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International Conference "Towards International Collaboration among Centers for East Asian and Japanese Studies"

International Conference
"Towards International Collaboration among Centers for East Asian and Japanese Studies"

Date: January 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday), 2016
Place: Art Research Center, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University




Since its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, has been conducting research and education, aiming at creating a new type of the humanities that fully utilize information technologies. One of our most representative achievements is establishment of the ARC Model. With this unique digital humanities method, we have been building various databases of Japanese arts and culture, as well as the cloud environment so that we could bridge the gap between Japanese Studies in Japan and abroad, as well as contribute to East Asian and Japanese Studies overseas. Inviting representatives of major centers for East Asian and Japanese Studies in the world, the upcoming conference is to promote joint research projects among these centers through international collaboration, and to invite their suggestions and comments on how the ARC with the database system and cloud environment could serve for this purpose.


The program:
January 16 (Saturday)

10:00-10:05 Welcome Speech
Introduction of the ARC: Its platform and system to be employed for advanced-level research projects
10:05-10:25 Ryo Akama, Director, Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures; and Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
ARC Model Workshops: Digitalization of 2-d and 3-d artworks, and database building
10:30-11:30 Hiroshi Yamaguchi (3-d: 1 hour), Senior Researcher, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University
11:30-12:00 Takaaki Kaneko (2-d: 30 minutes), Associate Professor, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University
12:00-13:30 Lunch
Introduction of On-going, International Joint Projects (30-minute presentation, followed by 15-minute Q&A)
13:30-14:15 Toshie Marra, Librarian for Japanese Collection, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley
14:15-15:00 Midori Oka, Research Associate, Department of Asian Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
15:00-15:20 Coffee break
Introduction of Major Research Organizations of Japanese and East Asian Studies Overseas (15-minute presentation, followed by 10-minute Q&A)
15:20-15:45 Jonathan Zwicker, Director, Center for Japanese Studies; and Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan
15:45-16:10 Hans Bjarne Thomsen, Professor, Section for East Asian Art, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich
16:10-16:20 Coffee break
16:20-16:45 Michael Como, Toshu Fukami Associate Professor of Shinto Studies, Departments of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures (for Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University)
16:45-17:10 Melanie Trede, Professor of Japanese Art Histories, Heidelberg University, Centre for East Asian Studies, Institute of East Asian Art History

January 17 (Sunday)

9:30-10:00 Introduction of the ARC's Research Projects Using GIS

Keiji Yano, Director, Art Research Center; and Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
10:00-12:20 Discussion, suggestions, and comments on what kinds of systems and organizations researchers and librarians of Japanese Studies need
All the conference participants, and

Kuniko Yamada McVey, Librarian for the Japanese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University; and Former Chair, North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC)

Dawn Lawson, Head, Asian Library, University of Michigan Library, University of Michigan
12:20-12:30 Closing Remarks
Kozo Watanabe, Vice-president, Ritsumeikan University