2015 Kambun Workshop to Investigate Late-Heian Period Courtier Journal

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The 2015 Summer Kambun Workshop, held in the USC East Asian Library from June 15 to July 10, 2015, will focus on the later Heian-period courtier journal, Chuyuki, by Fujiwara no Munetada (1062-1141). This year's workshop will be led by Professor Sanae Yoshida from the University of Tokyo’s renowned Historiographical Institute and Professor Joan Piggott of USC Dornsife College. Generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Japan Foundation has provided scholarships to graduate student attendees. Thanks to support from the Cressant Foundation, the USC Libraries have developed one of the best regarded U.S. collections of materials related to pre-1600s Japan.

Munetada's journal is one of the most significant historical resources for understanding late-Heian period court life. This year's workshop will focus on family and home life in Munetada's city of Kyoto. Professor Yoshida is known for her extensive research on the journal, and the workshop will be a rare opportunity for U.S.-based graduate students and faculty to work closely with a leading early Japan specialist from the Historiographical Institute in an intensive workshop setting. 

Held each year in the East Asian Library, the Summer Kambun Workshop is an intensive language training program in reading and translating premodern texts written in Sino-Japanese. The workshop brings together graduate students, young faculty, and other scholars from the U.S. and abroad for full-day, collaborative sessions led by faculty specialists from Japan and the U.S.

Visit the USC Project for Premodern Japan Studies webpage for further details about the 2015 workshop, including registration information. The deadline to register for this year's workshop is March 15, 2015.

The 2014 Summer Kambun Workshop also featured a prominent early Japan specialist from the University of Tokyo's Historiographical Institute, Professor Hideo Yamaguchi. The 2014 workshop focused on a mid-Heian period journal, Shoyuki, by Fujiwara Sanesuke (957-1046). The video below captures Professor Yamaguchi's lecture on historical documents that help to illuminate events described in Sanesuke's journal.

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