Call for Applications: Noh Training Project UK 2019

Noh Training Project UK 2019
17 – 30 August

The Project is open to anyone with an interest in Noh: actors, directors, dancers, musicians, students and academics interested in extending their performance skills are encouraged to apply. Those who have no prior experience of Noh are very welcome, as are those who already have some experience of the form. The Project will be conducted in English or with translators; Japanese language skills are not necessary.

We are pleased to announce that master actor Akira Matsui will once again join the project for the final week.

There are three possible ways to participate in the project:

Taster Weekend (17-18 August)
7-day Intensive (17-23 August)
Full Project (17 – 30 August)

For more details, please see our website:

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Job Opening: Consulate General of Japan (Detroit)- Cultural and Public Affairs Coordinator

The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Cultural and Public Affairs Coordinator at the Consulate office in the GM Renaissance Center, Downtown Detroit. Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Green Card holder. All candidates will be subject to background checks.

Applicant must apply by May 27th

For full information:

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Call for Applications: 2020 Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS Fellowships

The Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS is presently calling for applications for two thematic fellowships sponsored by our partners:

  1. Air Liquide Fellowship: “Visioning the Future of Human-Machine Relationships: Collaborative Researches between Japan and France
  2. Valeo Fellowship: “Innovative Technologies for a Sustainable Mobility

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019. Applications are to be submitted by email to

The fellowship may last 5 or 10 months, between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021, depending on the fellow’s availability.

The core objective of the fellowships of the Fondation France-Japon (FFJ) at EHESS is to lead to a close collaboration between the fellow, FFJ, and its partner. The FFJ Fellowships enable the fellows to pursue their research work, according to the research project they presented in their application with objectives specific to their stay in Paris (comparative analysis, access to French resources, etc.). They will benefit from the large network of researchers in social and human sciences, as well as the international and interdisciplinary environment of the Parisian academic institutions. Besides, the collaboration with strategic and research departments of the partner will be an excellent opportunity for them to access to a network of extra-academic experts. The fellows are hosted at EHESS in Paris in a shared office; they benefit from administrative assistance, and have access to meeting rooms and libraries.

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Call for Applicants: Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program

Program Overview:

Inaugurated in May 2013, the Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program is a critical element of the Reischauer Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. It is designed to support the Center’s various research initiatives, while also providing recent undergraduate or graduate students with broad practical experience regarding the public and private-sector analysis process. Fellowships are paid and tenable for one academic year beginning in August 2019 with the potential for renewal for an additional year.

More information about our activities can be found on the Reischauer Center’s website ( and Facebook page (@ReischauerCenter). Please direct any questions about the position or application process to the Research and Program Coordinator at

Job Description:

Research Fellows personally assist Dr. Kent Calder, Director of the Reischauer Center, with projects related to the Center’s mission of supporting the study of transpacific and intra-Asian relations. Recent topics include, but are not limited to: policy best practices in U.S.-Japan relations such as infrastructure, public diplomacy, and public health; the role of cities in global governance; the functioning of Washington’s ‘idea industry’ and government-business relations; global energy policy; and comparative Eurasian political economy. This year will primarily focus on security cooperation and the changing role of Washington DC.

Fellows also provide logistical support for seminars, luncheons, and conferences offered by the Reischauer Center. They are able to interact with senior researchers affiliated with the Center as part of our Visiting Scholars Program, who typically join us for one academic year from various government agencies in Japan. Furthermore, Fellows are welcome to participate in events in the larger Johns Hopkins SAIS community and are frequently able to attend courses relating to Japan Studies and Asian political economy.

Ideal Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Political Science, International Relations, Economics,
  • History, East Asian Studies, or a related field
  • Interest in East Asian regional issues, especially Japan
  • Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and familiarly with online academic databases
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Work experience in East Asia, such as the JET Program, preferred
  • Fluency in relevant languages such as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and a 1,000 word writing sample to the Reischauer Center at Previously submitted papers or memos are acceptable, as well as excerpts of longer works.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with final decisions made no later than July 2019.

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Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies, UCSB

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2019-2020 academic year.

We seek applicants with expertise in Japanese literature from the Meiji Period to the present and Japanese film from a cultural studies perspective. We seek candidates with active research agendas who will participate in research activities in the department and be available to graduate students with relevant topics. The candidate will be expected to teach five courses related to their expertise and to advanced language training: Survey of Modern Japanese Literature, Topics in Modern Japanese Literature (topics to be chosen by the candidate), Japanese Cinema, and two classes of advanced Japanese readings (readings to be chosen by the candidate) or one class of advanced Japanese readings plus a second class to be determined. The candidate would also be asked to contribute to department programs by planning events related to their expertise, such as film showings and visiting speakers.

The position will remain open until filled, but complete applications received by May 13, 2019 will receive full review.


For full details, see:

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Call for Applicants: Mediated and cultural representations in East Asia, Italy and Europe

Mutual Images Research Association has announced its Call for Applications for its first international summer school, which will be held on 16-19 July 2019 at the University of Messina (Italy):

Mediated and cultural representations in East Asia, Italy and Europe

This Summer School offers an intensive learning experience where under-graduate, graduate, and post-graduate students will have the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical and methodological skills and engage in thought-provoking conversations. This program, in addition to offering lectures and lessons on specific topics, will provide students with the opportunity to partake in discussions with international scholars.

The program will focus on the mediated and cultural representations between East Asia (namely Japan and Asia), Italy and Europe. The disciplinary fields upon which the school’s teaching sessions as well as the keynote lectures will be based are cultural and media
sociology, cultural studies, literary and film studies, aesthetics and philosophy. The general range of themes is furthermore informed by the growing importance of the transnational and transregional dynamics involving the circulation of popular cultures and creative industries in Italy/Europe, Japan, and China, and the role of the intellectual and material outputs involved in the mutual receptions/perceptions of the national/cultural contexts at the centre of the school’s interdisciplinary discussions and analyses.

The total cost of the tuition and supplementary activities is 350 euro. This sum coversfive nights accommodation, three official meals
(two lunches and a dinner together), free access to wi-fi in the campus and to the libraries and university facilities, small refreshments
for the session breaks, and the transportation for the organised tour. The other meals as well as additional nights and transport to and from Messina University, or any other expenses, remain at the charge of each participant.


Interested applicants are kindly required to send (as Word or PDF documents) a short CV and a one-page Motivation Letter
to the Organising Committee with the following subject: Summer School 2019-Application. E-mail address:

Deadline for Applications: 24 May 2019

Full details for the summer school can be found here:

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Call for Applicants: PhD Studentship in Modern Japanese History

The Department of History at the University of York is delighted to invite applications for a three-year PhD studentship to work on the history of Japan as a major producer of the natural insecticide, pyrethrum. This studentship forms part of the Wellcome Trust funded project “The Chemical Empire: A New History of Synthetic Insecticides in Britain and its Colonies, c 1920-1970”, led by Dr Sabine Clarke in the Department of History. This project will transform our understandings of the use of insecticides in the past by exploring the neglected experience of insecticide use in Britain and its colonies. It will play close attention to the interplay of cultural, political, economic, technical and business factors important in a range of contexts that have not been previously explored or sufficiently distinguished in order to produce a new history of synthetic insecticides in the twentieth century.

The PhD Project:

Pyrethrum is a naturally occurring insecticide that can be extracted from chrysanthemum flowers. Japan established a pyrethrum industry at the end of the 19th century and Japanese scientists were responsible for innovations in insect control such as mosquito coils. By the start of the Second World War, Japan was the major supplier of pyrethrum to Britain and the US. This project will investigate aspects of the rise of the pyrethrum industry in Japan such as its international significance, and its relationship with the new synthetic insecticides that emerged after 1940. The project would suit a candidate with an interest in fields such as the history of science, technology and medicine, environmental history and/or economic and business history. Candidates will need a good reading knowledge of Japanese.

The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Sabine Clarke and Dr Oleg Benesch and based in the History Department at the University of York. This is a great opportunity to pursue your academic interests as part of a diverse and dynamic scholarly community at the University of York.

Further details regarding the studentship and the application process can be found here:

The deadline for applications is midnight (BST) on Friday 17 May 2019. Please feel free to share this advertisement with colleagues and students, and I’m very happy to answer any questions at:

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