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On October 15, 2023, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) featured the second part of a coverage on the research projects to digitize overseas museum collections, led by Prof. Ryo Akama, Director of the Art Research Center (ARC).

The 123rd International ARC Seminar will be held as a webinar on Wednesday, October 11, from 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Speaker: Toshiyasu KAMOGI (Curator & Manager of Curatorial Div., Tokyo Fuji Art Museum)

Topic: The Achievements and Future Outlook of a Homemade Database by a Liberal Arts Computer Enthusiast Curator--From the Frontline of Digital Archive Operation for Streamlining and Enhancing Museum Curatorial Services--


Date: Wednesday, October 11, 18:00 - 19:30 JST

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

*This webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via YouTube.

On October 8, 2023, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) featured the first part of a coverage on the research projects to digitize overseas museum collections, led by Prof. Ryo Akama, Director of the Art Research Center (ARC).

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25th Anniversary International Symposium

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, held an international symposium on September 30, 2023 under the theme Liberal Arts Innovation in Digital Humanities and Digital Archives--Exploring Further Possibilities. The event was held in a hybrid format.

Event Overview:

The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is marking the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 2023. As a center of arts and culture research at Ritsumeikan University in the academic metropolis of Kyoto, the ARC has since its establishment pursued new research utilizing digital technologies. This kind of research based on digital technology research methods came to be called Digital Humanities (DH) and has attracted attention as the most advanced field in humanities research. As a result, the role of the ARC continues to grow in importance, and the Center has gained traction as a driving force in Digital Humanities both in Japan and overseas.

Further, the digital environment, the foundation of Digital Humanities, is built on digital archives. Designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as an International Joint Usage / Research Center, the ARC has taken on many research projects from abroad in its capacity as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art & Culture (ARC-iJAC), thus strengthening its research activities.

The digital archives, in which the ARC has accumulated research focusing on Japanese traditional culture over the past 25 years, have been interlinked with the open archives of other institutions and continue to form part of the big data of Japanese cultural resources. Furthermore, as seen in the rapid spread of the Metaverse and Generative AI research, in the current present in which humans are beginning to open up digital space as another area for engagement, this kind of big data of cultural resources is not only expected to become a source for specialist academic research but also a digital resource common to all humankind that shall be more open for social use.

The horizons of digital humanities, opened up by digital archives, bring new societal reforms and expansions that should be called "public humanities". On the occasion of this 25th anniversary, we are holding a commemorative international symposium: inviting guests who have provided valuable advice for the Center's activities to discuss the Center's achievements and future direction while further promoting cooperation with related institutions and researchers in Japan and abroad.

Speakers:
 Ryo AKAMA (Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University/Director of the ARC)
 Akihiko TAKANO (Visiting Research Professor, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University)
 Shigeo SUGIMOTO(Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba)
 Graeme EARL(Professor & Head of College, SOAS University of London)
 Koichi HOSOI (Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University/Deputy Director of the ARC)
 【Moderator】Travis Seifman(Research Manager of the ARC, Ritsumeikan University)

>>Program

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 >>Website of the Ritsumeikan University Saturday Seminar Series

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25th Anniversary International Symposium

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, will hold an international symposium.

Date: September 30 (Sat), 2023, 15:00 - 17:30 JST
Hybrid event (Soushikan Hall 101, Kinugasa Campus & online)

Theme: Liberal Arts Innovation in Digital Humanities and Digital Archives--Exploring Further Possibilities (デジタル・ヒューマニティーズとデジタル・アーカイブによる学藝の⾰新-そのさらなる可能性を探る-)

Speakers:
 Ryo AKAMA (Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University/Director of the ARC)
 Akihiko TAKANO (Visiting Research Professor, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University)
 Shigeo SUGIMOTO(Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba)
 Graeme EARL(Professor & Head of College, SOAS University of London)
 Koichi HOSOI (Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University/Deputy Director of the ARC)
 【Moderator】Travis Seifman(Research Manager of the ARC, Ritsumeikan University)

>>Program

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Participation is free of charge・Advance registration required (max. 400)

>>Register here.

As the Art Research Center (ARC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023, we sincerely thank you for your continued support. As a token of our appreciation, we have prepared a free gift for all those who attend the symposium at the venue.

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Event Overview:

The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is marking the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 2023. As a center of arts and culture research at Ritsumeikan University in the academic metropolis of Kyoto, the ARC has pursued new research utilizing digital technologies since its establishment. This kind of research based on digital technology research methods came to be called Digital Humanities (DH) and has attracted attention as the most advanced field in humanities research. As a result, the role of the ARC continues to grow in importance, and the Center has gained traction as a driving force in Digital Humanities both in Japan and overseas.

Further, the digital environment, the foundation of Digital Humanities, is built on digital archives. Designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as an International Joint Usage / Research Center, the ARC has taken on many research projects from abroad in its capacity as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art & Culture (ARC-iJAC), thus strengthening its research activities.

The digital archives, in which the ARC has accumulated research focusing on Japanese traditional culture over the past 25 years, have been interlinked with the open archives of other institutions and continue to form part of the "big data" of Japanese cultural resources. Furthermore, as seen in the rapid spread of the Metaverse and Generative AI research, in the current present in which humans are beginning to open up digital space as another area for engagement, this kind of big data of cultural resources is not only expected to become a source for specialist academic research but also a digital resource common to all humankind that shall be more open for social use.

The horizons of digital humanities, opened up by digital archives, bring new societal reforms and expansions that should be called "public humanities". On the occasion of this 25th anniversary, we are holding a commemorative international symposium: inviting guests who have provided valuable advice for the Center's activities to discuss the Center's achievements and future direction while further promoting cooperation with related institutions and researchers in Japan and abroad.


 >>Website of the Ritsumeikan University Saturday Seminar Series

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Co-organized by the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), University of California, Berkeley, and the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, a joint colloquium was held at Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley on September 15, 2023.

Under the theme Theory and Methods in the Japanese Humanities: Research Using Visual Sources and Archives, faculty and graduate students from the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) and the Art Research Center (ARC) delivered presentations on the use of visual sources and archives in their research. While discussing the specific content of their respective research projects, the presenters discussed and exchanged research methods, approaches, and techniques for employing visual sources and archives.

Theme: Theory and Methods in the Japanese Humanities: Research Using Visual Sources and Archives

Date: September 15 (Fri), 16:00-18:00 PDT / September 16 (Sat), 8:00-10:00 JST

Venue: Rm 370, Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley + online via ZOOM (※This was a non-public event.)

Program

16:00 - 16:05

Opening remarks by Prof. Jonathan E. ZWICKER (Center for Japanese Studies, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley)

16:05 - 16:25

The Value of Visual Sources in Digital Archives for Researching the Ryukyu Kingdom's Embassies to Edo (held in English)

Speaker: Dr. Travis SEIFMAN (Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University/Research Manager of the ARC)

16:25 - 16:40

The Utility of Digital Archives in Kabuki Research: Focusing on an Approach Using Actor's Prints from the Mid-Edo Period (held in English)

Speaker: Shiori TOTSUKA (PhD Student, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

16:40 - 16:55

An Attempt to Construct a Design Encyclopedia Using Digital Archives (held in English)

Speaker: Risako HIRANO (PhD Student, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

-Break (5 minutes)-

17:00 - 17:15

The Comedy of Inoue Hisashi and the Critique of Modern Japan (held in English)

Speaker: Megumi HIROTA (MA Student in Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley)

17:15 - 17:30

帝国日本の銃後の主体性 (Agency) -1943年の一枚のプロパガンダ小説、辻小説を中心に- (held in Japanese)

Speaker: Hong JANG (PhD Student in East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley)

17:30 - 17:45

Archival Hesitancies: Problems of Research as Method (held in English)

Speaker: Frank CAHILL (PhD Student in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley)

17:45 - 17:55

Discussion

17:55 - 18:00

Closing remarks by

18:00 ~

Reception

This colloquium was supported by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

[イベント情報]
September 16, 2023(Sat)

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The Saturday Seminar Series, a public serminar series of Ritsumeikan University, will be organized by the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, in September 2023.

Theme: 京焼登り窯の新研究-3D計測と新資料を中心に-

Date: September 16 (Sat), 2023, 10:00 - 11:30
Online event

Topic: 京焼登り窯の新研究2-3D計測で⾒る登り窯-

Speaker: Ahmad Yama NAWABI(Institute for Cultural Heritage, Waseda University)

Participation is free of charge・Advance registration required (max. 400)
 >>Register here.


 >>Website of the Ritsumeikan University Saturday Seminar Series

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We are pleased to announce the Joint Colloquium Theory and Methods in the Japanese Humanities: Research Using Visual Sources and Archives, co-organized by the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), University of California, Berkeley, and the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University.

Date: September 15 (Fri), 16:00-18:00 PDT / September 16 (Sat), 8:00-10:00 JST

Venue: Rm 370, Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley + online via ZOOM (※This is a non-public event.)

Faculty and graduate students from the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), University of California, Berkeley, and the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, will present on the use of visual sources and archives in their research. While discussing the specific content of their respective research projects, the presenters will discuss and exchange research methods, approaches, and techniques for employing visual sources and archives.

Program

16:00 - 16:05

Opening remarks by Prof. Jonathan E. ZWICKER (Center for Japanese Studies, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley)

16:05 - 16:25

The Value of Visual Sources in Digital Archives for Researching the Ryukyu Kingdom's Embassies to Edo (held in English)

Speaker: Dr. Travis SEIFMAN (Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University/Research Manager of the ARC)

16:25 - 16:40

The Utility of Digital Archives in Kabuki Research: Focusing on an Approach Using Actor's Prints from the Mid-Edo Period (held in English)

Speaker: Shiori TOTSUKA (PhD Student, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

16:40 - 16:55

An Attempt to Construct a Design Encyclopedia Using Digital Archives (held in English)

Speaker: Risako HIRANO (PhD Student, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

-Break (5 minutes)-

17:00 - 17:15

The Comedy of Inoue Hisashi and the Critique of Modern Japan (held in English)

Speaker: Megumi HIROTA (MA Student in Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley)

17:15 - 17:30

帝国日本の銃後の主体性 (Agency) -1943年の一枚のプロパガンダ小説、辻小説を中心に- (held in Japanese)

Speaker: Hong JANG (PhD Student in East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley)

17:30 - 17:45

Archival Hesitancies: Problems of Research as Method (held in English)

Speaker: Frank CAHILL (PhD Student in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley)

17:45 - 17:55

Discussion

17:55 - 18:00

Closing remarks by

18:00 ~

Reception

This colloquium is supported by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

[イベント情報]
September 9, 2023(Sat)

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The Saturday Seminar Series, a public serminar series of Ritsumeikan University, will be organized by the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, in September 2023.

Theme: 京焼登り窯の新研究-3D計測と新資料を中心に-

1. 3388th Session

Date: September 9 (Sat), 2023, 10:00 - 11:30
Online event

Topic:京焼登り窯の新研究1-五条坂「窯持」の近代-

Speaker:Takuma YOGO (Associate Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University)

Participation is free of charge・Advance registration required (max. 400)
 >>Register here.

2. 3389th Session

Date: September 16 (Sat), 2023, 10:00 - 11:30
Online event

Topic: 京焼登り窯の新研究2-3D計測で⾒る登り窯-

Speaker: Ahmad Yama NAWABI(Institute for Cultural Heritage, Waseda University)

Participation is free of charge・Advance registration required (max. 400)
 >>Register here.


 >>Website of the Ritsumeikan University Saturday Seminar Series

We are pleased to announce the Call for Manuscript Submissions for the Art Research Center's journal ART RESEARCH vol. 24-3.

As an academic journal specializing in arts and culture, the purpose of ART RESEARCH is to widely publicize the results of the research projects and activities conducted by the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, and its partner institutions and collaborative researchers.

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 compiling all contributions will be distributed, as we hope to increase the submission opportunities for researchers.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript.

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