Call for Papers

14th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies
Nihongo in Globalization: Language Education, Societies and Power 
24-25 January 2014 
Ateneo de Manila University

Over the last few decades, there has been a remarkable change in the situation of second/foreign language education. Multiculturalism and multilingualism have been adopted in many countries, and a demand for translingual competence has been increasing along with globalization and the consequent cross-border phenomena in the world. The creation of the Common European Framework of References for Languages and the following JF Standards has brought about an immense impact on the practice in pedagogical settings of second/foreign languages. With this background, the conference is a response to the urgent need to foster an extensive and profound understanding of second/foreign language, and develop theories and methodologies of language research relevant to the current state and future prospects.

The guest speakers include: Prof. Katsumi Kakazu (National Chengchi University), Ms. Harumi Kimura (Hitotsubashi University), Prof. Hiroyuki Nomoto (Tokyo Metropolitan University), and Prof. Shigenori Wakabayashi (Chuo University).

The conference organizers welcome paper submissions that are aligned with this year’s conference theme. It hopes to generate discussion that aims to enhance knowledge on language, innovate practice of language teaching, and direct language research toward multicultural inclusiveness. The conference particularly encourages critical studies in the following areas:

Japanese language in globalization
Japanese languages in multicultural society
Cultural literacy and Japanese as second/foreign language
Japanese language and colonialism
Gender and Japanese language
Diversity, variability, and standardization of Japanese language
Information and Communications Technology and Japanese language

Other related topics are also welcome. Please email abstracts to on or before 15 October 2013. All submissions will be refereed.

Venue:  Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
Dates: 24 and 25 January 2014
Fees: waived

We very much hope to see you there.  

Conference Conveners:

Karl Ian Cheng Chua, Ph.D.
Hiroko Nagai, Ph.D.
Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

This conference is organized by Japanese Studies Program, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University in cooperation with Kritika Kultura: A Referred Electric Journal of Literary/Cultural and Language Studies, Ateneo de Manila University, and the Department of Linguistics, the University of the Philippines with the support of the Japan Foundation.

Guidelines on Abstract Submissions

1.       Abstracts should be 300-500 words in English and should be written in a style that is accessible to non-academic audiences. The topical area/s into which the abstract falls may also be indicated.
2.       Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and complete contact information (e-mail address, telephone number and mailing address).
3.       Please send abstracts to by 15 October 2013.
4.       The notification of acceptance will be sent by mid-November 2013.

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