First Japanese Diaspora Initiative Workshop at Hoover Institution

Institution: Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Location: Stanford, California
Dates: November 13-15, 2017
Call for Papers Deadline: August 21, 2017

(below text from the official Call for Papers)

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is hosting the first Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) Workshop. We plan on bringing an international roster of leading scholars in modern Japanese history and Japanese American Studies to the home of rich Japanese and Japanese American archival collections so as to discuss the Japanese diaspora from a global perspective. The forum of discussion offered by this workshop will allow scholars to consider the history of Japanese migrant workers and immigrants as interactive processes between homeland and host countries. In addition to invited scholars, we call for papers that encourage interdisciplinary participation and fresh ideas to widen the scope of the field.

Paper Presentation Format: Twenty minute oral presentation, followed by Q&A. Forum of discussion is planned for the afternoon of Day 3.

The Japanese Diaspora Initiative welcomes submissions of papers from a wide range of disciplines related to the Japanese diaspora that will be presented at the inaugural JDI workshop. We aim to encourage innovative epistemology to study the history of the Japanese diaspora so as to open up avenues for exchanges of ideas and perspectives. Papers using the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection, recently created by the Hoover Institution, will be given priority. This open access digital collection contains fourteen titles and nearly half a million pages of Japanese newspapers published in North America and Hawaii through 1945. At the closing of the first JDI Workshop, the Japanese Diaspora Initiative Award from the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in the amount of US $2500, will be given to a paper that helps shape the course of the field, opens up broader dialogues in modern Japanese history, and to study the diaspora from a global perspective. That paper will be published under the auspices of the Japanese Diaspora Initiative Occasional Series by the Hoover Press and Yale Press. Below are the requirements for submission:

*Paper Title
*Abstract (up to 500 words)
*Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)
*Email address
*Affiliation, city, state, country

Please submit your application online at For inquiries, please contact the JDI curator Kaoru “Kay” Ueda at

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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