Workshop: 2016 Kambun Workshop: Reading Tōji Hyakugō Monjo

call for papers [150-2]The Project for Premodern Japan Studies in the History Department of the University of Southern California announces this summer’s Kambun Workshop, which will focus on a selection of sources taken from the Tōji Hyakugō Monjo, an archive recently designated as an important one for world memory by UNESCO. The collection, which includes thousands of records dating from Nara through Sengoku times, is being digitized by the Kyoto City Library, and we will benefit from its resources during the workshop. Professor Toshiko Takahashi, a specialist on Tōji materials and the temple’s history from the University of Tokyo’s Historiographical Institute (Shiryō Hensanjo), will lead the workshop with Professor Joan Piggott of the USC History Department. Themes for study will include the temple’s monks and their rituals, temple estates, relics, and prayers. The primary language of the workshop is Japanese, but translation into and annotation in English are also emphasized. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held Monday through Friday (10 AM – 5 PM). Applicants must be fluent in Japanese and must have completed coursework in Classical Japanese and either Kambun or Classical Chinese. The cost of the workshop, including lodging, is $5300 ($3500 tuition, $1800 lodging). Thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation, some scholarship aid is available. Applications are due March 1. Further information and application forms are available for download from the website of the Project for Premodern Japan Studies at USC,

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