Japanese Studies Conferences & Workshops
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International Symposium: Shifting Perspectives on Media and Materials in Early Modern Japan, 4th- 5th July 2015, SOAS, University of London
This is the first international symposium in the UK that highlights the diversity of the cultural production of early modern Japan – 17th through 19th centuries. It seeks to refocus attention on how researchers define their approaches to sourcing and interpreting a large variety of research materials that include prints, illustrated and printed books as well as ephemera such as topical prints and broadsheets. Senior and early career researchers from the disciplines of history, art history, literature, and media studies will explore the possibilities of highlighting selected research materials as media that shaped the discourse and cultural production of early modern Japan. We will consider issues such as media, text, discourse, text, materiality and the framing of research through taxonomies and archival research.
The flourishing and intersecting textual and visual cultures of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries are the sources of substantial archives of research materials in and outside Japan. There is a pressing need to refocus attention on these research materials as sources for uncovering the many facets of early modern Japan and for reconsidering the position of researchers as interpreters. The modernity of early modern Japan needs to be more fully understood by realising the roles these materials played in the shaping of public discourse as equivalents to social media. Narrow disciplinary frameworks have created problems in interpreting certain materials that fall between the cracks of conventional categories. The aim is to stimulate debate by discussing issues such as:
- How can interdisciplinary perspectives make approaches to interpreting these research materials more effective?
- How can the recent proliferation of international early modern manuscript reading workshops be used to improve our understanding of research materials as sources for uncovering early modern Japan?
- How can we develop a better understanding of the direct impact the acquisition of skills can have on our approaches to interpreting research materials?
The first day of the symposium focuses on the agency of research materials as media in the production of discourse in early modern Japan. The second day deals with issues of framing research through categories, taxonomies and archives. Overall, particular attention will be paid to regional contexts that transcend the usual focus on urban centres.
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Organisers: Christopher Gerteis, Doreen Mueller, Radu Leca.
This symposium is supported by the Japan Research Centre, SOAS, University of London, Japan Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
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