Announcement: kanbun workshop

An international workshop on kanbun and kanbun kundokufor scholars, postgraduate students, librarians and museum curators 

The School of Modern Languages of Newcastle University (UK) is organising an international workshop on kanbun and kanbun kundoku targeted at scholars, postgraduate students, librarians and museum curators from Europe and America. The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with Nishōgakusha University (Tokyo). Nishōgakusha University has extensive experience in organising kanbun seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students, but this will be the first such workshop in Europe for a wider audience. Through this project Nishōgakusha University and Newcastle University will jointly contribute to the advancement of the field of kanbun studies within the broader discipline of Japanese studies.

Date 05 (Wednesday) – 07 (Friday) September 2012


Venue Newcastle University (UK) – School of Modern Languages

Research Beehive

NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom


Local organiser Dr Laura Moretti (Newcastle University)


Teaching Staff Prof Yamabe Susumu (Nishōgakusha University)


Language of the workshop Japanese


Final aims After mastering the basic rules of kanbun and kanbun kundoku, participants will develop an intermediate knowledge of kanbun andkanbun kundoku by analysing pre-Meiji sources.


Contents 1.  Explanation of the basic rules of kanbun and kanbun kundoku(3 hours)

2. Analysis of selected texts (12 hours)

This will allow participants to:

–           Develop sufficient understanding of kundoku techniques through an analysis of pre-Meiji resources

–          Gain awareness of differences in the use of kunten in different historical periods

–          Learn how to search for and obtain materials written inkanbun or in kanbun kundoku (Chinese editions, wakokubon, etc.)

Fields which will be covered: Confucian texts, literary texts (poetry, prose), history, prefaces and postfaces. Please note that Buddhist and medical texts will not be covered.


Target audience Scholars, postgraduate students, librarians, museum curators from Europe and America, who already have a good knowledge of contemporary and classical Japanese language. No prior knowledge of kanbun or kanbun kundoku will be expected. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted and selection will be on a first come, first served basis.


Tuition fees There are no tuition fees. Please note that the organisers cannot cover travel or accommodation expenses. Participants will be responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements, but a list of nearby hotels will be provided.


Expression of interest Please send an email to by 15 December 2011, with “Kanbun workshop: participation” in the subject line of your email.

After your application has been received, you will be sent a questionnaire to help the organizers understand what sources you would like to cover. Every effort will be made to incorporate them within the programme. A course book will be prepared and sent two months before the workshop.

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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