Job Opening: History of modern science and technology in East Asia, Harvard University

job opening - 5Institution:  Harvard University, History of Science
Location:  Massachusetts, United States
Position:  Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the History of Modern Science and Technology in East Asia

The Department of the History of Science at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the history of modern (twentieth century forward) science and technology in East Asia. A Ph.D. is required by the expected start date. The Department is especially interested in candidates who show exceptional promise as scholars, teachers, and mentors, and can offer broad courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that will complement those of the current faculty. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, an outline of present scholarly projects and future plans, a statement of teaching experience and approach, a writing sample, and the names and contact details of three persons who will write letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted directly to the Harvard academic positions site at

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application deadline is October 21, 2016.

Contact: Please contact Emily Bowman at with any questions.

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Fun Link Friday: 100-Year-Old Glass Plates in an Abandoned Japanese Home


Photo from PetaPixel

Many people in Japan are big fans of haikyo, literally meaning “ruins,” but more broadly meaning the exploration of abandoned sites in Japanese cities of countrysides. There’s even entire sites dedicated to it! One recent article I came across on PetaPixel was a firsthand account of one man’s exploration of a Taisho period (1912-1926) home that seems to have been abandoned in the 1970s or 1980s.

Carefully navigating the rubble, this explorer found rare glass plate photographs of the house in its heyday, its owners, and the surrounding area, which are absolutely stunning glimpses into the life and times of the house and its inhabitants. There are a ton of photos (both the glass plate photos and new ones of the present-day rubble) as well as a video that explores the property. Definitely be sure to head over to the original article and take a look at this incredible peek into haikyo history!

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Call for Papers: 2017 Ocha Zanmai Chanoyu & Tea Culture Conference

call for papers [150-2] The 4th Ocha Zanmai:

2017 San Francisco International Conference on
Chanoyu and Tea Cultures
Sunday, April 30, 2017
San Francisco State University
Theme: Chanoyu & Zen
There will be a zazen/meditation session.
坐禅もあります( 坐禅を組んで、あるいは椅子席にて瞑想)
Guest speakers 特別講師
Dr. Isao Kumakura, President of the Japanese Society for the Study of CHANOYU
茶の湯文化学会会長 熊倉功夫博士
Rev. Geppo Kobori, Abbot of Ryokoin, Daitoku Temple
大徳寺龍光院和尚 小堀月浦師


Submission Deadline: October 20, 2016

Who: All are invited to apply, including (but not limited to) scholars, students, artists, museum curators, tea practitioners, and tea manufacturers.

What: Any subject matter related to the conference theme “Chanoyu & Zen” will be considered, including but not limited to calligraphy by Zen priests (禅林)墨跡, Zen paintings 禅画, Zen words禅語, Zen spirituality inchanoyu 茶の湯における禅の精神性, Zen aesthetics in chanoyu 茶の湯における禅的美, tea masters and Zen 茶匠と禅.

How: Send an English abstract (250~500 words) for a 20~30-minute presentation with a separate cover sheet.  The cover sheet must contain the following information:

  1. title of the paper
  2. applicants’ full name
  3. position
  4. institution
  5. email address
  6. street address
  7. telephone number.

Please write the title on the top of the abstract page but do not write your name or institution that will identify you. The cover sheet and the abstract will be separated for blind peer reviews.

Where to send: Send the abstract with the cover sheet by email attachment (PDF format)

Publication: Successful applicants will have an opportunity to publish their papers in the conference’s proceedings volume.

Contact Info:
Midori McKeon
Professor of Japanese
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132

Contact Email:

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Event: Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies at UChicago

call for papers [150-2]The University of Chicago will be hosting a public workshop on “The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies” on November 11-12, 2016. The workshop brings together scholars of Japan who are exploring digital and computational approaches to the study of literature, language, history, and politics. The schedule of speakers and other details about the event are now available at the following website.

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Resource: Institutional Repositories

Institutional repositories (IRs) are all the rage these days in university libraries and similar institutions, especially in Japan, but also increasingly in the United States. These are databases of journal articles and other similar scholarly products put out by members of that institution – making most, if not all, of those products free and open to download. This is particularly powerful for accessing material from Japanese institutions, as so much is put out in small or obscure “bulletins” (紀要, kiyô) associated with a particular department or research center; for example, here is an article from the Bulletin of the Faculty of Law and Letters University of the Ryukyus 琉球大学法文学部紀要, something I imagine very few universities in the United States hold in print, and which I also imagine isn’t available digitally outside of the institutional repository – certainly not in JSTOR, Project Muse, or any of the other standard English-language journal databases.

Just to give some further scattered examples, here are some articles from: the Okayama University Scientifical Achievement Repository, the Hôsei University Repository, University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s ScholarSpace, and University of California eScholarship.

There are a ton of these repositories, and the number continues to grow. Those of you who use CiNii (likely the leading database for searching Japanese-language scholarly articles) fairly regularly have likely seen a little orange button for 「機関リポジトリ」 come up on an article – click this, and it links you to an institutional repository website where you can (generally) download the article in full-text PDF openly and freely. Institutional repositories are also linked into Google Scholar and other such databases to a certain extent, providing free and open access to articles that might otherwise be locked behind a paywall.

Search sites such as CiNii and Google Scholar are the chief way I have found my way to articles hosted on institutional repositories, but databases also exist simply listing out active repositories. ROAR, the Registry of Open Access Repositories ( is one such database; OpenDOAR, or Directory of Open Access Repositories ( is another. Both of these are based in England, but include repositories from around the world. I have yet to explore either, so I cannot vouch for just how extensive they are – whether there might be considerable gaps by geographical location or type of institution – but on the surface, they look quite broad-ranging, with the front page of ROAR including repositories as diverse as the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance, the National Taiwan University Repository, the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Union Catalog, and the University of Michigan’s Humanities Text Initiative, plus quite a few based in Spain and France.

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Translation Workshop: Japanese to English

call for papers [150-2]TRANSLATION WORKSHOP

Where: University of Oxford, UK

When: April 2 to April 5, 2017

We are seeking applications from research students to translate scholarly articles from Japanese to English for the second BAJS (British Association for Japanese Studies) Translation Workshop to be held at Wadham College, Oxford.

This is a fully funded workshop. Through generous support from BAJS and the Wadham College Conference Series, travel grants are available for participants. Accommodation in College (including three meals a day starting from dinner on Sunday April 2 and ending with lunch on Wednesday 5) are also offered to all participants free of charge.

Participants will work on their translations over the six months leading up to the workshop in April 2017. All student translators and a matching number of scholars and experts will then convene at Wadham College for the workshop from April 2 to 5. We will work through each translation individually, smoothing and standardizing, sharing the problems we faced and discussing issues related to Japanese-English translation.

There are several opportunities for publication of the translations (if of sufficient quality and subject to copyright permission) including with the SOAS Occasional Translations in Japanese Studies.

Applicants should be native or near-native in English with a research-level proficiency in Japanese.

Please apply with a cv and short cover letter detailing your interest in the workshop and Japan more generally.

Application should be made to Jonathan Service at <> by October 15, 2016.

Contact Email:

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Job Opening: Japanese early-modern literature, Chiba University

job opening - 5Call for applications for the position of assistant professor or associate professor of Japanese early-modern literature, Chiba University.

Chiba University, Japan, is inviting applicants for the assistant professor or associate professor of Japanese early-modern literature, to commence on 1st April, 2017. The successful candidate will be required to provide Japanese early-modern literature classes and seminars in Japanese, and several lectures in English. The candidates will have near-native command of Japanese. Thecandidate will also have a Ph.D. degree by the date of the appointment.

Main Duties

The successful candidate will be required to give on average 2-3 lecture and 2 seminar classes per week. Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students will also form part of the duties. In addition, the following activities would be included as a part of his/her duties:

– to attend faculty and departmental meetings once a month

– to contribute to works related to entrance examinations

– to contribute to activities related to the exchange program with universities outside Japan, particularly in the field of Japanese literature

– to contribute to the planning and implementation of cross-disciplinary education programs, in cooperation with staff members of the Institute of Excellence for Educational Innovation, Chiba University

Guidelines for application

Please refer to the following page


for the details of presentation documents and submission. The deadline for the application isOctober 3rd, 2016, and the review process will begin on the day following the deadline. Candidates may be interviewed on site or online (via Skype or other applications) as part of the review process.

As described in the above website, applicants from abroad may submit the required documents as attached file to e-mail message. If an applicant has received no confirmation message within 5 days of the submission via e-mail, please send an e-mail to Prof. Hiroya Takeuchi, Vice President for Learning Support (hiroya (at) (at) should replaced by @ ).

*This is the English summary of call for applications. Please see the full version

(text in Japanese) for the detailed information at:-

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