May 2021

REALC graduates

May 2020

Congratulations Spring 2020 Graduates!

Spring 2020 graduates

January 2020

Emory will host the 2020 Association for Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS) conference January 24 - 25 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. This year's main theme is inclusivity and exclusivity in Japanese literature. 

From Prince Shōtoku’s seventeen-article constitution to the present era of Reiwa, the figure of “harmony” has often been invoked in Japanese literary and cultural history. At the same time, estrangement from the collective has been an equally prevalent theme: experienced by both the exiled courtiers of ancient myths and by the alienated protagonists of modern novels. How has the dynamic of inclusivity and exclusivity functioned as an enduring focus of literary texts? How might we relate the processes of inclusion and exclusion to other questions of interest in literary study such as canonicity, periodization, and identity formation (including national, gender and sexuality, and ethnicity)? What are the stakes involved in drawing boundaries and forging definitions for categories such as center and periphery, or ga/high culture and zoku/popular culture?

How might we extend these questions into more meta-level issues such as interdisciplinary and cross-regional studies, definitions of Japanese literature, forms engagement with diverse communities, and accessibility of research materials and other resources?

For more information, see the official AJLS 2020 website. 

July, 2019

Association for Asian Studies (AAS) posted and interview with Jia-Chen Fu:

Wendy Fu

Assistant Professor of Chinese Jia-Chen Fu received an AAS First Book Subvention Award for her 2018 publication, The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China. Read the full AAS interview here.

The Department of REALC has announced that it will host two conferences in the coming academic year:

The first will be "Le Deuxième Sexe Seventy Years On: Reading Beauvoir around the World," October 25-26, 2019.

The second is the Association for Japanese Literary Studies annual conference, "Inclusivity and Exclisivity in Japanese Literature," January 24-25. The call for papers for the AJLS conference is below.

Call for Papers: AJLS 2020 Conference at Emory

The 27th annual conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies will be held at Emory University in Atlanta, GA on January 24–25, 2020 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. This year’s main theme is Inclusivity and Exclusivity in Japanese Literature. We welcome papers that approach this topic from a broad range of perspectives: as a textual theme, as a component of literary scholarship, and as a question relevant to the discipline and its practitioners.

All conference information, including the call for papers, can be found at

May, 2019

2019 graduation list

February, 2019

Julia Bullock lecture