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Calls for Papers/ Articles/ Applications

CFP: the Fourth Graduate Summer School in Early-modern Palaeography

We are delighted to announce that the Fourth Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography will run from Monday 7 August to Saturday 19 August 2017 at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College (Cambridge, UK). We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting an application is 10 February 2017.


Our sustained work in teaching what we call holistic wahon literacy  総合的な和本リテラシー  has resulted in a programme that works very effectively. In the seventy-two hours of tuition that we offer, we devote roughly the same amount of hours to the three linguistic/palaeographic areas of wabun in cursive (kuzushiji and hentaigana), kanbun in non-cursive and sōrōbun in cursive. The programme also includes sessions with the London-based calligraphy master Yukiko Ayres. These sessions, specially designed to enhance your reading abilities by writing cursive kanji and kana, have proved to be very helpful. Lectures from specialists in the areas of textual bibliography and palaeography complement the core tuition. The theme of this year summer school is Daily life in Edo-period Japan  江戸時代の庶民生活.

You can read more about our teaching philosophy in the forthcoming number of the journal Shomotsugaku 書物学 no.9, October 2016.

Learning outcomes

It is more and more the case that positions at academic institutions, libraries and museums require palaeographic knowledge at some level. Our Graduate Summer School is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to tackle a wide range of early-modern primary sources in their original format by yourself and, therefore, to be competitive in this kind of job opportunities.

With us:

You become familiar with the variety of palaeographic challenges that characterize the wide range of Edo-period primary sources.

You learn effective techniques to master kuzushiji and hentaigana.

You gain a firm grasp of how cursive sōrōbun works in archival materials and develop strategies to decode these texts.

You are exposed to the importance of kanbun in reading Edo-period sources and learn specific ways to read these sources.

You are encouraged to identify research topics in the area of Japanese early-modern palaeography.

Who can apply?

As in the previous years, we welcome graduate students (both at the Master and at the PhD level), faculty, librarians and museum curators who work on Edo-period materials, and final-year undergraduate students interested in pursuing the study of early-modern Japan in grad school. Those who have already taken part in the previous Graduate Summer Schools are encouraged to reapply if they wish to do so. The programme changes every year.


We require that you have:

1. Advanced knowledge of modern Japanese (both written and spoken).

2. Solid knowledge of classical Japanese (bungo).

Acceptance to the programme

We can only accept 20 participants every year. If we receive applications beyond this number a selection will be made on the basis of the relevance of the Graduate Summer School to the applicant’s research and work. Notification about whether an applicant has been accepted or not will be sent at the end of February 2017. If you need a visa or if you are applying for funding in your institution, we are happy to write a letter of invitation. Just let us know with plenty of notice.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the whole programme is £200. This covers the seventy-two hours of tuition. We ask that a non-refundable deposit of £50 is paid by 1 June 2017. Information about how to pay will follow in an email sent to those who have been accepted in the programme.

Participants are very welcome (but not obliged, of course!) to stay at Emmanuel College for the duration of the Graduate Summer School. This year we can offer the following rate:

7-10 August, £35 per night, en-suite single room with breakfast

11-19 August, £30 per night, en-suite single room (no breakfast)

Double rooms are also available at a higher price. Please note that children are not admitted in college.

Financial contribution

Modest funds are available to assist students (final-year undergraduate and graduate students) coming from institutions unable to offer support and with no other source of funding available. If you apply for funding, you will be requested to submit your CV and one letter of reference. If we receive applications exceeding the available funding, a process of screening will be put in place.

To apply

To apply please submit the application form that you find online at: wakancambridge.com/application-form/

As indicated above, the deadline for submitting your application is 10 February 2017.

Further queries

If you have any query, please contact Dr Laura Moretti at: lm571@cam.ac.uk. Alternatively use the form available at wakancambridge.com/contact/.
You can access this information on the official website of the Graduate Summer School at:
Best wishes,

Laura Moretti


The William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce a CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for The William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation.

This annual competition, coordinated by the Committee on Japanese Studies of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, honors the legacy of William F. Sibley, Associate Professor Emeritus in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and scholar and translator of Japanese literature. In keeping with Sibley’s lifelong devotion to translation and to the place of literature in the classroom, the award provides up to $3,000 as a publishing subvention for translations of Japanese literature into English.

Eligible translations include, but are not limited to, poetry, fiction, short stories, compositions, literary criticism, and essays. New translations of works previously translated are acceptable.

Subvention funds will be paid directly to publishers. Nominations will only be accepted from presses that have previously published Japanese literature in translation.

The deadline for nominations from publishers is April 1, 2017.

Full details and nomination instructions can be found on the CEAS website:



2017 Tanaka Symposium in Japanese Studies:

‘Literature After 3.11’

University of Oxford
Pembroke College
June 1st 2017

More than five years on from the devastation of the Great Eastern Earthquake,
tsunami and Fukushima crisis, the future for many of those affected by the disaster remains unclear. Authors and cultural critics have penned numerous responses to these traumatic events, and this symposium considers the state of Japanese literature written about or in reaction to 3.11. The symposium will interrogate issues related to the crises including but not limited to the following: How have writers and cultural critics responded to 3.11? How can we best define the category of shinsaigo bungaku (post-disaster literature)? Is there a new post 3.11 set of ethics that has emerged in the aftermath of these crises? How has the literary world changed since 3.11? What is the role of literature in the wake of trauma?

The symposium will be held at Pembroke College, University of Oxford on June 1, 2017. The Keynote Speaker will be Ikezawa Natsuki.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio by November 27, 2016. Notification will be sent by mid-December 2016. Participants will be required to send final drafts of their papers by April 23, 2017.

Abstracts and enquiries should be sent to: linda.flores@orinst.ox.ac.uk. Please
specify: ‘Tanaka Symposium application’ in the subject field.

Dr. Linda Flores
Associate Professor in Modern Japanese Literature
Oriental Institute and Pembroke College
University of Oxford


Collectors, Collections, and the Making of East Asian Book Worlds

Call for Special Issue of East Asian Publishing and Society

Robert Darntons's seminal idea of the "communication circuit" focused on the synchronically connected participants involved in the writing, manufacture, distribution, and reception of books ("What is the History of the Book," Daedalus 111 (1982): 65-83).  Subsequently, Thomas R. Adams and Nicolas Barker added a diachronic dimension to this scheme through the notion of survival ("A New Model for the Study of the Book," in A Potencie of Life: Books in Society, edited by Nicolas Barker, The British Library, 1993). In addition to the physical form, print runs, and popularity that Adams and Barker identify as key variables in a book's survival, we want to highlight collectors and collections as a critical link between the synchronic and diachronic circulation of books. 

This special issue seeks to showcase how collections and collectors shaped how successive generations of readers understood premodern East Asian book worlds in material, aesthetic, intellectual, and/or social terms. Rather than treating survival as a given or a matter of pure chance, we invite prospective contributors to examine how collections and collections fashioned texts and to what extent such activities ensured not only the physical survival of books, but made the fact of their existence known among contemporaries and posterity alike.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role of imperial, royal, and other official collections in shaping the survival of particular texts
  • The role of individual collectors 
  • The role of diplomatic, religious, commercial, academic, and/or artistic missions in creating foreign collections
  • The survival of proscribed texts in Asian, European, and/or other countries outside the text's country of origin
  • The material practices of collectors relative to the storage and consumption of texts (e.g., rebinding, seals, annotations, republishing etc)
  • The role of collections in creating access for readers to texts in historical time (e.g., coterie borrowing, libraries for different publics, etc)
  • The significance of book catalogues of collections and collectors for our understanding of the intellectual trends 


Queries: Direct to Peter Kornicki (pk104@cam.ac.uk) or Patricia Sieber (sieber.6@osu.edu)

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2017

Style sheet: See "Authors Instructions" at www.brill.com/publications/journals/east-asian-publishing-and-society   




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