［イベント情報］January 31, 2023(Tue)
In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of disseminating information to international researchers on the availability of digital research tools and resources provided by the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, we are pleased to release the promotional video Custom-Built Online Research Databases with MyDB.
This video was produced in English for the Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Program (CDDP) of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and showcases how to custom-build an online research database using the resources in the ARC portal databases and one's own research materials with the My DB-function in the ARC Research Space.
→ Read the news article CDDP Video Series Highlight: Custom-Built Online Research Database with 'My Database' (NCC website)
→ Watch our promotional video ARC Kuzushiji Transcription Support and Archiving System.［イベント情報］International Symposium 'Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: As Seen through Case Studies in Central Europe'January 28, 2023(Sat)
The International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, is pleased to announce the International Online Symposium 'Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: As Seen through Case Studies in Central Europe'.
This event is held in English with live simultaneous interpretation in Japanese available.
Date: January 28 (Sat), 2023
Time: 16:00 - 18:00 JST / 8:00 - 10:00 CET
Topic: 'Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: As Seen through Case Studies in Central Europe'Organizer: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
1. Opening Remarks: Prof. Ryo Akama (Director of the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University) & Emily Li (University Research Administrator, Ritsumeikan University)
2. Keynote Speech: Professor Hans B. Thomsen (Chair for East Asian Art History, University of Zurich)
Title: 'Academia and Museums: The Importance of Collaborative Projects'
3. Individual PresentationsA: Dr. Klaus J. Friese (Lecturer, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
Title: 'Siebold's Collection in Munich: A New Type of Museum?'
B: Sabine Sophia Bradel (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Zurich)
Title: 'Japanese Woodblock Prints in a Private Collection in Winterthur, Switzerland'Read more>>
C: Matilde E. Tettamanti (MA, University of Zurich)
Title: 'A First Examination of the Japanese Art Collection of Monte Verità in Ascona, Switzerland'［イベント情報］January 25, 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.
NEWSKeynote speech by Prof. Hans B. Thomsen (University of Zurich) on Academia and Museums: The Importance of Collaborative Projects.
>>Program & RegistrationWe were delighted to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa, and Professor Emeritus Henry Smith (Columbia University) to the ARC.
HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the ARC while Professor Emeritus Henry Smith is a member of the ARC-iJAC External Evaluation Committee.ARC-iJAC Project Spotlights: An Interview with Kelly Midori McCormick (University of British Columbia) and Carrie Cushman (Hartford Art School)Supported by the ARC-iJAC, a team led by Dr. Kelly Midori McCormick and Dr. Carrie Cushman has been conducting research under the theme Expanding the Study of Japanese Photography and Gender: Modules for Teaching and Public Access.
Resulting from this, they have launched the bilingual website Behind the Camera--part database, part educational tool--spotlighting a diverse range of international experts on the history of Japanese photography from the perspective of gender and power.
>>Read full interview.
This project is actively seeking contributors in Japan and around the world for new modules on the history of Japanese photography from new perspectives. If you have a proposal for a module, please reach out.
On November 28, 2022, a signing ceremony for the MoU was held at Akita International University. The MoU provides a stable framework to advance collaborative projects in digital humanities, such as integrating AIU's Akita Folkloric Performance Art Archives with audiovisual records of more than 300 folkloric performance arts in the ARC Portal Database System. >>Read full article.
In November 2022, we were pleased to welcome Prof. Adam Habib to the ARC where he discussed the possibility of establishing a partnership in digital humanities with Prof. Ryo Akama. >>Read full article.Supported by the ARC, the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office organizes the annual event to provide an opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture. The performances, filmed by the ARC, are available online for a year. Upcoming Events
January 28 (Sat), 2023, 16:00-18:00 JST
International Online Symposium
Topic: Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: As Seen through Case Studies in Central Europe
<<Program & Registration>>
January 31 (Tue), 2023, 9:50-18:00 JST
Graduate Student Colloquium
Topic: Arts and Culture Studies of East Asia in the Post-Media Era: Themes and Perspectives
(no registration required)
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We are pleased to announce the Call for Manuscript Submissions for the Art Research Center's journal ART RESEARCH vol. 24.
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.Read more>>［イベント情報］January 18, 2023(Wed)
The 114th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, January 18, from 18:00 JST.
The program is as follows:
Speaker: Nozomu ATAKA (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)
Topic: The Reality of Temples and Shrines in Nara in the Late Edo Period, Seen from Neifu kiji, a Diary of Kawaji Toshiakira, a Magistrate of Nara
Speaker: Shiori Totsuka (Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)
Title: On Some Problems of Censor's Seals as Seen in the Katsukawa School's Ukiyo-e
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 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.［イベント情報］【Application is closed】FY 2023 International Joint Research with Research Fund, ARC-iJAC (Deadline: 5PM, January 20)December 26, 2022(Mon)
The application for FY 2023 International Joint Research with Research Fund is open until January 20 (Fri), 2023, 5PM (JST). Successful projects will receive research funds from the ARC-iJAC.
Learn more about the application here.Read more>>［イベント情報］Public Symposium 'Current Status and Issues of Place Name Standardization: Toward the Establishment of a Place Name Database and a Place Name Standardization Organization' (「地名標準化の現状と課題：地名データベースの構築と地名標準化機関の設置に向けて」)December 18, 2022(Sun)
Professor Keiji Yano, Deputy Director of the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, will serve as chair for the public symposium 'Current Status and Issues of Place Name Standardization: Toward the Establishment of a Place Name Database and a Place Name Standardization Organization', organized by the Science Council of Japan.
Date: December 18 (Sun), 2022, 13:00-17:00 JST
Anyone is welcome to attend (registration required).［イベント情報］The Art Research Center (ARC) signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Akita International University (AIU)December 13, 2022(Tue)
The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is pleased to announce the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Akita International University (AIU), a leading institution in international liberal arts education in Japan.
On November 28, 2022, a signing ceremony for the MoU was held at Akita International University and attended by Professor Ryo Akama (College of Letters), Director of the ARC, and Professor Koichi Hosoi (College of Image Arts and Sciences), Deputy Director of the ARC.
Akita International University was represented by Professor Monte Cassim, President of AIU, and Professor Yoshitaka Kumagai, Vice President of AIU. As former President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) and former Vice-Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust, Professor Cassim has been pivotal in bringing about this partnership.
The MoU provides a stable framework to advance collaborative projects in digital humanities, in particular, with regards to the building of a digital archive database of materials related to traditional art and culture of the Tohoku region by integrating AIU's Akita Folkloric Performance Art Archives in the ARC Portal Database System--hence, facilitating the dissemination of such materials worldwide.
The Akita Folkloric Performance Art Archives comprise audiovisual records of more than 300 folkloric performance arts in Akita Prefecture held by AIU.
In addition, the MoU shall strengthen academic research on both sides through the organization and participation in joint research programs and events as well as the exchange of researchers from both institutions.
Following the signing ceremony, a round-table discussion was held, where Professor Kumagai introduced the Akita Folkloric Performance Art Archives and Professor Akama explained how the integration of the archives into the ARC Portal Database System worked. Furthermore, both parties shared their thoughts on preserving Japanese cultural heritage.
Official website of Akita International University (AIU): https://www.aiu.ac.jp
The Akita Folkloric Performance Art Archives: https://www.akita-minzoku-geino.jp/archives/
Art Research Center (ARC) databases: https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/e/database/［イベント情報］November 29, 2022(Tue)
The interactive workshop 'Sustainable Geodesign of Downtown Alexandria: Egypt Vision 2030' will be co-organized by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.
Venue: Library Theatre, Fayza Abulnaga Central Library, E-JUST, Burg al-Arab, Alexandria
Day 1: Tuesday, 29th Nov., 2022 (09:00 - 16:00 EET Cairo / 16:00 - 23:00 JST)
Day 2: Wednesday, 30th Nov., 2022 (09:00 - 16:00 EET Cairo / 16:00 - 23:00 JST)
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The International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, presents:
Training Course to Decipher Japanese Cursive Script (Kuzushiji) with the ARC Transcription Support and Archiving System
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We are pleased to announce that the Training Course for the ARC Transcription Support and Archiving System for Japanese Cursive Script (kuzushiji) with tutor guidance, which was well received last year, will be resumed.
This training course will be conducted online using the ARC databases of early Japanese books, ukiyo-e and old documents, as well as the ARC Kuzushiji Transcription Support and Archiving System, allowing participants to practice reading kuzushiji anytime, anywhere, and at their own pace. Features include an AI-enabled function to read kuzushiji and online guidance provided by experienced tutors.
Unlike one-off courses, you can advance your transcription skills as you read through the books and materials independently.
We welcome applications from beginners and intermediate-level participants, as well as those who wish to improve specific transcription projects.
Participation is free of charge.
This training course is supported by the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies.
If you would like to participate, please apply using the form below.
Application formApplication is closed
Deadline: November 22 (Tues), 2022, 12:00 JST
[Details of the Training Course]
Period: December 1, 2022, to March 15, 2023
Language of Instruction: Japanese
1. Beginners to intermediate level users who would like to transcribe documents written in kuzushiji (capacity: 25 people)
2. Individuals and groups who would like to improve their own projects using the ARC Kuzushiji Transcription Support and Archiving System (individual correction is not provided, but consultation for difficult-to-read characters is available. Capacity: 5 people)
11/25 Notice of acceptance (tentative)
11/30 Kick-off seminar at 20:00 Japan Standard Time (online/ video on demand available)
- Keynote speaker: Motoi KATSUMATA (Associate Professor, Meisei University, Tokyo)
- Explanation of the course outline and system, introduction of tutors, etc.
12/4 1st System training session (online)
- Session A (from 9:00 JST), Session B (from 20:00 JST)
* We plan to hold several system training sessions during this period.
The closing meeting will be held in late March 2023.
Office of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC)
Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University
Contact persons: Sekiguchi, Emily, Kubo
Tel.: +81 75-465-8476 (ext. 2825)