Call for Papers for Tove Jansson and the Impact of Japan Conference

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Conference: Tove Jansson and the Impact of Japan

Date:                27–28 November 2019, Tokyo

Organised by:    Finnish Institute in Japan


Proposals due 31st of October 2019

This year marks the centennial of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. It also gives an excellent platform to study the impact of the both cultures to one another. The Finnish multitalented writer, visual and comic artist Tove Jansson is widely known in Japan. Jansson made her first trip to Japan in 1971 and the second in 1990. She visited various places and was filming her experiences but what was the impact of Japan to her literary production and to her as an artist?


Call for Papers

We invite 20-minute paper proposals that address issues and discourses arising out of the theme of the conference. The proposals can, but are not limited to, discuss the following topics:

  • Japanese translations of Tove Jansson’s books
  • The philosophy and language in Tove Jansson’s books
  • Female characters in Tove Jansson’s literary production
  • Agelessness of the characters in Tove Jansson’s books

The conference also encourages papers that focus on Tove Jansson’s impact on the roles of today’s women in Japan and Finland. Kindly send your 250-word (maximum) abstract in English by October 31th  2019 at the latest to: The participation fee will be waived for selected papers.


Conference Details

Date:                             27–28 November 2019

Excursion day:                29 November 2019

Venue:                           Meiji-Kinenkan, Tokyo, Japan