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Digital Humanities and the Futures of Japanese Studies: A Symposium and Workshop

Saturday, March 14, 2015
4:00 AM
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

The digitization of primary materials and the enhancement of newly digitized modes of communication have shrunk the scholarly world, making readily accessible objects of study and forms of collaboration formerly hampered by distance of archives and the difficulties of long-distance collaborative enterprise. At the same time, the new field of Digital Humanities (DH) has often failed to live up to what seems to be its seemingly inherent promise of global reach. As many in the DH community have pointed out, the field remains dominated by work within the Anglo-American geographies and linguistic fields.

The goal of this symposium and workshop is to help to fulfill its global promise by creating an intellectual space for a series of dialogues between scholars, librarians, and archivists about how DH can be done by, and what DH means for, scholars working in area studies disciplines and, in turn, how this new field can shape the futures of Japanese studies in the twenty-first century.

No registration is required to attend this event, but lunch will be served only to those who register by Friday, March 6.
To register, please email with:
  1. Your name
  2. Your affiliation
  3. Date (March 14, March 15, or both)
  4. Food restriction information (if any)

Co-organized by the U-M Asia Library and the U-M School of Information.


Saturday, March 14
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

10:30 – 11am

  • Breakfast and Welcome Remarks

11 am – 12:10pm

  • Keynote: Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University): "Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Culture: the Case of the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University"

12:10 – 12:40pm

  • Q&A

12:40 – 2pm

  • Lunch Break
DH 2.0: the Futures of Digital Humanities and Areas Studies

2 – 2:40pm

  • Paul Conway (U-M): "Digitization and Access to Live Sound Recordings: Two Case Studies from American Folk and the African Field"

2:40 – 3:10pm

  • Jonathan Zwicker (U-M): "From Ephemerality to the Enduring Ephemeral: Performance and the Archive in the Digital Age – the Case of Japan"

3:10 – 3:40pm

  • Keiko Yokota-Carter (U-M): "Building Library Support for Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies"
  • Jeremy York (U-M): "Digital Humanities in HathiTrust: Research at Any Scale"

3:40 – 4:10pm

  • Q&A and General Discussion

See the Day 2 symposium schedule.

See the full list of speaker bios.