Job Opening: Context Travel – Tour Guide Lecturing in China and Japan

Via H-JAPAN mailing list.

Institution: ContextTravel
Location: Beijing, Shanghai, Kyoto, Tokyo, or other world cities
Education: MA, MFA, PhD or other terminal degree in relevant field
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013
Deadline: Ongoing

Context Travel, an organization providing “walking seminars” for intellectually curious travelers, is looking to expand its docent pool in Beijing, Shanghai, Kyoto, and Tokyo. Context got its start in Rome a decade ago, and now has over 300 docents working in more than 20 cities worldwide cities, many of whom are university professors, graduate students, or independent researchers.

Context’s “walking seminars” are not your typical walking tours; they are intimate, hands-on, conversational experiences, organized in groups of no more than six visitors, and led by scholars and experts. My apologies to interject my own personal voice into this, as our job postings are usually much more formal, but this is the type of thing I have been looking for, hoping to find the opportunity to do, for a long time. Here is an opportunity to put your passion and knowledge of history & culture to work outside of the walls of academia, to walk around Kyoto, Tokyo, or another city, experiencing the city every day as you share it with others.

*Leading 3-hour walking seminars with small groups, on expert topics.
*Work is on a flexible freelance basis to meet the varying needs of each docent’s outside working demands.

*Terminal degree (e.g. MA, MFA, PhD depending on field) or equivalent expertise.
*For Tokyo & Kyoto, they are mainly looking for experts in art history, history, Japanese religion, Japanese landscape and gardens, Japanese cultural traditions, contemporary Japanese pop & otaku culture, and/or in urban planning, architecture, and design.
*Must be already based in China or Japan or will be relocating to these cities for at least 6 months.

You can learn more about Context by reading their About Us or management pages or by taking a look at the kinds of things they do in cities with more developed programs, like Rome, in addition to the programs in Beijing and Shanghai.

To apply, send a CV and what topics you might lead seminars in to:
Jessica Stewart (Expansion Manager) –

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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