Call for Papers

“Japan/Japanese Studies Through a Southeast Asian Lens” Workshop

Organized by: The Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Venue: The Imin Conference Center, East West Center, Honolulu, HI

Dates: May 22-24, 2019

We are seeking papers and discussants for a workshop devoted to exploring the possibilities for broadening perspectives on Japan and Japanese Studies through an exploration of “inter-area studies” focused on Japan and its connections with Southeast Asia. Possible topics include:

  • Topics relating to Japan-Southeast Asia political, economic, diplomatic and/or cultural relations, both historical and contemporary
  • Comparative studies involving Southeast Asia and Japan
  • Methodological issues relating to the study of Japan through a Southeast Asian “lens”
  • Pedagogy in teaching humanities subjects in the Japanese Studies and/or Southeast Asian Studies field
  • Other papers focused on Japan or Southeast Asia

Priority will be given to papers which complement workshop themes and panels. Discussants will be assigned to panels based on their interest and expertise.

Both Japan specialists and Southeast Asia specialists are encouraged to apply. Scholars already slated for participation include:

  • From UH Manoa project team: Patricio Abinales (Asian Studies/SEA), Lonny Carlile (Asian Studies/Japan), Julie Iezzi (Theater/Japan) Aya Kimura (Sociology/Japan), Ehito Kimura (Political Science/SEA), Ayu Sarasawati (Women’s Studies/ SEA), Pat Steinhoff (Sociology/Japan), John Szostak (Art History/Japan), Christine Yano (Anthropology/Japan)
  • From Southeast Asian Institutions: Md. Nasrudin Md. Akhir (University of Malay/East Asian Studies/Japan), Sulfikar Amir (Nanyang Technological University/Sociology/Japan), Jocelyn Celero (University of the Philippines-Diliman/International Studies/Japan), Karl Chua (Ateneo de Manila/History/Japan), Rouli Esther (University of Indonesia/Literature/Japan), Lim Beng Choo (National University of Singapore/Theater/Japan), Kitti Prasirtsuk (Thammasat University/East Asian Studies/Japan), Ranny Rastati (University of Indonesia/Cultural Studies/SEA), Deborah Shamoon (National University of Singapore/Popular Culture/Japan), Thang Leng Leng (National University of Singapore/Anthropology/Japan)

While we are unfortunately unable to provide travel subsidies, we may be able to secure low-cost on-campus housing for workshop participants from out of town. If interested in presenting a paper, please email an abstract and a CV to Dr. Lonny Carlile at, by March 27, 2019. Discussants need only send a CV.

The workshop is made possible through a U.S.-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange Initiative grant administered by the Japan Foundation-New York.

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