Call for Applicants: Kuzushiji Summer Workshop

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago invites applicants to its annual Kuzushiji Summer Workshop, which offers advanced undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholar intensive week-long instruction in reading print and manuscript materials from the Tokugawa and early Meiji periods. This year’s workshop will meet from June 17-21 and conclude with an informal symposium on June 22nd.

The workshop has two tracks. The introductory level, led by Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), meets for the first three days of the workshop, after which participants can join the intermediate/advanced group. This year’s instructor for the intermediate/advanced group will be Prof. Fujikata Hiroyuki of Tohoku University’s Northeast Asia Center (

The workshop will be conducted in Japanese and participants should have familiarity with bungo and hentaigana. There is a $100.00 program fee, which covers the cost of lunches and materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and housing expenses, but there are limited funds available for those coming from institutions unable to provide support. For information and to apply, please see:

Questions can be directed to Professor Susan Burns at

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