The Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are pleased to invite applications for the 2022 Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies, running from Monday 1st to Friday 12th August 2022. This programme is free for all attendees, requiring no prior training in Japanese or Japanese Studies, and is organised in partnership with the Toshiba International Foundation.
Now in its third year, the programme was conceived as a temporary replacement for our in-person summer schools, which were prevented due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the programme has attracted incredible interest from across the globe, demonstrating a strong appetite for Japanese Studies internationally.
This edition of the programme considers directly the impacts of the Coronavirus on Japan. In collaboration with Teesside University’s Dr Christopher Hayes, the curriculum will be based around the theme of “Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan”. Throughout the world, tourism has been one of the industries most profoundly affected by the pandemic. For Japan in particular, which has sought to become a “Tourism Nation” and was host for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, the consequences have been significant. At the time of this announcement, while Japan has begun to gradually open to overseas tourists, the strict tour group system is a far cry from the experiences of the 34 million who visited in 2019. It therefore seems appropriate that we take this time to reconnect with Japan and explore what tourism in Japan will mean post-COVID-19. We will also consider Japan’s cultural heritage, too, and how COVID-19 has affected the heritage industry, exploring the uses and value of heritage in the absence of international tourism. Over the two-week period, we will be joined by world-leading scholars, practitioners, and industry professionals based in Japan. We will also hear from academics from our MA programme in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, which is approaching the end of its second year.
Over two weeks, we will be holding panels with experts based in Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukuoka to discuss “Responding to Tourist Practices”, “Heritage Without Tourism” and “Local Heritage, Global Heritage”.
As with previous editions of the Online Summer Programme, it will be free to all to participate. In addition to live virtual talks, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in asynchronous activities, join networking sessions, and will be issued a Certificate of Participation on completion of the programme. Following the programme, participants will be able to join a growing online network of Japan enthusiasts from around the world.
The course will be organised by Oliver Moxham, Research Project Coordinator at the Sainsbury Institute and host of the Beyond Japan podcast, and Dr Christopher J. Hayes, Lecturer in Tourism & Events at Teesside University and Sainsbury Institute Academic Associate.
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