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Learning and (Re)Learning Japan: the Convergence of History, Fiction and Narrative


Faculty Development Workshop presented by the Japan Studies Association

APRIL 2-5, 2014     • Belmont University   • Nashville, Tennessee

Japan Studies Association

About the Workshop

The workshop is made possible by a generous grant to the Japan Studies Association from the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership, with additional support from Belmont University and the cooperation of the Office of the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville.

The overarching intention of the workshop is to create and strengthen the next generation of Leaders for U.S.-Japan Educational Outreach.

Accordingly, faculty members from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and universities, as well as those who are not East Asian or Japan specialists are encouraged to apply. 

Items of Interest to Potential Applicants:

  • Junior faculty members are especially invited to apply
  • Accepted participants traveling more than 50 miles one-way will receive complimentary lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt, two same gender persons per room, for the nights of April 2, 3, and 4.
  • Each participant should bring a course syllabus or module within a course syllabus that he/she wants to work on and which will be sent to the workshop Director after the workshop, incorporating material from the workshop into it.
Highlights of the Workshop

Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Director of the Asia Program, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Editor, Education about Asia:
“What’s Involved in Educating the Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Leaders"

Jan Bardsley, Chair, Department of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of Japanese Humanities, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: “Fashioning Japan,” “The Fantastic in Japanese Theater,” “Geisha in History, Fiction and Fantasy,” “Women Writers in Japanese Society”

Yoshikuni Igarashi, Associate Professor of Modern Japanese History and Cultural Studies, Vanderbilt University: “Japan’s Long 1960s”

Motohiko Kato, Consul-General of Japan, Nashville, Tennessee: “The Challenges We Face”

Joseph Overton, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Office of International Affairs and Chair, Honda International Center, Kapi’olani College, University of Hawai’i and President, Japan Studies Association: “Expanding Outreach Activities for Japan Studies”

Mark Ravina, Professor of History, Emory University: “The Rise of Modern Japan,” “The Samurai: Histories, Legends and Fantasies”

Ms. Sachi Uemoto: “Kimono and Japanese Culture”

William M. Tsutsui, President, Hendrix College: “Japan in the 21st Century: Histories, Fictions, and Realities,” “Understanding the Global Appeal of Japanese Pop Culture”

Please direct questions to: Andrea Stover, Workshop Director, Belmont University

email Andrea Stover



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