The 16th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) will be hosted in Ghent from 26-29 August 2020. Over 1000 academics will participate in the 14 parallel sections and engage in academic discussions on Japan-related topics over four days.
Keynote: Eiji Oguma (Keio University)
Eiji Oguma from Keio University, Japan. Oguma is a historical sociologist at Keio University and an expert of the history of ideas in postwar Japan, as well as on current transnational social movements and activism.
Oguma has written extensively on postwar social and political history, and issues of Japanese nationalism.
Recently, he has turned to documentary filmmaking, directing a documentary on Japanese protests against nuclear power in the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, entitled "Tell the Prime Minister" (2015).
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EAJS is an association of scholars and researchers focusing on Japan, with ~1400 members from fifty nations. Its main objective is to stimulate and promote international academic exchange and research in the field of Japanese Studies across national borders. As its main activity, the EAJS has been organizing (almost) every three years since 1976 the world’s largest international interdisciplinary conference for Japanese Studies at various locations in Europe.
In recent years, the city of Ghent, with its medieval centre, castle, old harbour, art museums and antique markets has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Moreover, in 2020 Ghent honours its greatest Flemish Master Van Eyck with multiple events and exhibitions on Flemish art and the famous Ghent Altarpiece. Ghent is also home to Ghent University, whose more than 40,000 students add to the vibrant and dynamic atmosphere of Ghent.
We are looking forward to meeting you all at the EAJS conference in Ghent!