Welcome to the website of NAJAKS – Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies.
History of NAJAKS
In 1988, the first Nordic Symposium on Japanese and Korean Studies was held at Stockholm University as a rather small gathering of scholars from the humanities and the social sciences, specializing in fields related to Japan and Korea. The second such symposium took place in Copenhagen in 1990, and this time there were 65 participants. At this meeting, it was formally decided to establish the Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS) as a regional organization under the European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS), and across the following years NAJAKS would also develop a loose affiliation with the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS).
A third symposium of Nordic Scholars in Japanese and Korean studies was held in Tampere, Finland, in 1992 with a further increase in participants. Since then, the conference has been held every three years (see left column for details from the conferences in 2007 (Copenhagen), 2010 (Helsinki) and 2013 (Bergen). The conferences tend to cover a wide range of subjects, wishing to reflect the variety and breadth of Japanese and Korean studies in the Nordic countries.
Organization of conferences
Najaks conferences are held every three years, usually in August. Organizers of a conference must hold a General Assembly during their conference that is to be open to all participants, with one of the key organizers as chair person. The General Assembly ideally elects two persons from each Nordic country to the Najaks board, which sits for the next three years. The Assembly must also select a host for the next conference. The chair person is in charge of passing on essential and practical information to the next host, including website login information and participant lists.