Japanese Studies Centre

Queer will: Hikikomori as willful subjects: 11 April 2018 JSC Seminar

The Japanese Studies Centre (JSC) was pleased to host Dr. Rosemary Overell from the Department of Media, Film and Communication at the University of Otago on 11 April 2018. Her insightful comments about this emerging social problem captured the interest of staff and students alike. This presentation considered hikikomori as willful subjects. The hikikomori are a portion of the…

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Beatlemania at Monash! The Beatles’ Week at the JSC

During the week of 7-9 March, the Japanese Studies Centre (JSC) featured two Beatle-themed events to kick off the 2018 seminar series. The first was an academic launch of the JSC director Carolyn Stevens‘ new book, The Beatles in Japan.  The volume was introduced by Dr. Tina Weller (German Studies) with commentary from the School…

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Coming soon: From Neighbourhood Campaign to Civic Participation? Community Activities of Japanese Immigrants in Sydney and Melbourne 

Please join us for the last JSC seminar of 2017   From Neighbourhood Campaign to Civic Participation? Community Activities of Japanese Immigrants in Sydney and Melbourne      Yoshikazu Shiobara Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Law, Keio University   Wednesday 22 November, 12:30-2:00 Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium   Seminar to be followed by a light…

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Photos from 1/11 seminar: From Counterculture to Subculture the Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 Disaster

An Monash Asia Institute and JSC co sponsored seminar: From Counterculture to Subculture the Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 Disaster This presentation discusses from a cultural perspective how young activists deconstruct conventional forms of organization and collective identity to construct alternative type of activism in contemporary Japan. Previous studies have regarded…

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Photos from the Biography of Aishinkakura Eisei: a strange journey of translation, 23 August

On 30 May 2015, Emeritus Professor Jim Breen (creator of the famous online Japanese-English dictionary) was contacted by a woman called Mona Shorow about an old manuscript she had found amongst her fathers’ belongings. She asked if it might prove of use to the scholarly community and whether we might house it here. This manuscript…

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‘Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Samurai!’ seminar 15 August

We had a good turnout on a wintery evening for this interesting event is co-sponsored with the Historical Studies Program at Monash University. Professor David Howell (Harvard University) spoke in detail of how social mobility worked in the Tokugawa Period with reference to social status and political alliances. Abstract:  Who wouldn’t want to be a…

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