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.
Please notice that the Early Bird registration will be postponed to the end of May, as we are hoping to have a clear decision by then as to how we should proceed. Please see here for COVID-19/Coronavirus situation update
We apologise that the timeline has somewhat changed due to the COVID-19 situation, but we intend to inform paper/panel proposers of the results by 3 April.
Keynote: Eiji Oguma (Keio University)
Eiji Oguma is a historical sociologist at Keio University and an expert of the history of ideas in postwar Japan, as well as current transnational social movements and activism.
At EAJS2020 conference professor Eiji Oguma will be giving the keynote lecture A Reflection on the History of Racial and Ethnic Identities in Japan (click on the title to read the abstract).
Eiji Oguma has written extensively on postwar social and political history and issues of Japanese nationalism.
He has recently also 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!