Call for Applicants: PhD Scholarship Japanese Studies, Ghent University (Edo culture/history)

We are pleased to invite applications for a full-time, fully-funded 3-year PhD Fellowship at the University of Ghent. The successful candidate will work on the FWO-funded project The Ethical Body in Early Modern Japanese Health Cultivation, co-supervised by Prof. Andreas Niehaus and Dr. Angelika Koch at Ghent University, and he/she will be expected to complete his PhD on a topic related to Edo-period (1600-1868) health cultivation texts (yōjō). Please note that we are an international team and the language of the project and the dissertation is English; Dutch language skills are not expected.

The post will be tenable from Oct 1, 2019 for three years, with a monthly net bursary of minimum 2.015,51 Euro (depending on seniority/prior employment) and a generous fixed bench fee of 3.720 Euro per year (for fieldwork, research material, conference travel)

I would be extremely grateful if you could circulate this to interested students. For further details, please see the information attached below.

Contact details:

Dr. Angelika Koch

What we are looking for:


  • MA degree in Japanese Studies and/or Japanese History
  • Excellent modern and pre-modern Japanese language skills (bungo)
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in a team


  • Background or demonstrated interest in Tokugawa intellectual history

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to work collaboratively with a team of international researchers
  • Guidance for PhD research by two experts on the subject of the early modern body/health
  • Training in advanced research skills (kuzushiji etc.)
  • Opportunity to gain teaching experience (in English)
  • Salary: annual bursary of minimum net 2.015,51 Euro + fixed annual bench fee of 3.720 Euro
  • An international and vibrant scholarly community at the University of Ghent, a Top 100 University in the beautiful medieval city of Ghent

What to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Writing sample (ideally your undergraduate thesis, or a seminar paper)
  • Topic proposal (max. 2 pages) (optional)

Application deadline is Feb 8, 2019.

For further enquiries:

Dr. Angelika Koch

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Job Opening: Postdoc – Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies

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The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (discipline open) for the academic year 2019-20. Based at Doshisha University, KCJS is an undergraduate study abroad program governed by a consortium of thirteen American universities and administered by the Office of Global Programs & Fellowships at Columbia University.

The KCJS Fellow is expected to engage in his/her own research while teaching one course each semester in Kyoto. One course should be in the fellow’s own field of special interest, while the second course, normally taught in the spring semester, should be a broad introductory survey of Japanese civilization, aimed at students who are just beginning to learn about Japan. Such a survey may be provided with a particular disciplinary emphasis—such as art, religion, or literature—but both courses should be designed to appeal to a wide range of majors and take full advantage of the KCJS location, in order to enrich the students’ knowledge of Kyoto and the Kansai region.

Additional responsibilities include: assisting the resident director with the students’ academic orientation session at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters; advising students on academic and career planning matters; and attending occasional KCJS-sponsored co-curricular events. The Fellow is also expected to engage in the academic life of Kyoto through involvement in research study groups at Doshisha or other local universities.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a Japan-related field by the start of the fellowship. It is preferred that the candidate have relevant undergraduate teaching experience, previous experience living or studying in Japan, and Japanese language and cultural fluency.

The term of appointment is from August 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, with a ten-month salary of $50,000 or the equivalent. Round-trip transportation from the U.S.(or home country) to Japan for the fellow and immediate family members which may include a spouse/partner and one child under 18 years of age will be provided, and up to $5,000 is reimbursable for research expenses. A private office equipped with a desktop computer and printer which is located on the Doshisha campus alongside the KCJS team will be provided.

For more information about the KCJS program, please visit

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Book Announcement: Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline

Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline
David Leheny

Empire of Hope asks how emotions become meaningful in political life. In a diverse array of cases from recent Japanese history, David Leheny shows how sentimental portrayals of the nation and its global role reflect a durable story of hopefulness about the country’s postwar path. From the medical treatment of conjoined Vietnamese children, victims of Agent Orange, the global promotion of Japanese popular culture, a tragic maritime accident involving a US Navy submarine, to the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, this story has shaped the way in which political figures, writers, officials, and observers have depicted what the nation feels.

Expressions of national emotion do several things: they construct the boundaries of the national body, they inform and discipline appropriate expression, and they depoliticize messy problems that threaten to produce divisive questions about winners and losers. Most important, they work because they appear to be natural, simple and expected expressions of how the nation shares feeling, even when they paper over the extraordinary divergence in how the nation’s citizens experience each incident. In making its arguments, Empire of Hope challenges how we read the relations between emotion and politics by arguing—unlike those who build from the neuroscientific turn in the social sciences or those developing affect theory in the humanities—that the focus should be on emotional representation rather than on emotion itself.

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Funding: SSRC/JSPS Fellowships for recent PhDs and ABDs


*Deadline January 15, 2019*

The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for ABDs and recent PhDs provides promising and highly qualified researchers in the humanities and social sciences with the opportunity to conduct extended research at leading universities and research institutions in Japan. Fellowship terms are for single continuous stays from 1 to 12 months (short-term) or 12 to 24 months (long-term). Short-term fellowships must commence between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and long-term fellowships must commence between April 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019. Applicants for short-term fellowships must submit proof of a doctoral degree received no more than six years prior to April 2, 2019 or a letter from an advisor attesting to the fact that the applicant is within 2 years of completion of degree. Long-term fellowship applicants must submit a copy of a PhD diploma dated no more than six years prior to April 1, 2019.

The application deadline for both short-term and long-term fellowships is January 15, 2019.

For eligibility requirements and application instructions, please consult our website at

Social Science Research Council
Japan Program
One Pierrepont Plaza, 15th Fl
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 212-377-2700

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Job Opening: Japanese Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for:

Department of Japanese Studies
Senior Lecturer / Lecturer
(Ref. 180002GY)(Closing date: January 8, 2019)

Applicants should (i) have a Master’s degree, preferably a higher degree in a relevant discipline; (ii) possess at least ten years’ post-Master teaching experience in tertiary education (for Senior Lecturer rank) or at least four years’ post-Master teaching experience in tertiary education (for Lecturer rank); (iii) specialize in Japanese language teaching / linguistics / translation; (iv) have native or near-native fluency in Japanese and Chinese / English; and (v) have at least four years’ relevant teaching experience in Japanese language and translation courses. Ability to teach Japanese-Chinese translation courses will be advantageous.

Duties include (a) teaching undergraduate or postgraduate Japanese language / translation / linguistics courses, in particular at the advanced level; (b) serving as a course coordinator of elementary Japanese courses; (c) serving as an academic advisor and counsellor to students; and (d) other administrative duties.

Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for two years commencing August 2019, renewable subject to performance and mutual agreement.


For more information, please contact Ms. Helen Chan [Tel: (852) 3943 6466 or e-mail:].

Application Procedure
Please upload a full CV, contact details of three referees, past teaching evaluations, and a statement of teaching and research interests.

The University only accepts and considers applications submitted online for the post above. For more information and to apply online, please visit

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Call for Applicants: Funded MA Research, University of Alberta

The University of Alberta would like to announce opportunities for students to pursue a funded MA degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta (in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada):

Students can specialize in diverse areas of Japan Studies under Drs. Anne Commons (Japanese literature), David Quinter (Japanese religions and East Asian Buddhism), Walter Davis (Chinese and Japanese art history), and Kaori Kabata and Yoshi Ono (Japanese linguistics and pedagogy). Comparative topics in China and Korea Studies are also encouraged.

Graduates of the program have been admitted into PhD programs at Cambridge, Columbia, McMaster, Stanford, Toronto, UBC, Illinois, USC, UCLA, and Alberta, among others. Former students are working in diverse academic institutions, including the University of Alberta; University of Calgary; universities in China, Japan, Singapore, and the United States; and the Japan Foundation.

Tuition costs at the University of Alberta are very reasonable compared to those at other North American universities. In addition, there has been financial support, including teaching assistantships, for a high percentage of our MA students, in contrast to many programs, which only fund PhD students.

Students can focus on any of the following areas:

  • Chinese Linguistics/Pedagogy
  • Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Art History
  • Japanese Linguistics/Pedagogy
  • Japanese Literature
  • Japanese Art History
  • Japanese Religions
  • East Asian Buddhism
  • Korean Literature
  • Taiwanese Film

A full list of faculty, their areas of specialization, and their contact information can be found here:

Students interested in any of these areas should feel free to contact the relevant professor directly.

For further information, please visit the graduate pages on the website:

or contact:

Dr. Yoshi Ono, Associate Chair, Graduate

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Job Opening: Instructor in Japanese, Temple University

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies at Temple University has a one-year non-renewable opening for a Japanese-language instructor for the academic year 2019-2020. Temple University is a state-related Carnegie Research University (highest research activity) located in Philadelphia. The College of Liberal Arts is home to 32 undergraduate majors, 32 minors, 23 certificate programs and 15 graduate degree programs.

For details, see URL:



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