April 2019


30 Years of Talk: Research into Discourse Across Lifespans

Closed workshop: 23 July 2019, 10:00-17:00

Researchers and research students are invited to join the workshop on longitudinal studies of individuals’ discourse. In this workshop, six researchers from the collaborative 30 Years of Talk project (ARCDP170102598) will present and discuss their work-in-progress, joined by two eminent sociolinguists in the field of language variation and change as discussants. This workshop follows public lectures on the afternoon of Monday 22 July 2019, where the two invited speakers will speak on language and identity across lifespan(s). The 30 Years of Talk project team will also give a short presentation on their project. This will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to engage with an as yet underexplored aspect of sociolinguistics — shifts and changes in language at the discourse level over lifespans. The lectures and workshop will also be of interest to those who are working in the field of Japanese linguistics.

Up to 10 places are available to researchers working in the following fields: language variation and change, language and identity, discourse analysis and pragmatics, Japanese language and identity, language and gender. Participants in the closed workshop will give a 10-minute talk/presentation on their work.
To reserve a place in the closed workshop, please contact 
• current affiliation
• a brief bio
• a list of your relevant research projects/interests
• a description of how your research fits with the aims of the workshop
• a 200-250 word abstract for your presentation

There is no registration fee, and lunch is provided. Unfortunately, no funding support is available. Visa applications are the responsibility of the applicant.

Application closes on 1 May 2019.


Call for Proposals: Canadian Association for Japanese Language 2019 Conference

6-7th August, 2019
University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

The CAJLE 2019 Annual Conference will take place at The University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. More information will be posted on CAJLE website ( and twitter (@CAJLE_ACELJ).

Theme: “Hyōgen” Literacy: Exploring Japanese Language Education in a Diversifying Society from the Perspective of Communication

This year again, we are pleased to announce that we are instituting the Abstract Awards for graduate students. This award rewards $300 for the best abstract submitted by a graduate student for a paper or poster presentation at the Annual Conference, and $200 for the second place. In addition to the awards, the conference registration fee will be exempted for both recipients. Every student who submits an abstract for the Annual Conference is automatically considered for this award; no nominations are required. 

Please submit your proposal via the Online Proposal Submission form in the CAJLE member-only website.

To access to the member-only site, please sign in from here.
1) Paper title (in both Japanese and English or in both Japanese and French)
2) Abstract: 700 letters in Japanese or 350 words in English/French. Please do not include any type of information that can identify the applicant.
3) Area of your study/research (Japanese pedagogy, Linguistics, Heritage Language Education, Others)
4) Name(s) of the presenter(s) (in both Japanese and English, or in both Japanese and French; list all co-presenters),
5) Affiliation (in both Japanese and English, or in both Japanese and French; list each copresenter’s information),
6) Preference for presentation type
7) E-mail address (of all presenters)

Deadline for abstracts 8 April, 2019

Japan Foundation: Student Mobility Roundtable Report

On March 26, The Japan Foundation, Sydney released a report on Japan and Asia-related student mobility, titled Asia-Informed Student Mobility in the Indo-Pacific Era: Case Studies on Japan

The report presents an analysis of a cross-sector roundtable discussion on international education experiences, organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and held at the ASAA conference last year. Japan is one of the most popular destinations for New Colombo Plan scholars, and the report focusses on case studies of student mobility between Japan and Australia, highlighting their relevance for mobility between Australia and its regional neighbours more broadly.

See the report>> 

The discussion indicated that while government, universities and students themselves perceive value in student mobility experiences, these perceptions may not be shared by employers. Among its recommendations, the report calls for increased cross-sector collaboration at a national level to boost recognition of student mobility’s value among employers and increase opportunities for returnee students.

Read more via the Media Release>>


National Library of Australia: 2020 Fellowships

The library has an astounding and diverse collection that supports, inspires and transforms research. Fellowships allow researchers to embark on a period of intensive research into the collections in a supportive, intellectual and creative environment.

Who can apply? 
Fellowships are open to researchers from Australia and overseas undertaking advanced research projects. Nine funded fellowships will be awarded for research areas where the Library’s collections have the depth and breadth to support the desired outcomes.

What do Fellows receive? 
·       an honorarium of AUD1,000 per week for 12 weeks
·       travel and accommodation support*
·       privileged access to the Library's collections, staff and resources
·       uninterrupted time for research

Applications close 30 April 2019
Read the guidelines and apply


Call for applicants open: The University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo (Komaba campus) has just opened a full-time lecturer position teaching Japanese as a second language due to the increase in numbers of international students.

Please see the link below if interested.

We aim to be a comfortable and rewarding workplace.

Applications close 20 May, 2019.


Proposed Japanese Language Education Law










For any comments please contact Professor Chihiro Thomson


JSAA Member Publishing Round-Up!

Yes, we are coming up to it again! If you or a member you know has published a new book or chapter in the last six months please send us the details so that we can gather together and celebrate the publishing achievements of our members. We will be publishing the special newsletter near the end of the year

Please send the details to Laura Clark at 


Do you have content you would like to include in a JSAA newsletter? If so, please send the details to Laura Clark at .








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