The Association for Studies of Culture and Representation (ASCR) will hold its 16th annual convention at Tokyo Metropolitan University on 2-3 July 2022. We invite members to submit proposals for panel sessions that will take place either in the afternoon on 2 or on 3. 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.
We are planning to hold the conference physically, but if the COVID-19 situation worsens, we might decide to shift the conference from in-person to virtual.
2. Proposal Types
A. If you already have a panel theme and participants, please use Form A.
Proposal documents should be sent in attachment form via e-mail to email@example.com by 7 May. Please title the e-mail “Panel Proposal for the 16th 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 documents should be sent in attachment form via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27 April. Please title the e-mail “Panel Proposal for the 16th Convention” and rename the file as “your surname.doc” (e.g. suzuki.doc).
Please fill in all the boxes with the information that you already have, and leave the rest blank. The Program Committee will announce the accepted proposals on the Association’s web site by early May to call for participants in the open seat(s).
Applicants for the open seats must submit papers in attachment form via e-mail to email@example.com by the middle of May. The Program Committee will promptly go through the selection process on the panel organizer’s advice and announce the result.
The session(s) with insufficient responses will be called off.
3. Proposal Deadline
7 May 2022 (Form A)
27 April 2022 (Form B)
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.
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. As a general rule, participants are required to be available throughout the two days.
If your presentation contains privately recorded audiovisual content, please treat it with due caution, so that your talk would not cause any harm to the people involved, including but not limited to its owner(s) and main subject(s) in it.
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 the middle of May.
Both Japanese and English are acceptable for the proposal form and panel sessions. If you present a paper in Japanese Sign Language, please contact the Program Committee in advance.
A projector and screen are available. Please bring your own computer for the presentation (Mac users need to bring the proper connector).
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 http://www.repre.org/association/admission/
11. Travel Grants
Travel grants will be available for student members and category B members. Please contact the Program Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Childcare grants will be available for members who need childcare services during the conference. For more details, please contact the Program Committee email@example.com. You can apply for one when you submit a proposal. Also, we set up a special space for those who attend the conference with their child(ren), and no reservation is required to use it.
If you present a paper in Japanese Sign Language and need a sign language interpreter, please contact the Program Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.