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Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2017
Conference: At the Roots of Visual Japan. Word-text dynamics in early-modern Japan

Japan Foundation at Experience Japan Exhibition 2017   JPsupported

The Experience Japan Exhibition will be back in London this November for the seventh time, bringing information on the growing range of exciting study and research opportunities available in Japan to a UK audience. 

The event which is hosted by Keio University and co-hosted by the British Council will allow participants to meet representatives of Japanese universities and receive information on the various programmes of study offered for international students. There will also be a chance to find out about the variety of scholarships and research funding available to enable students to take advantage of these learning opportunities.

The seminar line-up offers participants the chance to learn about the basics of life in Japan and hear directly from people with experience of studying and researching there. Guest speakers will also be delivering presentations that provide insights into Japanese language and a new field of sports known as "superhuman sports". There will also be a special seminar on the ever-popular Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

This year’s seminar line-up also includes a talk by the Japan Foundation’s own Chief Japanese Language Advisor Makoto Netsu who will be discussing ‘Insights into Japanese culture through language’.

Throughout the day the Japan Foundation will also be introducing our support programmes and resources for Japanese Studies and Japanese language learning at an information stand at the exhibition, so do come and visit us for advice on your Japanese studies!

Date: 18 November 2017 from 12.00pm

The Royal Society, Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Further details on pre-registration and more can be found on the Experience Japan Exhibition official website:

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Conference: At the Roots of Visual Japan. Word-text dynamics in early-modern Japan   JPsupported

This two-day international conference, organised by the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, brings together scholars in the field of Japanese early-modern literature with a specific remit: to examine the interaction of text(s) and image(s) in a systematic manner across the main genres of early-modern popular prose and poetry in print. This is done in dialogue with scholars who work on comics, graphic prose and manga.

Building on the methodology developed in influential works on Western illustrated texts each presentation discusses selected case studies from Japanese early-modern sources, in order to offer preliminary answers to specific research questions.

Presentations are closed each day by a wrap-up session with a view to sum up the answers emerged during the day, to highlight new research questions, and to offer points of discussion for the roundtable. A roundtable closes the conference, featuring scholars of comics, graphic prose and manga. The goal is to position early-modern Japan in a continuum with contemporary Japan and to view its visual culture as an integral part of visual cultures around the World and across time.

Date: 14 December 2017 - 15 December 2017

Venue:   Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

Booking Information

For more information and to register please visit the conference website. 

The deadline for conference registration is 8 December 2017.

This workshop is supported by the Japan Foundation London Grant Programme for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. For more information about this programme please click here.

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