Call for Papers on "Civil Society and Citizenship in
MultiNational/MultiCultural Japan" (Deadline: October 1)

The Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ) invites papers related to the theme of "Civil Society and Citizenship in MultiNational/MultiCultural Japan," for its annual Fall conference, to be held at Temple University, Japan Campus on November 7 & 8, 2009.

This scholastic symposia is being held this year in honor of Harumi Befu, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Stanford University, whose career of exemplary scholarship on Japanese identity, nationalism and globalization has inspired a generation of scholarship on a broad range of issues related to Japan's national and cultural identity.

We invite papers that deal with aspects of Civil Society and Citizenship in contemporary Japan, including different conceptualizations of Civic Society and Citizenship, External Colonization and Internal Colonization, in Multinational/Multicultural Japan.

The deadline for application for proposed panels and individual paper is October 1, 2009. Please send abstracts and proposals in care of Kyle Cleveland at The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies.

For more information, please see The Anthropology of Japan in Japan website

Deadline for Proposals (Panels/Individuals)
October 1, 2009
Proposals Should Be Submitted to:
Proposal submission closed

AJJ Annual Conference "Civil Society and Citizenship in MultiNational/MultiCultural Japan"

November 7-8, 2009
TUJ Mita Hall 5F (Access)
TUJ Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies
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Conference Abstract
The received myth of Japan as a mono-ethnic society characterized by racial homogeneity has been subverted by the participation of international migrants in the labor market, internationally minded Japanese who are looking outward from the strictures of Japanese traditional society, and mixed heritage mulit-"racial" citizens who defy the very classification of Japaneseness itself. As the Japanese state negotiates compromises between its nationalistic inclinations and pragmatic needs, such meta-narratives are coming to represent an antiquated generation of reactionary politics, which are increasingly out of touch with citizen movements, and cultural innovators in civil society, which could well be harbingers of a turn toward progressive politics in the coming generation. With international economic and political crises compelling a reconsideration of the viability of Japan's post-war security alliances, and domestic politics languishing in chronic scandal and insularity, the myths which have helped sustain Japan's image of itself as a monolithic, affluent and democratic society are being challenged or rendered irrelevant to the politics of daily life. In the institutional nodes of work, the affective bonds of intensive communities and civic organizations, as well as in the virtual communities of youth subcultures and digital mediated space, new notions of identity are being forged in post-modern Japan.