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The ARC Spring Newsletter is available (April 2024)
April 30, 2024(Tue)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.


April 10, 2024: The cherry blossoms in front of the Art Research Center (ARC) at Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University, have reached their peak.
The Digital Archiving Workshop comes after the renewal of the MoU between Ritsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and SOAS University of London, which includes expanding research cooperation in Digital Humanities (DH).

The workshop comprised of a talk by Prof. Ryo Akama (Director of the ARC) on the ARC Research Space as a comprehensive digital resesarch space for Japanese arts and culture, and a case study by Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds) on transforming research in old Japanese books through the ARC Research Space, followed by a practical session on digitization methods for Japanese materials based on ukiyo-e prints and old Japanese books in the SOAS Library collection. >> Read more.
International Joint Research
・To Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment [D]
・To Utilize the ARC System for Educational Purposes [E]
・To Utilize the ARC Research Space (Database System etc.) for Dissemination of Information [F]
During the course of the ARC-iJAC project of Dr. Pilar Cabañas and her team of the Asia Research Group (GIA) at the Complutense University of Madrid in the past two years, significant progress has been made in the analysis and cataloging of ukiyo-e albums and illustrated books in the Complutense University Library collection.
>> Read interview.
The workshop, co-organized by the ARC-iJAC and the Research Center for Chinese Cultural Metaverse in Taiwan (CCMTW), National Chengchi University, in cooperation with the Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University, was attended by Prof. Shi-Chi Mike Lan (Deputy Director of the CCMTW), Prof. Chi Man Kwong (Hong Kong Baptist University), and Prof. Keiji Yano (Deputy Director of the ARC), amongst others.

Besides discussing the future collaboration between the ARC and the CCMTW, the workshop provided a valuable opportunity for an exchange opinions on various topics regarding the use of the metaverse in DH research, including platforms suited for research use, methods for acquiring high-quality 3D data, and the application of digital technologies, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), to the metaverse. >> Read more.
The 13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was held by the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities, co-organized by the Kansai Division of the Japan Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge in cooperation with the ARC-iJAC. This event also served as a conference for young researchers of the ARC-iJAC. >> Read more.
Co-hosted by the Art Research Center (ARC); SOAS Centre for Translation Studies; the Japan Research Centre (JRC), SOAS University of London; and Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS).

1. Speaker: Dr. Ali ALAVI (Lecturer in Middle Eastern and Iranian Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics & Co-Director of Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS University of London)
Topic: Beyond Orientalism: The Evolution of Game Studies in Iran's Digital Realm

2. Speaker: Juhyung SHIN (Senior Researcher, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University)
Topic: Exploring Serious Games in South Korea

Upcoming Events
Co-hosted by the Art Research Center (ARC); the Japan Research Centre (JRC), SOAS University of London; and SOAS Centre for Translation Studies.

1. Speaker: Dr. Monika HINKEL (Lecturer in the Arts of Japan, Department of History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS University of London)
Topic: Contemporary Interpretations of Ukiyo-e

2. Speaker: Prof. Yumi TAKENAKA (Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University)
(Domestic Space as an Ukiyo: An Essay on the Composition of Katsukawa Shunshō's "Scenes of Women's Lives in the Twelve Months")

Participation: online via Zoom, free of charge
(relevant parties only, no reservation required)

*This is a closed event and YouTube livestream is not available.

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