Call for applications: International Summer School “Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts”

University of Heidelberg, September 11-19, 2012)

DEADLINE 31 July 2012

Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ at the University of Heidelberg, with the generous support of Japan Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation, invites students and junior researchers to submit applications for the international summer school “Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts”, due to take place in Heidelberg, September 11th-19th, 2012. Please, consult the website for further information: The deadline for applications is July 31st, 2012!

September 11th-19th, 2012 Karl Jaspers Centre for Transcultural Studies, Voßstraße 2, Heidelberg, Germany

Covering the medieval and early modern periods, the summer school is designed to help the participants cope with the challenges posed by pre-modern Japanese texts, in their different genres, stylistic and linguistic varieties, and material forms. The aim is to facilitate the work with primary sources in pre-modern registers (like kanbun or sôrôbun) at the level requisite for the independent work of a junior scholar.

The programme offers a series of intensive seminar-style sessions of close reading of select texts (a downloadable reader will be provided in advance). Each session is prefaced by an introductory presentation by one of the lecturers on the assigned text and its historical and philological context. The sessions are spread over eight busy days which are divided evenly into two four-day blocks concentrating on the medieval and early-modern texts respectively.

We hope to attract an audience of advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers of all disciplinary backgrounds within Japanese studies. The language of the workshop is English and Japanese.

Organisers: Dr. Anna Andreeva & Dr. David Mervart

Lecturers: Prof. Kawashima Masao, Prof. Watanabe Hiroshi, Doc. Jan Sýkora, Dr. Matsumoto Ikuyo, Dr. Takayama Daiki

Hosted by: Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ at the University of Heidelberg

Sponsored by: Japan Foundation and Toshiba International Foundation


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