September 2018


2019 National Library of Australia: Asia Study Grants

Every year, the National Library of Australia offers Asia Study Grants to assist scholars in Australia to undertake short-term intensive research in the Library’s Asian language and Asia-related collections.
We invite applications from PhD, early career or established scholars in any field with a demonstrated need to access the Asian language and related collections.

Read more and apply or send your enquiry to 

Reminder: Applications close Saturday 30 September 2018 

Visiting Scholar Talk this Thursday! 

"The Origins of Japanese Science Fiction: Vigilantes, Pirates, Lost Worlds and Turn-of-the-Century Imperialism"
September 13 (Thursday), 2018 at The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Co-presented by UNSW Sydney
Free: bookings recommended.

Dr Daliot-Bul's talk looks at the emergence of science fiction in Japan, from its importation from the West and its influence during the Meiji period to some of the earliest Japanese science fiction novels, which appeared toward the turn of the 20th century and went beyond mere escapist fantasy to carefully examine the society and politics of the day. These novels provide insight into the trajectory of Japanese science fiction since its inception, and the inherently political nature of the genre that makes it ever-relevant today.

For more information and RSVP see 


Free Online Reading: Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basic Reconciliation

Free online reading until 21 October 2018 is available for its entirety of the book Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basin Reconciliation: Wounds, Scars, Healing, Routledge, July 2018 by using the link below. This book is the proceedings of the 70th postwar anniversary conference entitled the same as the book title, held at the University of Sydney, Japanese Studies in 2015.

The article contributors are Donald Keene, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Christina Twomey, Aiko Utsumi, Takashi Yoshida, Tomoko Aoyama, Keiji Sawada, Roman Rosenbaum, Barbara Hartley, Rio Otomo, Katsuhiko Suganuma, Teru Shimamura, Yuko Shibata, Conrad Bauer, Masahito Takayashiki and Yasuko Claremont (Editor).

Access here.


Call for papers and reviews: New Voices in Japanese Studies 
New Voices in Japanese Studies (NVJS) is calling for papers and reviews from postgraduate researchers and recent PhD graduates for publication in mid-2019. All papers undergo double-blind peer review by at least two experts in the field plus rigorous internal review prior to publication. 

Who is eligible to submit?

·         Honours students/graduates

·         Master (Research) students/graduates

·         PhD students/recent PhD graduates

Authors must have a connection to Australia or New Zealand (i.e., be in or from Australia or New Zealand, or have recently presented at selected area studies conferences in Australia).

For more information see here.


Call for papers and reviews: Race and Diversity in Japan and Japanese Studies Postgraduate Symposium 
The Japanese Studies Centre is pleased to announce a call for papers for a postgraduate symposium to be held at Monash University on the 19th to 20th October 2018. This symposium centres on the theme of ‘Race and Diversity in Japan and Japanese Studies’—a theme that reflects the diversity of research topics in the discipline of Japanese Studies, while also highlighting the growing diversity of junior scholars conducting interdisciplinary research on Japan.

250 word abstracts are due 14th September.

For more information and applications see 


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