Deadline Extended

The 66th Annual Conference of the Japan Black Studies Association (JBSA)
June 27-28 (Sat-Sun), 2020
Meiji Gakuin University, Shirokane Campus, Tokyo, Japan

Conference Theme: Home and Belonging: A Tribute to Toni Morrison

The Japan Black Studies Association, established in 1954, will hold its 66th annual conference at Meiji Gakuin University’s Shirokane Campus on June 27-28, 2020. Based on our conference theme, we invite individual papers that critically explore the significance of “home” and “belonging” in the history and culture of people in Africa and the diaspora.
We welcome submissions from a wide range of academic disciplines and methodological backgrounds, such as literary studies, arts, history, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, education, law, political science, as well as interdisciplinary studies. Potential topics might include (but not limited to) home/belonging and:
–society (politics, the media, culture, etc.)
–arts (literature, visual culture, performance, etc.)
–history (local, global, colonial, postcolonial, etc.)
–resistance/social justice/violence

The time allotted to each presentation is 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute Q & A session. Both first-time and returning participants are welcomed, but please be reminded that the selection of applications is based on their relevance to the conference theme. Please also note that most of the papers will be delivered in Japanese, while the keynote address and a few presentations will be in English.

Please submit (1) your abstract (no longer than 250 words with your presentation title) and (2) 1-page CV including contact information (your name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address) to The deadline for submissions is February 5, 2020. For general inquiries about the conference, please contact us at

Aoi Mori
Chair of the 66th Annual Conference Organizing Committee

Kei Okajima
JBSA International Exchange Committee

*JBSA Website: