The Centre for Japanese Studies holds a series of regular seminars throughout both semesters of the academic year. In keeping with our interdisciplinary outlook, speakers are invited from a diverse range of fields and research specialisms.
Seminars are typically held Thursday evenings at 17:30 in the Lawrence Stenhouse Building room 0.01. The seminars usually last around one hour and are followed by informal discussion over refreshments. The seminars are open to all and there is no need to register attendance, so come along!
To ensure that you are kept informed about the Research Seminar schedule, contact email@example.com to be added to our mailing list.
Seminars will re-commence in the autumn semester. Watch this space or check our newsletters to stay up to date.
Okinawan Art in its Regional Context: Historical Overview and Contemporary Practice
Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October 2019, Council Chamber (TBC), UEA
The aim of the conference is to offer an international stage to distinguished scholars, and to discuss Okinawan arts and cultures. We hope to re-evaluate the significance of mutual influences among the islands of the Okinawan chain in regional, transregional, and transnational contexts.
This two-day conference will address the socio-cultural complexities of Okinawan identity over the course of history, and explore the intersection between art, politics, and identity from an interdisciplinary perspective. The object of the conference and its ensuing studies is to shed light on how Okinawan arts and cultures have been shaped by internal political situations and by a triple subjugation to the United States, Japan, and China.
We are delighted to confirm that Prof. Junko Kobayashi, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, will offer her keynote speech, and Mr Teruya Yuken will give his public talk during the conference. We would like you to participate in various discussions about modern and contemporary Okinawan art, culture, and politics with other researchers.
To register and for further information please visit the event page.
Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship 2019
On Between 27th July and 17th August, the Centre for Japanese Studies, in collaboration with SISJAC and the Collaborative International Programmes Office, hosted its second Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship. This three-week long, advanced level intensive programme is targeted towards doctoral candidates, early career researchers and professionals working in Japanese arts and cultures. Funded by the Ishibashi Foundation, 22 fellows from across the world were brought together for a programme comprising of masterclasses from world-leading scholars, fieldtrips to archives, libraries and galleries, and independent study.
Japan Orientation Summer School 2019
This summer we also held our 6th undergraduate-level Japanese Studies summer programme, Japan Orientation. Held between 29th June and 14th July, 16 students joined us in Norwich for two weeks of study and research. 12 scholarships were available for students from central and eastern European countries, generously provided by the Toshiba International Foundation, and three further scholarships were awarded by SISJAC. Students were given lectures in a broad variety of subjects, drawing on the UEA's expertise in interdisciplinary learning. Among the feedback, we were particularly pleased to hear that some students would like to come back to the UEA to study on our new MA Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, launching in 2020!
Colleagues from the UEA and SISJAC held a double panel at this year's International Convention of Asia Scholars held at Leiden in June. This built upon the theme of CJS' workshop 'Seas of Japan' held in late 2018. Read more about about the panels here.