Workshop: Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography

The third Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography will run from 1 August to 13 August 2016 at Emmanuel College (Cambridge, UK). We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting an application is 31 March 2016.  The theme for 2016 is ‘Education and Learning in Early-modern Japan.’

Our Graduate Summer School aims at teaching the foundations of what we call holistic wahon literacy  総合的な和本リテラシー.  In other words we aim at teaching the basics of all the skills, both linguistic and palaeographic, that one needs in order to access, decode and interpret Edo-period printed and handwritten materials. They include: wabun written in cursive (kuzushiji and hentaigana), kanbun and sōrōbun. At the end of the two weeks you will have gained the knowledge and the skills to tackle a wide range of primary sources in their original format by yourself. You are welcome to read the comments of our previous participants at:

This workshop is geared towards graduate students (both at the Master and at the PhD level), established scholars, librarians and museum curators who work on Edo-period materials.

We offer seventy two hours of tuition (six hours per day per twelve days) and we devote roughly the same amount of hours to the three linguistic/palaeographic areas mentioned above. The primary sources we shall be using are different from those of the two previous Graduate Summer Schools. Included in the tution are also: an intensive one-day workshop with the London-based calligraphy master Yukiko Ayres focused on how to write cursive kanji and kana in order to enhance your reading abilities; a key-note lecture by Dr Ellis Tinios on the field of textual scholarship. The tuition fee for the whole programme is £200.

As regards accommodation, you are very welcome (but not obliged, of course!) to stay at Emmanuel College for the duration of the Graduate Summer School. The cost for an en-suite single room with breakfast is £35 per day. Double rooms are also available at a higher price. Please note that children are not admitted in college.

To apply please submit the application form that you find online at: We require that you have a solid knowledge of classical grammar (bungo). As indicated above, the deadline for submitting your application is 31 March 2016.

We can only accept 20 participants every year. If we receive applications beyond this number a selection will be made on the basis of the relevance of the Graduate Summer School to your work.
If you need a visa or if you are applying for funding, we are happy to write a letter of invitation. Just let us know with plenty of notice.

If you have any query, please contact Dr Laura Moretti at: Alternatively use the form available at

You can access this information on the official website of the Graduate Summer School

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Job Opening: Japanese History, Seton Hall University

job opening - 5Institution:       Seton Hall University
Location:          New Jersey, United States
Position:           Assistant Professor, Japanese History

The Department of History at Seton Hall University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the history of Japan to start in August 2016. Secondary field of expertise in Korean or Southeast Asian history is highly desirable. The successful candidate will be a member of the History Department with joint affiliation in the Asian Studies Program. Teaching responsibilities will include World History, surveys in Japanese history and advanced electives in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Historical methods seminars may also be required.  Ph.D. must be completed by the start of employment. Teaching experience and a record of publications are highly advantageous. Applicants must understand and be willing to support the Seton Hall University Catholic mission. Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to . Review of applications will begin on December 7, 2015. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AHA convention in Atlanta. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Maxim Matusevich, Chair Asian History search committee. Seton Hall is an AA/EOE employer.

Contact:           Dr. Maxim Matusevich

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Call for Papers: 3rd Annual UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Conference

call for papers [150-2]3rd Annual UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Conference, April 2016

Currently enrolled graduate students are invited to submit paper proposals for the 3rd Annual UC Berkeley Japan Studies Graduate Conference, to be held April 22-23, 2016 at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Proposals due: Friday, January 8, 2016

To apply, submit a 250-word paper abstract (including name, institutional affiliation and presentation title) at:

This conference invites graduate students from all disciplines of Japanese studies to explore past and present concepts, understandings and experience of health and the body. How are these embodied in Japan’s knowledge systems, institutional structures, and identities?

Possible areas of inquiry include (but are not limited to):

  • healing and medical practices, systems, and technologies
  • public and environmental health
  • embodied identities (e.g. LGBTQ, gender, race, disability, reproductivity, aging, illness, pain, death)
  • mental health
  • Art/media representations of health/bodies/embodiment
  • Fitness, athletics and bodily discipline
  • aesthetics & affect in/of the body
  • subjectivity and representation
  • embodiment & futurity

This year’s keynote speaker is Noriko Horiguchi (University of Tennessee), author of Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan’s Imperial Body.

Limited funding is available for presenters. Applicants seeking funding are encouraged to apply well in advance.

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Funding: Nanzan Post-Doc Research Fellowship 2016

money [150-2]The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture is happy to announce a new fellowship for one post-doctoral student who has received a PhD from a university outside of Japan in the field of religious studies with a focus on some aspect of religion in Japan. The fellowship is supported by a Nanzan University program for the promotion of global exchanges.


Period of the fellowship: 1 September 2016–31 March 2017 (7 months)

Number of recipients: 1

The fellow will receive a round-trip airplane ticket between the international airport closest to his or her current address and the Central Japan International Airport (Centrair).

The fellow will receive a stipend of 200,000 JPY per month during the period mentioned above.

The fellow is expected to concentrate 60% of his or her work on post-doctoral research, for which a private office will be provided in the Nanzan Institute building.

The fellow is expected to spend the other 40% on research activities of the Nanzan Institute, such as assisting editorial work for the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies and participating in research projects and meetings at the Institute.

The fellow may apply for room and board at the Paulus Heim, located near the Institute (see for details).


Applicants should send the following documents by e-mail attachment no later than 29 February 2016 to and .

  • Full CV/resume, including list of publications
  • Research statement explaining the theme and content of your proposed research during your stay in Japan (about 4 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation

The successful recipient will be notified by 30 April 2016.

For further information or questions, please contact Paul Swanson at

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Job Opening: Premodern Japanese History, J. F. Oberlin University

job opening - 5J.F. Oberlin University is searching for a part-time instructor for “Premodern Japanese History,” an upper-division survey course taught in English. The opening is for the fall semester of 2016, with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years. The 4-credit course consists of two 90-minute sessions per week over the course of the 15-week semester (late September – late January). Students are typically native English speakers from overseas partner schools who are studying at J. F. Oberlin on exchange. For general information about the university, please see

Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Japanese history or a related field; candidates without a Ph.D. will be considered only in unusual circumstances. Pay follows university regulations and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A complete application consists of:

  1. A CV listing educational and professional experience, etc., with attached 3 cm X 4 cm facial photograph; make sure to affix your seal (inkan) or signature to the CV.
  2. A list of publications and other research achievements, similarly with affixed seal or signature.
  3. Copies of three of your most important publications, preferably in English, but if not, in Japanese. Regardless of the size of the originals, please submit copies on A4 or letter-size paper; no folding, please.
  4. For those with no previous university-level teaching experience, a detailed preliminary syllabus for the course in question, including the topic/content of each of the 30 class sessions.

Please send a package containing the above to:

Prof. Enmin Li
College of Arts and Sciences
J.F. Oberlin University
3758 Tokiwa-machi
Machida-shi, Tokyo 194-0294

Books, but not other application materials, will be returned to the applicant after screening.

Deadline for receipt of application materials is Friday, December 11, 2015. Any inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Li by email at <> or by telephone at +81-(0)42-797-9654.

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Book Announcement: Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan

death and dyingDeath and Dying in Contemporary Japan, H.Suzuki (ed.), 2013, Routledge, Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

Abstract: This book, based on extensive original research, explores the various ways in which Japanese people think about death and how they approach the process of dying and death. It shows how new forms of funeral ceremonies have been developed by the funeral industry, how traditional grave burial is being replaced in some cases by the scattering of ashes and forest mortuary ritual, and how Japanese thinking on relationships, the value of life, and the afterlife are changing. Throughout, it assesses how these changes reflect changing social structures and social values.

For more information, please visit:

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Job Opening: Japanese Language, Oberlin College (visiting position)

job opening - 5Institution:       Oberlin College, East Asian Studies
Location:          Ohio, United States
Position:          Japanese Language Instructor and Lecturer in Japanese

The Program in East Asian Studies at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing position of Japanese Language Instructor and Lecturer in Japanese in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning July 1, 2016, with possibility of renewal.

The Japanese language program is lodged within the East Asian Studies Program, which offers a curriculum that includes full programs in Chinese and Japanese language and literature, as well as courses on the histories and cultures of those areas and of Korea and Vietnam. Program faculty teach courses in the disciplines of anthropology, history, religion, art history, film, and politics, as well as Chinese and Japanese language and literature.

The incumbent will teach five Japanese language courses per year at various levels, and collaborate with the Japanese language staff. They will be responsible for coordinating co-curricular and extra-curricular aspects of the Japanese language program, including placement testing, language table several times per week, the annual language program party, and the like.

Required Qualifications: M.A. degree in hand or expected by the beginning of academic year 2016. Candidates should be trained in second language acquisition, teaching Japanese as a second language, or related field. Native fluency in Japanese and native or near-native fluency in English are required. Candidates must be capable of designing and teaching courses at all levels of Japanese language and also be willing to participate in supplementary instructional activities and curriculum development. Successful teaching experience of Japanese at the college level is highly desirable.

Compensation:  Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Contact: To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at:   A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders.*

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin’s employment website to

*By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the January 8, 2016 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: Hsiu-Chuang Deppman, Director of East Asian Studies, at or440-775-5315.


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