Japan’s Long Nineteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Practicum

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In early summer 2010, the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan will host an interdisciplinary workshop on the history and culture of Japan’s long nineteenth century. The workshop is organized and hosted by Jonathan Zwicker (ALC), Maki Fukuoka (ALC), and Katsuya Hirano (Winter 2009 TVP and Department of History, Cornell University) and faculty participants will include Daniel Botsman (History, University of North Carolina), Susan Burns (History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago), and Tetsuo Najita (History, University of Chicago).

“Japan’s Long Nineteenth Century: an Interdisciplinary Workshop and Practicum” will run from June 7-12, 2010 and will be structured around a series of working papers drafted by the hosts and faculty participants. These papers will be pre-circulated and the morning sessions will be devoted to an intensive discussion of the papers with a focus on general questions of method and the framing of lines of inquiry. The afternoon sessions will be practica devoted to hands-on work with faculty and curators with a variety of forms and formats of material related to the study of nineteenth-century Japan drawn from the University of Michigan’s museums and libraries. Venues will include the Asia Library, the Clements Library, the Map Library, Special Collections, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

The workshop will be aimed primarily at advanced undergraduates and graduate students both from the University of Michigan and from other institutions. CJS will provide housing and meals for visiting students and will offer five fellowships of $500 each to advanced undergraduates who participate in the workshop. Graduate student participants will be expected to apply for funding through their home institutions.

More information, including application materials for students, will be available in the early fall. Queries should be directed to Jonathan Zwicker (jzwicker@umich.edu).

Funds for the workshop have been generously provided by the Center for Japanese Studies’ Workshop and Seminar Fund.