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Call for Papers

Galapagosizing Japan?
The Challenges of Participation and the Costs of Isolation
The Third Bi-Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for
Japanese Studies (IAJS)
The Israeli Association for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to submit
proposals for its third bi-annual conference, which will convene at Tel Aviv
University, Israel, on May 11-13, 2015.
The broader theme for the conference will be "Galapagosizing Japan? The Challenges
of Participation and the Costs of Isolation". Proposals may address this topic from
various perspectives, such as, Japanese politics and economy, social and cultural
processes, Japan in historical and trans-national perspective. We encourage proposals
from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to political science,
anthropology, economics, cultural studies, international relations, literature, that
would illuminate on the processes taking place within Japan as well as on Japan's
place in the regional and global scene. Organized panels and individual papers that
address topics other than the conference's main topic will be considered as well.
Language of the conference: English, Hebrew, and Japanese.
Proposals for panels as well as individual papers should include name, title,
institutional affiliation, and an abstract of up to 300 words with relevant keywords
listed. The proposals are to be sent to Ms. Shir Shapira, IAJS Secretary
(con.iajs@gmail.com) by February 10, 2015. Proposals from abroad are open to nonmembers of IAJS. Successful applicants will be notified by February 28, 2015.
The organizers will strive to secure funding for accommodations to participants from
abroad. No registration fee is required.
Conference Venue: Tel Aviv University, Israel
Situated in Israel's cultural, financial, and technological capital, TAU shares Tel
Aviv's unshakable spirit of openness and innovation and boasts a campus life as

dynamic and pluralistic as the metropolis itself. Tel Aviv the city and Tel Aviv the
university are one and the same a thriving Mediterranean center of diversity and
discovery.
Proposals should include the following information:
For Organized Panels
Panel title
Panel abstract (limited to 300 words) with relevant key words
Abstracts of papers in the panel (limited to 150 words each)
Name of panel chair including institutional affiliation and contact
information
Names of all participants including institutional affiliation and contact
information
For Individual Papers
Paper Title
Paper abstract (limited to 300 words) with relevant key words
Name, institutional affiliation and contact information

For inquiries please contact con.iajs@gmail.com

Organizing Committee:
Dr. Michal Daliot Bul, University of Haifa and Chair of IAJS Academic Committee
Dr. Helena Grinshpun, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Mika Levi-Yamamori, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and IAJS Chair
Dr. Liora Sarfati-Donskoy, Tel Aviv University

The Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS) is a cross-university association


dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching of Japan in Israel. IAJS is a nonprofit organization whose aims are to address the academic interest in Israel in the
field of Japanese studies and the need for better coordination among the various
researchers and academic institutions working in the field. IAJS seeks to encourage
Japanese-related research and dialogue in Israel, to promote Japanese language
teaching, to organize symposiums, workshops and conferences in the field of
Japanese studies, and to advance the academic ties and collaboration with other
associations and academic institutions of Japanese studies abroad (www.japanstudies.org).