JSA-Asean Conference

The 7th Biennial International e-Conference

Southeast Asia and Japan: Bonds and Connections towards 2030

Organized by

Japanese Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University

International Studies Department, De La Salle University

Asian Center, University of the Philippines – Diliman

in cooperation with

Institute of Lao-Japan Human Resource Development

National University of Laos

with the support of

Japan Foundation


Toshiba International Foundation

15 – 17 December 2021


This conference was scheduled in 2020 to showcase the newest partner of JSA-ASEAN, National University of Laos.  However, with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and national borders closed for travel, JSA-ASEAN opted to postpone the conference in the hopes that the situation would improve in 2021.  However, with onset of new variants, the Steering Committee has decided to hold an online conference to not disrupt the tradition and uphold the spirit of sharing scholarship within the region. 

The three-day e-conference invites and gathers researchers, educators, practitioners and students who are conducting Japan-related research within the Southeast Asian region as well as elsewhere.  The first day will be a keynote and plenary address to talk about the issues affecting the region in these pandemic times.  The succeeding two days will be concurrent which includes a workshop for graduate students on how to conduct research in the midst of a pandemic.  This e-gathering becomes an opportunity for new members of the Association to highlight new critical perspectives to and approaches in Japanese studies in these ever changing times.

Inspired from “The Mekong-Japan Initiative for SDGs towards 2030” released by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mekong region lies in the center of the dynamic Asia – Pacific region, which is witnessing robust economic growth.  With the cooperation of Japan, the countries have optimized their development strategy, steadily achieving economic growth and improving people’s lives in a sustainable matter.

The theme revolves around the various “bonds” and “connections” between Southeast Asia and Japan

The conference organizers invite individual papers, panels, posters and short films/videos relating to the conference theme. The sub-themes may include:

A. Peace and security
B. Social classes and subcultures
C. Gender
D. International relations
E. Political economy
F. Migration
G. Disaster
H. Community activism and networking
I. Language and literature

New and aspiring proposals in other areas are also welcome


1) Abstracts should be at least 200 – 300 words in English or 1500 characters in Japanese. Possible sub-themes into which the abstract falls may also be indicated.
2) Please include author’s name(s), institutional affiliation, and complete contact information (email-address)
3) The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2021. Please send abstracts by filling this form
4) All submissions will be refereed.

Registration fee: Free of charge

Best Paper Awards for Junior Scholars
JSA-ASEAN is announcing to offer a prize for the best papers for junior scholars. Junior scholars can be:

  1. Undergraduate Students
  2. Graduate Students (Masters or Ph.D)
  3. Early Career Researcher / Early Stage Researcher: an individual who is within eight years of the award of the PhD.
  4. There will be a prizes for best paper written in English / Japanese / from Southeast Asia or are affiliated in Southeast Asian institutions
  5. No additional applications are necessary beyond the submission of your full paper by 1 November 2021 is necessary.

Submissions should be no less than 5,000 words (approximately 10 pages) excluding footnotes. Japanese language submissions should be no less than 12,000 characters (12,000字)

Email the submissions to: japanese.studies.asean@gmail.com

Conference Proceedings

JSA-Steering Committee is currently under negotiations to have the conference proceedings indexed

Post-Conference Publication Plans

The following journals have agreed to possibly publish select papers for a special issue or a thematic section on JSA-ASEAN Conference:

Wilayah: International Journal of East Asian Studies: published by Department of East Asian Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South: published by the School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

East Asian Journal of Popular Culture: published by Intellect Books

Silva Iaponicarum: published by the Polish centres of Japanese studies in Poznań, Cracow, Warsaw and Toruń

For other inquiries, contact the Conference Secretariat at Contact Information

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