Internship Opportunity: Summer 2015 Internship, JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF

Via JETWit jobs mailing list.

Institution: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF)
Location: Washington, DC

Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities!

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO summer 2015 interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange. Interns will be disseminating information via social media, helping to plan a Summit of U.S.-Japan related organizations, assisting with the JUSFC grant-making selection process, and supporting the Friendship Blossoms, TeamUp and other campaigns.

Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (translation skills a plus). 16-40 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF will reimburse transportation costs. Please see our website for further information about our activities and our excellent Internship Program:

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Funding: Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies [UK]

money-150-2Via JETAA LinkedIn Group

Deadline: May 28, 2015
Limited to British citizens
Number of scholarships: 6
Education: postgraduate

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies, a postgraduate programme  to support the study of Japanese Studies in either Japan or the UK.

We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this programme from Daiwa Securities Group Inc.

The intention is to support six individuals in any given year, of whom at least three must study full-time at a university in Japan.

Applications are now invited for the Programme’s first year.


Candidates for the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies must be:

– British citizens

– holders of an Honours degree in Japanese Studies, defined as a course focussing primarily on the study of Japan, and containing a substantial Japanese language component

– enrolled* or enrolling in a Japanese Studies-related course in either Japan or the UK. (Applicants need not have identified a precise university, course or supervisor at the time of applying.)


*Please note that Scholarships will not be granted in arrears.

Scholarships will not be awarded to former recipients of Daiwa Scholarships or to the same individual more than once.

 Condition of Scholarship

 – Those Scholars affiliated to UK universities must undertake at least part of their studies in Japan.

– Scholarships will be awarded to cover the whole period required to attain the degree in question. In cases where the applicant has already begun his or her studies, the Scholarship will fund the whole remaining period required.

– The Scholarship will cover university fees for the course in question, plus living expenses. Living expenses will be payable at a rate of £1,000 per month for periods spent in the UK, and ¥260,000 per month for periods spent in Japan.

– The Foundation will pay one economy class return air fare between the UK and Japan per Scholar per annum.

– Continuation of funding will be conditional on satisfactory progress being made. Scholars will be required to submit annual progress reports to the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

– Amounts payable to Scholars in receipt of other funding (e.g., Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation, JSPS, Japan Foundation,  university scholarships or bursaries) will be reduced by the amount of this other funding.

– Scholarships will not be granted in arrears.

–  Scholarships will not be awarded to former recipients of Daiwa Scholarships or to the same individual more than once.

Any queries can be referred to

Full details on Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

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Book Announcement: Imagining Exile in Heian Japan: banishment in law, literature, and cult

Imagining ExileFor over three hundred years during the Heian period (794–1185), execution was customarily abolished in favor of banishment. During the same period, exile emerged widely as a concern within literature and legend, in poetry and diaries, and in the cultic imagination, as expressed in oracles and revelations. While exile was thus one sanction available to the state, it was also something more: a powerful trope through which members of court society imagined the banishment of gods and heavenly beings, of legendary and literary characters, and of historical figures, some transformed into spirits.

This compelling and well-researched volume is the first in English to explore the rich resonance of exile in the cultural life of the Japanese court. Rejecting the notion that such narratives merely reflect a timeless literary archetype, Jonathan Stockdale shows instead that in every case narratives of exile emerged from particular historical circumstances—moments in which elites in the capital sought to reveal and to re-imagine their world and the circulation of power within it. By exploring the relationship of banishment to the structures of inclusion and exclusion upon which Heian court society rested, Stockdale moves beyond the historiographical discussion of “center and margin” to offer instead a theory of exile itself.

Stockdale’s arguments are situated in astute and careful readings of Heian sources. His analysis of a literary narrative, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, for example, shows how Kaguyahime’s exile from the “Capital of the Moon” to earth implicitly portrays the world of the Heian court as a polluted periphery. His exploration of one of the most well-known historical instances of banishment, that of Sugawara Michizane, illustrates how the political sanction of exile could be met with a religious rejoinder through which an exiled noble is reinstated in divine form, first as a vengeful spirit and then as a deity worshipped at the highest levels of court society.

Imagining Exile in Heian Japan is a model of interdisciplinary scholarship that will appeal to anyone interested in the interwoven connections among the literature, politics, law, and religion of early and classical Japan.

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Fun Link Friday: Spinning tops

iconAs many long-time followers know, a colleague and I have been working on a digital archive related to 江戸独楽 (Edo goma), or Edo-style spinning tops. Hand-crafted tops are thought to have a history in Japan dating back to at least the 6th century in Japan, with archaeological evidence found in the Fujiwara palace in Nara that served as the imperial capital between 694 and 710. They became popularized in the 18th century.

A friend recently informed me that Begin Japanology has a great video that gives a brief introduction to Japanese koma 独楽, including many of the regional variations in style and different types that can be made. Be sure to check it out below!

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Job Opening: University of Macau, Professor of Japanese Language and Pedagogy

job opening - 5Institution:         University of Macau, The Centre for Japanese Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Location:          Macau
Position:           Full Professor of Japanese Language and Pedagogy

The University of Macau is a leading higher education institution in Macao, with English as its working language. In recent years, the University has made great progress in various areas, with increasing international recognition of its excellence in teaching, research and community service. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/2015 ranks the University among the world’s top 300 universities. With the beautiful new campus (20 times larger than the old one) becoming fully operational, the launch of Asia’s largest residential college system, the establishment of new faculties, and the increasing numbers of students and faculty members recruited from around the world, UM possesses great potential and provides exciting new possibilities for growth and development.

The Centre for Japanese Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities invites applications for the position of Professor of Japanese Language and Pedagogy.

The Centre for Japanese Studies is an established and lively scholarly community with a strong international tradition for the teaching of Japanese language. In addition to its undergraduate BA programme in Japanese Studies, the Centre offers an undergraduate Minor in Japanese Studies, as well as possible PhD supervision across the range of the department’s expertise. The Centre has particular strengths in Japanese linguistics and anthropological approaches to Asian studies. In addition to undergraduate language teaching graduate-level teaching and supervision may be expected to develop within Japanese Studies or related areas.


Applicants must hold a PhD in Japanese Studies or in a related area. Applicants should have an excellent record of tertiary teaching and supervision experience and a distinguished record of research and publication at an international level. Academic specialization is open but applicants with research specialization in curriculum design, language assessment or language instructional strategies are especially welcome. Applicants should have native or near-native fluency in Japanese along with extensive experience teaching Japanese as a second/foreign language. A good command of English is also preferred. Applicants with administrative experience are especially welcome.

The selected candidate may assume duty as early as August 2015.

Position and Remuneration

Remuneration and appointment rank offered will be competitive and commensurate with the successful applicant academic qualifications, current position and professional experience. The current local maximum income tax rate is 12%, but is effectively around 5% – 7% after various discretionary exemptions.

Application Procedure

Applicants should visit for more details, and apply ONLINE at Jobs@UM( (Ref. No.: FAH/PJS/09/2015). Review of applications will commence on15 April 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants may consider their applications not successful if they were not invited for an interview within 3 months of application.

Human Resources Office

University of Macau, Av. da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China

Website:;  Email:

Tel: +853 8822 8577;  Fax: +853 8822 2412

The effective position and salary index are subject to the Personnel Statute of the University of Macau in force. The University of Macau reserves the right not to appoint a candidate. Applicants with less qualification and experience can be offered lower positions under special circumstances.

***Personal data provided by applicants will be kept confidential and used for recruitment purpose only***

** Under the equal condition of qualifications and experience, priority will be given to Macao permanent residents**

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Job Opening: Study Abroad Coordinator, University of New Hampshire

job opening - 5Via JETWit mailing list.

Institution: University of New Hampshire
Location: Durham, NH
Operating Title COLA Study Abroad Coordinator
Closing Date 05-08-2015
Education: BA and experience or MA an experience

Summary of Position This position is responsible for planning, organizing, evaluating, coordinating and managing all administrative aspects of study away programs for the College of Liberal Arts.

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, preferably in education, and two years experience planning, organizing and evaluating international exchange or study abroad programs, or
  • Bachelor’s degree and four years of related experience as indicated.
  • Administrative ability.
  • Human relations and communications skills.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Equipment/Instruments Familiarity with office equipment including but not limited to computers and multifunction devices.

Duties/ Responsibilities

-Counsel students regarding application, confirmation, registration, and pre-departure processes for participation in College-managed study away programs
-Perform evaluations of existing programs, provide advice and feedback to COLA Dean’s Office, and plan for future needs to meet with educational goals of the College
-Attend College meetings of Study Away Coordinators, prepare materials for discussion and follow up as needed
-Correspond with students via phone and e-mail from initial inquiry stage through departure, writing and mailing hard-copy documents as needed
-Manage expectations and specific needs of program participants pertaining to special health, housing, or academic accommodations/requests
-Ensure proper academic registration of all students in accordance with University policies and procedures
-Communicate program-related policies and procedures to and respond to inquiries from students, faculty, staff and parents
-Advance student and campus awareness of, and engagement with, programs by:
-Work with COLA Communications Coordinator to develop flyers, posters, brochures and other materials that promote information session attendance and program participation
-Managing and editing program websites
-Manage program social media platforms
-Engage with prospective students by planning, scheduling and participating in classroom visits, information tables (on-campus and at other institutions), study abroad fairs, resource fairs, promotional mailings, etc.
-Work in conjunction with finance personnel and faculty directors to develop program budgets
-Plan and account for program-related financial transactions
-Process program-related reimbursements
-Advertise and hire for student hourly staff positions
-Supervise, train, structure and assign work to, and determine priorities for student hourly staff
Logistics Coordination/Institutional Relations
-Maintain/develop relationships with overseas partner institutions
-Navigate linguistic and cultural complexities in communicating with overseas partner institutions and organizations to arrange and/or schedule student services such as housing, meals, transportation and admissions to events for program-related excursions
Data Management
-Update and maintain database of student information and progress from inquired status through returned status
-Manage transition to new any database software as needed
-Produce statistical reports and enrollment data as requested
Risk Management
-Coordinate efforts with faculty directors and the Center for International Education to ensure programs develop, maintain and follow emergency plans and risk management protocols
-Communicate program-specific risk management policies and procedures to faculty, staff, students and parents
-Communicate contact information of in-country and emergency contact information of faculty, staff and students to Center for International Education and other campus offices as necessary
Policy & Procedure Development
-Oversee creation, maintenance and distribution of pre-departure materials/handbooks, on-campus and on-site director manuals, and work-study training manuals

Full details on University System of New Hampshire. 
Posting Number/Job Order #0902880

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Job Opening: University of Zurich, History Department Two Academic Assistants

job opening - 5Institution:      University of Zurich, History Department
Location:          Switzerland
Position:           Doctoral Fellow/Two Academic Assistants (60% PhD-positions)

The Chair for Global History (18th to 20th centuries) invites applications for:

Two Academic Assistants (60% PhD-positions)
History Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Deadline for Applications: 10 May 2015

We welcome applications from candidates who possess:

  • Research interests in the history of the Asia-Pacific region from 1700 to the present
  • Outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate training (including completed MA)
  • Working knowledge of an East Asian language and / or another language relevant to the region
  • Excellent research and organizational skills
  • Commitment to develop and teach new, area-based courses within the field of Global History

Successful applicants will join one of Europe’s leading history departments (seventeen chairs), with thriving postgraduate and postdoctoral communities. The position offers attractive working conditions, including dedicated office space for the Chair of Global History, and a competitive salary. After a one-year probation, the position is renewable for the duration of the PhD (up to six years in total). Starting date 1 August 2015(negotiable).

Applicants are not expected to speak German already, but are expected to learn it during the period of their PhD studies. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in person or via Skype.

Please direct academic enquiries to Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre (
Please direct procedural enquiries, and completed applications, to Nadja Schorno (, +41 (0)44 634 38 68

Applicants should email Nadja Schorno the following documents as a single PDF file:

  • Covering Letter (in English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • Certificates of Higher Education (BA and MA academic transcripts or equivalents)
  • A 500-word summary of proposed PhD topic (in English)
  • A 3,000-5,000 word writing sample (in English)

Applicants should also separately arrange for two academic referees to email confidential references to Nadja Schorno by 10 May 2015.


Nadja Schorno
Universität Zürich
Historisches Seminar
Karl-Schmid-Strasse 4
CH-8006 Zurich


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