[Blueboard] Call for Papers

Japanese Studies Program [LS] japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
Mon Jul 7 12:12:29 PHT 2014

*Please post. Thank you.*

*CALL FOR PAPERS 15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies &
the 6th Women’s Manga Conference A Joint International Conference* by
Ateneo de Manila University, Japanese Studies Program
with the support of the Japan Foundation, Manila Office
Women’s MANGA Research Project (JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 24320047)

* Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture*
DATES: 23-25 January, 2015
VENUE: Ateneo de Manila University, Manila

In the recent years, academic scholarship towards popular culture has been
increasing. But why study Manga? Like all forms of popular culture, the
consumption of such can produce social norms, establish social boundaries,
and create rituals that generate social solidarity, generate innovation,
and pave the way for social change, becoming a powerful and oft ignored
media. The Japanese Government has realized this potential and has been
using manga and anime as part of its soft power diplomacy. Recently, South
Korea has been doing the same with K-pop and K-drama. Furthermore, the
Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has begun a campaign using
Filipino komiks and animation. But none of these media have the same
influence as manga. Manga, a Japanese term, which has now been accepted not
only to refer to the comics published in Japan, but to also refer to works
published in the various localities which derive their inspiration from
that coming from Japan. While there have been several conferences and
scholarship dealing with the topic of manga, the literature is quite
divided between the lines of Western-based and Japanese-based scholarship.
The Philippines becomes an interesting setting for a conference on manga,
with its hybridized culture. The conference will not only provide fresh
perspectives towards the study of manga, but will include studies of the
manga-esque. The study of the manga-esque not only provides a peek towards
Japan's influence to the local culture, but also provides a peak towards
the cultural negotiations of their creators to their local culture. The
proposed conference would invite distinguished manga scholars from Japan
and the world, which will then provide fresh perspectives in studying manga
as a global culture.

The conference organizers welcome paper submissions that are aligned with
this year’s conference theme. It hopes to generate discussion that aims to
enhance knowledge on manga and comic studies, the use of manga in the
classrooms, and Asian perspectives to the study and teaching of popular
culture. The conference particularly encourages critical studies in the
following areas:

• Comparative studies on manga and manga-esque works
• Manga in a globalized world
• Theories on Manga Studies
• Manga in the classroom

NOTE: As this conference is co-hosted by Women’s MANGA Research Project
(JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 24320047), there will be special panels on women
and manga. Proposals of above areas focusing on gender and women are also
welcome. *

Other related topics are also welcome. Please email the abstracts and short
bio to jspadmu at gmail.com on or before *30 September 2014*. All submissions
will be refereed.

The conference will consist of sessions with 20 min. for each paper
(+ sufficient Q&A time)

Abstracts and bios should be in English. Please include a title, your name,
affiliation, contact details (mailing address, email) and a brief
description of your paper (maximum of 500 words).

comics/komiks/manga, Asia, cultures, locality, hybridity, globalization,
Philippines, Japan, women, gender,

Please direct any inquiries and submissions to Karl Ian CHENG CHUA (
kchengchua at gmail.com), Akiko SUGAWA-SHIMADA (akikosugawa at ynu.ac.jp) or
Fusami OGI (fogi at chikushi-u.ac.jp).

We are planning to have a special issue of an academic journal based on the

Conference Website: http://ateneojspconference.blogspot.com/

Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University
LH209 Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines 1108
Phone:  +632 426-6001 local 5248
Telefax: +632 426-6001 local 5249
Email: japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
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