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 01.21. 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!
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Dr Hannah Shepherd on 'A Tale of Two Cities: Fukuoka and Pusan in the Japanese Empire'
On the 5th of December we will be joined by Dr Hannah Shepherd of the University of Cambridge who will be giving a fascinating talk on the relationship between the two major port cities - one colonised, one expansionist - joined by the Korean Strait. See the poster below for more details.
Autumn Semester Schedule
More information can be found here.
CJS Research Seminar: Dr Lindsay Black on Human (in)security in Japan-Myanmar Relations
On Thursday 14th November, Dr Lindsay Black came over from Leiden University to give a talk on his latest research topic exploring the rhetoric behind Japan's 'chequebook diplomacy' in Myanmar. His talk covered Japan's consistent economic support in the 'rehabilitation' of Myanmar as it sought to cast off its 'pariah' status on the international stage and engage economically with world powers, particularly in the face of ongoing war crimes committed by the dominant military there. Key to Dr Black's discussion was the glaring ahistoricity of Japanese rhetoric on supporting Myanmar, positioning itself in contrast as a leading nation of Asia with complete disregard for its militarist past with then-Burma. Instead, they described Myanmar's reintegration to the world stage as it's own 'Meiji restoration', casting a problematic teleological perspective on national development in Asia.
More information can be found on Lindsay Black's work through his Leiden University profile here.
Sasakawa Studentship Alumni Event
On Friday 8th of November, Sasakawa alumni from UEA presented en masse at the Sasakawa Studentship Alumni Event hosted at SOAS. The day consisted of quick-fire 5 minute presentations on individual research topics, displaying the huge range of topics covered by Japanese Studies researchers from male grooming practices amongst salarymen to the role of satire and humour in the development of Japan into a modern nation state. This was followed by constructive, tailored feedback from senior academics. A quick lunch and tea break saw much networking as attendees excitedly inquired about one another’s fields in between bites of sandwiches and sips of tea and coffee.
Afternoon discussions provided valuable information for budding researchers on the ins and outs of the world of publication, with representatives from Taylor & Francis, the Journal for Japanese Studies and Japan Forum. Future workshops and funding opportunities were then presented by representatives of the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Embassy of Japan. The day was rounded off by a warm reception, where UEA attendees thanked their wonderful hosts with a commemorative photo.
CJS Research Seminar: Takeshi Shimizu on Broadcasting Interpretation at the BBC and NHK
On the 31st October, we welcomed Mr. Takeshi Shimizu to discuss his years of experience in the world of broadcasting interpretation for our Research Seminar Series. His talk covered the history of live broadcast interpretation through such major networks as CNN, NHK and the BBC before referring to his own experience on the job as it evolved over the past 30 years. He ended on the varying skills required for the job and desirable talents for aspiring interpreters in the audience. Mr. Shimizu then fielded a variety of questions from the audience on the future of broadcasting interpretation with the rise of AI and other means of automation, to which he responded that AI has yet to rise to the challenge of the complexities of the Japanese language.