18th EAJS Workshop for Doctoral Students


The 18th European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) Workshop for Doctoral Students is organized at the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc in Olomouc, Czech Republic on 23–26 August 2022. 

The workshop will take place at the following address: tř. Svobody 26, 779 00 Olomouc

Olomouc, the town where the workshop takes place, is the historical capital of Moravia and the administrative centre of the Olomouc Region. With its population of about 100,000 inhabitants, it ranks as the sixth largest in the Czech Republic. Lonely Planet included it in its list of “Ten hidden gems of Europe” and called it “arguably the Czech Republic’s most beautiful town”. Please check the information brochures for more information about the town.

Palacký University Olomouc is a university with a long-standing tradition. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest university in the Czech Republic. Today it is a modern higher education facility with a wide range of study programs and copious scientific and research activities. About 22,000 students are enrolled at its 8 faculties. It is one of the very top Czech universities and ranks among the best universities in the world, according to international rankings. For more, you can see its website

The Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc focuses its teaching and research activities on languages, cultures, and societies of contemporary China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It offers degree courses on undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate level. For more on its history, staff, and activities, you can check its website

The EAJS workshops for doctoral students connect doctoral students in all fields of Japan-related research within humanities and social sciences. They aim to create a multidisciplinary European network of advanced graduate students and senior scholars in Japanese Studies. The informal setting of the workshops provides a unique opportunity for participants to work intensively together to improve individual projects and engage in deep discussions on common themes and methods. Through presentations and focused sessions, participants give and receive critical feedback on dissertation projects, fieldwork plans and preliminary findings. Students also get extensive opportunity to discuss their projects with a senior scholar in their respective field.


The workshop program will begin with a welcome dinner at 19:00 (CET) on Tuesday, 23 August. The dinner will take place at a restaurant called Potrefená Husa at Michalská 2, 779 00 Olomouc. You will be guided there by our doctoral student assistants.

  • For advisors: Please be at the reception of your hotel at 18:40.
  • For student participants: Please be at the reception of your hotel at 18:30.

The actual workshop sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, 24–25 August.

On Wednesday 24 August, our doctoral student assistants will help participants get to the workshop venue by picking them up at their hotels. 

  • For advisors: Please be at the reception of your hotel at 08:35.
  • For student participants: Please be at the reception of your hotel at 08:20.

All participants will be asked to present their project in front of the whole group, that is, other doctoral students and senior advisors. The presentations will be structured as a small conference. The order of presentations is specified below (see Sessions).

  • The participants are expected to prepare a 10-minute-long presentation (ideally using PowerPoint, Prezi or another form of a visual aid). 
    • The rooms are equipped with PCs (with Windows OS, MS Office, a PDF reader, Internet browser, etc.), data projectors, pointers, and speakers. Please bring your presentation on a USB flash drive, upload it onto the computer before your session starts, and check whether all is in order. You might want to save your presentation as a PDF file as well so as to make sure that you have a backup.
    • WiFi access is available via Eduroam network.
  • Following each presentation, there will be up to 15 minutes for questions, comments, and discussion.
  • To make the interaction as fruitfut as possible, students are expected to read other participants' project reports before coming to the workshop.

In addition, there will also be sessions in 5 smaller groups into which the participants are divided based on their field of research. The discussions within these groups will be led by senior advisors who specialize in the respective field (see Senior advisors | Thematic groups).

The participants will therefore be able to discuss their research project with people that work across different disciplines as well as receive more detailed feedback from a senior advisor and fellow students within their group.

Those interested in group sightseeing can join doctoral students from the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc for sightseeing walks that will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 17:00. The group will be leaving from the workshop venue (tř. Svobody 26) and will visit the main sights that Olomouc has to offer on foot. The tour each day ends by walking together to the restaurant where dinner will be served. See Map A and Map B for routes of the two walks. 

Wednesday 24 August

8:45 Opening tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.56
9:00 Presentations (Session 1) tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.56
10:40 Coffee break tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.40
11:00 Presentations (Session 2) tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.56
12:30 Lunch Palachovo náměstí 620
14:00 Presentations (Session 3) tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.56
15:15 Coffee break tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.40
15:30 Discussion groups tř. Svobody 26, see Room numbers below
17:00 Sightseeing see Map A below
19:00 Dinner Horní náměstí 583

Thursday 25 August

9:00 Presentations (Session 4) tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.56
10:40 Coffee break tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.40
11:00 Presentations (Session 5) tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.56
12:30 Lunch Palachovo náměstí 620
14:00 Presentations (Session 6) tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.56
15:15 Coffee break tř. Svobody 26, Room 2.40
15:30 Discussion groups tř. Svobody 26, see Room numbers below
17:00 Sightseeing see Map B below
19:00 Dinner Horní náměstí 583


Session 1 Dai Shi, Raluca-Maria Ciolca, Andrea Boccardi, Guy Pinnington
Session 2 Christopher Chapman, Chiara Fusari, Jasmin Rückert
Session 3 Stefanie Schwarte, Erik Isaksson, Alice Dell'Era
Session 4 Cecilia Luzi, Ramona Rosalewski, Aline Dreher, Stevie Poppe
Session 5 Zdenka Peichl Kyselova, András Bartók, Marius Palz
Session 6 Gunde Dauksyte, Marta Ibáñez, Lorenzo Moretti

Room numbers for Discussion groups

Group 24 August 25 August
Contemporary society 2.43 2.43
International relations, Foreign policy 2.42 2.42
Linguistics 2.64 1.69
Literature 2.56 2.56
Politics, gender, media representation 2.65 2.65

Should you ever get lost, here is a map of the second floor on which the majority of the workshop will take place and here is a map with the location of the room no. 1.69 which is located on the first floor marked. 

Sightseeing walks

Map A (Wednesday 24 August)

Map B (Thursday 25 August)

Senior advisors | Thematic groups

  • Reiko Abe Auestad (University of Oslo) – literature
    • Group: Andrea Boccardi, Gunde Dauksyte, Marta Ibáñez, Guy Pinnington 
  • Ivona Barešová (Palacký University Olomouc) – linguistics
    • Group: Raluca-Maria Ciolca, Lorenzo Moretti, Dai Shi
  • Marcos Pablo Centeno (Birkbeck, University of London; University of Valencia) – politics, gender & media representation
    • Group: Aline Dreher, Stevie Poppe, Jasmin Rückert, Stefanie Schwarte
  • Nathan Edwin Hopson (University of Bergen) – contemporary society
    • Group: Christopher Chapman, Chiara Fusari, Cecilia Luzi, Ramona Rosalewski
  • Ra Mason (University of East Anglia) – international relations, foreign policy
    • Group: András Bartók, Alice Dell'Era, Erik Isaksson, Marius Palz, Zdenka Peichl Kyselova  

Doctoral students | Research projects

  • András Bartók (National University of Public Service, Ludovika) – The Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute in the regional Security Subcomplex of Northeast Asia – Japan, China’s Defense Policies, the role of Deterrence
  • Andrea Boccardi (University of Leeds) ­– Subversive Voices in the Tropical Paradise: Alterity and Decolonial Narratives in Medoruma Shun’s Fiction
  • Christopher Chapman (University of Oxford) – Healing the Wounded Heart: The Medicalization of Childhood in Japanese State Care
  • Raluca-Maria Ciolca (Osaka University) – A systematic description of gradabiliy in Japanese
  • Gunde Dauksyte (Universität Heidelberg) – Transcultural dynamics in memory literature of Japanese- and Lithuanian-speaking prisoners-of-war and political prisoners in the Soviet Union
  • Alice Dell'Era (Florida International University) – Rethinking Burden-sharing in Alliance Relations: Japan’s Ideational and Normative Contributions to the US-Japan Alliance.
  • Aline Dreher (Ruhr University Bochum) – Archeology and Politics in the Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1931
  • Chiara Fusari (University of Zurich) – The anti-sexual violence movement in contemporary Japan: between victims' support, education and lobbying
  • Marta Ibáñez (Universidad de Sevilla) – The geisha and the Good Wife: An analysis about two femeninity figures in XX century Japan through Enchi Fumiko's works
  • Erik Isaksson (Freie Universität Berlin) – Normative Power Japan? Narratives of Universal Values in Japanese Foreign Policy 2006-2020
  • Cecilia Luzi (Freie Universität Berlin) – Finding home in rural Japan: contemporary urban-rural migrants in Kyūshū
  • Lorenzo Moretti (Ca' Foscari University of Venice) – Role language and character language of anthropomorphic non-human characters in Japanese video games
  • Marius Palz (University of Oslo) – Human-Dugong Relations and Environmental Activism in the Ryūkyū Archipelago
  • Zdenka Peichl Kyselova (Palacký University Olomouc) – Human rights in Japan’s domestic order and foreign policy. Case study of China-Japan relations
  • Guy Pinnington (University of Cambridge) – Zainichi Korean writers as thinkers and storytellers: An analysis of the interrelations between Kim Sok-pom, Lee Hoesong, and Yang Seok-il as writers and public intellectuals
  • Stevie Poppe (KU Leuven) – Historical revisionism, revision history and alternative online media eco-systems in Japan: a socio-political analysis of nationalist contestation and political propaganda in the digital age
  • Ramona Rosalewski (Heinrich-Heine University) – The institutional work of actors in the Japanese Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) sector: a discursive-institutional approach
  • Jasmin Rückert (Heinrich Heine University) – Gender and Fascism in Japanese Propaganda
  • Stefanie Schwarte (LMU München) – Female Political Representation in Japan: Politicians as agents of gender equality at the local level
  • Dai Shi (University of Oxford) – No and Ga in Old Japanese: a synchronic and diachronic study

Local organizing team

  • Ivona Barešová (workshop director)
  • Tereza Nakaya, Halina Zawiszová (workshop assistants)
  • David Grant, Patrick Kandráč, Jakub Martinec, Radek Pazderka, Jana Sedláčková (doctoral student assistants)
  • Other staff members from the Department of Asian Studies

Contact info

  • Workshop director: Ivona Barešová (email)
  • Contact person in case of any questions regarding local organization: Halina Zawiszová (email)
  • EAJS office (e.g., for questions regarding reimbursement procedure): Lorenz Denninger (email)


Please take care of arranging your round trip to Olomouc yourself. EAJS will reimburse travel costs up to 400 EUR, given that participants choose the least expensive reasonable mode of transportation, such as discount fare economy flight or standard class train or bus, etc. Please make sure to retain your travel documents in the original. After the workshop, the EAJS Office will send you a reimbursement form, which you need to fill out and send back together with the travel documents so that you can be reimbursed.

Travelling to/from Olomouc

The majority of international visitors coming to Olomouc arrives at and departs from the international airport in Prague (Václav Havel Airport, 280 km). The fastest way to get from Prague to Olomouc is by train. 

To get from the airport to Prague main train station (Praha, hlavní nádraží), you can take the Airport Express bus, which stops right in front of the arrival hall at the airport and terminates at the main railway station. Another good option is to take a bus and then the metro (details). The same applies for the return journey.

The train journey from Prague to Olomouc and vice versa currently takes approximately 2,5–3 hours. You can choose between three companies:

To find your train connection, you can check this website. Search for the connection from/to Praha hl.n. (Prague main train station) to/from Olomouc hl.n. (Olomouc main train station). You can buy your ticket online. Generally, if you cancel your ticket up to 15 minutes prior to your departure time, you will get a full refund (but do check your ticket to be sure that this applies to your fare as well). RegioJet and Leo Express provide student discounts if you have an international student card, such as ISIC. Czech Railways typically provide group discounts (even two count as a group) and return ticket discounts. 

Other international airports that are close to Olomouc include: Brno – Airport Tuřany (70 km), Ostrava – Leoš Janáček Airport in Mošnov (80 km), Katowice – Katowice-Pyrzowice (210 km), Bratislava – M. R. Štefánik Airport (210 km), Vienna – Vienna International Airport (260 km) and Krakow – Kraków-Balice (265 km).

Travelling within Olomouc

The workshop venue, your hotel, and the restaurants where we will take our lunches and dinners are all located within walking distance from each other. 

Alternatively, you can also use trams and busses to travel within Olomouc. 

  • The stop closest to the workshop venue is Tržnice.
  • The stop in front of the main railway station is called Hlavní nádraží.
  • The stop closest to Hotel Palác, where all doctoral student participants are accommodated, is called U Dómu.
  • The stop closest to Theresian Hotel, where all senior advisors are accommodated, is called Okresní soud.

There are currently construction works going on on the tracks of the main connections. Therefore, there are some changes to the standard routes and connection numbers. The map of currect connections is available here

You can search for specific bus/tram connections here.

Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at tram/bus stops, in City Public Transport (MHD) information centres/ticket offices, and at newsstands. Please remember to validate your ticket upon boarding the bus or tram. The standard ticket (18 CZK) is valid for 40 minutes. You can ride as many different trams/buses as you want within this time limit and you need to validate your ticket only once upon boarding the first bus/tram of your journey.  

See the following links for more information about:


The accommodation is taken care of for the duration of the workshop, i.e., for 23–26 August 2022.

The doctoral student participants are staying at Hotel Palác at 1. Máje 869/27, 779 00 Olomouc (map). The hotel is situated 1,2 km from the Olomouc main train station (Olomouc hlavní nádraží) and can be easily accessed by walking along a single street (10–15 min.). Alternatively, participants can make use of public transport (see Transport for details). The tram stop closest to the hotel is called U Dómu. Trams no. 2 and 4 stop there. The ride from the main train station takes about 5 minutes (see this map for names of stations that come prior to U Dómu). To reach the hotel, participants need to walk some 150 meters back in the direction the tram came from. 

  • the reception is open from 7AM till 10PM
  • standard check-in is after 2PM (and no later than 10PM) 
  • standard check-out is before 10AM (and no earlier than 7AM)
  • you can store your luggage at the hotel for several hours after you check out
  • breakfast is included 

The senior advisors are staying at Theresian Hotel at Javoříčská 5, 779 00 Olomouc (map). The hotel is located round the corner from a tram/bus stop called Okresní soud. Due to construction works, there are now two fast and easy public transport options that the advisors can make use of to get to the hotel from the Olomouc main train station (Olomouc hlavní nádraží). The advisors can either take bus no. X or tram no. 4. The ride on bus no. X takes 7 minutes; the ride on tram no. 4 takes 10 minutes (see this map for current bus/tram routes). Please see Transport below for more details. 

  • the reception is open 24/7
  • standard check-in is after 2PM  
  • standard check-out is before 10AM 
  • breakfast is included 
  • entrance to on-site fitness is included
  • entrance to on-site wellness centre is available at a reduced price

Both senior advisors and student participants will be picked up from their hotel before the welcome dinner on Tuesday and before the first sessions on Wednesday. Should you have any questions regarding the transportation, do not hesitate to contact us


Meals for the duration of the workshop are covered. We will arrange and cover the welcome dinner on Tuesday evening, breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments on Wednesday and Thursday, and breakfast on Friday, after which the workshop will officially end.

The workshop program will begin with a welcome dinner on the evening of Tuesday, 23 August at 19:00 (CET). The dinner will take place at a restaurant called Potrefená Husa at Michalská 2, 779 00 Olomouc (map). You will be guided there by our doctoral student assistants. Therefore, we ask doctoral student participants to be at the reception of their hotel at 18:30 and advisors to be at the reception of their hotel at 18:40 to meet them.

Please take breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at your hotel. 

On Wednesday and Thursday, we will take our

You will be asked to choose your meals from a set menu prior to coming to Olomouc. Please check your email regularly.  

Refreshments will be provided during coffee breaks on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Participants should inform the EAJS Office in case of dietary restrictions or preferences (e.g., vegetarian).

Further practical info


As of June 2022, there are no longer any coronavirus restrictions for entry into and stay in the Czech Republic. Please check the requirements issued by your own countries as well as transit countries. Should the situation in the Czech Republic change, we will let you know. 

In order to ensure that everyone stays healthy and feels safe, we would like to ask all participants to bring their own masks and wear them when indoors especially if not feeling well or not feeling safe because of week immune system, etc. Before the start of the first workshop session, the participants will further be provided with antigen tests. Those who will not agree with the testing and those who will get a positive result will be asked to return to their hotel room and participate in the workshop via Zoom. 


WiFi access at the workshop venue is available via Eduroam network as well as via a guest account (log-in information will be provided). WiFi is also available at your accommodation and at most restaurants, coffee shops, long-distance trains, etc.

Mobile phone operators in the Czech Republic use standard European GSM bands (1800 MHz, 900 MHz). If you come from outside Europe, you may need a tri-band phone. No roaming fees among EU member states. The country calling code for the Czech Republic is +420. 


In the Czech Republic, standard European sockets CEE 7/5 (230 V/50Hz) are used. Please bring an adapter with you if you wish to use appliances/plugs that do not work with these socket types/voltages.


The Czech crown (koruna, CZK, Kč) is the official currency in the Czech Republic. The approximate exchange rate is 25 CZK / 1 EUR (as of June 2022). Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted, so there is little need to exchange your money or withdraw cash. 


August is usually the hottest month of the year for the Czech Republic. However, the temperatures may vary widely, with one week boasting tropical weather while another week being rainy and somewhat cold. Please check the weather forecast before packing. 


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