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March 23, 2024(Sat)

The 13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

We are now accepting →registrations to join the event as a participant. This event also serves as a conference for young researchers of the ARC-iJAC.

About the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities:

Along with the rapid development of the digital and information environment in recent years, we are seeing more and more cross-disciplinary research in academic fields with an awareness of "information" and "digital". This trend is gaining momentum in higher education and research activities as well, and educational programs and course activities related to this trend are being enhanced.

The need for opportunities for academic exchange among undergraduate and graduate students and young researchers studying in such programs under new research themes in line with the times is ever increasing.

For this reason, the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was established in 2011 as a place for presentation and exchange, with a focus on graduate students and young researchers interested in information and knowledge research in arts, culture, and other related fields in mind. 11 research meetings have been held to date.

This meeting is positioned as a place where participants can mutually discover new research themes and methods through human exchange in different fields, and we also welcome exploratory and adventurous presentations that are slightly different from conventional conference presentations.

Date: March 23 (Sat), 2024
Hybrid format:
Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4 Komatsubarachō, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0018 (https://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/osakaumedacampus/access/)
Online: Via ZOOM

Organizer: The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities

Facilitators: Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University), Mamiko Sakata (Doshisha University), Naoki Takubo (Kindai University), Takehiko Murakawa (Wakayama University)

Co-organizers: The Kansai Division of the Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge

In cooperation with: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Registration method:

Please register via the <registration form for participants>. (Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2024)

※ There is no participation fee.

※A get-together is planned to be held after the research presentations (face-to-face only). We would like to make it a place for exchange beyond the boundaries of universities and research fields, so please feel free to join us. The venue, participation fee, etc. will be announced shortly.

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The 13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

We are now accepting →registrations to join the event as a participant. This event also serves as a conference for young researchers of the ARC-iJAC.

About the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities:

Along with the rapid development of the digital and information environment in recent years, we are seeing more and more cross-disciplinary research in academic fields with an awareness of "information" and "digital". This trend is gaining momentum in higher education and research activities as well, and educational programs and course activities related to this trend are being enhanced.

The need for opportunities for academic exchange among undergraduate and graduate students and young researchers studying in such programs under new research themes in line with the times is ever increasing.

For this reason, the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was established in 2011 as a place for presentation and exchange, with a focus on graduate students and young researchers interested in information and knowledge research in arts, culture, and other related fields in mind. 11 research meetings have been held to date.

This meeting is positioned as a place where participants can mutually discover new research themes and methods through human exchange in different fields, and we also welcome exploratory and adventurous presentations that are slightly different from conventional conference presentations.

Date: March 23 (Sat), 2024, from 13:00 JST
Hybrid format:
Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4 Komatsubarachō, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0018 (https://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/osakaumedacampus/access/)
Online: Via ZOOM

Organizer: The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities

Facilitators: Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University), Mamiko Sakata (Doshisha University), Naoki Takubo (Kindai University), Takehiko Murakawa (Wakayama University)

Co-organizers: The Kansai Division of the Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge

In cooperation with: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Registration method:

Please register via the <registration form for participants>. (Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2024)

※ There is no participation fee.

※A get-together is planned to be held after the research presentations (face-to-face only). We would like to make it a place for exchange beyond the boundaries of universities and research fields, so please feel free to join us. The venue, participation fee, etc. will be announced shortly.

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Day 1: Friday, February 23, 11:00 -17:40 JST (tentative)
Day 2: Saturday, February 24, 10:30:00 -17:00 JST (tentative)

Hybrid event (ARC & online via Zoom)

Presentations marked with ★ are available via YouTube live stream.

Organised by: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation", Ritsumeikan University

Click here for the program.

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Day 1: Friday, February 23, 11:00 -17:40 JST (tentative)
Day 2: Saturday, February 24, 10:30:00 -17:00 JST (tentative)

Hybrid event (ARC & online via Zoom)

Presentations marked with ★ are available via YouTube live stream.

Organised by: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation", Ritsumeikan University

Click here for the program.

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[イベント情報]
January 31, 2024(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.

NEWS

We were delighted to welcome Prof. Graeme Earl (Head of the College of Humanities, SOAS University of London), Shona Aitken (Director of Advancement, SOAS University of London), and Russell Kelty (Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia) to the ARC.
Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Monika Bincsik, ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher, on receiving the 2024 Marica Vilcek Prize in Art History.

Dr. Bincsik, the Diane and Arthur Abbey Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), receives the Marica Vilcek Prize for her curatorial approach to Japanese decorative arts and textiles that highlights the complex interplay of the Japanese and international art market, trade, social, and political circumstances over the past five centuries.


Dr. Bincsik earned a Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University, undertaking research on Japanese lacquerware and other decorative arts, supervised by the ARC Director Prof. Ryo Akama (Graduate School of Letters).
Prof. Thawonmas, Head of the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab), explains how he utilizes ARC database resources for research in artificial intelligence and Game AI.
As a certified University Ambassador with the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), he also runs workshops on fundamental and advanced levels of deep learning, fostering the next-generation specialists in the AI field. >> Read interview.
Based on the special exhibition Chushingura Ukiyo-e from Kamigata, held at the Ako City Museum of History in 2022, this digital exhibition showcases the aspects of the development of Chushingura culture in the Kamigata region, mainly depicted in yakusha-e, shibai-e, and omocha-e.
>> Read more.
Supported by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), a research team at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), led by Dr. Pilar Cabañas, has launched a digital exhibition of shini-e (memorial prints).
It showcases the achievements of their ARC-iJAC project to digital archive the ukiyo-e collection held by the UCM. >> Read more.
Video on demand! 125. International ARC Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK/ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher)

Topic: Hokusai the Alchemist: an exploration of sources for his book illustrations (held in English)

The workshop was held as part of the ARC research project Visual Culture Studies in the Domestic Sphere Utilizing the ARC Database, led by ARC faculty member Prof. Yumi Takenaka.
The project aims to study arts and visual culture in East Asia related to the concept of Ie, which encompasses housing, households, family, and family genealogy within the Domestic Sphere juxtaposed to the Public Sphere.
An invited lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch (Free University of Berlin). >> Read more.
Upcoming Events

February 23 (Fri) & 24 (Sat), 2024
FY 2023 Annual Report Meeting of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (
ARC-iJAC) & Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation," Ritsumeikan University
<Program to be announced on our website shortly>

March 23 (Sat), 2024
13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities
(第13回「知識・芸術・文化情報学研究会」)


Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
(*The time will be adjusted depending on the number of presenters.
*The event may be held in a hybrid format or entirely online depending on the spread of COVID-19.)


>> Call for Presenters
(Deadline: February 5, 2024)
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Autumn 2023, Summer 2023, Spring 2023, Winter 2022, Autumn 2022, Summer 2022, Spring 2022, Winter 2021, Autumn 2021, Summer 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2020, Autumn 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2020


Background:
Prof. Ruck Thawonmas, a research member of the Art Research Center (ARC), received his B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, in 1987, an M.Eng. degree in information science from Ibaraki University in 1990, and a Ph.D. degree in information engineering from Tohoku University in 1994.
He is a Full Professor at the College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, where he leads the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab).

Prof. Thawonmas, thank you very much for your time today. Can you tell us how you joined Ritsumeikan University and the Art Research Center (ARC)?

ruck_1.jpgProf. Thawonmas: After I finished my Ph.D. at Tohoku University, I worked at several places in Japan. One day, I saw an interview with a non-Japanese professor at Ritsumeikan University. Seeing that the interviewee was a full professor doing well despite being non-Japanese in an international atmosphere environment encouraged me to join the university.

I joined Ritsumeikan University in 2002 when the university was planning to establish my current college--the College of Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

While my early research focused on data mining, upon joining Ritsumeikan, I decided to slightly change my research area to set myself apart from other professors. I started to look into entertainment computing and computer games, which were not yet well-recognized research areas at that time, either domestically or internationally.

From the beginning of my tenure at Ritsumeikan, I became involved in the ARC's research activities, including the application and subsequent execution of the 21st Century COE (Center for Excellence) Program of the Ministry of Education (MEXT) "Kyoto Art Entertainment Innovation Research." Guess who added the term entertainment there!

As the Head of the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab), you have been engaged in research on game AI and intelligent techniques for increasing the entertainment value of computer games. Could you give us some examples of how digital resources of the ARC have been utilized in your research projects?

Prof. Thawonmas: As part of our effort to promote Japanese culture through games, ukiyo-e prints from the ARC Ukiyo-e Portal Database have been incorporated as background images in various projects on game AI.

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January 23, 2024(Tue)

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On January 16, 2024, a group of students and faculty members of Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea, visited the Art Research Center (ARC).

Besides a tour of the ARC building and digital archiving facilities, Prof. Ryo Akama (College of Letters/Director of the ARC) gave an introductory lecture on the DH research activities of the Center.

alex_geodesign.PNGCo-organized by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, the interactive workshop Mitigation of Climate Change Impact on North Delta & Alexandria Cultural Heritage into a Global Environmental Context was held on January 13 and 14, 2024.

>> Click here for the program.

The 129th International ARC Seminar will be held as a webinar on Wednesday, January 17, from 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Speaker: Tomoyuki NAKAO (Senior specialist for museums support, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan)

Topic: Issues and Prospects in Digital Transformations in Museums


Date: Wednesday, January 17, 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.

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Titled The Intangible Culture that Japan is proud of makes its World Debut, Ritsumeikan University's Research Report RADIANT Issue #20 introduces the digital archiving projects of Prof. Ryo Akama (College of Letters/Director of the ARC).

In particular, the report focuses on his research endeavors in digital archiving and preserving intangible Japanese cultural heritage, such as Japanese folk performing arts, for future generations.

>> Click here to read the full article (in Japanese).

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