21st January 2021


Note: All times listed are AEDT (Melbourne time)

9:15“Japan Under Covid: Danger of infection and the withdrawal of social support”, David Slater
10:00“Academic Networks and Digital Engagement at a Distance”, Paula R. Curtis  
10:45“Logging In to the Field: Tips and Tools for Digital Qualitative Research”, Kaitlyn Ugoretz 
11:00“Accessing Information Resources for Japanese Studies”, Rebecca Corbett   
11:45Discussion and Q&A 

Day One Speakers

Japan Under Covid: Danger of infection and the withdrawal of social support 

As in other countries, it was the most vulnerable who suffered the most during the corona crisis in Japan. While some populations were exposed to direct infection, more people suffered as the result of the withdrawal of support service. The talk will outline this pattern of vulnablabitly prior to and during the crisis, how we researchers can address this situation in socially and scholarly meaningful ways. 

David H. Slater, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University
David has worked on youth and labor, capitalism and urban space. Since 2011, he has been working on oral narrative, first of disaster and survival in Voices from Tohoku, then of mothers displaced from Fukushima, of youth activists and of homeless men in Tokyo. Currently, he is working on a related project, Voices from Japan, focusing on foreign refugees seeking asylum in Tokyo through the collection of oral narratives and support efforts through the Sophia Refugee Support Group.  

Accessing Information Resources for Japanese Studies

This presentation will give an overview of resources for Japanese Studies which are available electronically, address how researchers can navigate current procedures and policies of major Japanese institutions such as the National Diet Library, and suggest ways to work with your university libraries to acquire the resources you need. 

Rebecca Corbett, Japan Studies Librarian, University of Southern California
Rebecca received her PhD from the University of Sydney and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Her book Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) analyses privately circulated and commercially published texts to show how chanoyu tea practice for women was understood, articulated, and promoted from the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. Dr. Corbett’s work at USC includes selecting and managing print and digital collections in Japanese; and providing reference and liaison services to support research, teaching, and learning in Japanese Studies. She is a member of the North American Council on East Asian Libraries Committee on Japanese Materials (2020-2023) and Librarian Representative to the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (2020-2023).

Academic Networks and Digital Engagement at a Distance

What does it mean to develop an “academic network”? How has the digital shift, particularly in a time of pandemic, affected how our professional interactions take place? Can or should these changes also be implemented in our work? This talk will discuss how we grapple with analog and digital expectations of ourselves, others, and our research.

Paula R. Curtis, Postdoctoral Research Associate & Lecturer, Yale University
Paula’s research focuses on metal caster organizations from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries and their relationships with elite institutions. She also works on documentary forgery production and socioeconomic networks during Japan’s late medieval period. Paula is interested in digital humanities and the use of digital tools to analyze premodern historical sources. She manages and collaborates in several online projects, including the Digital Humanities Japan initiative; an online database for resources related to East Asia; the blog What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies; and the digital archive Carving Community: The Landis-Hiroi Collection.

Logging In to the Field: Tips and Tools for Digital Qualitative Research”

Kaitlyn Ugoretz, PhD Candidate, UC Santa Barbara
Kaitlyn’s research interests lie at the intersection of religion, digital media, transnational studies, and popular culture. With the support of a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, she is currently conducting a multi-sited digital ethnography of transnational, online communities of Shinto practitioners on social media entitled World-Wide Shinto. Kaitlyn also works to adapt traditional and innovate natively digital ethnographic methods and theory to best navigate, archive, analyze, and contribute back to online field sites. As part of her commitment to public scholarship, she hosts the educational YouTube channel Eat Pray Anime and writes about East Asian religions for the Religion For Breakfast channel.

In addition to the Day One Speakers, participants will also be guided by the following mentors on Day Two.

Day Two Mentors

Laura Dales, Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia 

Laura Dales (PhD, UWA) is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her main research interests include agency, sexuality, friendship and dating across Asia, as well as singlehood and marriage in contemporary Japan. Recent publications include the edited collection (with Romit Dasgupta and Tomoko Aoyama) Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2015), as well as chapters in the books Intimate Japan (Alexy & Cook eds., University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) and Happiness and the Good Life in Japan (Manzenreiter & Holthus eds., Routledge, 2017). She is currently writing a book based on an ARC-funded project examining intimacy beyond the family in contemporary Japan.

More mentors to be announced

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