2020 Kuzushiji Workshop

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago invites applicants to its annual Kuzushiji Summer Workshop, which offers advanced undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars intensive instruction in reading print and manuscript materials from the Tokugawa and early Meiji periods.  This year’s workshop will meet from June 15-19 and conclude with an informal symposium on the afternoon of the 19th. The workshop has two tracks.  The introductory level, led by Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Researcher, Oriental Institute of the Czech Republic), focuses on the reading of print materials. This year’s instructor for the intermediate/advanced group, which focuses on manuscript materials, will be Professor Fujikata Hiroyuki of Tohoku University’s Northeast Asia Center  (http://www.cneas.tohoku.ac.jp/e_data/staff/fujikata/fujikata.html).

The workshop will be conducted in Japanese and participants should have familiarity with bungo and hentaigana. There is a $100.00 program fee, which covers the cost of lunches and materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and housing expenses, but there are limited funds available for those coming from institutions unable to provide support. Questions can be directed to Professor Susan Burns at slburns@uchicago.edu.

The workshop venue is in the Center for East Asian Studies 319, 1155 E. 60th Street, Chicago, Il 60637

Applications can be submitted online at https://japanatchicago.wufoo.com/forms/reading-kuzushiji-summer-2020

Modest funds are available to assist faculty and graduate students coming from institutions unable to offer support.

Additional inquiries can be directed to the workshop organizer, Professor Susan Burns (slburns@uchicago.edu).  The application deadline is May 1, 2020.

Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements.  In the past, participants have used airbnb to identify inexpensive lodging options.  In addition, housing is available in guest houses in Hyde Park with a listing available here.