Thompson Rivers University

Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference

2021 Japan Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference

“The Impacts of Japan and Canada Hosting the World: Catalyzing Change through Cultural, Economic, Political, and Sporting Events”

The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, and the Modern Languages program at Thompson Rivers University are pleased to host the online 2021 Japan Studies of Canada (JSAC) Annual Conference, from Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3, 2021.

TRU just finished celebrating its 50th year as an evolving centre of higher learning, with its main campus located in Kamloops at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers. It is located approximately 350km northeast of Vancouver in an area called Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within the unceded region known as Secwépemc’ulucw, of the Secwépemc people.

Our theme will be “The Impacts of Japan and Canada Hosting the World: Catalyzing Change through Cultural, Economic, Political, and Sporting Events.” Japan has hosted World Expos, the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 2019 G20 Summit, and it will tentatively host the postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in July 2021. Canada has also hosted similar mega events. These events have led to major infrastructure projects, captured national and international social and culture moments of change, and highlighted the role of technology and economics during such events. How has hosting or cancelling these large events changed Japan and Canada in a regional, national, and international context? What have been the impacts of other events, small or large, planned or spontaneous, such as festivals, at the local, regional, and national level?

The 2021 JSAC conference will explore these questions above but will also engage other topics related to the following themes:

Japanese Language; Popular Culture and Mass Media; Literature, Visual, and Performing Arts; Economic Development & Sustainability; Politics, Security and Safety; Religion, Philosophy, History, and Culture; Architecture and Aesthetics; Regional Planning and Community Development; Technology and Science; Education; Food and Agriculture; Consumption

The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts has passed. We will have information about the program and registration shortly. The conference will run online.

For more information, please contact Tom Waldichuk or Cara Cadre.