21st Century Borders in Japan - 

Early Career Researcher Writing Workshop

Venue: Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

Date: February 15-16, 2024

Sponsored by: 

SSHRC, University of Victoria, Nichibunken, Hokkaido University

Japan's Borders in Globalization is seeking applications for an early career researcher writing workshop, scheduled to take place in Sapporo on 15-16 February 2024.

The aim of the 21st Century Borders in Japan workshop is to foster exciting work on all aspects of Japan’s borders, showcasing research and case studies from the next generation of border researchers. The workshop specifically aims to develop academic articles and policy papers from early career researchers at both the graduate and postgraduate levels.

We are looking for exciting research proposals examining any aspect of Japan’s borders, and are particularly interested in projects which engage with:

·         Different conceptions of territory, and how they affect the conceptualization and operation of borders.

·         The intersection of instruments and infrastructures of connectivity with the structures, regulations, and functions of borders.

·         Ecological influences and effects on borders.

·         The role of borders within security discourse and practices.

Proposals for research on any other aspect of research into Japan’s borders, including the analysis of administrative, migration, or refugee policies and their outcomes, are welcome. Comparative studies looking at the operation of Japan’s borders in relation to those of its neighbours will also be considered.

Japan’s Borders in Globalization, together with the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) and the University of Victoria (Canada), offers travel grants for original research or policy papers to be developed into full publications at the Workshop. Travel grants are intended to cover Workshop participation, travel, at least two nights’ accommodation, and support for meals.


– The grants are open to both researchers/academics (i.e. graduate students and early career researchers) and decision/policy makers (i.e. policy officers and elected officials).

– Grants are intended for those resident in Japan, and for those residing in neighbouring countries conducting research on borders of relevance to the operation of Japan’s own. At least two international grants will be available for researchers based overseas.

 – The receipt of a Travel Grant is contingent on the submission of complete draft papers (of at least 5,000 words) for discussion at the Workshop. Draft papers should be submitted to the organizers by Monday 15 January 2024. Failure to submit a satisfactory draft paper will result in the revocation of the travel grant.


The basis for selection is an extended abstract (around 1,000 words) consisting of a brief introduction to the research project, methodology, preliminary results and potential conclusions.

 The application should also include the following:

– Name and surname

– Current status

– Place of employment (if applicable)

– Curriculum vitae

Please send your CV, extended abstract and other application details to japansborders@gmail.com no later than Thursday 30 November 2023.

Further details:

Grant recipients will be personally responsible for all arrangements and expenditure, including travel, insurance, home and personal commitments.



If you have any queries regarding eligibility or submission, please contact japansborders@gmail.com


Japan’s Borders in Globalization is partnered with 21st Century Borders, an SSHRC-funded research program based at the University of Victoria, which aims to create the largest research network of policy actors and academics in border studies world-wide. 21st Century Borders seeks the production of comparative and policy relevant research in Africa and Australasia, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia in order to understand the operation of Borders in Globalization.