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2021 New Voices Scholars

Three recent authors will present their work in a dedicated New Voices Scholar panel at the 2021 Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) Conference, September 29 – October 1, online via the University of Queensland. This panel is supported through the New Voices Scholar program, which is run by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

‘Fresh Perspectives from New Voices in Japanese Studies: Kawaii Fashion, Literature and Japan in Transregional Context’
Date/time: October 1 (Friday), 1:00pm – 2:30pm (stream 5.6; see conference program)
Chair: Dr Gwyn McClelland (Guest Editor, NVJS 13)

The speakers will consider how research has previously engaged with Japan and related phenomena with the aim of reshaping existing perceptions in their areas of expertise: kawaii fashion (Megan Rose), literary translation (Haydn Trowell) and questions of Japanese identity (Maria Cynthia Barriga). These three interventions represent the incisive and innovative research being produced by early career Japan scholars today, and which NVJS is proud to support.

Megan Rose

Dr Megan Catherine Rose completed her PhD on alternative kawaii fashion communities in Tokyo in 2019. She is an associate researcher at the Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney.

Megan’s presentation is titled, “私のカワイイ: Decora Girls’ Kawaii in the Harajuku Context”.

Her NVJS paper, ‘Child’s Play? Exploring the Significance of Kawaii for Decora and Fairy-Kei Fashion Practitioners in Harajuku through a Case-Focused Analysis’, was published in Volume 12.

Haydn Trowell

Dr Haydn Trowell is a literary translator and recent PhD graduate with research interests in translation studies, literary studies and contrastive linguistics.

Haydn’s presentation is titled, “Pseudo-Dialect” or “Role Language”? The Speech Styles of Black Enslaved Characters in Three Japanese Translations of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”.

Haydn’s NVJS paper, “The Aesthetics of Linked-Verse Poetry in Yasunari Kawabata’s The Lake'”, was published in Volume 12.

Maria Cynthia Barriga

Portrait of Dr Maria Cynthia (Jaja) Barriga

Dr Maria Cynthia Barriga is an assistant professor at Waseda University whose research focuses on the history of the Japanese population of Davao in the Philippines and its connections with Japanese migration and imperial history.

Maria’s presentation is titled, Reorienting Japanese Studies with Views from the Nan’yō”.

The presentation is based on her NVJS discussion paper of the same name, forthcoming in Volume 13.

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2020 New Voices Scholars

Three New Voices Scholars were selected to present their work in a New Voices Scholar panel at the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference, July 6-9, at the University of Melbourne.

As the ASAA 2020 Conference is cancelled due to COVID-19, this panel will regrettably not go ahead.

Panel: ‘New Voices in Japanese Studies’
Tuesday, July 7, 3:30pm – 4:50pm (provisional program)
Chair: Alexander Brown (Guest Editor, NVJS 12)

This panel highlights the work of early-career researchers from the journal New Voices in Japanese Studies. Each panellist considers the future shape of Japan and Japanese society, considering how ideas of cultural identity, local identity and community have been changing in recent times through case studies of asylum seeker intakes, disaster-related social media usage, and local political campaigns in Japan’s subtropical Okinawan islands. All three panellists analyse different aspects of the rapidly evolving media landscape, shedding light on the way that broad structural changes are reflected in media coverage and new media practices. Each paper contributes to the questioning of modern traditions’ and challenges conceptions of an ideologically and culturally homogenous Japan. The panel will be chaired by the current New Voices in Japanese Studies Guest Editor, and the presenters’ attendance is supported by the journal’s New Voices Scholar program.

Atsushi Yamagata

Atsushi Yamagata is a PhD candidate from The University of Wollongong, where he is researching Japanese responses to refugees after World War II.

”While Japanese media coverage of Islam may have focussed on news about conflicts [in the past], the focus of recent coverage has started to shift to Muslims living in or coming to Japan.”

Atsushi’s paper, Perceptions of Islam and Muslims in Contemporary Japan’, was published in NVJS11.

Sonja Petrovic

Sonja Petrovic

Sonja Petrovic was recently awarded a PhD at The University of Melbourne. Her research examines media use, media credibility and communal belonging in the context of Japan’s 3.11 disaster.

”To some extent social media can be said to have redesigned individuals’ sense of place and belonging during the disaster and its aftermath, at the same time as people’s material spaces and positions in communities were being reconfigured due to emergency evacuation.”

Sonja’s paper, A Sense of Communal belonging in Digital Space: The Case of the 3.11 Disaster’, was published in NVJS11.

Monica Flint


Monica Flint graduated with Honours from The University of Sydney in 2017. Her thesis focussed on the US military presence in Okinawa.

”I argue that Onaga similarly uses the notion of ethnicity and the historical differences between Okinawa and mainland Japan to frame the US base dispute as a conflict between the inherently peaceful island of Okinawa and an overbearing central government.”

Monica’s paper, Governor Takeshi Onaga and the US Bases in Okinawa: The Role of Okinawan Identity in Local Politics’, was published in NVJS10.

2019 New Voices Scholars

We’ll be supporting three New Voices Scholars to present their work in a New Voices Scholar panel at the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) 2019 Conference at Monash University, July 1-4.

Panel: ‘New Voices in Japanese Studies’
Tuesday, July 2, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Session 3:2, Room H2.37
Chair: Emma Dalton (Guest Editor, NVJS 11)

*In case of last-minute changes, please consult the conference program on the JSAA website.

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Daniel J. Wyatt

Daniel J. Wyatt is a PhD candidate at Kyushu University, Japan. He researches translation practices and the sociocultural systems that influenced the production of knowledge in late 19th- early 20th-century Japan.

”What the popularity of the shōjō in Meiji Japan reveals is a much broader and persistent fascination with animal figures in the pursuit of scientific knowledge […]. Engagement with the animal kingdom … enabled the Meiji citizen to enrich their understanding of their expanding world and Japan’s place in it.”

Daniel’s paper, ”Creatures of Myth and Modernity: Meiji-Era Representations of Shōjō’ (Orangutans) as Exotic Animals”, was published in NVJS9.

Shannon Whiley

Shannon Whiley (NVJS10.01)

Shannon Whiley graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a degree in Asian Studies and Japanese (Honours). Her research interests include Japanese-Australian history.

”Despite the prevalence of racism within the government and greater Australian community towards Japanese immigrants and their descendants during World War II, evidence shows that Nikkei-Australians did assimilate, and that their local communities accepted them.”

Shannon’s paper, “The Experiences of Nikkei-Australian Soldiers During World War II”, was published in NVJS10.

Daniel Flis

Daniel Flis (NVJS10.04)

Daniel Flis graduated from Murdoch University with Honours in Asian Studies. He is now a post-graduate research student at Waseda University, studying gender representation in Japanese manga.

”The shōnen [manga] framework restricts the genre’s capacity to represent gender performances in two key ways: by inviting the male gaze, and by portraying female characters as Good Wife, Wise Mother’ archetypes. In doing so, it ensures that shōnen manga appeals to its male readership through narratives rooted in hegemonic masculinity.”

Daniel’s paper, ”Straddling the Line: How Female Authors are Pushing the Boundaries of Gender Representation in Japanese Shōnen Manga”, was published in NVJS10.

2018 New Voices Scholar

Due to publication timelines for NVJS 10, the New Voices Scholar program is on temporary hiatus in 2018. The program will resume in 2019 for the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) conference at Monash University.

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2017 New Voices Scholar

New Voices in Japanese Studies is delighted to support Madeleine Sbeghen as the 2017 New Voices Scholar. Madeleine will present a poster presentation on her research at the 2017 Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) conference, June 27-30 at the University of Wollongong.

Madeleine Sbeghen

”If conservation is approached from a biocultural perspective, efforts to conserve species should acknowledge the local and wider human context by engaging with communities and, where possible, incorporating cultural values to achieve the post effective outcome for that species, as well as for people in the region.”

Madeleine is currently studying towards a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne. Her case study on community engagement with wildlife conservation in Japan, “Community Engagement with Wildlife Conservation in Japan: A Case Study of an Endangered Bird, the Okinawan Rail (Hypotaenidia okinawae)”, was published in NVJS 9.

Madeleine will present research from her  NVJS 9 paper in a poster presentation at the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) Conference on June 28.

2016 New Voices Scholars

Geraldine Carney and Ross Tunney were selected as the inaugural New Voices Scholars. Geraldine and Ross will present their work at the 2016 Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) conference, July 5-7 at Australian National University.

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Geraldine Carney

“Social media helps to fill a void left by a legal system which has not yet adapted to meet the needs of a changing and internationalised form of family.”

Geraldine Carney is a PhD candidate at Monash University, and is also a practising lawyer. She is researching international parental child abduction with a focus on Japan. Her NVJS article is titled, “Disrupt, Support and Document: The Role of Social Media in International Parental Child Abduction Cases involving Japan, and is published in Vol. 8.

Geraldine will present her work under this title at ASAA on Wednesday, July 6, in Panel 7, Children.

Ross Tunney

“The indelible connection to ‘reality’ within photographs is what makes them such persuasive documents; the reality depicted, however, can be unreliable, deceptively simple, or both; this makes the task of analysing them particularly important.”

Ross Tunney is a final-year PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. His research centres on post-war Japanese documentary-style photography. His NVJS article is titled, “Imaging the Rural: Modernity and Agrarianism in Hiroshi Hamaya’s ‘Snow Land’ Photographs”, and was published in Vol. 7 (July 2015).

Ross will present a related paper titled “Okinawa as Microcosm: Japan, Modernity, and America in the Post-war Photography of Tōmatsu Shōmei” at ASAA on Tuesday, July 5 in Panel 2, Contemporary Literature and Media.

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