publishing houses and experience of academic editing and/or the editing of academic journals. Professional editors with the Ph.D. are also welcome to apply.

Successful candidates shall have excellent English language editing skills and research interests in Asia. Proficiency in Japanese language is not required.

This call is for a fixed-term appointment for the period of April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2024. If the successful candidate is not able to assume the position on April 1, 2019, the date of assumption of the position may be negotiated. In any case, the term ends on March 31, 2024.

Qualifications: The applicant must possess the Ph.D. or its equivalent in humanities, area studies, or related disciplines.

Salary: Monthly salaries will be determined based upon the appointees’ academic background, careers and so on. There are seasonal bonuses twice a year. Additional benefits will also be provided as prescribed in the University of Tokyo regulations.

Insurance: The appointee will be enrolled in the Mutual Aid Association of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology as well as employment insurance.

Expected date of appointment: April 1, 2019 or by negotiation.

Term of office: Five years (with no extension beyond March 31, 2024).

Applicants should upload a PDF file of the following documents on the website ( between Monday, October 1, 2018 and Friday November 30, 2018 (JST). They also should concatenate the files (1.-5.) to make one PDF file for application on the website.

Documents for application:

A curriculum vitae (in any format).
A list of publications of books edited by the applicant, and/or her or his own books and articles, together with a copy of the applicant’s three most important works, if any.
A copy of the applicant’s final degree diploma.
An essay describing the applicant’s experience of and skills in editing journals and books in English, and/or the applicant’s research achievements (maximum 1,500 words in English).
An essay describing how the applicant would promote humanities and area studies of the University of Tokyo through English language publications over the next five years (maximum 1,500 words in English). Please specify clearly what you intend to accomplish while you are at the IASA.
A reference letter. The applicant must ask her or his referee to upload a PDF file of the reference on the website (
We will conduct online interviews with some applicants in late December 2018 or in early January 2019. They will be notified at an appropriate time.

Website for applicants’ documents:

Website for references:

Contact information:
The Search Committee (Associate Professor)
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
The University of Tokyo

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Workshop: Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography

We are delighted to announce that the Sixth Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography will run from Monday 5 August to Saturday 17 August 2019 at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College (Cambridge, UK).

We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday 1 February 2019.

Please visit:

Contents of the Summer School

As always our Graduate Summer School teaches how to decode a wide range of Edo-period materials in their original format. Our sustained work in teaching what we call holistic wahon literacy  総合的な和本リテラシー  has resulted in a programme that works very effectively. In the seventy-two hours of tuition that we offer, we devote roughly the same amount of hours to the three linguistic/palaeographic areas of wabun in cursive (kuzushiji and hentaigana), kanbun in non-cursive and sōrōbunin cursive. You can read more about our teaching philosophy in the forthcoming number of the journal Shomotsugaku 書物学 no.9, October 2016.

We also actively encourage participants to explore research questions in the field of Japanese early-modern palaeography.

The programme also includes:

– Sessions with the London-based calligraphy master Yukiko Ayres. These sessions are specially designed to enhance your reading abilities by writing cursive kanji and kana and have proved to be very helpful.

– Lectures from specialists in the areas of textual bibliography and palaeography complement the core tuition. The 2019 programme will feature Prof Sasaki Takahiro (Keio University) and Dr Ellis Tinios (Leeds University) among other speakers.

– A special project that allows participants to transcribe and translate excerpts from primary sources held at the Cambridge University Library or in UK private collections. The results are published with the names of the participants on the dedicated webpage of Graduate Summer School.

The theme of the 2019 summer school is Daily life in Edo-period Japan  江戸時代の庶民生活 (III). As every year we cover new materials, so that returning participants can benefit as well.

Read about the highlights of the 2018 Graduate Summer School at:

Learning outcomes

It is more and more the case that positions at academic institutions, libraries and museums require palaeographic knowledge at some level. Our Graduate Summer School is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to tackle a wide range of early-modern primary sources in their original format by yourself and, therefore, to be competitive in this kind of job opportunities.

With us:

  • You become familiar with the variety of palaeographic challenges that characterize the wide range of Edo-period primary sources.
  • You learn effective techniques to master kuzushiji and hentaigana.
  • You gain a firm grasp of how cursive sōrōbun works in archival materials and develop strategies to decode these texts.
  • You are exposed to the importance of kanbun in reading Edo-period sources and learn specific ways to read these sources.
  • You are encouraged to identify research topics in the area of Japanese early-modern palaeography.

Who can apply?

As in the previous years, we welcome graduate students (both at the Master and at the PhD level), post-docs, faculty, librarians and museum curators who work on Edo-period materials, and final-year undergraduate students interested in pursuing the study of early-modern Japan in grad school. Those who have already taken part in the previous Graduate Summer Schools are encouraged to reapply if they wish to do so. The programme changes every year.


We require that you have:

1. Advanced knowledge of modern Japanese (both written and spoken).

2. Solid knowledge of classical Japanese (bungo).

Acceptance to the programme

We can only accept between 20 and 30 participants every year. If we receive applications beyond this number a selection will be made on the basis of the relevance of the Graduate Summer School to the applicant’s research and work. Notification about whether an applicant has been accepted or not will be sent at the end of February 2019. If you need a visa or if you are applying for funding in your institution, we are happy to write a letter of invitation. Just let us know with plenty of notice.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for the whole programme is £200.

We ask that a non-refundable deposit of £100 is paid by 1 June 2019. The remaining £100 will need to be paid by 1 July 2019 and cannot be returned after that date. Information about how to pay will follow in an email sent to those who have been accepted in the programme.

All payments are done online via a secure system administered by the University of Cambridge.

Participants are very welcome (but not obliged, of course!) to stay at Emmanuel College for the duration of the Graduate Summer School. This year we can offer the rate £30 per night. Please note that as a rule we can offer non ensuite single room for this price.

To submit your request of accommodation in college click:

A limited number of ensuite single rooms and ensuite double rooms may be available. Please write to if you have specific needs for an ensuite room. Because of the kitchen closure, no breakfast will be available in the second week. Please note that children are not admitted in college

As the programme starts on Monday 5 August 2019, 9am, you are required to arrive in Cambridge on Sunday 4 August 2019.

 Financial contribution

Modest funds might be available to assist students (final-year undergraduate and graduate students) coming from institutions unable to offer support and with no other source of funding available. If you apply for funding, you will be requested to submit your CV and one letter of reference. If we receive applications exceeding the available funding, a process of screening will be put in place.

To apply

To apply please submit the application form that you find online at:

As indicated above, the deadline for submitting your application is Friday 1 February 2019.

Further queries

If you have any query, please contact Dr Laura Moretti at: Alternatively use the form available at

You can access this information on the official website of the Graduate Summer School at:

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Job Opening: Japanese Literature and Culture

Assistant Professor in Early and Classical Japanese Literature and Culture

University of Colorado Boulder

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Early and Classical Japanese Literature and Culture to begin August 2019. Candidates must have a PhD in Japanese literature or a related field, as well as a minimum of one year of research experience in one or more of the following areas: poetry and poetics; diary or other prose literature; gender and narrative theory in Heian literature and visual culture, and/or related areas. Research experience may have been obtained during doctoral studies. ABD candidates will be considered. However, if the PhD degree is not conferred by August 19, 2019, the candidate will be appointed initially as an Instructor. Job duties include teaching courses in Japanese literature and culture to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as service to the university.

Applicants must apply online at, posting number 12811, to create and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, current CV, writing sample, and copies of syllabi of courses taught or proposed. You will receive a confidential email requesting contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This offer is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check as required by the University.

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Call for Papers: ASCJ 2019 Conference Call for Papers

The Executive Committee of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers to be presented at the Twenty-second Asian Studies Conference Japan. The conference will be held on June 29th and 30th at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Saitama University. All presentations are to be delivered in English.

Proposals may be submitted online beginning on September 15, 2018. The deadline for proposals is October 15. Results will be announced by late December.

Panels are proposed by individual scholars around a common subject. A complete panel includes up to five participants, three or four paper presenters and one or more discussants. Panel proposals should include a 250-word (maximum) abstract from each participant as well as a 250-word (maximum) statement that explains the session as a whole. Only complete panels will be considered for acceptance.

Roundtables offer an opportunity for participants to discuss a specific theme, issue or significant recent publication. A maximum of six active participants is recommended. While a roundtable proposal will not be as detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the purpose, themes or issues, and scope of the session.

Individual papers give scholars an opportunity to participate in the conference even if they are not able to put together a complete panel. Since only a limited number of individual papers can be accommodated, preference will be given to junior scholars. Applicants have a better chance of acceptance as part of a panel.

Papers may be co-authored. However, only the names of registered participants will appear on the program.

The Executive Committee encourages  proposals that will attract a broad range of scholarly interest by focusing on more than one region or by drawing on more than one discipline. Suggestions for innovative alternatives to the panels, individual papers and roundtables described above are also encouraged.

The Executive Committee also strongly encourages graduate student participation, and will give favorable consideration to panels that embed students alongside more seasoned scholars.

From 2014 the ASCJ initiated a Graduate Student Paper Prize. For details on this competition please see the ASCJ webpage. To be considered for this prize the student must be enrolled in a degree program at a Japanese university and present the paper at ASCJ 2019. The deadline for submission of the completed paper is June 15, 2019(tentative). The winner will be announced at the time of the keynote lecture.

Everyone worldwide interested in Asian Studies is invited to participate. Unfortunately we cannot provide visa support, and can only draft letters of invitation for participants scheduled to present papers at the ASCJ.

Please use our Contact Page to submit questions regarding the conference:

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