British Association for Japanese Studies at SOAS
Since September 2017 SOAS has become the institutional home of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS) which was formed in 1974 with the aim to encourage Japanese studies in the UK, in particular by stimulating teaching and research, and has a membership of over five hundred. It is administered by a Council, which is elected at the BAJS Conference. It is funded by an annual subscription from the membership, and all activities (including the Conference) are self-financing. The Association's first Conference was convened in 1975, and following that the BAJS Conference was an annual event. From 2010, the BAJS Conference has been held on a tri-annual basis, alternating with the European Association for Japanese Studies and the Joint East Asian Studies Conferences, with an annual workshop held during the other two years.
The Association seeks to recognize exceptional academic contributions through the administration of prizes, to encourage postgraduate students and emerging academics through funding awards, and to assist members' development through the sponsorship of advanced research projects.