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GB Sasakawa Foundation Postgraduate Studentships - Deadline: Friday 15th February

We are pleased to once again be able to offer up to three studentships from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for postgraduate students studying a Japan-related subject. Each studentship is worth £10,000 towards fees and living expenses. Any field related to Japanese Studies is eligible, and both PhD students and MA students may apply. If applying for an MA, the dissertation should be Japan-themed.

The deadline is less than a month away so be sure to get your application in on time.

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Next CJS Research Seminars

We are pleased to announce the next programme of CJS Research Seminars for this semester! View the full programme here

Seminars are held in the Lawrence Stenhouse Building (LSB) in room 01.21. Doors open at 5.15pm and the seminars begin at 5.30pm. Talks typically last around an hour, and are followed by a Q&A and informal discussion over a glass of wine. All are welcome to attend, and there is no need to register in advance.


Wednesday 6th February

Reduplication in English and Japanese: How Words Are Coined in the Lexicon

Professor Naoyuki Ono, Tohoku University

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Thursday 7th February

Hands of a Goze: The Tactile Culture of Visually-Impaired People in Modern Japan

Professor Kojiro Hirose, National Museum of Ethnography, Japan

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Wednesday 27th February

Royal Abdications and the Quest for Power in Early Japanese History

Dr Daniel F. Schley, University of Bonn

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Wednesday 20th March

The U.S. Occupation of Japan and the Korean Minority Question

Dr Deokhyo Choi, University of Sheffield

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We were delighted to have Dr Lena Fritsch of the Ashmolean Museum as the final speaker before Christmas. Dr Fritsch gave a talk on Japanese photography since 1945 and was a fascinating seminar, well-received by specialists and non-experts alike. 


CJS Summer Schools 2019

We are once again running our two summer schools Japan Orientation for undergraduate students, running 29th June – 13th July, and the Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship for postgraduate and doctoral students, running 27th July – 17th August. Applications are now open and the deadline is 31st March. You can find more information about the programmes below and links to their webpages:

Japan Orientation, 29th June - 13th July

Japan Orientation is targeted towards undergraduate students with an interest in Japan, although no experience of Japanese language or study of Japan is required. This course is about gaining a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of Japan. Classes concentrate on stimulating discussions on a wide range of disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies, including arts and culture, history, literature, international relations, business and media.

For more information and to apply, click here. 

Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship, 27th July - 17th August

Our second, more advanced summer programme returns at the end of July with a new name, to reflect the course’s master’s-level content. This course offers an in-depth encounter with Japanese arts, cultures and heritage, from the earliest times to the present day. Over the three weeks of the course, participants learn about what constitutes Japanese cultural heritage and how this relates to the rest of the world; how Japanese visual and material cultures are displayed in museums and galleries both in Japan and elsewhere; and about current debates in the study of Japanese art history in a transnational context. Through detailed case studies participants will gain a clear understanding of Japanese artistic and cultural traditions and their impact on the modern world.

For more information and to apply, click here.