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Research at a Distance: Japan Studies in an age of Covid-19

A two-day online Research Training Workshop to support scholars in adapting their research to an age of Covid-19.

9am 21 & 22 January 2021


The Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions present a serious challenge to scholars wanting to conduct data collection and/or archival research in Japan. For PhD students and early career researchers especially, developing strategies to overcome these restrictions is essential, both for the immediate success of their project and for their future careers.

This workshop aims to support scholars working on Japan to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, both substantively (considering its ongoing implications for Japanese society) and methodologically (assessing its impact on research strategies and tools). Over two morning sessions, scholars will hear presentations from experts in Japan Studies and collaboratively workshop their research plans with experienced mentors.

The organisers particularly encourage participation from graduate students, early career researchers, and vulnerable scholars. An honorarium of AUD$150 will be offered to up to 15 vulnerable scholars who apply to participate in both days of the workshop.

The workshop is kindly supported by the Japan Foundation, Sydney and is hosted by the University of Melbourne.

Webinar Organisers

Dr Hannah Gould, The University of Melbourne

Dr Laura Emily Clark, The University of Queensland

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Day One: Jan 21

Open to the public, the first day of the workshop will include presentations from scholars on the evolving implications of the Covid-19 crisis for Japanese society and for the practice of Japan Studies.

Day Two: Jan 22

Small-group mentoring sessions with established Japan Studies academics to assist scholars in adapting their research plans to the context of Covid-19.

Participation is limited and those selected will be expected to present and discuss their research.

Webinar Speakers

David H. Slater

Sophia University

Rebecca Corbett

University of Southern California

Paula R. Curtis

Yale University

Workshop Registration

Registration for Day One closes January 20th 2021. Registration for Day Two (including the submission of the research report) closes January 1st.

If you are registering for day two, please also complete the following information:

Applicants for the mentoring programme must submit a report (approx. 1000 words) that outlines their current research plan and methodology, to by no later than 1st January 2021.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application and details of the honorarium by 15th January 2021.