Most advisors tell graduate students early on that in order to develop a more complete and well-rounded CV they should start thinking about submitting papers to graduate student conferences or major disciplinary conferences. If your advisor is a bit hands off or you’re not terribly familiar with the state of the Asian/Japanese Studies field (and other disciplines related to your work) already, then figuring out how to find conferences and symposia of various sizes and different reputations can be difficult.
While some conferences are small and spontaneously hosted as one-time events by universities or research institutions, others are annual and sponsored by larger academic organizations.
Those interested in Japanese Studies may want to think about Japanese Studies conferences, conferences on Asia or East Asia, and those specific to their disciplines (be it history, technology, literature, medicine, etc.). Below I have attempted to list and categorize some of the major annual conferences, some general, some regional, some topical.
This list should not be considered exhaustive, as I may not be familiar with big annual conferences related to Asia/Japan for specific subdisciplines, but I have done my best to include what I have found. If you have anything you would like added to the list, please leave a comment or contact me as firstname.lastname@example.org!
** Please note that many conferences maintain new websites every year for their conferences, so some websites listed below may be subject to change year by year.
** Some conferences may be held in multiple languages, not just English.
The Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
AAS in Asia
European Association of Japanese Studies
European Association of Japanese Studies in Japan
The New Zealand Asian Studies Society
Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA)
British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS)
Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS)
International Convention of Asia Scholars
Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)
Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia
Japanese Studies Association (JSA)
Japan-America Student Conference
Regional Conferences (US)
Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC)
Western Conference Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS)
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)
New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS)
Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MARAAS)
Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS)
New England Association for Asian Studies (NEAAS)
Southeast Conference Association for Asian Studies (SECAAS)
Language, Linguistics, Pedagogy
Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
The International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese (ICPLJ)
American Association of Teachers of Japanese
The Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference
The Japan Second Language Association
The Japanese Society for Language Sciences 21st Annual International Conference
Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE)
Literature, Arts, Humanities
Association for Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS)
Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities
Association for Asian Performance
Sciences, Anthropology, Religious Studies
International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (ICHSEA)
The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA)
The Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology
International Association of Buddhist Studies
Anthropology of Japan in Japan
Annual Graduate Student Asian Studies Conferences
Columbia University Gradcon
East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference
Harvard University East Asia Society
University of Colorado, Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference
Japan Studies Graduate Conference At UCLA
University of Pennsylvania EALC Graduate Conference
Hi Paula – What an excellent list! I’d suggest one more in the literature/culture category: Mechademia, that does both a US conference and one in Asia. https://www.mechademia.net/conferences/ (although primarily Japanese popular culture, they welcome presentations on Asian pop culture more broadly)
Thank you very much, I have added it!