[Blueboard] Call for Applications: Tradition and creation of Yokai - culture in Japan

Japanese Studies Program japanese at admu.edu.ph
Mon May 8 12:07:51 PHT 2006

Call for Applications:
Tradition and creation of Yokai - culture in Japan
Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship 2007-2008
International Research Center for Japanese Studies

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan) is 
pleased to announce an opening for a foreign scholar to reside at the Center 
and participate during the Japanese academic year 2007-2008 in the following 
team research project: 

Tradition and creation of Yokai - culture in Japan

This is a continuation of a former team research project conducted under the 
theme, "Interdisciplinary Research on the Historical Formation and Transition 
of Horror Culture in Japan." There we focused on horror, strange phenomena, 
monsters and ghosts represented in narratives and art from the ancient to 
modern periods, and studied how their depiction has transformed. To further our 
analysis, we will look more closely at visual materials, such as Zegaibô emaki 
and Tsukumogami emaki in which supernatural beings are the central characters. 
We will also examine the historical and social background of literature, 
picture books and performing arts that follow these original sources, and think 
about their influence on anime, comics and other cultural productions today.

For this fellowship, we especially welcome applications from younger scholars. 
The position is open with regard to discipline, and applicants need not be 
specialists of Japan; indeed, those able to offer comparative perspectives are 
especially welcome. However, discussions and presentations will be in Japanese, 
so knowledge of the language would be distinctly preferable. Most importantly, 
applicants should: 

1. display evidence of prior research and publications directly related to the 
   above research project. And 
2. have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and an academic position by the time of 

The fellow is expected to arrive in Kyoto someday between April 1 and October 
3l, 2007; the fellowship runs from your arrival until March 31, 2008. The 
fellow will be given roundtrip economy airfare, paid a monthly stipend each 
month roughly equivalent to that of Center faculty of similar age and 
experience, and enjoy the library, research, and other privileges of faculty at 
the Center. 

Application forms may be obtained by writing to: 

Research Support Section
Research Cooperation Division 
International Research Center for Japanese Studies 
3-2 Oeyama-cho, Goryo 
Kyoto 610-1192, JAPAN 
Tel : +81-75-335-2044 
Fax : +81-75-335-2092 
e-mail: kyoudou at nichibun.ac.jp 

Alternatively, the application form may be downloaded from the Center website: 

Questions regarding the details of the research project may be sent to 
Associate Professor Kazuhiko KOMATSU at the Center address, by e-mail at 
komatsu at nichibun.ac.jp 

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2006

Lydia N. Yu-Jose, Ph.D.
Japanese Studies Program
3/F Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Telefax: 426-6001 local 5248
Email:   japanese at admu.edu.ph or
         japanesestudiesprogram at yahoo.com

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