2015 Intellectual Exchange Programme between Japan and Europe in Alsace
Japanese Study Seminar : Everyday Life and Culture (日常生活文化) Call for participation

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The seminar was held on September 21 and 22, 2015. For more details, please visit the report page.


Dates Monday, September 21 – Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Venue Centre Européen d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace (Kientzheim, France)
Language Japanese (no interpretation)
Co-organized by The Japan Foundation, Centre Européen d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace

The Japan Foundation and Centre Européen d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace (CEEJA) has carried out a series of seminars since 2007, with an aim to encourage networking among young researchers on Japan in Europe and further promote Japanese studies in Europe.

Participants will join a two-day intensive workshop in the cozy and intimate atmosphere of CEEJA’s facility in Kientzheim where they will present and discuss their current research projects with fellow participants and guest mentors from Japan.

The theme of this year’s seminar will be “Everyday Life and Culture (日常生活文化).” We are calling for applications from young researchers in Europe specializing in politics, history, sociology, literature, arts, language, philosophy, economics, architecture, religion, etc.


Professor Kenji Sato, at the University of Tokyo, is specialized in historical sociology. He is the author of many books, including Dokusho kukan no Kindai (The Reading Space of Modernity;1987), Fukei no Seisan, Fukei no Kaiho (The Production of Scenery and the Liberation of Scenery; 1994), Ryugen-Higo (Rumor and Gossip;1995), Shakai Chosashi no Literacy (Historical Literacy in Social Research; 2010) , and Ronbun no Kakikata (How to write the Academic Paper; 2014).

Professor Naomi Miyamoto, at Ritsumeikan University, is specialized in sociology. Her publications include Kyoyo no Rekishi Shakaigaku – Doitsu Shimin Shakai to Ongaku (Historical Sociology of Bildung: German Civil Society and Music; 2006) and Takarazuka Fan no Shakaigaku – Staa wa Gekijou no Soto de Tsukurareru (Sociology of Takarazuka fans; 2011).


  1. 1.Number of presenters: approximately 10 participants
  2. 2.Presentation
    1. (1)Each presenter is to make 20-min presentation on their research theme.
    2. (2)One can make a presentation that has already been presented elsewhere.
    3. (3)Each presentation is to be followed by the mentors’ comments and discussions in JAPANESE.
  3. 3.Papers: prior to the seminar, all participants are expected to submit their papers, in Japanese or English, which will be edited and compiled for publication after the seminar.

Eligibility and Application Procedures

  1. 1.Conditions: applicants must be currently on a graduate or post-graduate programme (which is not necessarily Japanese-studies), or already hold a junior teaching/research position at academic institutions in Europe. Those who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in Europe are also eligible to apply. Priority will be given to non-Japanese applicants.
  2. 2.Travel and Accommodation
    1. (1)Applicants will be reimbursed travel costs of up to 500 euros (economy class airfare within Europe/2nd class train ticket) upon submission of their travel receipt(s) after the seminar.
    2. (2)Accommodation for 3 nights and 8 meals will be provided during the seminar.
      ※ Participants are expected to arrive at CEEJA on September 20 and leave on September 23.
  3. 3.Application Procedures
    1. (1)Applicants must submit the following documents:
      1. ・Current curriculum vitae
      2. ・Summary of their research interests in Japanese or English on an A4-size paper
      3. ・References (not obligatory)
    2. (2)The documents listed above must be sent via e-mail to oca@jpf.go.jp
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  4. (3)Deadline for applications: July 15, 2015
  5. (4)Selection results: applicants will be informed by the end of July by e-mail.

For further information about the seminar or eligibility, please contact the person in charge shown below.

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department, Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6071
Person in charge: Yui Ishikawa (Ms.)
Email: oca@jpf.go.jp
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