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Asian Studies Conference Japan
9:15- Registration
10:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON Sessions 1-8
1:15 P.M.-3:15 P.M. Sessions 9-16
3:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M. Sessions 17-24
5:45 P.M.-6:30 P.M. Keynote Address
6:40 P.M.-8:20 P.M. Reception

9:15- Registration
9:30 A.M.-9:50 A.M. ASCJ Business Meeting
10:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON Sessions 26-32
1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Sessions 33-40
3:15 P.M.-5:15 P.M. Sessions 41-47


 Saturday, June 20 - Sunday June 21, 2009
Sophia University, Tokyo

[program overview and abstracts] [complete program (PDF)][program (web version)]

advice for presenters in [panels] [ individual paper sessions]
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The Thirteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ 2009) was held on the Yotsuya campus of Sophia University in Tokyo, on the weekend of 20-21 June, 2009. There were 348 registered participants to the conference, our highest ever.

The following information is left online as a matter of record.

If you attended any of our conferences at Sophia before, please note that the venue this time is the main campus next to Yotsuya station on the JR Chuo Line (Kojimachi exit). The campus can also be reached by the Maruouchi and Nanboku subway lines. The sessions will be held at the back of the campus, in Building 11. Signs with this year's ASCJ poster (image above) will be placed at strategic points to guide you through the campus.
Photographs of the walk from the station are included on the venue page.
Note that on Sunday, the only entry to the campus is by the Main Gate, past St. Ignatius Church.

Online registration ended on June 10. Registration can be done at the conference at the onsite rate of 5,000 yen. Graduate students pay a reduced rate of 2,000 yen. The reception fee is 3,000 yen (2,000 yen in the case of graduate students). Undergraduates who wish to attend the conference need only to stop by the registration desk, show their student IDs, and sign their name. [Further details in JAPANESE and English.]

The conference program is now available, updated June 7. The conference features 47 sessions (panels, roundtables, and individual papers) on a wide range of subjects. All sessions are conducted in English. Scroll down to the Program Overview below. For a full list of speakers and paper titles, see
[PDF format][web page]. (If you have trouble opening the PDF version, see the web page.)

The program will be printed in early June, so that it is very important for you to check your name, affiliation, title, and other details of panels. Let us know as soon as possible if any corrections need to be made. We have tried to meet all requests for specific days or times. Some panels have also been shifted to avoid clashes in related subjects.

Registration and distribution of materials will open at 9:15 a.m. on June 20. The conference will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Please address inquiries to the Executive Committee at:

This year ASCJ is pleased to welcome Robert Buswell of the Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA, Past President of the Association for Asian Studies (2008-09). Professor Buswell will give the keynote address on Saturday, June 20. The title of his talk is: "Korean Buddhism in East Asian Context."


As has been our rule in the last few years, PRINTED ABSTRACTS will not be provided. Abstracts have been made available online for you to print. So that you may print just the abstracts that you need--saving paper and time--individual abstracts are linked to the names of sessions below. The abstracts are based on the files received from organizers or presenters, and have not been edited.

The abstracts for the 47 sessions are now all online (June 6). Organizers should confirm with panel members whether the abstracts for their panel need to be revised in any way. Organizers who did not submit abstracts formatted in Microsoft Word (doc) or rich text (rtf) should do so now, as abstracts received last November via the webform alone lack basic formatting.  Please send complete panel abstracts only, formatted like those below. Individual paper presenters can also submit revised abstracts at this time.  No abstracts can be accepted after June 14.

SATURDAY JUNE 20, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON

Session 1
Discovering Diversity within Filipino Communities in Modern Japan
Organiser/Chair: Mariko Iijima, Sophia University
Discussant: Shun Ohno, Kyushu University

Session 2
City, School, Enterprise, and Government: the Changing Landscape of East Asian Societies in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
Organizer/Chair: De-min Tao, Kansai University
Discussant: Masato Kimura, Shibusawa Ei’ichi Memorial Foundation

Session 3
Old Responsibilities Never Die; They Just Fade Away? Approaching War Responsibility in Modern and Contemporary East Asia
Organizer: May-yi Shaw, Harvard University
Discussant: Katsumi Nakao, J. F. Oberlin University

Session 4
Microhistorical Approaches to Understanding Japanese Modernity
Organizer/Chair: Atsuko Aoki, Brown University/Rikkyo University
Discussant: Mark E. Caprio, Rikkyo University

Session 5
An Apology for "Drop Dead Cute": The Global Context of Japanese Contemporary Popular Culture and Aesthetics
Organizer/Chair: Dong-Yeon Koh, The Korea National University of Arts
Discussant: Marie Thorsten, Doshisha University

Session 6
Individual Papers on Asian Politics and History
Chair: Linda Grove, Sophia University

Session 7
Parodic Positions in the Japanese Literary Tradition
Organizer: Marc Yamada, Brigham Young University
Chair: Jack Stoneman, Brigham Young University
Discussant: Indra Levy, Stanford University

Session 8
Individual Papers on Japanese Culture and History
Chair: Michael Watson, Meiji Gakuin University

SATURDAY JUNE 20, 1:15 P.M.-3:15 P.M.

Session 9
Gender and Migrants of Japanese Ancestry in Japan
Organizer: Hugo Cordova Quero, Center for Lusophone Studies, Sophia University
Chair: Alberto Fonseca Sakai, Josai International University
Discussant: Keiko Yamanaka, University of California at Berkeley

Session 10
Culture, Tradition and Challenges in Japanese Music Education
Organizer/Chair: Mari Shiobara, Tokyo Gakugei University
Discussant: Hiroki Ichinose, Tokyo Gakugei University

Session 11
Forgotten Words: Revisiting Colonial Indonesian Literature
Organizer/Chair: Nobuto Yamamoto, Keio University
Discussant: Caroline Sy Hau, Kyoto University

Session 12
Conceptual Change and State Formation in Early Modern and Modern Japan
Organizer/Chair: Doyoung Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Discussant: Yuri Kono, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Session 13
Individual Papers on Contemporary Japanese Cultural Production
Chair: Roberta Strippoli, Bates College

Session 14
Economics, Security, and Leadership: Northeast Asian Integration in the Post-Cold War Era
Organizer/Chair: Joel R. Campbell, Kansai Gaidai University

Session 15
Sōseki’s City
Organizer: Dan O’Neill, University of California at Berkeley
Chair: Angela Yiu, Sophia University
Discussant: Kyoko Kurita, Pomona College

Session 16
Intersections of Religion and Literature in Pre-modern Japan
Organizer/Chair: Molly Vallor, Stanford University/Rikkyo University
Discussant: Haruko Wakabayashi, Historiographical Institute, the University of Tokyo

SATURDAY JUNE 20, 3:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M

Session 17
Education and the New Second Generation of Immigrants in Japan: The Case of Japanese Brazilian Migrants
Organizer/Chair: Hirohisa Takenoshita, Shizuoka University
Discussant: Yoshikazu Shiobara, Keio University

Session 18
Contested Identity: Gender, Nation and “Chineseness” in Late Imperial and Early Republican Fiction
Organizer/Chair: Fumiko Joo, University of Chicago/University of Tokyo
Discussant: Yasushi Oki, the University of Tokyo

Session 19
Individual Papers on Asian Cultural History
Chair: Alexander Vesey, Meiji Gakuin University

Session 20
Changing Conceptions of the Enduring in Edo Japan
Organizer: Yulia Frumer, Princeton University
Chair: William Fleming, Harvard University
Discussant: Kate Wildman Nakai, Sophia University

Session 21
Meaning Behind Eating in Contemporary Japan
Organizer/Chair: Chrissie Tate Reilly, Monmouth University
Discussants: Elizabeth Andoh, independent scholar

Session 22
Postwar Social Movements across Japan and the United States: Connections and Conflicts
Organizer: Yuko Kawaguchi, University of Tokyo
Discussant: Yosuke Nirei, Indiana University South Bend

Session 23
Un-(dis-)covering Bodily and Linguistic Spaces in Oba Minako and Tawada Yoko’s Oeuvre
Organizer/Chair: Danuta Lacka, University of Tokyo
Discussant: Yoichi Komori, University of Tokyo

Session 24
Performing Texts: Interaction and Interpretation in Medieval Ritual Practices
Organizers: Benedetta Lomi, SOAS, Fumi Ouchi, Miyagi Gakuin University
Discussant: Fabio Rambelli, Sapporo University

"Korean Buddhism in East Asian Context"
Robert Buswell
President of the Association for Asian Studies (2008-09)
Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA
5:45 P.M.-6:30 P.M.
Room 410, Building 8

RECEPTION: 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M., 5th floor cafeteria, Building 2


ASCJ Business Meeting, 9:30 A.M.-9:50 A.M., Room 209, Building 11

SUNDAY JUNE 21, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M.

Session 25
Dangerous Eating in Asia
Organizer: Gavin Hamilton Whitelaw, International Christian University
Chair: Shaun Kingsley Malarney, International Christian University
Discussant: Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University

Session 26
Pan-Asianism: A Documentary History of an Ideology
Organizer: Dick Stegewerns, Oslo University
Chair: Sven Saaler, Sophia University
Discussant: Christopher W.A. Szpilman, Kyushu Sangyo University

Session 27
Redrawing the Map: Displacement and Geography in Song-Yuan Literary and Visual Discourses
Organizer: Shuen-fu Lin, University of Michigan
Chair: Benjamin Ridgway, Valparaiso University
Discussant: Lara Blanchard, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Session 28
All for the Empire: Our Learning, Our Body, Our Labor, and All!
Organizer/Chair: Helen Lee, Yonsei University
Discussant: Leslie Winston, Waseda University

Session 29
Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Women’s Schools as Sites of International Exchange
Organizer: Sally A. Hastings, Purdue University
Chair: Anne Walthall, University of California Irvine
Discussant: Anne Walthall, University of California Irvine

Session 30
Japan and the Soviet Specter: Reconsidering the Image of the Soviet Union in Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy
Organizer: Akira Watanabe, Keio University
Chair: Shingo Yoshida, Keio University
Discussant: Mizuki Chuman, Keio University

Session 31
Conceptions, Modes and Structures of Noh in Films, Objects, Poetry and Music
Organizer: Pia Schmitt, Waseda University
Chair: Judy Halebsky, Hosei University
Discussants: Susan Blakeley Klein, University of California
Reiko Yamanaka, Institute of Nogaku Studies, Hosei University

Session 32
Competitive Collaboration in Haute Finance: Japan and the West in the Interwar Period
Organizer/Chair: Katalin Ferber, Waseda University
Discussant: Kobayashi Hideo, Waseda University

SUNDAY JUNE 21, 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M

Session 33
Individual Papers on Gender in Asia
Chair: Keiko Aiba, Meiji Gakuin University

Session 34
Over One Thousand Years of Kōshiki: Points of View on the History and Performance of a Buddhist Ritual Genre
Organizer/Chair: Michaela Mross, Komazawa University
Discussant: Niels Guelberg, Waseda University

Session 35
How Japan Works: Patterns of Diversification in the Labor Market
Organizer/Chair: Volker Elis, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)
Discussant: Yukiko Yamazaki, Tokyo University

Session 36
Border Crossing, Social History, and Japan’s Foreign Relations during the Early 20th Century
Organizer/Chair: Evan Dawley, U.S. Department of State
Discussant: William Steele, International Christian University

Session 37
Producing Japanese Visual Modernity, 1920s-1930s
Organizer: Kari Shepherdson-Scott, Duke University
Chair: Chinghsin Wu, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussants: Nancy Lin, University of Chicago; Olivier Krischer, University of Tsukuba

Session 38
Individual Papers on Shōwa Culture
Chair: Janine Beichman, Daito Bunka University  

Session 39
Representations of Travel and Cultural Otherness in Japanese Arts and Literature
Organizer/ Chair: Robert Tierney, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Session 40
Buddhism and Local Modernization
This session is cancelled. Daiana Di Massimo will give her paper in Session 41.

SUNDAY JUNE 21, 3:15 P.M.- 5:15 P.M

Session 41
Reorienting Transcendence: Religion in Modern Japan
Organizer/Chair: Viren Murthy, University of Ottawa
Discussants: Nakajima Takahiro, the University of Tokyo
                     Yoshihide Sakurai, Hokkaido University

Session 42
Individual Papers on Migration and Gender
Chair: James Farrer, Sophia University

Session 43
The Diplomacy of the Gaimudaijin: Socio-Political Changes in Japanese Foreign Policy from the Manchurian Incident to Pearl Harbor
Organizer/Chair: Tosh Minohara, Kobe University
Discussant: Haruo Iguchi, Nagoya University

Session 44
Reflection of Modern China in Foreign Eyes: A Study of Journals, Novels, Critics from the Perspective of Cultural Interaction and Cross-Culture Understanding
Organizer/Chair: Chen Yu, Yokohama National University                                                                   
Discussant: Jian Zhao, Tokiwakai Gakuen University

Session 45
Wishes and Choices in Life and Living: Family, Home and Work in Changing Japan
Organizer/Chair: Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, German Institute for Japanese Studies, DIJ
Discussant: Glenda Roberts, Waseda University

Session 46
The War of Another: Natsume Soseki, Shiga Naoya, Shimazaki Toson
Organizer: Chien-Hui Chuang, Osaka University
Chair: Irina Holca, Osaka University
Discussant: George Sipos, University of Chicago/Ritsumeikan University

Session 47
Explored, Exploited, and Exposed: Mapping Histories and Traditions of Mountaineering in Japan
Organizer: David Fedman, Hokkaido University of Education
Chair: Takehiro Watanabe, Sophia University
Discussant: Kären Wigen, Stanford University

For a full list of speakers and paper titles, see the program in [PDF format] or [html format].

Applications for ASCJ 2009 closed in November, 2008. There were an exceptionally large number of applications to the conference, including 50 panel applications and 100 individual paper applications. One roundtable, 40 panels, and 49 individual paper applications were accepted.

Applications for the 2010 conference will be accepted from September 1 until November 20, 2009.
ASCJ plans to hold the conference in Waseda University, Tokyo, on June 19-20, 2010.

Please note that ASCJ does not have funds to provide help with travel or accommodation costs, nor can it act as sponsor for visa applications.

Registration page.
Top page of ASCJ site.

Contact the organizers:
email: ascj20xx[at]

Asian Studies Conference Japan
Faculty of International Studies
Meiji Gakuin University
1517 Kamikurata-cho, Totsuka-ku
JAPAN 244-8539