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August 31, 2021(Tue)

We are pleased to announce that the Art Research Center's journal--ART RESEARCH--will be reborn as an online journal from volume 22-1.

The purpose of the journal is to widely publicize the results of the research projects and activities conducted by the Art Research Center and its partner institutions and collaborative researchers. As an academic journal specializing in arts and culture, it has received many contributions from industry experts every year.

Since its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC) has been selected for several national grants as a center of excellence for research in culture, art, and information science. In FY2019, the center assumed the role as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art & Culture (ARC-iJAC) upon its accreditation by the MEXT as an International Joint Usage/Research Center. The ARC is highly regarded as a leading hub for the digital archiving of Japanese art and culture.

Our online journal will be published several times a year, and at the end of the fiscal year, a print booklet summarizing all contributions will be distributed..

By accepting manuscripts any time from now, we hope to greatly increase the submission opportunities for researchers.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript submission.

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2021年度 立命館大学NEXTフェローシップ・プログラム
「アート・リサーチセンター フェローシップ生」 募集要項

 立命館大学では、学園ビジョン「R2030チャレンジ・デザイン」において、「新たな価値を創造する次世代研究大学」と「イノベーション・創発性人材を生み出す大学」を本学が将来あるべき姿として掲げ、深い専門性に加えて学際的な視点と社会実装能力をもった高度専門人財を組織的に育成・輩出することを目指します。その一環として2021年度より実施する「立命館大学NEXT (New Educational Xross-Training)フェローシップ・プログラム」では、優秀で意欲のある博士課程後期課程学生に対して、研究専念支援金・研究費の支給と学際的で先端的な研究に専念できる環境を提供することにより、後期課程修了時までに高度専門人財としての資質を獲得することを支援します。
 本プログラムは、文部科学省「科学技術イノベーション創出に向けた大学フェローシップ創設事業」の採択を受けて大学院キャリアパス推進室*が2021年度より実施・運営するものであり、学内の研究所、センターもしくはプロジェクト研究拠点が育成拠点として「立命館大学NEXT フェローシップ・プログラム生」(以下、フェローシップ生)を受け入れ、育成します。



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Accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University is a leading hub for international joint research in Japanese art and culture with a focus on Digital Humanities.

As part of the ARC-iJAC research support activities, we are pleased to announce that we are going to hold a workshop and training course on deciphering early Japanese books written in Japanese cursive script (kuzushiji) using the ARC's Early Japanese Book Portal Database and transcription system, as well as to support projects aiming at deciphering early Japanese books.

The training course will be divided into the first and the second semester. The first semester will be focusing on basic knowledge of transcription and how to use the system, to enable students to obtain reading skills to some extent.

In the second semester, students at beginner and intermediate levels will transcribe literary works of their choice. Experienced staff will check the transcribed text and provide guidance through the system.

Furthermore, if you would like to use the transcription system as part of a research project with a specific theme, you are free to use the system after receiving instructions on how to use it.

All training is provided free of charge.

■ Registration

If you are interested in participating in our training course, please register by filling in our application form. (Applications will be closed when the maximum capacity is reached.)

Application Form

Phase 1: Training Course for Beginners and Intermediate Levels

This is a training course for deciphering kuzushiji using the ARC transcription system. It is slightly different from other kuzushiji courses that teach you how to read as you will train your ability to decipher the script while reading by yourself.

Details of Implementation:

1. How to use the ARC transcription system + training using the system

2. Date and time: May 14 (Fri), May 28 (Fri), June 18 (Fri), 2021 / Session A (starts at 9:00 JST), Session B (starts at 21:00 JST) ⇒ Each session will last for 90 minutes.

3. Number of participants: 8 per session (Those who will start at the 3rd phase of the project will be accepted separately.)

4. Target group: Beginners to intermediate learners who want to be able to transcribe early Japanese books by themselves.

5. Materials for the beginner to intermediate level will be provided by the organizer.

⇒ Held online via Zoom using the ARC Early Japanese Book Portal DB (with transcription and support system)

※You may also sign up if you would like to learn how to use the system to start from Phase 3 immediately.

Phase 2: Hands-on Experience in the Transcription System for Beginners and Intermediate Level

Participants will select the literary works they wish to decipher individually and carry out the transcription using the ARC transcription system. Results will be corrected by our experienced staff.

Furthermore, we will provide answers for undeciphered characters using the ARC transcription guidance function.

Participants will be able to proceed with the reading while receiving feedback and suggestions.

Details of Implementation:

1. Please participate in Phase 1 to understand how to use the system.

2. Please register for an individual project to start with.

3. Implementation period: From late September 2021 to March 2022

4. Number of participants: Approximately 5, on an individual or group basis

5. Target group: Those who have attended Phase 1 of the course

After a general meeting via Zoom in late September, transcription and correction will be carried out using the ARC Early Japanese Book Portal DB.

Phase 3: Research Project-based Usage

A research group led by a researcher who is already able to read kuzushiji to some extent can proceed with the transcription for a specific purpose.

In addition to the ARC transcription system, transcription support system, search function for transcribed text (display of search results with context) and the storage system for modern translations that are currently in operation, a comprehensive digital text utilization system will be available, including functions for annotating and translating texts that have been created (in preparation for full-scale operation starting from fall 2021).

Details of Implementation:

1. In Phase 1, you can start your project after receiving training on how to use our system.

2. For any questions and concerns about the system, support is available from the Technical Support Board of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC).

3. Implementation period: From June 2021 onwards

4. To start with, please register for the project category D. International Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment of the ARC-iJAC.

5. Target group: Anyone whose project comprises a large amount of material to be transcribed and who wishes to create a text of the transcription in the ARC portal database is welcome to participate.

In charge of the training course: Ryo Akama and Nozomu Ataka

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The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, has been actively promoting cooperative research between the humanities and cutting-edge information technology, with a strong focus on digital archiving of Japanese cultural properties, both tangible and intangible. The ARC has been selected as an International Joint Usage/Research Center Program by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, in October 2019.
With the establishment of the Digital Archive Research Center for Japanese Cultural Resources, we are pleased to invite researchers to submit joint research proposals to facilitate research and/or utilization of Japanese cultural resources through their digital archiving and database building.

Guidelines for FY 2020 Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment



The research leader of the joint research team should be a faculty member/researcher/curator who belongs to a university or a research institution within and outside Japan.
Note: a graduate student cannot be a leader.

The joint research team as an organization

1. A research team consists of a researcher (its research leader) or researchers (its research leader and co-researchers).

2. While it is recommended that the team include a faculty member of the Art Research Center* as its team member, you can apply without an ARC member, as well. If that is the case, we may assign a member to join the team as its coordinator.
*In this case, the ARC faculty does not include senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, researchers, and visiting researchers.

3. You can recruit (an) additional member(s) after your proposal is selected. The ARC will assist the recruitment.

Research period

The date when your research proposal is accepted to the end of the fiscal year

Contact us

Office of the Art Research Center
Research Office at Kinugasa Campus
Ritsumeikan University
E-mail:r-darc (at) (change "at" to @)

The application for FY 2021 International Joint Research with Research Fund is open until Monday February 1, 2021, 10AM (JST). Successful projects will receive research funds from the ARC-iJAC.

Learn more about the application here.

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The 10th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, February 13, 2021. We are now calling for presenters to join this event.

Application method and deadline:

Please submit your research topic and a research abstract (no more than 200 words) by email to kacimeeting+2021■ (please change "■" to "@").

The application deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Presentation time: About 20 minutes including questions (to be adjusted according to the number of presenters).

*Presentation time and instructions for submitting presentation materials will be sent to the presenters after the deadline.

Participation fee: Free of charge

*Furthermore, a social gathering (held online) is planned after the presentations.

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The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is pleased to announce that the publication of the 21st volume of its annual research bulletin Art Research is scheduled for mid-March 2021.

This bulletin has the purpose of disseminating the results of the research projects conducted by the ARC to the public. Moreover, as an academic bulletin specialized in arts and culture, it has been attracting many contributors every year.

Since its establishment in 1998, the ARC has been awarded several national grants as a research center of excellence in culture, arts, and information science. Most recently, the ARC has been designated as an International Joint Usage / Research Center by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in October 2019.

We look forward to receiving your research results that meet the criteria below.

【Journal Name】「ART RESEARCH」Vol.21

【Format】A4, horizontal and vertical writing both in two-column sets

【Publication Date】Mid-March 2021(Scheduled)

【Content】Research papers and research notes related to culture, arts, and information science (e.g. research reports, introduction to materials, technical notes). It is particularly desirable if the theme of the research project fits with the research topics of the Art Research Center (ARC).

【Writing Guidelines】pdf.jpg 執筆要綱 (PDF: 186KB)

【Applying for Author Registration】

To submit a manuscript, please register as an author first. Kindly send us the following information by e-mail before the deadline. After the screening by the editorial committee, you will be notified whether you have been accepted for the author's registration.

Information to be submitted:

[1] Name (in Furigana)

[2] Affiliation

[3] Position

[4] Address for sending proofreading documents

[5] Phone number

[6] E-mail address

[7] Type of manuscript (research paper or research note)

[8] Title(s) (can be tentative)

[9] Summary (about 200 words)

Contact: arc-jimu■ (Attn: Ishimura, Nakamura)

Please change "■" to "@" in the e-mail. Please state「9/6執筆者登録応募」in the subject line.

Application Deadline: September 6, 2020 (Sunday), 24:00

※Please note that applications after the deadline are not accepted.

※Please contact the Art Research Center secretariat if you have any difficulty in submitting by e-mail.

※We will not use your personal information outside of editorial purposes for the "Art Research"-publication.


Sunday, September 6, 2020: Deadline for applying for author registration

Tuesday, 15 September: Notification of author registration

Tuesday, November 3: Deadline for submission of the manuscript

※After review of the manuscript by two reviewers, the editorial board will decide whether or not to publish it.

The publication is scheduled for mid-March 2020.


If you would like to receive back issues of the journal, please contact the Art Research Center. Those who wish to have them mailed to will be asked to pay for the postage. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


The Art Research Center secretariat (Attn: Nakamura)

[TEL] 075-466-3411 (ext. 511-2931)

[FAX] 075-466-3415 (ext. 511-2935)

[E-mail] arc-jimu■

Please change "■" to "@" in your email. Please state 「紀要問い合わせ」in the subject line.

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 立命館大学アート・リサーチセンターでは、紀要「アート・リサーチ」第20号を 2020年3月中旬(予定)に刊行します。本紀要は、アート・リサーチセンターで展開する各研究プロジェクトの活動成果を広く公開する目的を持つとともに、芸術文化を専門とした学術雑誌として、例年多くの方にご投稿いただいております。

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 立命館大学アート・リサーチセンターでは、紀要「アート・リサーチ」第19号を 2019年3月中旬(予定)に刊行します。本紀要は、アート・リサーチセンターで展開する各研究プロジェクトの活動成果を広く公開する目的を持つとともに、芸術文化を専門とした学術雑誌として、例年多くの方にご投稿いただいております。

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