Published: Sept. 14, 2023

Call for Proposals 

The 30th Central Association of Teachers of Japanese Conference (CATJ 30) 

"Collaboration Across Interdisciplinary, Communities, Borders, and Languages" 

April 20 (Sat), 2024 

DePaul University, Chicago, IL 


Call For Proposals Submission DeadlineDecember 23, 2023 (Sat) 11:59 pm (CST) 

The 30th Central Association of Teachers of Japanese (CATJ 30) will be hosted jointly by DePaul University and Purdue University on Saturday, April 20, 2024. The CATJ 30 will be an in-person conference at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, the heart of Chicago's culture and academic scenes.  

The conference theme is "Collaboration across Interdisciplinary, Communities, Borders, and Languages," seeking to bring together Japanese language professionals from the Midwest region and beyond across the US and Canada and build rich, diverse contexts across schools, regions, and countries. We invite proposals related to the central theme as well as those in the following topic strands: 

  • Bilingualism/Plurilingualism 
  • Corpus Linguistics 
  • Language and Technology 
  • Language Testing 
  • Linguistics 
  • Pedagogy  
  • Second Language Acquisition 
  • Teacher’s training/education  
  • Translation  

Dr. Yoshiko Mori, Professor of Japanese at Georgetown University and President-Elect of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ), will be a plenary speaker.    

Presentation Details: 

Presenters will have 20 minutes for their presentation, followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. Presented papers will be published in the CATJ online proceedings. We encourage graduate students and junior faculty to submit proposals as to build their experience in a conference presentation and receive constructive feedback in a more cordial and casual setting of the regional conference.   

Financial Supports for Graduate Students and Junior Faculty: 

Small stipends would be provided for presenters who are graduate students or junior faculty member (who have been teaching Japanese full-time at K-16 institutions for less than two years). The fund availability depends on the grants awarded for the conference organization committee. The details will be announced later around the time of the proposal acceptance. 

Submission Guidelines:                  

  • The submission deadline is December 23, 2023 (Sat) 11:59 pm (CST) 
  • Submit your proposal either in Word or PDF format. 
  • The length of the proposal is 300 words maximum for abstracts written in English and 700 words for Japanese. 
  • Do not include your name in your proposal. 
  • You may submit only ONE abstract as either a single or joint author. 

Please submit your proposal by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Chicago in April! 

2024 CATJ Conference Organizers 

Nobuko Chikamatsu Chandler, Ph.D. (DePaul University) 

Mariko M. Wei, Ph.D. (Purdue University)