CFP: The 12th annual convention of the Association for Studies of Culture and Representation (Arts Maebashi)

The Association for Studies of Culture and Representation (ASCR) will hold its 12th annual convention on 1–2 July 2017 at Arts Maebashi, Gunma. We invite members to submit proposals for panel sessions that will take place on 2 July. If you plan to organize a panel session, please follow the guideline below and send your proposal to the Program Committee.

The Association, founded in 2006, is an organization dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary studies of the humanities. Centring on the concept of representation, we cover a wide variety of fields that have largely been neglected by conventional academia. We also encourage communication between creators and academics.


1. Panel Sessions
Each panel session will be allotted 120 minutes and should include three speakers and a commentator, plus the chairperson, who may or may not be one of the speakers/commentator. Each speaker will be given 20 minutes, with the remainder of the time for comments, questions and answers. The main organizer of the panel can be a speaker, the commentator or the chairperson.

2. Proposal Types
A. If you already have a panel theme and participants, please use Form A.

Proposal FormA.doc

Proposal documents should be sent in attachment form via e-mail to by 30 April. Please title the e-mail “Panel Proposal for the 12th Convention” and rename the file as “your surname.doc” (e.g. suzuki.doc).

Form A requires the following information:

- Organizer’s name, affiliation, position and e-mail address

- Panel title

- Panel abstract (200 words or less)

- Each speaker’s name, affiliation and position

- Each paper’s title with abstract of 200 words or less

- Information on the AV equipment to be used (please see section 8)
Commentator’s name, affiliation and position

- Chairperson’s name, affiliation and position

B. If you have a theme but do not yet have all of the panel participants, please use Form B.

Proposal FormB.doc

Proposal documents should be sent in attachment form via e-mail to by 20 April. Please title the e-mail “Panel Proposal for the 12th Convention” and rename the file as “your surname.doc” (e.g. suzuki.doc).

For Form B, please fill in all the boxes with the information that you already have, and leave the rest blank. The Program Committee will promptly announce the accepted proposals on the Association’s web site to call for participants in the open seat(s).

Applicants for the open seats must submit papers in attachment form via e-mail to by no later than 15 May. The Program Committee and the panel organizer will promptly go through the selection process and announce the result.
The session(s) with insufficient responses will be called off.

3. Proposal Deadline
30 April 2017 (Form A)

20 April 2017 (Form B)

4. Qualifications
The panel organizer must be an ASCR member. Non-member speakers and chairpersons are required to join the Association before the Convention begins. The panel organizer is responsible for confirming their agreement. Commentators do not have to be ASCR members.

5. Restrictions
Papers already presented or published elsewhere are not accepted. The panel proposal is limited to one session per person. Participants are allowed to join only one panel session of the same convention as speaker, commentator or chairperson.

6. Selection
The Program Committee will review proposals. Sessions with diversity in subject matter, methodology or participants’ background will be merited. Results will be sent by e-mail to every proposer by early May.

7. Language
Both Japanese and English are acceptable for the proposal form and panel sessions.

8. Equipment
A projector and screen are available. Please bring your own computer for the presentation (Mac users need to bring the proper connector).

9. Contact

Program Committee
Association for Studies of Culture and Representation
c/o Representation and Culture Course
Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
University of Tokyo
3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku
153-8902 Tokyo

10. Membership Fees
The Association enrolment fee is 1,000 yen. The annual membership fee is 10,000 yen for members and 5,000 yen for student members or category B members (members over 75 years old, part-time lecturers and unemployed researchers). For details, please visit

11. Travel Grants

Travel grants will be available for student members and category B members. Please contact

12. Childcare

Childcare grants will be available for members who require childcare during the conference. Please contact