2016 Intellectual Exchange Programme between Japan and Europe in Alsace Japanese Study Seminar : Women and Men (女と男) Call for participation

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* The seminar was held on September 26 and 27, 2016. For more details, please visit the report page.


Dates Monday, September 26 – Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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 “Women and Men (女と男).” We are calling for applications from young researchers in Europe specializing in politics, history, sociology, literature, arts, language, philosophy, economics, architecture, religion, etc.


Professor Mariko Adachi, at Institute of Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University, is specialized in Economy and Gender Studies. Her publications include Feminisuto Polityikusu no Shin Tenkai (Novel Development of Feminist Politics; co-author; 2007) and Jendaa Kenkyu no Furontyia II, Kokusai Idou to ‘Rensa suru Jendaa‘, Saiseisan ryoiki no Guroobaruka (The Frontier of Gender Studies II, International Migration and ‘Co-chained with Gender’, Globalization of the Reproductive sphere; co-author; 2008).

Professor Kimio Ito, at Kyoto University, is specialized in Cultural and Political Sociology and Gender Studies. He is the co-author of Mirror of Modernity - Invented Tradition of Modern Japan (University of California Press; 1998), Gender, Transgender and Sexualities in Japan (Routledge; 2007), Transforming Japan - New Feminism and Diversity are Making a Difference (The Feminist Press at the City University of New York; 2011), Gender and Welfare States in Eastern Asia - Confucianism or Gender Equality (Macmillan; 2014), and others.


  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 25 and leave on September 28.
  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 10, 2016
  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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