BAJS Conference


We are happy to announce that registration for non-presenting participants in the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) conference 2022 will soon open. The conference will be held at the University of Manchester from 7 to 9 September 2022. The early bird registration fee (until 31 July 2022) will be £115 for postgraduate students (PGRs), early career researchers (ECRs) and unwaged participants, and £145 for others. The registration fee includes lunches and refreshments throughout the conference, together with a drinks reception on the opening day. We define ECR as a scholar either on probation, tenure-track but not yet tenured, or in a non-permanent position (e.g. postdoctoral fellowship, fixed-term contract). Those wishing to register should communicate this by email to [email protected], together with information about any dietary requirements or disability access requirements. You will then be sent a link to the University of Manchester estore system, where you can pay by card. Postgraduate students and early career researchers should also ask their supervisor or head of department/line manager respectively to send a very brief email to [email protected] verifying their status.

From 1 to 23 August 2022, the standard registration fee for non-presenting participants will apply; this will be £130 for PGRs/ECRs/unwaged, and £160 for others. Registration will not be possible after 23 August.

We have accepted 120 conference presentations, and look forward to an exciting conference.  Please note that this is an in-person conference, except for the limited number of remote presentations that have been planned. Non-presenting participants are accepted on the basis that they come to Manchester to attend the conference in person.


Any questions should also be sent to [email protected].

Best regards

Peter Cave

Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

SALC, University of Manchester

Samuel Alexander Building

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9PL



We do not organise a BAJS Conference in the years in which an EAJS or a JEAS Conference is organised. When there is no BAJS Conference, the BAJS AGM is held during the JEAS Conference or at a research workshop in the EAJS year.




1980, Tapton, Sheffield, 'Japan and Britain, images and reality'.

1981, University Hall, Cardiff, 'Japan and Asia'.

1982, Langwith College, University of York, 'Individualism in Modern Japan'.

1983, Connaught Hall, Univestity of London, 'The role of factions in Japan'.

1985, Pollock Hall, Edinburgh.

1986, Handsworth Hall, University of Aston, Birmingham, 'Imperialism'.

1988, Tetley Hall, University of Leeds, 'The Future of the Japanese Economy'.

1989, Keble College, Oxford, 'The Origins of the Japanese in Anthropological Perspective'.

1990, Henderson Hall, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 'Education in Japan'.

1991, Sorby Hall of Residence, University of Sheffield, 'Japanese Language Teaching'.

1992, Newton Park, Bath College of Higher Education, 'Japan and Europe'.

1993, Hulme Hall, University of Manchester, 'Changing Social Values'.

1995, University of Sussex at Brighton, 'Reflecting on Japan: 50 years since 1945'.

1998, University of Wales Cardiff

1999, King Alfred's College, Winchester

2000, University of Birmingham

2002, University of Nottingham

2003, University of Sheffield

2004, University of Leeds

2005, University of Kent at Canterbury

2006, Chatham House, London

2007, University of East Anglia

2010, SOAS, University of London

2012, University of East Anglia, Norwich

2015, SOAS, University of London

2018, University of Sheffield, 'Crisis? What Crisis? Continuity, and Change in Japan'