Japanese Diaspora Initiative Workshop

Monday, November 13, 2017 to Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

PLEASE NOTE: In preparation for a significant construction and renovation project that will prepare the Hoover Institution for its second century of activities, the Library & Archives reading rooms will be closed to researchers from December 24, 2018, to the early months of 2020. During this period, our collections and our public services will be unavailable, but our collecting, exhibition program, and other activities will continue. Further information will be available on our website during the fall of 2018. Please email bronweyn [at] stanford.edu with your fellowship inquiries.

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University is hosting the first annual Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) Workshop on November 13-15, 2017. The JDI workshop brings an international roster of leading scholars in modern Japanese history and Japanese American studies to the home of rich Japanese and Japanese American archival collections so as to discuss the Japanese diaspora from a global perspective. The forum of discussion offered by this workshop allows scholars to consider the history of Japanese migrant workers and immigrants as interactive processes between homeland and host countries. In addition to invited scholars, we call for papers that encourage interdisciplinary participation and fresh ideas to widen the scope of the field. The application for the JDI workshop is available online.

Dates: November 13–15 (Monday–Wednesday), 2017

Venue: Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University

434 Galvez Mall, Stanford CA 94305-6003 (nearby airports are San Jose and San Francisco)

Paper Presentation: Twenty-minute oral presentation, followed by Q&A. Forum of discussion is planned for the afternoon of day 3.






Call for Papers and Japanese Diaspora Initiative Award Abstract submission deadline: August 21, 2017. Open to scholars and graduate students.

The JDI welcomes submissions of papers from a wide range of disciplines related to the Japanese diaspora that will be presented at the inaugural JDI workshop. We aim to encourage innovative epistemology to study the history of the Japanese diaspora so as to open up avenues for exchanges of ideas and perspectives. Papers using the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection (www.hoover.org/library-archives/hojishinbun), recently created by the Hoover Institution, will be given priority. This open access digital collection contains fourteen titles and nearly half a million pages of Japanese newspapers published in North America and Hawaii through 1945. At the closing of the first JDI workshop, the Japanese Diaspora Initiative Award from the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in the amount of US$2,500, will be given to a paper that helps shape the course of the field, opens up broader dialogues in modern Japanese history, and to study the diaspora from a global perspective. That paper will be published under the auspices of the Japanese Diaspora Initiative Occasional series by the Hoover Press and the Yale Press. Below are the requirements for submission:

  • Paper titles

  • Abstract presentation (up to 500 words)

  • Biographical paragraph or CV summary (up to 250 words)

  • E-mail address

  • Affiliation, city, state, and country

If you have questions about the workshop or paper submissions, please contact JDI curator Kaoru ”Kay” Ueda at kueda [at] stanford.edu.

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