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A Reminiscence on the Formation of the East Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies

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Authors
Park, Cheol Hee
Issue Date
2020-10-31
Publisher
Institute for Japanese Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Seoul Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol.6 No.1, pp. 201-218
Keywords
East Asia Forum for Japanese StudiesEast Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies (EACJS)networkAtsumi International Scholarship FoundationInstitute for Japanese Studies at Seoul National UniversityThe Japan Foundation
Description
This article is a revised and translated version of the author’s Korean article “Tongasia Ilbon Yŏn’guja Hyŏbŭihoe kuch’uk kwa unyŏng e kwanhan tansang,” published in Ilbon pip’ŏng [Korean journal of Japanese studies] 22 (2020), with the permission of Sŏul Taehakkyo Ilbon Yŏn’guso [Institute for Japanese Studies, Seoul National University].
Abstract
This essay describes the ideas and concerns that led to the formation of the
East Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies (hereafter EACJS), and records its
development since 2016. I first conceived of the consortium after the 2013 East Asia Forum for Japanese Studies. In 2014, I made an official proposal at the Awajishima East Asia Forum, and introduced plans for the realization of the EACJS at a seminar hosted by the Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation in 2015. The Tianjin Meeting in 2016 was the final check point prior to launching the EACJS, and the first conference of the EACJS was inaugurated in Songdo, South Korea on November 30, 2016. Since then, an EACJS conference has been held successfully for four consecutive years. The core values of the EACJS are “transnationalism,” the promotion of interdisciplinary integration across the humanities and social sciences, and a concern to nurture the next generation of specialists on Japan. These visions are embodied in three critical policies: a “rotating host formula” to prevent monopoly by a single state or institution; an “outof-pocket system” to support the operation of panel sessions and lessen the financial burden for host institutions; and an “open door policy” to encourage the widespread participation of a diverse range of scholars. The formation and successful operation of the EACJS would be impossible without the support of its five founding members and many Japan-focused institutions in the region, not to mention generous backing from the Japan Foundation
ISSN
2384-2849
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/171278
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