Call for Papers: 2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop

Call for Abstracts
2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
May 12th to 13th, 2017

Graduate students (PhD or MA) in Japanese Studies at Midwestern universities are invited to submit abstracts for the 2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop. This two-day workshop will provide students with the opportunity to share their research with peers from other Midwestern institutions, foster regional connections, and receive feedback on their work.

The workshop will be held on May 12th and 13th, beginning with a presentation by Robert Tierney (Associate Professor in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) at a co-hosted session of the University of Chicago’s Arts and Politics of East Asia and East Asia: Transregional Histories workshops. On Saturday May 13th, four ninety-minute panels will be held, each with a dedicated discussant from the University of Chicago. This format is designed to actively engage participants in the process of reading one another’s work and providing dynamic feedback.

Participants will submit an excerpt of their work no longer than ten pages in length which will be circulated to all participants prior to the workshop. They will then deliver a twenty minute talk based on their paper. We ask that presenters stay within this time frame to allow ample time for feedback.

We welcome submissions from a range of graduate work, including conference-style presentations, portions of MA theses, or PhD chapters. Eight graduate students from Midwestern institutions with Japanese studies graduate programs will be selected to participate.

Applications (due March 31st, 2017):

Please email the following to

  • Full name

  • Institutional affiliation

  • Discipline of study

  • Email address

  • Title of presentation

  • 250-300 word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by April 3rd, 2017.

Final papers will be due for circulation May 5th, 2017.

Travel expenses and lodging:

Lodging will be provided free of charge to all participants at the University of Chicago’s Quadrangle Club from May 12th to May 14th. More information can be found at the Quadrangle Club website. General information about visiting Hyde Park can be found here.

Several meals will be provided over the course of the workshop; this includes dinner the first evening (May 12th) with Professor Tierney. We ask that participants in the workshop secure funds from their home institutions to use for travel and per diem purposes.

Contact Information:

Conference website

Conference email

Philomena Mazza-Hilway

Kyle Peters

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