Conference: Performance and Japanese Literature


call for papers [150-2]Registration is now available for
the 22nd annual Association for Japanese Literary Studies conference
hosted by the Japan Studies Committee of the University of Chicago

October 18-19, 2013 at International House (1414 E. 59th St. Chicago, IL 60637)
Visit the Website for details.

“Performance and Japanese Literature” is designed to encourage innovative modes of scholarship as performance, with a focus on stimulating productive discussions across boundaries of genre, historical period, and institution. Paper proposals have been selected from scholars of Japanese literature, modern and classical, as well as from kindred genres, including theater and performance studies, film and media studies, and music. Presentations may be made in either English or Japanese. This gathering will provide a forum in which to share best practices for the research and teaching of Japanese literature. The organizers encourage reflection on literary scholarship and issues of pedagogy and see this event not only as a venue in which to present research, but also as an opportunity to reconsider current disciplinary boundaries and investments.

As part of this conference, we are pleased to announce a special keynote performance: On October 18, 2013, The University of Chicago will host the first-ever appearance outside of Japan by HAYAKAWA Yoshio (b. 1947), a legendary figure in the history of Japanese popular music. In his Chicago performance, Hayakawa will be joined by SAKUMA Masahide (b. 1952), another key figure in Japanese popular music history. This free performance will be streamed live over the web so that fans anywhere can enjoy the show. But don’t let that stop you from coming in person if you can! Visit the concert event page for more information and to listen to samples.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit Questions? Contact the event coordinator, Sarah Arehart, Associate Director at the Center for East Asian Studies (



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