January 24, 2012

Additional recruitment of the 2012 International Training Program (ITP) for Young Researchers (Application deadline: 17:00, January 24, 2012)

 We are now inviting additional applications for the 2012 International Training Program (ITP) for Young Researchers, a program whose purpose is to send young researchers overseas.

The Ritsumeikan University provides the Global On-Site Training Program for Young Researchers on the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Art Work that is based on the International Training Program (ITP) for Young Researchers selected by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. This program offers the university’s PhD students, Postdoctoral fellows, assistant professors, researchers and so forth an opportunity to stay at partner organizations overseas and conduct research on topics related to the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage and the Art Research Center for a fixed period (over 2 months and under 1 year).

The aim of this program is to nurture talented researchers with an enriched global view, through research activities conducted in a foreign language, building a network of researchers, and acquiring skills such as presenting research results. 


January 23, 2012

The "Gendai-ni Tsutawaru Hangi" Exhibition

 The “Gendai-ni Tsutawaru Hangi” (printing blocks from past to present) Exhibition

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 In order to share information on hangi (printing blocks) as part of the joint research by the Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures under the MEXT Global COE Program (Ritsumeikan University) Japanese Culture Research Group and Professor Kazuaki Nagai from the Faculty of Letters at Nara University, we have been building a digital archive of about 5,000 hangi kept at Nara University and made the archive available for access. In addition, these hangi were exhibited at the “Kinsei Hangi” (printing blocks of the modern period) exhibition (February to March 2009), and we have continued questioning what hangi are and what we can find out from hangi.  


January 21, 2012

Symposium: " Bungaku-e-no Shatei" (literature on formerly Japanese-owned foreign places)

 We are pleased to announce the following symposium titled “<Gaichi> Bungaku-e-no Shatei”. Please feel free to come and participate.


<Gaichi> Bungaku-e-no Shatei

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 Images of “gaichi”—foreign colonies or territories once owned by Japan—have been created in various forms of media, such as newspapers, magazines and travel guides. Meanwhile, this formation of the image of gaichi has become the foreground in relation to the “naichi”—the cultural and political center—and within the reciprocating of the center and peripheral images lies the strength of Japan’s colonial system.

 This symposium will summarize the past 5 years of the Ritsumeikan University Global COE activities and examine the possibilities of gaichi literature research. Besides the presently scheduled publication of “Gaichi Bungaku-e-no Shatei”, a collection of theses centering on Kazunobu Kimura who is responsible for research activities, this symposium will also discuss the scope of methodology within gaichi literature research.

 The aim of this symposium is to access the materials collected and processed into a database at the Ritsumeikan University’s Art Research Center to consider the images of Japan and Korea in Korea under Japanese rule. While the Kyeongseong Ilbo newspaper is believed to have been mainly read by Japanese people living in Korea during Japanese rule, from the articles we can get a glimpse of the dilemma concerning what sort of intermediate stance these Japanese were supposed to take. The symposium will also examine problems regarding Japanese translations of modern Korean literature. By finding out what kind of dynamics were at work in terms of the translation of texts, we may be able to see the arbitrariness of the image of Korea.  


January 21, 2012

International Symposium: Human Body Motion Analysis with Motion Capture

We are pleased to announce that an international symposium titled “Human Body Motion Analysis with Motion Capture” will be held. 



Time and date: 9:00 to 17:30, Saturday, January 21, 2012 
Place: Epoch Ritsumei 21, Ritsumeikan University Biwako/Kusatsu Campus (BKC)
Sponsored by: 

MEXT Global COE Program “Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures” (Ritsumeikan University), MEXT/Mixed Reality Digital Museum (Ritsumeikan University)

Cosponsored by: nac Image Technology Inc. 

Free admission / no reservation required 


January 21, 2012

The 1st Symposium on Knowledge, Art and Cultural Informatics

 The 1st Symposium on Knowledge, Art and Cultural Informatics

 With the rapid developments in digital and information environments these days, many cross-disciplinary academic researches have also been conducted with “information” and “digital” aspects in mind. This trend has even become more prominent within tertiary education and research activities, giving rise to educational programs or courses and faculties related to the information and digital fields.

 There is an increasing demand for opportunities where academic exchanges can be made between graduate students and young researchers through such curricula that provide new research topics in line with the present time.

 Thus the Symposium on Knowledge, Art and Cultural Informatics was created in order to provide a place for presentations and exchanges, targeting mainly at young researchers interested in research on information or knowledge related to art, culture and other aspects. This symposium aims to provide an opportunity where participants from various disciplines can discover new research topics and methodologies through making exchanges with each other. We hope it will allow researchers to give developing and endeavoring presentations somewhat different from conventional academic conferences.  

Symposium program