First Call for Papers

2020 Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference


gThe Impacts of Japan and Canada Hosting the World: Catalyzing Change through Cultural, Economic, Political, and Sporting Eventsh


The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, and the Modern Languages program at Thompson Rivers University ( are pleased to host the 2020 Japan Studies of Canada (JSAC) Annual Conference, from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12, 2020, with a Saturday night banquet, and an optional post-conference field trip from July 12 to 14 to New Denver, BC -- the site of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre. Scholars, students, and all interested parties are welcome.


TRU ( is celebrating its 50th year as an evolving centre of higher learning, with its main campus located in Kamloops ( at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. It is located approximately 350km northeast of Vancouver in an area called Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc within the unceded region known as Secwépemc'ulucw, of the Secwépemc people.  


Our theme will be gThe Impacts of Japan and Canada Hosting the World: Catalyzing Change through Cultural, Economic, Political, and Sporting Events.h Japan has hosted World Expos, the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 2019 G20 Summit, and it will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Canada has also hosted similar mega events. These events have led to major infrastructure projects, captured national and international social and culture moments of change, and highlighted the role of technology and economics during such events. How has hosting these large events changed Japan and Canada in a regional, national, and international context? What have been the impacts of other events, small or large, planned or spontaneous, such as festivals, at the local, regional, and national level?


The 2020 JSAC conference will explore these questions above but will also engage other topics related to the following themes:

Japanese Language;

Popular Culture & Mass Media;

Literature, Visual, and Performing Arts;

Economic Development & Sustainability;

Politics, Security & Safety;

Religion, Philosophy, and Culture: Architecture and Aesthetics;

Regional Planning & Community Development;

Technology & Science;


Food & Agriculture;



If you are interested in organizing a panel, roundtable, or workshop, please send a title and abstract (maximum 250 words) to Cara Cadre ( by March 31, 2020.

·       In the email subject line please type gJSAC PANELch and your name



If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send Cara Cadre ( the following by March 31, 2020:

·       1. Full name(s) (including co-presenters) as you would like it(them) to appear in the program

·       2. Affiliation (including those of co-presenters)

·       3.Your email address

·       4. Tentative title

·       In the email subject line please type gJSAC PRESENTATIONh and your name


·       Please send your follow-up abstracts (maximum 250 words) by May 31, 2020 to

·       In the email subject line please type gJSAC ABSTRACTh and your name


We look forward to seeing you this summer in Kamloops!



Tom Waldichuk & Cara Cadre (Conference Organizers)