Japan's Natural Legacies: Bodies and Landscapes Realized, Idealized, and Poisoned
Goal of the Conference:
Environmental awareness has been a latecomer, often unwelcome, in Japanese studies. The aim of this conference is nothing less than to shift debate in the field: to explore ways to integrate discussions of Japanís physical environment--human and nonhuman bodies, landscapes, natural disasters, climatologic and seismic events, oceans and rivers, etc.--into discussions of Japanís cultural and historical experiences.
Venue and Plans:
The conference will be held October 1-5, 2008 at the stunning 320 Guest Ranch near Yellowstone National Park, Montana. Three weeks in advance, participantsí full-length, original papers will be posted on a secure website so that sessions can focus on material already read and digested. Some papers will be selected for further revisions and a possible follow-up conference within the academic year. These contributions will form the basis for a tightly-knit, edited volume.
Call for Proposals:
If you are interested, please send a title and abstract (just a paragraph or so) to the selection committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, September 30, 2007.
For the Conference Blurb, Call for Papers, and Information about the 320 Guest Ranch, see: http://www.montana.edu/history/index.php?s=conference
Brett L. Walker, Montana State University, Bozeman
Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame
Ian Jared Miller, Harvard University
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