Workshop: Reading Kuzushiji and Hentaigana

call for papers [150-2]University of Pennsylvania

The Penn Faculty Working Group for Reading Asian Manuscripts will hold a three-day workshop on reading Edo-period hentaigana and kuzushiji August 17-19, 2016, and invites applications from faculty and graduate students from all fields of Japanese studies to participate.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Laura Moretti, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, and will meet each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A key feature of this intensive workshop is hands-on experience with actual texts, graded by the instructor so that participants can achieve a working knowledge in reading Edo-period manuscript forms.  Please note that the materials used in this workshop will not duplicate those used in the Graduate Summer School taught by Dr. Moretti at Cambridge.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants and will require a nominal fee of $100 from each participant; travel, accommodation and related costs are also the responsibility of the participants.

Applications should include a two-page curriculum vitae and a brief paragraph describing how the workshop will be of assistance to your research; graduate students should also include the name of their advisor as a reference.  All applications are due May 15, 2016, by 5 p.m., and participants will be informed by May 30 of acceptance; we will also keep a waiting list and notify additional participants on a rolling basis.  For more information, please contact Prof. Julie Davis ( or Prof. Linda Chance (

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