25th Anniversary International Symposium (Ritsumeikan University Saturday Seminar Series, 3390th Session）
25th Anniversary International Symposium
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, will hold an international symposium.
Date: September 30 (Sat), 2023, 15:00 - 17:30 JST
Hybrid event (Soushikan Hall 101, Kinugasa Campus & online)
Ryo AKAMA (Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University/Director of the ARC)
Akihiko TAKANO (Visiting Research Professor, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University)
Shigeo SUGIMOTO（Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba)
Graeme EARL（Professor & Head of College, SOAS University of London)
Koichi HOSOI (Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University/Deputy Director of the ARC)
【Moderator】Travis Seifman（Research Manager of the ARC, Ritsumeikan University)
Participation is free of charge・Advance registration required (max. 400)
As the Art Research Center (ARC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023, we sincerely thank you for your continued support. As a token of our appreciation, we have prepared a free gift for all those who attend the symposium at the venue.
The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is marking the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 2023. As a center of arts and culture research at Ritsumeikan University in the academic metropolis of Kyoto, the ARC has pursued new research utilizing digital technologies since its establishment. This kind of research based on digital technology research methods came to be called Digital Humanities (DH) and has attracted attention as the most advanced field in humanities research. As a result, the role of the ARC continues to grow in importance, and the Center has gained traction as a driving force in Digital Humanities both in Japan and overseas.
Further, the digital environment, the foundation of Digital Humanities, is built on digital archives. Designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as an International Joint Usage / Research Center, the ARC has taken on many research projects from abroad in its capacity as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art & Culture (ARC-iJAC), thus strengthening its research activities.
The digital archives, in which the ARC has accumulated research focusing on Japanese traditional culture over the past 25 years, have been interlinked with the open archives of other institutions and continue to form part of the "big data" of Japanese cultural resources. Furthermore, as seen in the rapid spread of the Metaverse and Generative AI research, in the current present in which humans are beginning to open up digital space as another area for engagement, this kind of big data of cultural resources is not only expected to become a source for specialist academic research but also a digital resource common to all humankind that shall be more open for social use.
The horizons of digital humanities, opened up by digital archives, bring new societal reforms and expansions that should be called "public humanities". On the occasion of this 25th anniversary, we are holding a commemorative international symposium: inviting guests who have provided valuable advice for the Center's activities to discuss the Center's achievements and future direction while further promoting cooperation with related institutions and researchers in Japan and abroad.