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

November 7-8, 2009
TUJ Mita Hall 5F (Access)
¥1,000 for professionals / free for students.
RSVP not required.
TUJ Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies

Photos by Stuart Isett (www.isett.com)

The Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ) annual Fall conference will be held at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) in Tokyo, November 7 & 8, 2009. The theme of the conference this year is "Civil Society and Citizenship in MultiNational/MultiCultural Japan," and for the conference this year there are some 47 papers on diverse themes addressing ethnicity, identity, race and civil society in Japan. The conference is being organized under the auspices of TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (http://www.tuj.ac.jp/icjs). The venue is TUJ Mita Hall; for access information, see http://www.tuj.ac.jp/about/access/mita.html.

The schedule for the conference will include panels running concurrently on Saturday afternoon, and all day Sunday, with a Plenary panel in the late afternoon on Saturday, to conclude with a session devoted to honoring the work of Professor Harumi Befu and discussing the current status of Anthropology of Japan.

In the evening on Saturday, there will be a dinner celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the AJJ. Although the dinner is being held for conference participants and AJJ members, there may be limited space available. For more information, please inquire to ajj@tuj.ac.jp.

Conference Theme

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 multi-"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.

Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 7, 2009

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
AJJ Executive Committee Meeting
12:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Opening and Business Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Three concurrent Panels
Negotiating Intimacy in Multicultural Spaces in Japan
Organizer/Chair: Beverly Yamamoto (Osaka)
  • Indon, Ryan: Social participation through Language Learning: Filipino Migrants in Osaka, Japan
  • Kim, Viktoriya (Osaka): Agency in the Lives of Women from the Former Soviet Union with Japanese Spouses
  • Balgoa, Nelia (Osaka): Body Modification: The Negotiation of Identity of Filipino Migrants in Japan
  • Yamamoto, Beverly (Osaka): What Do They Know?: An Exploration of ‘Multicultural Japan’ Through the Eyes of Children of Mixed Heritage
  • Siddle, Richard (Sheffield): Discussant
Constructing Self/Deconstructing Others: Racial Performativity, Media, and Identity in Transnational Japan
Chair: John McCreery (WordWorks)
  • Russell, John G. (Gifu): Race as Ricorso: Blackface(s), Racial Mimesis, and the Apologetics of Historical Amnesia in Japan and the United States
  • Strohmaier, James (Pukyong): Looking into the Mirror: Paranoia Agent, Japanese Identity and the Reflected Self
  • Ngoro, Rodrick (Wits): “Uchi no Soto”: The Impact of Japanese-ness on the Sense of Self and Identity of a Mixed Japanese/African High School Child in the Context of his Everyday
  • Cleveland, Kyle (TUJ): Representational Idealism in Japanese Popular Culture: Progressive Racism or Racial Progress?
Urban Japan
Chair: Thomas Hardy (Keio)
  • Close, Natalie (ANU): Identity and the Role of Community Festivals Among the Urban Youth
  • Nakaoka Shiho (Hiroshima): 東京花柳界の「芸者」イメージに関する一考察
  • Braiterman, Jared (Nogyodai): Urban Gardeners and the City of the Future
  • Dales, Laura (Osaka): Changing Women: Groups as Sites for Negotiating Gender
  • Mock, John (Temple): Unintended Consequences: Inadequate Planning and Incompetent Enforcement — Bicycle Traffic in Tokyo
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Plenary Session
Cultural Essentialism and the Anthropology of Japan
Organizers: Blai Guarne (Stanford) and Paul Hansen (Minpaku)
Chair: David Slater (Sophia)
  • Guarne, Blai (Stanford): Feeling Strange in the Homeland: Social Experience and Knowledge Production in the Anthropology of Japan
  • Hansen, Paul (Minpaku):The Manufacture of Descent, Dissent, and Decent in the Anthropology of Japan
  • Teruyama Junko (Michigan):Diversity in the making: On Japan’s “hattatsu shogai” movement
  • White, Daniel (Rice):Affective Bureaucracy: Structures, Sentiments, and the Strategies of Cultural Administration of Japan
  • Ertl, John (Kanazawa): Representations of Ethnicity in the Archaeology of Japan
  • David Blake Willis (Saoi): Discussant
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Plenary Keynote Session
Harumi Befu and the Anthropology of Japan in Japan
  • Nakimaki Hirochika (Minpaku): Introduction
  • Slater, David (Sophia): AJJ
  • Shillony, Ben-ami (Hebrew): Harumi Befu and the Anthropology of Japan
  • Harumi Befu (Stanford)
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
AJJ Tenth Anniversary Banquet (Konpachi in Nishi-Azabu)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Two concurrent Panels
Changes and Continuities in Japanese Educational Institutions: Foreign Language Education and the Discourses of Multi-Culturalism
Organizers: Imoto Yuki (Keio) and Horiguchi Sachiko (Sophia)
  • Mizuno Yuka (Tokyo): Teachers’ Beliefs, Perceptions and Practice Concerning Communicative Language Teaching in Japanese Secondary Education
  • Hardy, Thomas (Keio): Contesting Identities, Constructing a Textbook: Conflict and Negotiation in the Writing of an English Textbook for Japanese secondary schools
  • Katayama Akiko (Waseda): Two classes, two pronunciations: EFL students’ subjugation to power
  • Otaki Hiroko (APU): International schools for higher education in Japan: How does a class room and professor’s language influence students’ performance?
  • Murata Akio (Tokyo): Global Mobility and Local Immobility: Plurilingualism in Japanese Engineering Communities
  • Imoto Yuki (Keio) & Horiguchi Sachiko (Sophia): Incorporating the European model of language education in Japan: Cultural change and resistance in foreign language education reform at Keio
Immigration to and from Japan
Chair: James Roberson (Tokyo Jogakkan)
  • Ono Mayumi (Tokyo): Japanese retirement communities in Malaysia
  • Okubo Yuko (Berkeley): Contested “Multiculturalism,” Localized “Multiculturalism” in Osaka, Japan
  • Ota Satoshi (Dehli): Are They against Immigrants?: the investigation of young people’s view on immigration
  • Sato Noriko (Pukyong): Japanese Amnesia of the multi-ethnic Japan
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Three concurrent Panels
Chair: John Mock (Temple)
  • Takenaka Ayumi (Tohoku): Who Stays and Who Moves On: Assessing Foreign Migrants’ Movements in Japan
  • Matsuda Tomoka (TUFS): 教室におけるマルチリンガリズム:イギリス、ケント日本語補習校を事例に
  • Hein, Patrick (Independent): Ethnicity and citizenship in Japan: A comparison with Germany
  • Lee Soo im (Ryukoku): Japan’s New Policy toward Foreign residents: Further Control or Coexistence
  • Willis, David (Soai): Transcultural Japan: Ethnoscapes and The Other in 21st Century Japan
Chair: David Sprague (NAIES)
  • Cross, Tim (Fukuoka): Vigilant Pleasure: The Ideologies of Japanese Tea
  • Kelly, William (Tama): Japanese Videogames: Issues of National/cultural Identity in the Production
  • Krause, Liv (Minpaku): Managing change, Creativity and Innovation in a Japanese company and in an Intellectual Property Education Project
  • Linley, Matt (TUJ): Japan’s Rational Public & Attitudes toward Foreign Nations
  • Oishima, Kazunori: Town Meeting in the United States of America and Self-governing Association in Japan: A Comparison
Special Panel
Chair: Kyle Cleveland (TUJ)
  • Gill, Tom (Meiji Gakuin): Declarations of Dependence and Independence: How Homeless Japanese Men Relate to the State
  • Ventura, Rey (Independent): Tanoshimi: The Pleasures of Returning Home
  • Creighton, Millie (UBC): Marginalizing the Mainstream? Stories of Okinawan Peace Activists, Union Workers, and Others within Japan’s Global Article 9
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Two concurrent panels
Rural Japan
Chair: William Bradley (Ryukoku)
  • Andrews, Dale (Kanazawa): Crime, Punishment, and Redemption in Rural Japan: An Examination of Bribery
  • Cunningham, Eric (Hawaii): Power, subjectivity and resilience in a Japanese state-managed forest
  • Sprague, David (NAIES) & Iwasaki Nobusuki (NAIES): How green is my rice paddy: Nature friendly agricultural policy in Japan
  • Carle, Ron (Whistler): Ethno-Pop: Shirakawa-go as an exotic other, in the time of Befu and Beyond
Identity in Japan
Chair: Tom Gill (Meiji Gakuin)
  • Tsujioka Masao (Yokohama): Review of Human Potential in the Japanese experiences of international exchanges
  • Uchio Taichi (Tokyo): Analysis of Hybrid Component in Multiculturalism in Contemporary Japan—The Case of Japanese Filipino Children
  • Suwa Junichiro (Hirosaki): The Agents of In-Between: Foreign Students and ‘International Exchange’ in Shima
  • Kato Masako (CUNY): Authentic or Outdated: Searching for Japanese Identity
  • Lawanda, Ike (Indonesia): Japanese Corporate Founder Mausoleums as a source of identity
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Organizer: Miyanaga Kuniko (Harvard)
  • Miyanaga Kuniko (Harvard): Globalization and Identity
  • Shimazoe Kimiko (Toyama): 現代に再生する伝統−奄美のシマ社会とシマウタを例に− 要旨:本論は、奄美のシマウタを事例として、日本文化の多様性の中で、サブカルチャーが創出され、定着に成功している事実をレポートする。
  • Hagiwara Yuki (日本学術振興会): 戦後日本の伝統産業とアイデンティティの問題
  • Nagasawa Mamoru (東京福祉大学): 《我々=人間》の消滅とその彼方ーミシェル・フーコー『言葉と物』第2部7〜9章読解を核に
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese reception (500yen fee)

The schedule specified is tentative and subject to change. Further notification regarding specific panel assignments and related details will be forthcoming soon. If you have questions or concerns, please contact: ajj@tuj.ac.jp.