Letter of welcome from MJS Chair Noboru Tomonari
and information about presenting at and hosting MJS:
The last academic year 2010-11 was a good one for the Midwest Japan Seminar. Over 98 Japan scholars attended one or more of the seminars to hear some wonderful papers presented; many then joined us for a good meal and a couple of drinks. This was a jump from 80 participants in 2009-2010.
As you know, regrettably, we cannot offer travel reimbursement for the seminar held in conjunction with the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs annual meeting. The other meetings, however, we can reimburse 90 percent of airfare or .51¢ per mile if you drive. For the presenters, we will reimburse 100 percent of airfare/driving and lodging. For the hosting institution, we will reimburse $100 for refreshments.
MJS was founded in the mid-1970s and is still going strong. Please let me know if you want to bring your academic paper on Japan to us, if you want to attend our seminar, or if you want to host the event. We look forward to hearing from you!
Midwest Japan Seminar, Chair
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
One North College Street
Northfield MN 55057
Reimbursement forms (fillable pdf)
MIDWEST JAPAN SEMINAR IS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM
THE JAPAN FOUNDATION
Do You Wish To Host A Seminar?
If you are interested in hosting MJS, please contact Noboru Tomonari: email@example.com
The hosting institution acts as the local contact and:
- Schedules a rent-free seminar-type room (25-35 seats around a table configuration) for a Saturday afternoon (1 to 6 p.m.).
- Arranges for some mid-seminar refreshments (about 3 p.m.). MJS will reimburse up to $100 for refreshments.
- Arranges for at least 15 hotel rooms to be reserved and paid by participants at reasonable rates ($60-75) as well as a back-up hotel to take overflow.
- Arranges for an after-seminar dinner at a reasonably-priced (about $20.00 including tip and tax) restaurant. Attendees pay for their own dinners and drinks.
- Provides transportation information. Limos and arranged rides are helpful, but not absolutely essential.
Do You Wish to Present?
Please contact Noboru Tomonari (firstname.lastname@example.org) as far as possible in advance of the date you wish to present.
As a presenter you will:
- Be reimbursed for air or car travel to and from your home, one night in the seminar hotel, and all meals on Saturday.
- Provide the MJS convener the title of your paper at least six weeks before the meeting.
- Provide the convener with a copy of your paper (20-30 pages max) in electronic form (PDF preferred), which will be sent to attendees.
- On the day of the seminar, you will have about 15 minutes to make additional comments (most people will have already read the paper) and then everyone will discuss your paper for 75 minutes or so.
Information about MJS, abstracts for papers to be presented at upcoming meetings, and photos from past meetings can be accessed here:
Current year abstracts
MJS abstracts archive
As always, if you learn of Japan scholars in the Midwest who might be interested in participating in MJS, please let me know so I can invite them to attend: Noboru Tomonari (email@example.com)