2023 ASCJ Call for Papers Announcement

The Executive Committee of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers to be presented at the 2023 Asian Studies Conference Japan.

Although we were forced to cancel the 2020 and 2021 conferences and move the 2022 meeting to an online-only format, the Committee has decided that conditions will permit a return to the traditional on-site format for 2023. Therefore, next year’s conference will be held on the Yotsuya Campus of Sophia University on Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2. As in past years, all presentations are to be delivered in English.

Proposals may be submitted online between September 15 and October 31. Results will be announced by late December. The forms and further information are available at: ascjapan.org/conference/

For Submission Applicants Outside Japan:
Everyone worldwide interested in Asian Studies is invited to participate.
International organizations are working to (re-)start in-person exchanges and activities, and ASCJ intends to join that trend. At present the Japanese government is not issuing individual tourist visas, nor permitting visitors into the country without a visa. However, the government, though slowly, has been moving steadily and incrementally toward easing entry restrictions into Japan. While we cannot predict future Japanese government responses to COVID-related matters, the Executive Committee has drawn upon these trends to make an educated guess that in-person participation from outside Japan will be possible by next July. Thus we aim to re-establish ASCJ’s on-site presence from 2023. Those interested in traveling to Japan in order to attend ASCJ 2023 should monitor these Japanese government websites for updates on its border control policies and entry restrictions:

Unfortunately, we cannot provide visa support, and can only draft letters of invitation for participants scheduled to present papers at the ASCJ.

Submission Categories
Panels are proposed by individual scholars around a common subject. A complete panel includes up to five participants (three or four paper presenters and one or more chair/discussants). Panel proposals should include a 250-word (maximum) abstract from each participant as well as a 250-word (maximum) statement that explains the session as a whole. Only complete panels will be considered for acceptance.

Roundtables offer an opportunity for participants to discuss a specific theme, issue or significant recent publication. A maximum of six active participants is recommended. While a roundtable proposal will not be as detailed as a panel proposal, it should explain fully the purpose, themes or issues, and scope of the session.

Individual Papers give scholars an opportunity to participate in the conference even if they are not able to put together a complete panel. Papers may be co-authored. However, only the names of registered participants will appear on the program.

The Executive Committee encourages members to submit proposals that, by focusing on more than one region or by drawing on more than one discipline, will attract a broad range of scholarly interest. Suggestions for innovative alternatives to the panels, individual papers and roundtables described above are also encouraged. The Executive Committee also strongly encourages graduate student participation and will give favorable consideration to panels that embed students alongside more seasoned scholars.

Since 2014 the ASCJ has awarded the L.B. Grove Graduate Student Paper Prize. For details on this competition please see the “Conference” section of the ASCJ website. To be considered for this prize the student must be enrolled in a degree program at a Japanese university and be accepted as a presenter at the ASCJ 2023 Conference. The deadline for submission of the completed paper is June 15, 2023. The winner will be announced at the time of the keynote lecture.

I and my colleagues on the Executive Committee look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in 2023.

Matthew C. Strecher
ASCJ President