Call for Papers for the Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium 2023 “Performative Japonisme”

The Society for the Study of Japonisme is pleased to announce the 2023 edition of its International Symposia,>co-organized with the Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation. Under the general theme Performative Japonisme,this edition aims to examine the phenomena of Japonisme from a wide range of viewpoints.

This years symposium will be held in person in Tokyo, with the option of participating online via zoom. Presentations and discussions will take place both in person and on-line with simultaneous translation into English or Japanese. Please note that we might have to make changes to our schedule or even reschedule the entire symposium.

Performative Japonisme

From the late 19th to the early 20th century, the fascination with Japanese arts and crafts expanded to literature, fashion, architecture, music, dance and many other aspects of Japanese culture. Of particular note in this diversification is the fact that Japonisme was now found in such performative fields as dance, film, music, dance, and fashion, all of which involve movement. Japonisme in this expanded sense includes for example the way in which women in the West, fascinated by kimono, walked around the city wearing that Japanese garment. This symposium focuses on such performative Japonisme or Japonisme in motion, a subject hitherto overlooked, in order to open a fresh perspective. Specifically, the symposium seeks to explore the possibility of incorporating fashion, film, theater, ballet, opera, music, dance, and other performing arts into Japonisme studies, along with their pictorial and sculptural representations.

Date: Sunday November 26, 2023

Organizers: The Society for the Study of Japonisme / Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation

Language: Japanese or English (with simultaneous interpretation)

Requirements: The Society for the Study of Japonisme membership. Non-members may sign up when submitting their proposals (see the Join Us page on our website Your proposal will be considered once the Board of Directors approves your membership application.

Please email an abstract for a 20-minute presentation as attachment (single-page A4 document of about 300 words) to the address below by 17:00, Friday, June 30, 2023, Japan Standard Time.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and accepted applicants will be notified around Tuesday, August 15.  Please note that we dont accept papers which have been published elsewhere. Accepted applicants will be asked to submit their papers and pre-recorded video presentations by Thursday, October 26 in preparation for simultaneous translation. The symposium will be held in person in Tokyo, with the option of participating online via zoom.

Send enquiries and proposals to: (The Society for the Studies of Japonisme, Directors in Charge: Hitomi INOUE, Yu KISHI)