JSAA Postgraduate Workshop 2021: Navigating Asian Studies in a Post-COVID Environment

28 Sep 2021

In conjunction with the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) and with support from the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), the University of Queensland will be hosting an online postgraduate workshop on the 28th of September 2021 entitled ‘Navigating Asian Studies in a Post-COVID Environment.’

Postgraduate research students in Australia have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had their research plans and careers changed or postponed due to restricted international travel and domestic lockdowns. This is particularly the case for those working in Asian Studies and Japanese Studies, who are not only facing challenges relating to COVID-19, but have also been impacted by other events including closures to library collections and a reduction in language teaching programs across several Australian universities.

This workshop aims to support postgraduate scholars substantively (considering its ongoing implications for Asian societies) and methodologically (assessing the impact on research strategies and tools). To create opportunity out of adversity, helping students by showcasing strategies and resources that will help them build skills they can take into a precarious future. Participants will hear from experts, participate in discussions, and have opportunity to collaborate and network with peers in their field of study.

9:00am6:00pm | via Zoom

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Sustainability, Longevity and Mobility’ – Virtual Conference

29 Sep 2021 – 1 Oct 2021

Sustainability, Longevity and Mobility’ – Virtual Conference | The University of Queensland

A series of disastrous catastrophes in 2018 saw summer heat waves, earthquakes, landslides and flooding take the lives of many and disrupt that of others in Japan. The 41 degrees reached in this year was declared a natural disaster by the Japanese government with 30,000 people hospitalised. This ‘new normal’ continued into 2019 where, just as Japan was bracing for its most violent storm in over 60 years, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattled many parts of the east coast. During the October storm 6 million people were advised to evacuate due to flooding and the possibility of landslides. In 2021, seismic events continue with a 7.1 magnitude ‘aftershock’ from the 2011 earthquake jolting the Tōhoku region.

The 2021 JSAA Conference will hold all sessions and events online. Only panel submissions will be accepted. A discussion forum to find willing panel co-presenters will be available online here.

Panel sessions will run for 60 minutes with 15 minutes for each presentation and a total of 15 minutes for questions at the end of the panel session.

UQ are also holding a free, online Postgraduate Workshop on 28 September titled “Navigating Asian Studies in a Post-COVID Environment.” Postgraduate students in Asian Studies and Japanese Studies are welcome to join us on the day. To register and learn more, please visit the workshop website.

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An Evening in  a Japanese Garden

Saturday 16 October 

On Saturday 16 October the AJS-Q will host a very special evening event in the beautiful Japanese Garden at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

Join us from 5:30pm and enjoy warm spring breezes through the trees and the soothing sound of running water over stones as you take a twilight stroll through the Japanese garden. Then, as evening falls, settle in for a picnic on the lawn and a koto performance amidst 100’s of twinkling lights.

This is a unique opportunity to experience traditional Japanese music in a very special setting.

AJS-Q Members $10 | Non-members $20

5:30pm – 7:30pm  | Japanese Garden – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

BYO picnic & blanket

Please register your interest and receive further details re payment, parking and entry via: execsec@austjpnsoc.asn.au

Candlelight: Best of Anime Soundtracks at The Princess Theatre

20th October 2021

The best anime songs, like you’ve never heard before!

Enjoy a unique experience under the glimmer of candlelight during this exclusive Candlelight concert. A piano duo will perform some of the best-loved anime songs in one of Brisbane’s most spectacular locations. Enjoy a truly unrepeatable experience!

  • An intimate ambience in a beautiful venue bathed in candlelight
  • A talented piano duo performing classic anime soundtracks
  • Stunning architecture of the iconic space, The Princess Theatre
  • A safe, comfortable and socially-distanced event

6:30 pm and 8:30 pm (select during purchase)

The Princess Theatre

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Japanese Film Festival  – Brisbane

11-21 Nov 2021

From epic fantasies to spine-tingling thrillers and avant-garde features from modern mavericks in contemporary cinema, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns to Brisbane for its historic 25th year, screening at Palace Barracks and Palace James Street from 11 November to 21 November 2021.

The 2021 Festival program will screen 21 films from the hottest newly-released feature titles spanning a diverse selection of genres from action to anime, drama, documentaries and much more.

A number of movies by avant-garde directors Shūji Terayama also grace the lineup and, from Monday, November 15–Sunday, November 21, JFF is screening a range of titles free online — so you can keep watching even when you’re not in a cinema.

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