[Blueboard] Call for Papers and Application: Empire of Others Symposium

Japanese Studies Program [LS] japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
Wed Jan 18 11:00:28 PHT 2017

Dear everyone,

The Japanese Studies Program, in partnership with the UCLA and Waseda via a
generous grant from the Japan Foundation invites interested faculty and
graduate students to apply to their international symposium titled "Empire
of Others."  However, since it is a Japan-related conference, the topics
must be about the Japanese empire and the Philippines or Southeast Asia.

Hope we can send someone to this!


Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua
Japanese Studies Program

Dear Colleagues,

UCLA and Waseda University are pleased to announce a limited number of
SUBSIDIES to cover most or all of the cost of attending a major
international symposium titled “EMPIRE OF OTHERS” to be held at UCLA on
March 20–22, 2017. Thanks to generous support from the Japan Foundation and
the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities, some of
these subsidies have been set aside to support Japanese-studies scholars
who are either from Southeast Asia or based at a Southeast Asian academic

The second in a series of annual symposia sponsored by the Yanai
Initiative, the three-day event will feature keynote lectures by Karatani
Kōjin and Lisa Yoneyama and bring together leading scholars of Japanese
empire from East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), Southeast Asia, and North
America. (Please see the partial list of speakers and discussants at the
end of this email.)

Over the past two decades, colonial studies has emerged as a dominant mode
in the study of East Asian cultural history. To begin to make sense of the
scope and variety of this diverse work, and because the study of Japanese
empire has often taken place in dispersed areas with limited dialogue among
scholars working in different disciplines and regions, this symposium aims
to assess the current state of empire studies and rethink the possibilities
of the field for the future while fostering dialogue and collaboration
among researchers working across fields and perspectives.

The title of the conference, “Empire of Others,” emphasizes the need to
reconsider a metropolitan perspective in empire studies that itself
reproduces imperial modes of thought and strategies of rule. Rather than
understand empire as a monolithic, unified concept, we seek multiple and
dialogic versions. At the same time, while such an approach to the study of
empire lends itself to a dialogic or comparative approach, hierarchialized
comparison and unequal spaces of dialogue are also part and parcel of
imperial power. Comparison and dialogue are methods, but also objects of
analysis. It is on the ground of a self-conscious attention to the
methodology of empire studies that a reconsideration of these and other
approaches to the history and continuity of empire may take place.

Advanced PhD students and junior scholars whose research relates closely to
the theme of the symposium are encouraged to submit a CV and a brief word
description (250–300 words) of their research by January 16th to Yixin Zhu,
Program Manager in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA (
yixin.zhu at humnet.ucla.edu).

Sincerely yours,
Seiji Lippit
Chris Hanscom

Participants (speakers and discussants):
Brian Bernards (USC)
Michael Bourdaghs (Univ. of Chicago)
Chris Hanscom (UCLA)
Todd Henry (UCSD)
Hwang Hoduk (Sungkyunkwan University)
Ji Hee Jung (Seoul National University)
Kim Yerim (Yonsei University)
Ko Youngran (Nihon University)
Yong Woo Lee (New York University)
Richi Sakakibara (Waseda University)
Serk-bae Suh (UC Irvine)
Shin Ji Young (Yonsei University)
Cindi Textor (Yale University)
Vo Ming Vu (Vietnam National University)
Travis Workman (Univ. of Minnesota)
Wu Pei-Chen (National Taiwan Normal University)
Christina Yi (Univ. of British Columbia)
Yi Yeonsuk (Hitotsubashi University)
Dennis Washburn (Dartmouth College)

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 5248/5249
Telefax: +632 376-0966
Email: japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
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