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Digital Humanities and the Futures of Japanese Studies: A Symposium and Workshop

Sunday, March 15, 2015
4:00 AM
Room 2255, North Quad
(Please enter through the doors on State Street)

The digitization of primary materials and the enhancement of newly digitized modes of communication have, in important ways, shrunk the scholarly world making readily accessible objects of study and forms of collaboration formerly hampered by distance of archives and the difficulties of long-distance collaborative enterprise. At the same time, the new field of Digital Humanities (DH) has often failed to live up to what seems to be its seemingly inherent promise of global reach. As many in the DH community have pointed out, the field remains dominated by work within the Anglo-American geographies and linguistic fields.

The goal of this symposium and workshop is to help to fulfill its global promise by creating an intellectual space for a series of dialogues between scholars, librarians, and archivists about how DH can be done by, and what DH means for, scholars working in area studies disciplines and, in turn, how this new field can shape the futures of Japanese studies in the twenty-first century.

No registration is required to attend this event.
Co-organized by the U-M Asia Library and the U-M School of Information.

Schedule: Sunday, March 15

Venue: Room 2255, North Quad (Please enter through the doors on State Street)

9:30 – 9:50am

  • Breakfast
From Theory to Practice: Tools and Technics in Japanese Digital Humanities

9:50 – 10:45am

  • Kiyonori Nagasaki (University of Tokyo): "Data Visualization of Japanese Literature"*
    *This presentation offers a hands-on experience. If you are interested, please bring your own laptop with Google Chrome installed to work on this browser via U-M's WiFi network.

10:45 - 11:00am

  • Q&A

11 – 11:45am

  • Yuta Hashimoto (Kyoto University): "SMART-GS: A Tool for Studying Digitized Historical Manuscripts"

11:45 – Noon

  • Q&A

Noon – 1:15pm

  • Lunch Break

1:15 – 3pm

  • Hands-on Workshop by Yuta Hashimoto: "Hands-on: Using SMART-GS for Reading Japanese Historical Manuscripts"*
    *Please bring your own laptop with Google Chrome installed. Participants will connect to U-M's WiFi network. Japanese proficiency (reading and writing) is desired but not required.

See the Day 1 symposium schedule.

See the full list of speaker bios.