2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop

Call for Abstracts
May 12-13, 2017
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Graduate students (PhD or MA) in Japanese Studies at Midwestern universities are invited to submit abstracts for the 2nd Annual Midwestern Japanese Graduate Studies Workshop. This two-day workshop will provide students with the opportunity to share their research with peers from other Midwestern institutions, foster regional connections, and receive feedback on their work.

The workshop will be held on May 12th and 13th, beginning with a presentation by Robert Tierney (Associate Porfessor in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) at a co-hosted session of the University of Chicago's Arts and Politics of East Asia and East Asia: Transregional Histories workshops. On Saturday May 13th, four ninety-minute panels will be held, each with a dedicated discussant from the University of Chicago. This format is designed to actively engage participants in the process of reading on another's work and providing dynamic feedback.

Participants will submit an excerpt of their work no longer than ten pages in length which will be circulated to all participants prior to the workshop. They will then devlier a twenty minute talk based on their paper. We ask that presenters stay within this time frame to allow ample time for feedback.

We welcome submissions from a range of graduate work, including conference-style presentations, portions of MA theses, or PhD chapters. Eight graduate students from Midwestern institutions with Japanese studies graduate programs will be selected to participate.

Schedule (May 13th, 2017)

Center for East Asian Studies
Harris School 319
1155 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637


Presentations #1
JULIA SHIOTAWriting Absence and Mapping the Imaginary: The Cultural Remapping of Manchuria in Natsume Soseki's Mankan tokorodokoro and the Japanese Imperial Maps
HELINA MAZZA-HILWAYToward the Question of a Feminine Grotesque in Taishō Literature

Presentations #2
JOHN BUNDSCHUCHParticle i in 8th Century Japanese: Returning to a Referential Analysis


Presentations #3
MELISSA VAN WYKExcessive Stage Directions and the Question of Genre in Abe Kōbō’s Bō ni natta otoko
KYLE PETERSTime and Space in Kanbara Tai's Early Painting and Poetry

Applications (due March 20th, 2017)

Please email the following to midwestjapaneseconference@gmail.com:

  • Full name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Discipline of study
  • Email address
  • Title of presentation
  • 250-300 word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by April 3rd, 2017.
Final papers will be due for circulation May 5th, 2017.

Travel Expenses and Lodging

Lodging will be provided free of charge to all presenters who are coming to Chicago from out of town through the guest rooms at the Catholic Theological Union from May 12th to May 14th.  Information can be found at the Catholic Theological Union's Guest Housing website

Several meals will be provided over the course of the workshop; this includes dinner the first evening (May 12th) with Professor Tierney. We ask that participants in the workshop secure funds from their home institutions to use for travel and per diem purposes.

Contact Information

Conference email: midwestjapaneseconference@gmail.com
Philomena Mazza-Hilway: mazzah@uchicago.edu
Kyle Peters: kapeters@uchicago.edu