Call for Papers for the 2012 International Conference in Japanese Studies

“Migration and the Creation of Japan’s Multicultural Society: Workers, Women, and the Next Generation,”
27 and 28 January 2012

We are pleased to announce our 12th International Conference on Japanese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, in the  Philippines, from 27 to 28 January 2012. The theme this year is “Migration and the Creation of Japan’s Multi-cultural Society: Workers, Women, and the Next Generation.” The conference aims to provide a lively forum for academics, scholars, educators, and professionals who are interested in issues of migration relating to Japan, and enable the exchange of new and various approaches and perspectives in an informal interdisciplinary setting. 

We are now accepting abstracts (300-500 words) for papers looking at  in- and out-migration and multiculturalism in Japan.  We particularly encourage critical studies in the following areas:

1.       Migrations in Japanese History

2.       Political, economic, and societal contexts of contemporary migration to and from Japan

3.       Gender and Migration

4.       The Nikkeijin and Return Migration

5.       Bi-cultural Families and the Creation of New Ethnicities

6.       Japan’s multicultural society as an offshoot of migration to Japan

7.       Multiculturalism as a framework in looking at contemporary Japanese society

Other related topics are also welcome. Please email abstracts to on or before 14 October 2011. All submissions will be refereed.

Venue:  Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines

Dates: 27 and 28 January 2012

Fees: waived

We very much hope to see you there.   

Conference Conveners:

Karl Cheng Chua, Ph.D.

Hiroko Nagai, Ph.D.

Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

This conference is supported by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Women and Gender Institute, Miriam College, Philippines.
If you require any further information, please email: