Life Course, Happiness and Well-being in Japan


Publication: Nikola Benin PhD

We want to inform readers of the EAJS mailing list about a new and exciting publication of interest for anthropologists, sociologists and Japan specialists. Subsequent to our recent JAWS series volume on Happiness and the Good Life in Japan<> (Routledge 2017), the Nissan Institute / Routledge Japanese Studies Series has now published our co-edited volume on Life Course, Happiness and Well-Being in Japan.

The full reference is:

Holthus, B. and Manzenreiter, W. eds. 2017. Life course, Happiness and Well-being in Japan. London/New York. Routledge. The ISBN is 9781138290594 for the paperback and 9781138290570 for the hardback; you also can obtain a e-book version. Details about TOC, the great line-up of authors, and how to order the book are to be found here and here

About the book: This book investigates the connections between sociostructural aspects, individual agency and happiness in contemporary Japan from a life course perspective. For the first time, anthropologists and sociologists jointly analyze the state of happiness and unhappiness in Japan among varying social groups in its physical, interpersonal, existential and structural dimensions, offering new insights into fundamental issues. The contributors examine quantitative and qualitative empirical data on the processes that impact how happiness and well-being are envisioned, crafted, and debated in Japan across the life-cycle. Therefore, the book discusses the shifting notions of happiness during people¹s lives from birth to death, analyzing the age group-specific experiences while taking into consideration people¹s life trajectories and historical changes. It points out recent developments in regards to demographic change, late marriage, and the changing labor market and focuses on their significant impact on the well-being of Japanese people. In particular it highlights the interdependencies of lives within the family and how families are collaborating for the purpose of maintaining or enhancing the happiness of its members.

In case you are interested in learning more about our research activities, please consult our project websites at, or talk to us at the Lisbon conference!

Barbara Holthus and Wolfram Manzenreiter
University of Vienna
Dept. of East Asian Studies

SBL Annual Meeting

Nikola Benin, PhD


Join the thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons at the Annual Meetings 2017 in Boston! With more than 1,200 academic sessions, and workshops, along with one of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies, the Annual Meetings is one of the largest events of the year in the fields of biblical scholarship, religious studies and theology.

Co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, the Annual Meetings 2017 will be held November 18-21 in Boston, MA. More information, including discounted hotel and travel information, will be posted soon!

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Annual Meetings 2017
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017
Call for Papers Open through March 7th 
Elimination of Employment Center Registration Fees for Candidates
SBL and the American Academy of Religion have eliminated all Employment Center fees for candidates. Beginning in 2015, all active members of the American Academy of Religion or the Society of Biblical Literature who have registered for the Annual Meeting will be able to register as candidates with the Employment Center free of charge. Registered candidates will continue to be able to post their CVs on the Employment Services website for employer review and will receive an onsite edition of Employment Listings at the Annual Meetings. This decision reflects our concern to reduce the cost of interviewing onsite and to make conference attendance more affordable for our members.

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Conference “MOOCs, Language Learning and Mobility”

Nikola Benin, PhD


The University of Naples L’Orientale together with Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa (FENICE), as one of the partners of the project “MOOCs for University Students on the Move in Europe” (MOVE-ME) funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, invite you to attend the Second International conference on “MOOCs, Language Learning and Mobility”. The conference will take place on 13 – 14 October 2017 in Naples in a central zone, near the Castel dell’Ovo and the sea.

The conference aims to bring together higher education professionals, linguists and language technologists from around the world to debate issues relating to three topical areas of research, such as MOOCs, language teaching/learning and student mobility, by providing a forum for exchange of ideas, research outcomes and technical achievements.

Conference attendance is FREE for presenters and non-presenting attendees but it is requested a registration. Download the registration form from and email the completed form to Each accepted participant will receive a confirmation email.

The conference is also an excellent opportunity for international networking and for sharing results achieved in innovative projects and initiatives. We particularly encourage proposals on, but not limited to, the following areas related to the conference themes:

1. MOOCs – design, learning, teaching, quality assurance, etc.

2. CALL and its normalisation

3. Mobile-assisted language teaching and learning

4. E-learning solutions for language teaching and learning

5. Informal language learning and technologies

6. Virtual classrooms, eLearning, and ePortfolio

7. Monitoring and evaluating of language learning with technologies

8. Recognition and validation of language skills acquired through MOOCs

9. MOOCs to support multilingualism and international Mobility

10. Technologies and/or Multimedia for Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)

11. Technologies and/or Multimedia for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

The closing date for submission of proposals is 17 June 2017. Acceptance will be notified by 15 July 2017. Detailed information are on the conference website.

« Souffrance et théorie », dirigé par Alexis Cukier

Никола Бенин, д-р

кръчма Алексис

Souffrance о родилни мъки et Nouvelles aliénations, capitalisme émotionnel, производство biopolitique … Dans Les Domaines де ла Philosophie, де ла sociologie et де ла psychologie, де Nouvelles Recherches montrent Ке l’examen minutieux де l’опит субективно дю родилни мъки, et де dynamiques affectives et отношения де де pouvoir Куай s’y jouent, peut remettre l’анализира дю Кьор родилни мъки о де ла théorie критика де ла société aujourd’hui.

CET ouvrage collectif réunit ле вноски де философите, sociologues ЕТ psychologues QUI analysent ле principes méthodologiques, ле понятия fondamentales ЕТ ле последици éthiques et за политически дю дю paradigme «родилни мъки Vivant», тел qu’il Fut thématisé ал Маркс излее concevoir l’отчуждение ДАНС ле sociétés capitalistes et qu’il est aujourd’hui réactualisé ДАНС ла psychodynamique дю ражда.
Travail Vivant et théorie критика  contribue ainsi о renouvellement де Термес d’ООН, Дахомей Toujours решаващи ДАНС ла Philosophie ЕТ ле науки humaines et Sociales: де Quelle théorie де ла subjectivité avons се с нас besoin залейте с по-нежни ла тези де ла centralité дю родилни мъки et penser тръгване от d’Elle ле условия де l’отчуждение ЕТ де l’еманципация на ДАНС ле sociétés contemporaines?

2017 EAJRS conference in Oslo

Nikola Benin, PhD




The 28th EAJRS Conference

Digital Strategies for Japanese Studies: Theories and Practices

Organized by the Humanities and Social Science Libraries, University of Oslo Library
Oslo, Norway
人文社会学図書館 オスロ大学図書館
13-16 September 2017

Call for Papers: Academic Conference “Civil Society in East Asian Countries”

Nikola Benin, PhD


The Centre for Asian Studies invites scholars of area studies, political science, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and other subjects to submit papers to an international conference “Civil Society in East Asian Countries: Contributions to Democracy, Peace and Sustainable Development“ that will be held on October 26-27 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The conference is dedicated to research about civil society in East Asian countries. The organizers are inviting scholars to present their insights on what role civil society is playing in East Asia, in what ways non-governmental sector is organized, what challenges and opportunities civil activists encounter in each country, and what effects civil society has on democracy, peace, international cooperation, sustainable development and other spheres on the global, regional, national and local scale. Approaches from the perspective of political science, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and other sciences are welcome.

Please submit an abstract of individual presentation (up to 300 words) or panel (up to 500 words), together with your name, position, institutional affiliation and a short (one paragraph) biographical statement to by June 30, 2017. All proposals will be peer reviewed by a board of experts, and the selection results will be announced by July 15. Selected presenters will be asked to submit full paper of their presentation by the beginning of the conference to be published as conference proceedings.



Nikola Benin, PhD

First Japanese Law Workshop Thursday, May 18, 2017 Boulevard de la Plaine 5, 1050 Brussels at Kobe University Brussels European Centre (KUBEC) EUROPEAN VIEWS ON JAPANESE LAW Introduction and opening remarks Considering seventy years of socio-legal research in Japan (1947-2017) Fairness and the categorization of disaster victims: comparing 9/11 and 3/11 The challenges of minimum income security in Japan Discussion Lunch Break Competition law in Japan: between scepticism and cautious embrace Beyond the dichotomy of corporate governance models: the so-called traditional Japanese and Italian systems Discussion and closing remarks Due to limited space, registration is required.

Please send an e-mail to with full name and affiliation, and sp