"REMAPPING ASIA: CONFLICTING AND COLLECTIVE POLITICAL GOALS"
MARCH 23-26, 2020 (THIS CONFERENCE WAS CANCELED)
Japan’s borders and the places they enclosed have constantly shifted: once closed to the world beyond its shores, early twentieth-century’s Japan’s empire spread far across Asia. When Japan contracted after World War II, it left in its wake numerous contested territories, memories, and repercussions which continue to have critical political import today. How are political alliances shifting in Asia? What do national competitions and collaborations hold for the future? Are borders relevant in a time of globalization, when corporations have become international and cybersecurity threats slip across national boundaries via an unbounded internet?
"RELIGIOUS & CULTURAL HERITAGE AMID SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN JAPANESE STUDIES"
MARCH 26-29. 2019
The many expressions of religious and cultural heritage have always been an important domain within Japanese studies, whether within the disciplines of literature, anthropology, archaeology, the arts, architecture, history, environmental sciences, sociology, law and political sciences, tourism or religious studies. Rapid political, economic and environmental changes are introducing new challenges in conservation and management of this critically important heritage.
“GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN JAPAN”
MARCH 27-30, 2018
From Womenomics to LGBTQ civil rights, gender and sexuality issues have become an important domain in Japanese studies in many academic disciplines. Differences across generations, the role of anime and manga in social discourse, gender differences in transnational migration, new LGBTQ family structures and related questions are gaining increased attention in the fields of literature, anthropology, sociology, the arts, history, health sciences, law, demography and religious studies.