The story of JAWS from foundation to present accomplishments, inviting comments and recollections, and proposing a formal link with AJJ.
The Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS) was founded in Oxford in 1984 when some 30 Europeans anthropologists who had worked in Japan gathered to read papers, share ideas, and build an association for the future. This panel will review the progress made since that time: the growth of our small field, the building of links with colleagues in other parts of the world through more than 20 meetings, and our excellent collection of publications. Members of JAWS who are present at the Tokyo event will be invited to recollect some of the best moments of our collective life, and we will look towards how we might shape the future. We would also like to use this occasion to extend the hand of friendship towards our colleagues in Japan who founded an organisation based on similar anthropological studies of Japan, namely the AJJ or Anthropologists of Japan in Japan, which include some JAWS members among the many Japanese scholars. One of our aims when we founded JAWS was to have a local branch in Japan so that we could meet each other when we were doing fieldwork, but that plan was made redundant when AJJ was founded, and many of us have enjoyed the welcome of their events instead. It would be good if we could set up a more formal link as a celebration of this joint meeting. Discussion will follow after the keynote speech by Joy Hendry.