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01/06/2022 - 01/08/2022

27th Annual Japan Studies Association Annual Conference

Time & Location

January 6-8, 2022, 2pm EST



JSA’s January 6-8, 2022 Conference will be online with a variety of panels and individual papers on Japan’s literary and cultural traditions, historical and economic developments, and socio-political and religious characteristics. The Conference also includes roundtables and presentations on the themes of Hokkaido’s political history; indigenous Ainu identity, culture, and activism, and the film Ainu Mosir, and teaching innovations to incorporate material springing from a study of Hokkaido themes into the college curriculum and an array of college courses.

Thursday, January 6, 2022: Plenary Lecture: “Placing the Ainu in Japanese History” with David L. Howell, Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of Japanese History, Harvard University

Friday, January 7, 2022: Plenary Roundtable: “The Future of Japan Studies” moderated by William Tsutsui, President, Ottawa College, Kansas, with Mindy Landeck, East Asian Studies, Austin College; Morgan Pitelka, Asian Studies , UNC-Chapel Hill; and Christine R. Yano, Anthropology, University of Hawaii.

Saturday January 8, 2022 “The Colonization of the Saru River Valley, Hokkaido: Notes on a Virtual Landscape”with Prof. Lonny Carlile, University of Hawaii.

Visit the Japan Studies Association’s website for more information and to watch recordings of the presentations.

This conference is supported by the Japan Foundation, New York Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small Grant Program .


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