2023 Cooperative Research Meeting of International Japan Studies Graduate Students
(also known as:  The Workshop /ザ・ワークショップ)

DATE: Sunday, March 5th
VENUE: John Hope Franklin Room (Social Sciences Research Building, 1126 E. 59th St.)

For almost a decade The Workshop has served as a forum for graduate students to present and discuss their ongoing work on Japan. The Workshop began as a cooperative exchange between the Global Japan Studies Program at Tokyo University and the Committee on Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies; it has since expanded to include students from Tohoku University, The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (or Nichibunken), and the Nissan Institute at Oxford University. This year, the University of Chicago is honored to host 13 graduate student scholars for what promises to be the largest, and most dynamic workshop to date.

Hosted by the Committee on Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, this workshop is open to the public with questions and comments limited to the presenters and organizers.  All papers will be pre-circulated and will be presented in outline form only, followed by a discussion.  The workshop will be conducted in both English and Japanese.


8:15 am – 8:30 am
Introduction and Opening Remarks

8:30 am – 10:30 am    

  • Kohei Takase, Tokyo University, "The Inclusion of Religious Schools in Public Education System after 1900: American Protestant Missionaries’ Negotiations with the Japanese Government"
  • Sangyun Han, Tohoku University, "Esoteric Buddhism and Psychic Powers: The Religious Landscape of 1970s Japan"
  • Shunsuke Sasaki, Tohoku University, "’Hakugaku’ (博学, The Polymath) in the History of Japanese Thought: 1709-1984"

10:30 am – 11:00 am

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Dr. Manimporok Dotulong, Oxford University, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Brown University, "The Arafura Zone: Indigenous Globalization in the Asian Pacific"
  • Ahram Han, Tokyo University Arts and Science, "Between Containment and Cooperation: A study of the China-Japan trade dispute over rare earths"

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  
Lunch Break (lunch provided for presenters and organizers only)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Hiroko Horiuchi, Tokyo University, "Concerning Perspectives on life and death and Japan’s Culture of Death"
  • Wang Ziqin, Nichibunken, "Chinese Painters in Nagasaki through Takebe Ryōtai’s Painting Manuals: Images of ‘China’ in Eighteenth-century Japanese Painting Manuals"
  • Taylor Chisato Stewart, University of Chicago, "Kano Hōgai’s ‘Strange Hybrids’: The Endurance of Eccentric Painting"

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

  • Marco Di Francesco, Oxford University, "Is this the most fun of all possible worlds? An Anthropology of Rakugo’s Revival in 21st Century Japan"
  • Nick Ogonek, University of Chicago, "Creative Labor and the Fate of ‘Contemporary Literature’ in Machida Ryōhei’s Sakashita Ataru to, shijō no uchū"

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

  • Song Dandan, Nichibunken, "Stone-based Customs of Prayer to Avoid Childbirth with a Focus on Childbearing Customs in the Modern Era"
  • Levi Pham, University of Chicago, "Filial Daughters and Disreputable Women: Japanese Geisha, Prostitutes, and the Pleasure Quarter in Colonial Korea, 1880-1930"

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Michael Fisch.