Call for Papers: Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan

Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan
April 13th and 14th, 2018
University of California, Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fifth annual graduate student conference:Rethinking Labor: Work and Livelihood in Japan. The conference will explore how historically situated configurations of “work,” “labor,” and “livelihood” operate in Japan ranging from the household to the transnational. We invite proposals for papers from current graduate students from all disciplines that use conceptions, manifestations, and representations of labor as a framework in the study of Japan across all historical periods.

Labor has and continues to be an important analytic in Japan Studies as it illuminates diverse phenomena such as macro-economic change, state-society relations, and industrial development, among other topics. Yet, drawing upon recent approaches in anthropology, sociology, and legal studies, we also seek to invoke the concepts of work and livelihood, which can emphasize subjectivity, sociality and the material conditions to sustaining life in ways that complement and complicate previous studies focusing on traditional concepts of labor. While we welcome papers focusing on labor configurations in Japan such as the salaryman, craftsman, guilds, and factory and day laborers, we also invite papers that reframe what constitutes “labor” by invoking “work” and “livelihood” as a means of addressing categories such as domestic structures, underemployment, volunteerism, care and unwaged labor, among other topics.

Categories of exploration might include but are not limited to:

  • Transnational identities and labor flows, including colonial labor, immigration, zainichi, and international labor movements
  • Gendered labor, such as OLs, factory work, domestic labor, and sex work
  • Effects of recession and/or neoliberal policies on work, such as changes in lifetime employment, underemployment, flexible labor, precariat movements, netto kafe nanmin, and furītā
  • Visual culture for and/or about workers, such as proletarian literature, socialist realism, salaryman film and manga
  • Role of labor in media production, such as participation in the studio cinema system, patronage, advertising, factory work
  • Ideological centrality of categories of labor to specific historical period, such as imperial service in Heian Period, military service in the Wartime period, and the salaryman in the postwar era
  • Workplace conditions especially in cases of karōshi, burakku kigyō, powahara.
  • Work through religions; such as the livelihood of Buddhist monasteries, Shinto shrines, or Christian convents
  • Architecture and infrastructure of work
  • The shifting relationship between economic structure and regimes of labor at specific historical moments, such as the manorial economy and the emergence of the shōen system, the development and growth of a commercial economy and rural industry, Tokugawa urbanization and urban consumption, the move from agriculture to industry

Requirements for Submission

Please sent an abstract of no more than 250 words along with your name, institutional affiliation, presentation title, and short biography (100 words) to by December 15, 2017.

Limited funding is available for participants. Please apply early and indicate your need for funding, including from where you will be travelling and whether you will require lodging. International scholars are encouraged to apply.​

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Job Opening: Tenure-track Position, Japanese History

Furman University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position in any field of Japanese history with a preferred outside field in Korean history to begin August 2018. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of appointment and be expected to become an excellent classroom instructor and student mentor, establish and maintain an active scholarly agenda, and be an enthusiastic contributor of service to the History and Asian Studies departments as well as to the university. Furman is particularly interested in candidates who can enrich the diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. The teaching load is 3-2.

Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom. These include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences. The Furman Advantage is designed to help each student, and their team of mentors, create a personalized four-year educational pathway that prepares them to have successful careers, impact their communities, and lead lives with meaning and purpose.

Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.

A broad network of centers and institutes support the Furman student experience, including The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities.

Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.

For more information:

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Workshop: Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography (Cambridge, UK)

We are delighted to announce that the Fifth Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography will run from Monday 6 August to Saturday 18 August 2018 at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College (Cambridge, UK).

We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting an application is 9 February 2018.

Please visit:

For the 2018 summer school:

Contents of the Summer School

As always our Graduate Summer School focuses on Edo-period materials. 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 sōrōbun in cursive. 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, specially designed to enhance your reading abilities by writing cursive kanji and kana, have proved to be very helpful.

– Lectures from specialists in the areas of textual bibliography and palaeography complement the core tuition.

– A special project that allows participants to transcribe and translate excerpts from primary sources help at the Cambridge University Library. The results are published with the names of the participants on the webpage of the Cambridge University Library.

– A visit to the collection of Edo-period materials at the Cambridge University Library.

You can read more about our teaching philosophy in the forthcoming number of the journal Shomotsugaku 書物学 no.9, October 2016.

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


Listen to what the participants of previous years have said:


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), 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 2018. 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 2018. The remaining £100 will need to be paid by 31 July 2018 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.

Accommodation 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 (en-suite single room, no breakfast in the second week as the college kitchens are closed).

Double rooms are also available at a higher price. Please note that children are not admitted in college.

As the programme starts on Monday 6 August 2018, 9am, you are required to arrive in Cambridge on Sunday 5 August 2018.

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 9 February 2018.


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: Managing Editor, Social Science Japan Journal

Institution: University of Tokyo
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Position: Associate Professor + Managing Editor, Social Science Japan Journal
Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2017 (5pm Japan time)

The Institute of Social Science (社会科学研究所) at the University of Tokyo seeks an Associate Professor who will also serve as Managing Editor for the journal “Social Science Japan Journal.”

The position is to begin on May 1, 2018, or as soon afterwards as possible. It is a 3-year position, with the possibility of being renewed once.

Job Description:
(from the official job posting at University of Tokyo)

The Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day running of SSJJ. The managing editor takes the initiative to insure that the journal runs smoothly and upholds rigorous standards of punctuality and quality. The managing editor is also a full member of the editorial board of SSJJ, which is headed by an editor-in-chief and several associate editors from the institute as well as several external board members from other universities in Japan. The editorial board members meet once a month most months at the institute to review manuscripts and discuss editorial matters. Please refer to the website of the journal ( a complete list of the current editorial board members.
The main duties of the managing editor are as follows:

*Edit all papers, survey articles, review essays and book reviews accepted for publication by SSJJ for accuracy and compliance with SSJJ and OUP style guidelines.
*Proofread all items for accuracy prior to publication.
*Handle correspondence (mostly by e-mail) with authors, book reviewers and referees, and oversee the online manuscript submission and peer review system.
*Serve as the main channel of communication between SSJJ and the offices of Oxford University Press in Tokyo and Oxford regarding editorial, production and marketing issues.
*Participate actively in the journal’s monthly administrative meetings and editorial board meetings. This includes contributing to the decision-making process over acceptance or rejection of papers. The successful candidate will also attend faculty meetings of the Institute. All these meetings are conducted in Japanese.
*Help generate submissions of interesting papers by identifying and encouraging suitable authors.

Required Qualifications:

*A doctorate or equivalent in a branch of the social sciences, with research focusing primarily on Japan. Ph.D. candidates at the final stage of dissertation writing also are eligible to apply. The social sciences are defined broadly to include economics, business administration, law, political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, philosophy/thought and history (preferably from the Meiji period onward).
*Impeccable English, with sensitivity to writing style and a critical eye for the structure and meaning of academic writing. The ability to edit writing in the social sciences is essential.
*A willingness to engage intellectually with writing from the above disciplines as they relate to Japan.
*Japanese language ability sufficient to engage in meetings, read academic papers written in Japanese, and correspond in written Japanese.
*Deeply ingrained determination to meet deadlines.
*Willingness and ability to learn and master the ScholarOne online submission and peer review platform.

Application Materials:
1) Cover letter (4 copies)
2) Resume (1 copy), with photograph, according to official UTokyo form: 「東京大学統一履歴書フォーマット」 and 「記入例6(文系教員)」 available at
3) List of academic accomplishments (4 copies)
4) Reference letters (two), sent directly by email or snail mail
*all materials may be in English.

For further information see the official posting at University of Tokyo.

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Fun Link Friday: Learning the Language of Crows

As if crows weren’t terrifying enough around the world (and especially in Japan, where they are basically the size of small dogs), new studies are taking our interactions with them to the next level. Recently highlighted in an NHK World video, researcher Naoki Tsukahara, an expert in animal behavior and computer science, is now combining his powers to uncover the language of crows. Based on recordings of crows, Tsukahara is identifying dozens of “words” and phrases and attempting to mobilize drones that can infiltrate their murders. Standard Examiner reports that he is presently developing a more crow-like drone (the present one looks more like a small plane), and

…both the drone and robot will be equipped with a device connected via the internet to artificial intelligence that instantly analyzes the meaning of crow calls. By playing an appropriate response through a speaker, human beings should be able to communicate with crows.

The real question is whether or not, even with a crow-shaped drone, they’ll be able to still outsmart us! See the video here.

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Job Opening: Asian Humanities, Associate or Full Professor, Northwestern University

Institution: Northwestern University
Location: Illinois, United States
Position: Associate Professor, Full Professor

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University seeks to appoint a full-time, tenured faculty member in a field in the Asian Humanities beginning in Fall, 2018. We welcome candidates who work across multiple genres and media, from classical to contemporary periods, and in any Asian languages. We are particularly interested in a scholar and teacher who combines intellectual breadth and scholarly distinction in his or her field with a commitment to programmatic leadership and growth.

The successful candidate will join several tenured and tenure-line faculty specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, and Urdu literature and media cultures, as well as sixteen continuing lecturer faculty in Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, and Korean language in the newly-formed Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. As a new member of a growing department, the candidate should bring excellence in research and teaching, as well as enthusiasm and creativity to developing undergraduate curricula, and, at a future date, building a competitive graduate program.

Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission at the following link: Applicants should submit a letter of application, C.V., and two substantial writing samples (e.g., book chapters or peer-reviewed articles), and the names and contact information of three professional references who can speak both to the applicant’s scholarly contributions as well as to matters of collegiality and institutional vision. The applicant will be notified by the Search Committee before reference letters are requested.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017 and the position is open until filled. Inquiries about the search may be sent to

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Contact: Inquiries about the search may be sent to

Website :

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Call for Papers : Genealogy and Multiracial Family Histories

*Journal: Genealogy
*Submission deadline: 15 June 2018

The journal Genealogy is running a special issue “Genealogy and
Multiracial Family Histories”, of which Dr. G. Reginald Daniel is guest
editor, Ms. Jasmine Kelekay, Mr. Joseph Loe-Sterphone and Ms. Alyssa
Newman are assistant editors.

This Special Issue of Genealogy invites essays on the topic, “Genealogy
and Multiracial Family Histories.” Manuscripts may focus on families
with spouses of different designated racial groups who may also have
children who are understood to be multiracial as well as
multigenerational mixed-race families that celebrate the multiraciality
in their genealogy…” For more information, you may refer to the
Special Issue Website

The submission deadline for this special issue is 15 June 2018. You may
send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers
should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also
encourage authors to send a short abstract (approximately 200 words) and
a tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (

Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778) is an international, scholarly, open access
journal devoted to the analysis of genealogical narratives, published
quarterly online by MDPI. Currently, no APC is applied for processed and
published papers.

For further details on the submission process, please see the journal’s
instructions for authors:
A writing template can also be downloaded there.

References List and Citations Style Guide for MDPI Social Sciences and
Humanities Journals is adapted from the Chicago style. For more details
and more examples, see Chapter 14 of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Given the digital nature of the journal, there is no restrictions on the
length of manuscripts, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive.

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