The ARC Summer Newsletter is available (July 2023)July 26, 2023(Wed)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.
NEWSSave the date! ARC Days to be held on Aug 3 (Thurs) & Aug 4 (Fri)We were delighted to welcome Dr. Akiko Takesue, Bishop White Committee Associate Curator of Japanese Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), to the ARC.
The ARC, in collaboration with the ROM, is pleased to announce that 4,233 ukiyo-e prints and 74 Japanese old books from ROM's collection are now available in the ARC database. >> Read more.ARC-iJAC Project Spotlights: An Interview with Masami Yamada (Curator, Asia Department, Victoria & Albert Museum)
Supported by the ARC-iJAC, Masami Yamada, Curator in the Asia Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has been leading the research project Re-thinking Japonisme: Digitization of the V&A's collection of Japanese illustrated books and researching its formation in the late 19th century. As part of this collaborative project, Dr. Ryoko Matsuba (SISJAC) regularly organizes hands-on workshops at the V&A for students & young researchers to learn about best practices in digitizing museum collections. >> Read more. The release comprises 1,541 ukiyo-e prints held by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Particularly noteworthy are 134 surimono (摺物) and 120 pillar prints (柱絵), for which the opening of this database provides a foundation for further research. >> Read more. Video on demand! 116. International ARC Seminar
Session 1: Simon KANER (Executive Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UEA)
Topic: Stonehenge and prehistoric Japan--Archaeological exchanges between Japan and the UK: Current and future trends
Session 2: Ryoko MATSUBA (Lecturer in Digital Japanese Arts and Humanities, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UEA), Joseph BILLS (MPhil, Univ. of Cambridge), Bori KO (MA Student, SOAS Univ. of London), Liam HEAD (MA Student, UEA)
Topic: Implementing the ARC Model in the UK: Digitising Sword Ornaments at the British Museum
The late Mukai Nobuo (向井信夫) was known as a collector and researcher of Edo-period Japanese books and also collected ukiyo-e prints and albums of the same period, including a sizeable collection of 690 works by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年). >> Read more. The Takeuchi Dokei Collection is the world's largest collection of materials related to Edo-period Japanese music. Search for the Tokiwazu-bushi lyric booklets by entering 常磐津 in the "genre" (ジャンル) search box at the following >> link.
For a commentary by Takeuchi Yuichi (Research Institute for Japanese Traditional Music, Kyoto City University of Arts), >> click here.
Faculty News! We are pleased to welcome Dr. Travis Seifman as Research Manager / Associate Professor to the ARC faculty.
Originally from New York, he completed MA degrees in Japanese Studies at SOAS, University of London, and in Art History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa before earning his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Before joining the ARC, he worked as a postdoctoral Project Researcher at the University of Tokyo Historiographical Institute. Dr. Seifman specializes in Okinawan Studies and researches in particular the embassies dispatched by the Okinawan kingdom of Lūchū (Ryūkyū) to Edo in the 17th to 19th centuries.Upcoming Events
July 26 (Wed), 2023, 18:00-19:30 JST
122. International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Travis SEIFMAN (Associate Professor & Research Manager, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University)
Topic: Visual, Material, and Performance Culture Aspects of the Ryukyu Kingdom's Embassies to Edo (held in Japanese)
August 3 (Thurs), 2023, 14:00-16:45 JST
August 4 (Fri), 2023, 10:00-17:35 JST
ARC Days 2023
An annual event where faculty members of the ARC and international collaborative researchers introduce their research projects in Digital Humanities (DH).
>> Click here for the program.
Live stream available via >> YouTube.
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