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Challenges and Opportunities for Global Asias Approaches to Japan Studies

Time and Location

April 24, 7pm-9pm EST (8am-10am JST)


Part of a collaboration between JFNY and Global Asias Initiative (GAI) at The Pennsylvania State University, which will involve a Cyber Chats series Migration, Identity, and Diasporas at the Intersection of Japan Studies and Global Asias in spring 2023, a year-long early career networking project designed to cultivate substantial engagement between scholars in the US and Japan, participation in the Global Asias 7 conference (spring 2025), and eventually a publication in Verge: Studies in Global Asias.

Academic disciplines — like Japan Studies — come with their own methodologies, assumptions, canons, and lineages of received wisdom. Thinking across disciplines — such as is required by multidisciplinary approaches like Global Asias — requires deep listening, some relinquishment of expertise, and an openness to ways of thinking otherwise.

  • How does the concept of Global Asias encourage you to navigate the epistemic expectations of, and generate alternatives to, the disciplinarity of Japan Studies?
  • What are some of the challenges/obstacles in Japan Studies to enacting Global Asias scholarship using interdisciplinary, or multidisciplinary, approaches?
  • What kinds of tools and resources need to be developed to address the challenges/ conflicts/ disagreements that inevitably arise as part of Global Asias as a collaborative scholarly enterprise related to Japan Studies?

GAI will provide all Cyber Chat participants with a year-long Project Muse subscription to Verge: Studies in Global Asias, so that they can become more familiar with the field.
GAI looks forward to using these Cyber Chats to create collaborative spaces for people to think through these issues together.

This is an open format conversation via zoom but to limit the size of the group there is an application process. Applications are due by Monday, April 3, 2023 and can be submitted here.

For more information visit Global Asias Initiative website.

This event is supported through the JFNY Japanese Studies program.

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