SSJR meeting at the AAR, November 21, 2015: Graduate Student Development

Further to our interest in providing innovative sessions at the Association for Asian Studies and the American Academy of Religion annual meetings, the Society for the Study of Japanese Religions is hosting a workshop and meet-and-greet session at this year's AAR meeting in Atlanta.

If you are a graduate student, job-seeker, or junior faculty member, this session is for you! If you are a tenured professor or seasoned scholar, please come and share your knowledge. Our aim is to introduce members of the field to one another and to provide support to those making professional transitions. Rather than centering on presentations, the workshop will be organized as a set of conversation tables focused on specific topics: the job search, publishing, conference papers, and current developments in the study of Japanese religions. Each table will be anchored by a pair of hosts who will present different perspectives on the table topics. Workshop participants will be able to circulate among the tables according to their interests. Non-Japanists are welcome, so feel free to bring friends and colleagues from other fields.

The Session is number P21-207, Saturday, November 21, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM at Sheraton-Georgia 9 (Level 1).

See below for more details, and please encourage your students and colleague to join us!


Society for the Study of Japanese Religions

Theme: Graduate Student Professional Development Workshop

Saturday - 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Sheraton-Georgia 9 (Level 1)

Discussion Tables:


Stephanie Chun, Acquisitions Editor, University of Hawai‘i Press

James Dobbins, Professor, Oberlin College

Job Search

Jacqueline Stone, Professor, Princeton University

Levi McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Conference Papers

Barbara Ambros, Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Mark Rowe, Associate Professor, McMaster University

Issues in the Field

Heather Blair, Associate Professor, Indiana University

For more information, please contact Levi McLaughlin at