Race and Diversity in Japanese Studies Symposium Program Now Live

Race and Diversity in Japanese Studies Symposium Program Now Live

Dates: 19 – 20 October 2018 (Friday – Saturday)

Venue: The Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University (Clayton Campus Map)

The Japanese Studies Centre is hosting a postgraduate symposium to be held at Monash University. This symposium centres on the theme of ‘Race and Diversity in Japan and Japanese Studies’—a theme that reflects the diversity of research topics in the discipline of Japanese Studies, while also highlighting the growing diversity of junior scholars conducting interdisciplinary research on Japan. Today, postgraduate students come from many parts of the world and from many different ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations and gender/sexual orientations. The theme of this conference poses important questions, such as: What does it mean to conduct research that moves beyond the normative structures of Anglo-Australian, Anglo-American, Japanese-migrant or other frames of reference that have traditionally dominated Japanese Studies?

Keynote Speaker Professor Marvin Sterling (Indiana University) will discuss his experience as an Afro-Caribbean anthropologist researching Japan, reflecting on the extant disciplinary divides historically and currently present in scholarship of the African and Asian diasporas. Sterling’s book Babylon East (Duke University Press, 2010) has been widely acclaimed as an exemplary critical analysis of race in Japan.

Professor Marvin D. Sterling, Indiana University

This event is open to the public; if you would like to attend the symposium, please RSVP here (or cut and paste https://goo.gl/forms/uMAelgCAtvywgu1h2 into your browser. This event has been generously funded by the Japanese Studies Association of Australia Small Grants Scheme and the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Research Committee (Monash University).

The symposium has been made possible by generous funding from the Monash University Faculty of Arts School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics as well as the Japanese Studies Association of Australia.

To download a PDF copy of the program with full abstracts, click here.

The Organising Committee

Jason Christopher Jones

Levi Durbidge (PhD representative)

Carolyn S. Stevens

Friday 19th October 2018




Welcome   Carolyn STEVENS, Monash University


Keynote Address  Marvin STERLING, Indiana University Bloomington


Symposium Dinner

@ Notting Hill Hotel (260 – 262 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill, VIC 3168)

Saturday 20th October 2018


Registration (in foyer)


Opening remarks   Carolyn STEVENS, Monash University


Learning and community panel

Classroom Communities of PracticeS: A New Approach to Classroom Language Learning

Takuya KOJIMA (UNSW Sydney)

When more feels like less: Resolving paradoxes of multiethnicity through study abroad

Levi DURBIDGE (Monash University)


Morning Tea (In foyer)


Literature and pop culture panel

Transcultural Transgenderings:

Gender Fluidity in Japanese Pop Culture and its Reception among Transgender Fans in the US

Deidre CLYDE (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Approaching fictional depictions of Japanese internment through a transcultural lens

Rebecca HAUSLER (University of Queensland)

Deixis, Focalization, and Mind-style in Japanese Literary Translation

Haydn TROWELL (Monash University)


Lunch (In foyer)


Policy and justice panel

The environmental injustices of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the justice achieved by the evacuees

Ryota WAKAMATSU (University of Melbourne)

Japanese responses to refugees amid the worldwide refugee crisis

Atsushi YAMAGATA (University of Wollongong)

Japan-Thai collaboration to address the challenges of ageing society: the dynamics of policy transfer

Nalanda ROBSON (Monash University)


Media and ethics panel

Placing Blame: A comparative analysis of evaluative texts and photographs in Japanese whaling news in the Japanese and Australian online news

Masaki SHIBATA (University of New South Wales)

Representational ethics and reporting on Japan

Pepi RONALDS (Monash University)


Afternoon Tea (In foyer)





Closing Remarks  Jason JONES, Monash University