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Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes concerning the above issues within Japanese Studies in relation to the Environmental Humanities. For example:

• How can academic research be combined with practices of engagement with ecological issues in and beyond Japan? Are these two objectives even compatible?

• What contribution could Japanese discourses of ‘Nature’ make to modes of engagement with environmental issues?

• What can sustainable practices within Japanese material culture offer to the transnational world?

• How is ecological knowledge organised within Japanese socio-political networks, and what is the role of the researcher in mediating between these networks and the wider world?

• How do people’s lived experiences of the triple disasters of 3.11, and increased fear of nuclear power generation, affect approaches to intellectual enquiry?

Please send abstracts of c. 300 words, together with a brief biography of c. 150 words, to: by 31st August. All selected participants will be asked to circulate their papers internally by 10th October and to familiarise themselves
with co-participants’ work prior to the workshop.

The presenters will be asked to submit a short critical  reflection on the ideas discussed following the end of the workshop.

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