AFRICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JAPANESE STUDIES (AAJS) :
3RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL (ONLINE) CONFERENCE ON JAPANESE STUDIES IN AFRICA
Theme : Environment, Technology and COVID-19
Date : October 6th & 7th, 2020
Submission deadline : August 28, 2020
The African Association for Japanese Studies (AAJS) is an international organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in the comparative fields of African-Japanese interests. The association, in partnership with the Embassy of Japan, academic institutions, and other organizations, has maintained scholarly agenda intended to stimulate critical understanding of the convergence between African and Japanese literary cultures, histories, developments, economy, and politics. The objectives are achieved through conferences, seminars, workshops, colloquiums, and publications. To further advance academic dissections of the connections, the association organizes an annual conference on Japanese studies in Africa.
The theme for AICJSA 2020 is Environment, Technology and COVID-19
It is deliberately not delimited to encourage critical perspectives, adopting disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. As a theory, the environment manifests dimensions of nature, human relations, and other force dynamics. Current socio-political, economic and the new normal arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are realities that make discourse on environment vital as the current generation faces the task of, redeeming human existence, saving the planet, earth, and the future. Beyond ecology, the theme appeals to the contexts, backgrounds, platforms, origins, principles, and policies that shape life and the forces they produce. Does it not become urgently necessary for scholarly endeavors to pay attention to the evolutionary processes leading to their impacts on humanity ? We may consent to environmental determinists that human activities are informed and inhibited by environmental conditions.
This year’s conference promises to be one of the leading African-Japanese international conferences geared towards generating innovative, ground-breaking as well as cutting edge advances in the emerging global environmental studies.
Therefore, we encourage scholars, critics and policymakers to approach the themes from different perspectives, theoretical frameworks, analytical procedures, and social contexts relevant to their fields. Academics, professionals, and policy-makers are invited to submit proposals for conference panels and papers. Proposals should not be more than 200 words.
Call for Panels and Papers : The call for papers and panels is now open. The deadline for submission is 28th August 2020.
Submissions are invited on the following sub-themes. Proposals may also focus on related issues.
Proposals should include a title, an abstract not more than 200 words, name of presenter (and that of co-presenter, if any), institution or organization, and email address. Submit abstract for the 2020 online conference here : https://forms.gle/LZX72XLDr7beyZf7A before 28th August 2020. The submission shall be acknowledged and assessed by the Abstract Committee. Notification of acceptance will be communicated from 31st August to 11th September 2020.
Papers from the conference shall be published in the subsequent edition of Studies in Transnational Africa and Japan (STAJ).
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