Call for Papers: 3rd Annual UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Conference

call for papers [150-2]3rd Annual UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Conference, April 2016

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the 3rd Annual UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Conference, to be held April 22-23, 2016 at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Proposals due: Friday, January 8, 2016

To apply, submit a 250-word paper abstract (including name, institutional affiliation and presentation title) at:

This conference invites graduate students from all disciplines of Japanese studies to explore past and present concepts, understandings and experience of health and the body. How are these embodied in Japan’s knowledge systems, institutional structures, and identities?

Possible areas of inquiry include (but are not limited to):

  • healing and medical practices, systems, and technologies
  • public and environmental health
  • embodied identities (e.g. LGBTQ, gender, race, disability, reproductivity, aging, illness, pain, death)
  • mental health
  • Art/media representations of health/bodies/embodiment
  • Fitness, athletics and bodily discipline
  • aesthetics & affect in/of the body
  • subjectivity and representation
  • embodiment & futurity

This year’s keynote speaker is Noriko Horiguchi (University of Tennessee), author of Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan’s Imperial Body.

Limited funding is available for presenters. Applicants seeking funding are encouraged to apply well in advance.

About Paula

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