Workshop: “Wa/Kan Literacy and the Anthology” and “Traditional Book Culture”

call for papers [150-2]“Wa/Kan Literacy and the Anthology”
“Traditional Book Culture”
Workshops at Yale University, July 18-29 and August 1-5, 2016
With Professors SATO Michio, (Keio University), SASAKI Takahiro (Shido Bunko/Keio University) and Brian STEININGER (Princeton University).
The Yale Council on East Asian Studies, in cooperation with the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, invite graduate students, other advanced students, and scholars to participate in back-to-back workshops.
The first workshop will focus on the Heian anthologies Wakan roeishu and Honcho monzui, examining their relationship to Chinese texts including Wenxuan, Mengqiu, and the poetry of Bai Juyi; the second will focus on the material culture of the book (the scroll, the codex, and other formats) in pre-modern Japan. The primary language of presentation and discussion will be Japanese; for the first workshop, participants should be proficient in kobun and have some familiarity with kambun. There will be no fee for participation, but space will be limited. Participants should seek funding to cover the costs of travel, lodging, meals and incidental expenses from their home institutions if possible; the Council on East Asian Studies will offer limited support to cover these costs for accepted participants who are not able to secure grants for this purpose.
Those who wish to participate should send an e-mail to with the subject line “Summer 2016 Workshops” with the following: full name and current affiliation; interest in attending one or the other workshop (1. Heian anthologies, 2. Book culture) or both in succession; brief description of proficiency in modern Japanese, classical Japanese, and kambun; likelihood of obtaining funding from home institution or intention to use own funds, or request for full or partial funding through the Council on East Asian Studies.
For additional information such as cost estimates for lodging, meals, and incidentals or further details about the workshop content and format, please contact with the subject line “Summer 2016 Workshops.”
Deadline for application: April 1, 2016. Accepted participants will be notified by April 15, 2016.


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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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