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Annual seminar of the "Japarchi" academic theme network

Séminaire annuel du réseau scientifique thématique « Japarchi »

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Published on Thursday, May 23, 2019


Nous invitons les chercheur·e·s, les doctorant·e·s et éventuellement les étudiant·e·s en master 2 à venir présenter leur travail sur la spatialité au Japon lors des séances du séminaire annuel. Nous attendons une réflexion en cours sur les mots, leurs significations, le contexte de leur énonciation et usages. Les champs disciplinaires convoqués au sujet de l’espace et de la spatialité au Japon sont : architecture, paysage, géographie, anthropologie de l’espace, sociologie, urbanisme, études urbaines, histoire et arts.



The thematic scientific network Japarchi seeks to define a series of fundamental ideas and devices of the spatial culture of Japan; this work was presented in the publication The Vocabulary of Japanese Spatiality, CNRS Editions in 2014. It currently continues with the online publication of new captions on the Japarchi Internet site.

Since September 2018, an annual Japarchi seminar is part of the on-going process regarding this “open encyclopaedia” with contributions based on a Japanese term or expression. These lexical inputs concern material facilities or arrangements built or deployed in the territory; notions or concepts linked to architecture, urban planning or landscape, the various players who operate in or with space.  

Each input offers a description, a historical perspective, an analysis of current functions and interpretation, alongside any other essential characteristics. After a phase of editing and scientific proofreading, the contribution is uploaded onto the Japarchi Internet site.

We encourage researchers, PhD students and potentially Masters’ students to present their research at these sessions. Rather than a completed work, we expect on-going reflection on the words, their significance, their use and the context in which they are used. The following disciplinary fields are called upon with reference to the subject of space and spatial qualities in Japan: architecture, landscape, geography, anthropology of space, sociology, urban planning, urban studies, art and art history.

For 2018-19 we are organizing seminars on the following topics:

  1. Landscape, words and uses in professional discourses, law, in history and currently
  2. Contextualization of a term or topic with local examples (sites, places, …)  
  3. Places, moments, rituals related to hospitality in history and today. 
  4. Public space, open spaces and their uses 
  5. Sustainable cities and architecture
  6. Mobility and bicycles …
  7. Shrinking cities
  8. Previous topics through a tourism filter
  9. Miscellaneous: this topic is reserved for scholars who would like to present their on-going work about a word or concept or technical term. Artistic works or films are also possible. 

The seminar will be held in different places in Japan and France.

Information at http://japarchi.fr/

Submission guidelines

Scholars are invited to send their proposals

for a presentation according to the given dates and places to: japarchi@gmail.com

300 words before June 30th 2019


  • École nationale d'architecture et de paysage de Lille
    Lille, France (59)
  • EFEO, Kitashirakawa bettô-chô 29, Sakyô-ku, 606-8276
    Kyoto, Japan
  • ENSA de Paris Belleville
    Paris, France (75)
  • Maison Franco-Japonaise - Ebisu
    Tokyo, Japan


  • Sunday, June 30, 2019


  • spatialité, architecture, paysage, ville, territoire, histoire, patrimoine


  • Catherine Grout
    courriel : c-grout [at] lille [dot] archi [dot] fr
  • Sylvie Brosseau
    courriel : Japarchi [at] gmail [dot] com

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Information source

  • Catherine Grout
    courriel : c-grout [at] lille [dot] archi [dot] fr


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« Annual seminar of the "Japarchi" academic theme network », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, May 23, 2019, https://calenda.org/622615

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