JSC 2019 Round Up

The first semester of 2019 proved a busy one at the Japanese Studies Centre; we welcomed back Dr. Alison Tokita as an adjunct researcher, as well as hearing from both local staff and guest speakers.

We were particular pleased to start out with a collaborative event, a public lecture by Prof Yasushiro Matsuda of Tokyo University, presented in cooperation with the Japanese Consulate General (for more info on this lecture, click here). We also heard from Dr. Lucien Brown (Monash University) who is doing comparative work on politeness in Japanese and Korean; later seminars included presentations by Dr. Tokita and our visiting scholar, Prof. Ayuu Ishida.

We look forward to a busy semester 2! If you would like to be added to our mailing list, let Prof Stevens know by emailing her here.

Here are some pictorial highlights from the semester:

Dr. Lucien Brown from LLCL's Korean Program spoke at the JSC on his comparative work.

Professor Carolyn Stevens welcomed the audience at the Public Lecture on 15 March 2019.

Consul-General Kazuyoshi Matsunaga introduced the speaker.

Professor Matsuda was an entertaining and engaging lecturer!

We were really happy to welcome back Dr. Alison Tokita in April after she had spent some years teaching and conducting research in Tokyo and Kyoto. Here she is pictured with a longtime supporter, Freda Freiberg, and new Japanese program lecturer, Iori Hamada.

At Alison's seminar, the JSC community past and present really enjoyed the chance to catch up! (left to right:  Levi Durbidge, Robyn Spence-Brown, Jeremy Breaden, Hiroshi Honda)

On 29 May we heard from visiting researcher Professor Ayuu Ishida on her research on prewar Japanese cosmetic companies and the media.

From July 1-4, the Japanese program assisted in hosting the Japanese Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference.

Above is Dr. Satoshi Nambu, co convenor of the conference, speaking during the postgraduate workshop. To the left is Dr. Mark Pendleton, University of Sheffield (UK) who also presented during the pg workshop.

On the first day of the conference, A/Prof Adam Clulow of SOPHIS and a JSC supporter organised a great panel on Tokugawa maritime history.

(left to right:  David Howell, Harvard University; Adam Clulow, Monash University; Rusty Kelty, Monash University and the Art Gallery of South Australia)

On the final day of the conference we hosted an editors' roundtable which was informative and supportive to ECRs.


On 31 July we hosted Professor Tomoko Ichitani from Seinan Gakuin University, who spoke on her work translating Australian literature into Japanese. What a delight it was for her to meet Dr. Mridula Chakraborty from Monash, and discover they are both working to translate the same piece into Japanese and Hindi (respectively)!

Semester 2 kicked off with a seminar by Dr. Iori Hamada, who is our newest member of the JSC!