Rethinking Global Japanese Studies Symposium

Sunday March 10, 2024 - Monday March 11, 2024

Rethinking Global Japanese Studies Symposium
March 10-11, 2024

Co-organizers: Christina Yi and Ayaka Yoshimizu

This two-day international symposium will bring UBC graduate students in conversation with leading Japanese studies scholars from around the world in order to collectively think together about multiple competing centers and peripheries witnessed in the social imaginaries and global dissemination of Japanese (-language) studies. The symposium will feature six panel sessions and a keynote speech by the Akutagawa-award-winning author Li Kotomi. Focusing in particular on literature and other forms of cultural production, we seek to take a decolonial and anti-racist approach to Japanese studies and critically consider both its limits and possibilities. Together, we hope to contribute new interdisciplinary methodologies and collaborative possibilities that will be of relevance to a wide range of scholars and students in the global humanities today.

Sunday, March 10, 2024 | CK Choi Conference Room 120 (view map)

9:30: Opening Remarks by Ayaka Yoshimizu

9:45 – 11:30: Panel 1 on Japanese Digital Humanities Today with Aliz Horvath, Hoyt Long, Miaoling Xue

12:50 – 13:35: Panel 2.1 on Diasporic Dialogues and (Dis)connections with David Roh, Anne Sokolsky, Ying Han

13:45 -14:30: Panel 2.2 on Diasporic Dialogues and (Dis)connections with Rebecca Hausler, Andrew Leong, Darcy Tamayose

14:30 – 15:30: Q&A for Panels 2.1 & 2.2

15:45 – 17:30: Panel 3 on Crossing Literary/Genre/Temporal Borders with Daniel Poch, Yoshida Kaori, Ai Yamamoto

Monday, March 11, 2024 | Asian Centre Auditorium (view map)

10:00 – 11:45: Panel 4 on Premodern Transculturations and Alternative Global Imaginings with Phuong Ngo, Vyjayanthi Selinger, Lavanya Verma

13:15pm – 15:00: Panel 5 on Global Japanese Studies in Japan with Younglong Kim, Akito Sakasai, Pau Pitarch Fernandez

15:15 – 17:15: Keynote Speech by Li Kotomi,  「日本でクィアを書くということ」 (Writing About Queerness in Japan)

17:15: Closing remarks by Christina Yi


Free & open to the public.

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Generously co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies at UBC, Japan Foundation Toronto, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO).