Japanese Studies Association of Australia Conference 2015

The Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) Conference is one of the largest gatherings of Japanese Studies scholars and educators in the world, and the Pacific's premier forum for the presentation of research findings in Japanese Studies and interaction among researchers and educators in this field.

The 19th Biennial Conference of the JSAA will be held at La Trobe University's Melbourne Campus from 30 June to 3 July 2015, hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with the support of La Trobe Asia.

Speakers include:

Opening Address

  • Emeritus Professor Yoshio Sugimoto, La Trobe University

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Bu Ping, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, PRC
  • Professor Eiji Oguma, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Professor Polly Szatrowski , University of Minnesota , USA
  • Professor Thang Leng Leng, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dinner Speaker

  • The Hon. Jenny Macklin, MP. (She will talk about her experience of being a high school exchange student in Japan in 1970, and her thoughts on how mainstream Australian perceptions of Japan have changed over time).

For further information: jsaa2015@latrobe.edu.au.


La Trobe University is located in the northern part of metropolitan Melbourne. For the convenience of participants, we recommend the following:

Quest Serviced Apartments, 40 Janefield Drive, Bundoora

This accommodation is to the immediate north of La Trobe University. A free shuttle service will be provided for our participants to and from La Trobe. There is also a tram stop on Plenty Road with trams running to La Trobe University and the city centre.

The Conference organisers have negotiated special rates for conference participants. For information about the apartments and to book, please go to questbundoora.com.au and click on 'client log in' at the bottom of the orange box (to the left of  the screen). Details are:

Login: JSAA and Password: JSAA2015

To select the free shuttle bus, once you have selected your dates and apartment type, click on "Book". The shuttle service will show as an additional option under the accommodation summary.

Bell City, 215 Bell Street, Preston

At the corner of Bell Street and Plenty Road, Preston, there are three accommodation options (with differing tariffs) located next to each other. There is a tram stop near the hotel with trams running to La Trobe University (taking approximately 10 minutes) and the city centre.

Please go to bellcity.com.au/Bell City offers a special rate for conference participants of $139 for a one bed Manhattan – room only.  Breakfast is an additional $20 per person. However, there are also plenty of cafes nearby which offer cheaper options.

To book please call +61 3 9485 1000 and press 1 for hotel reservations or email them: reservations_preston@bellcity.com.au. To receive the special rate please quote 'Conference at La Trobe' when making the booking. 

Sleep & Go Bell City, 205 Bell Street, Preston, Melbourne

Please go to sleepandgo.com.au/.

Budget1 Hotel, 215 Bell Street, Preston, Melbourne

Please go to bellcity.com.au/hotel/budget1hotel/.

Conference theme

Japanese Studies and Japan in the Asia-Pacific: Rethinking 'Eurocentrism'? 

We will explore if and to what extent 'Eurocentrism' (as broadly conceived of in the social sciences and humanities) might exist in the research on, and perception of, Japan in the Asia-Pacific region. Is this perspective possibly due to the fact that the globally dominant language for academic conversation is English? If so, are there features specific to Japanese Studies in Asia; where the dominant language for publication may not be English and where different 'traditions' of studying Japan may have developed? Where does Japanese Studies in Australasia stand in this picture?

To this end, we have invited keynote speakers mainly from Asia (South East Asia, China and Korea), who will discuss the state of Japanese Studies and how Japan is generally understood in their respective regions. Scholars in Asia research Japan, as much as those in the West; and Asia has a profound and ongoing impact on Australia in the 'Asian Century'. Learning Asian perspectives in studying Japan will no doubt benefit our research endeavours!

We hope that broad-ranging discussion of these and other issues in a Japanese context will reach beyond the academic community and involve government, the corporate sector, NGOs and the wider community.

We invite panels and individual papers from all areas of Japanese Studies, from those who teach, research and study Japan, providing an opportunity for scholars to present their own research and to keep abreast of current scholarly discourse in Japanese Studies.

  • Aging
  • Transnational migration
  • Civil society
  • History
  • Language and communication
  • Youth and education
  • Literature and translation
  • Law
  • Economics, trade and business
  • Politics and international relations
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social psychology 
  • Anthropology/Sociology and other social sciences

Important dates

Please note that abstracts submission deadlines have been extended.

  • Submission of abstracts due (including poster sessions): 23 March 2015
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts sent: 23 March 2015
  • Deadline for application to graduate workshop: 8 May 2015 (the first 30 applications will be accepted and attendees may have priority when applying for possible scholarships)
  • Deadline for applications to teachers workshop: 8 May 2015 (the first 30 applications will be accepted and attendees may have priority when applying for possible scholarships)
  • Final date for early bird registration: 3 April 2015
  • Closing date of registration for presenters: 17 April 2015 
  • Closing date of registration for non-presenters: 26 June 2015
  • Conference: 30 June – 3 July 2015

Organising committee

Professor Kaori Okano (Convenor): AAsian Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

Dr Lidia Tanaka: AAsian Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

Dr Elise Foxworth: Asian Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

Emeritus Professor Yoshio Sugimoto: School of Social Sciences and Communications, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

Dr Emiko Kashima, Associate Professor: School of Psychological Sciences, La Trobe University.

Ms Tracy Lee: Conference organiser, Asian Studies, School of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University.

Other conferences

You may also be interested in the following conferences:

9th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) - Adelaide, Australia, 5–9 July 2015.

Japan Studies Association of Canada 2015 Conference - Tokyo, Japan, 20-23 May 2015

Papers and panels

Parking and transport

The JSAA 2015 Conference venue is the Melbourne campus of La Trobe University, corner of Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora, 3086.


Parking spaces are available in Car Park 1 (CP1)  (campus map Ref: D/E6-7) and in CP11 (campus map Ref: E5/6). These are ticketed parking spaces but free parking is available to conference participants.

To avail yourself of the free parking, please request a conference parking permit by emailing Tracy Lee on JSAA2015@latrobe.edu.au at the time of registration. A parking permit bearing your conference registration number will be sent to you in advance.

When parking, place the permit in clear view on your dashboard. Note that the permit is valid in WHITE bays only. Any vehicle parked in the reserved bays, as defined by RED, YELLOW, BLUE, and GREEN line markings, will be subject to a fine.


The cheapest form of transport in Melbourne is by train, tram or bus. Travellers need to have a myki card to travel on any of these services.

You can buy a myki visitor value pack from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station, or from your hotel concierge desk.

For more information about the myki card and value pack, please visit the Public Transport Victoria website.

Registration and fees

Register for the Conference

Register for the teachers workshop

Register for the graduate workshop

All JSAA members should forward their membership confirmation email before proceeding to register for the conference. If you are not currently a member of the JSAA and would like to register as one, please visit the JSAA website: jsaa.org.au/main/page_membership.html for their membership fees and to complete the online membership registration form. Please forward your membership confirmation to JSAA2015@latrobe.edu.au. If you wish to enquire about your current membership status, please email Dr Mark Gibeau, the Treasurer, JSAA Inc., The Australian National University: mark.gibeau@anu.edu.au. Postgraduate and honours students will require an email from their supervisors to JSAA2015@latrobe.edu.au confirming their enrolment status.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST. An additional (approx) 2% credit card service fee is applicable upon payment.

Registration fee type

JSAA member

Non-JSAA member


Early bird








Graduate student early bird




Graduate student standard




One-day attendance



Graduate workshop



Teachers workshop



Conference dinner







Non-Tertiary Teacher Scholarships

The JSAA 2015 Conference Committee is pleased to announce that it will be giving out scholarships to eligible non-tertiary teachers attending the Teachers Workshop.


To be eligible to apply applicant must:

  • be a current teacher of Japanese language or Japanese studies
  • send confirmation from the school regarding teaching the language
  • be from non-metropolitan Victoria or interstate
  • have registered online for the free Teachers Workshop.

How to apply

Submit the completed Scholarship application form [DOC 24KB] and supporting document to JSAA2015@latrobe.edu.au by COB Friday 5 June 2015.

Graduate Scholarships (now closed)

The JSAA 2015 Conference Committee will be giving out scholarships to eligible postgraduate students. For eligibility criteria please see below.

Scholarship amounts will be $300 for students located within Australia and $600 for students from overseas.


Applicants must:

  • be a current graduate student . Supervisor's confirmation OR current student card must be submitted to jsaa2015@latrobe.edu.au
  • be from overseas, rural Victoria or interstates
  • be a current JSAA member. JSAA membership receipt must be submitted to jsaa2015@latrobe.edu.au
  • have submitted an application to present a paper at the conference
  • have registered online for the free Postgraduate Workshop
  • participate in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition of the Postgraduate Workshop. Completed presentation must be submitted to Dr Elise Foxworth e.foxworth@latrobe.edu.au by Friday 8 May, 2015.

Teachers and postgraduate workshops

Terms and conditions


You may cancel your registration at any time by:

  • Returning to your registration online; or
  • Sending us an email (jsaa2015@latrobe.edu.au) with your confirmation number.

Refunds and cancellation fees

Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the start of the conference:

  • Registration fees will be refunded minus a A$50 cancellation fee per registered participants.
  • Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations made less than 14 days before the start of the conference.

Discounted fees

Postgraduate students - if you are a current postgraduate student, you are eligible for a discounted conference registration fee. Valid student IDs must be emailed to jsaa2015@latrobe.edu.au during the registration process.

Non-tertiary teachers - If you are a current non-tertiary teachers you are eligible to attend the first conference day free of charge. A valid staff ID must be emailed to jsaa2015@latrobe.edu.au during the registration process.

JSAA members - if you are a current, fee-paying JSAA member, you are eligible for a discounted conference registration fee. Proof of membership must be emailed to jsaa2015@latrobe.edu.au during the registration process.

Failure to provide sufficient evidence of your student or JSAA membership status will result in the cancellation of the respective discounted fees. You will be notified and asked to provide the relevant IDs.

The JSAA Conference Committee reserves the right to review all submissions and registered participants will be notified if the full conference registration fee is not deemed to be the most appropriate fee category for your registration.

Substitution of attendance

Registrants can choose to substitute attendees at no charge by advising the conference organisers in writing via email on, or before, 23 June 2015.

Participation conditions

Travel information - international visitors may require a visa to enter Australia. It is the registrant's responsibility to obtain an appropriate visa. It is important to lodge any visa application early.
Registrants are responsible for their own travel insurance.

Australian laws - registrants must comply with all applicable Australian laws, including copyright, privacy and defamation laws.

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