Call for Papers

2019 Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference


gJapan and the Environment: Lessons for the Worldh


The Departments of History and Geography and the Environment at Mount Allison University ( are pleased to host the 2019 Japan Studies of Canada (JSAC) Annual Conference, October 3-6, 2019. Mount Allison is one of Canadafs premier undergraduate universities, located in beautiful Sackville New Brunswick, 10 km from the Nova Scotia border ( Scholars, students, and all interested parties are welcome.


Our theme will be gJapan and the Environment: Lessons for the World.h At this point in the early 21st century, we confront the threat of climate change that is both immediate and historically unprecedented. As a nation that is part of the Pacific gRing of Fireh and is therefore no stranger to extreme climactic and seismic events, Japanfs experience both historically and contemporarily may offer valuable insights in understanding how we have arrived at this point and provide suggestions as to how we can address the challenges that lie before us.


The issues surrounding climate change and global warming manifest themselves at all levels of society, from cultural and social practices to economic activity and domestic and foreign policy. In choosing this theme, we encourage research that is comparative, interdisciplinary, and that connects Japan with the larger world. Papers on any subject related to Japan are welcome but we especially encourage submissions related but nor restricted to the following subthemes:


Philosophy, Religion, and Aesthetics

Language and Literature

Fine and Performing Arts

Popular Culture and Mass Media

Environmental Studies

Economic Development and Sustainability

Energy Policy, Security, and Safety


Agriculture and Foodways



Those interested in presenting a paper at the 2019 conference should send Owen Griffiths ( the following by June 30, 2019:

·        Full name(s) as you would like it to appear in the program

·        Affiliation (including co-presenters)

·        Paper title

·        250-500-word abstract