The Japanese Studies Centre has been coordinating and enhancing the development of Japanese studies in Victoria since 1981. A full description of the history of the Centre can be found here.
Originally established as an inter-University Centre, the Japanese Studies Centre became one of the affiliated centres of the Monash Asia Institute in 1989. It is now a Research Centre of the School of Languages Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University.
The Centre is led by a Director (currently Professor Carolyn Stevens) and its membership includes both Monash researchers in the area of Japanese studies and a wider group of affiliates from other institutions. The JSC Advisory Board includes members who represent several Melbourne universities engaged in research on Japan and teaching the Japanese language.
The principal activity of the Japanese Studies Centre is to conduct and facilitate research on Japan. Activities of the Japanese Studies Centre include:
- a program of research seminars and lectures
- hosting visiting researchers who focus on studies of Japan and Japanese
- housing a Japanese Manga Library
- housing and working with the Japan Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria and the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education
- supporting the Japanese Music Archive for the teaching and practice of Japanese music.
- maintaining a mailing list of Japanese Studies sending information about related activities and events sponsored by the JSC and others. To join the list, please send a short message here with ‘subscribe jsc’ in the message title.
The Japanese Studies Centre is proud of its association with Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC, one of the first and most complete online Japanese dictionaries, operated by the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group (EDRDG) and associated with the JMdict/EDICT and KANJIDIC projects. Jim, who is a former member of Monash’s IT Faculty, and a researcher in Japanese-related computational linguistics, has been a Board member and Treasurer of the Centre for many years.
Another important digital resource is the Sonic Japan Digital Repository, a digital humanities project and online database of sound recordings made in Japan which will provide research training for postgraduates in Japanese studies and cognate disciplines, as well as providing an important resource to a global community of social scientists in the burgeoning field of sensory studies. Many of these recordings will have pedagogical uses in the Japanese language classroom.
The Japanese Studies Centre houses the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education, which provides a variety of activities and programs to teachers of Japanese in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. These activities and programs focus on developing teaching skills, creating teaching materials and encouraging the enhancement of professionalism among teachers. The Centre, which cooperates with the Departments of Education in three states, is now widely known as ‘the MCJLE’. The MCJLE works cooperatively with teachers of Japanese to them well informed about the Centre’s programs, and provides professional support and information which allows them to work effectively in the area of Japanese language eduction.
The Centre also hosts the HDR Kenkyukai, an informal group of Japanese Studies students seeking to gain both academic and professional help from each other on a regular basis. The group meets once a week on Wednesdays at 5 pm. The group aims to provide a fun and stress-free environment in which research students can get together to discuss their projects and work/life balance in a friendly, casual atmosphere. The main aim of the group is to provide feedback and advice relating to research projects in a friendly, non-judgemental atmosphere. If you are interested in joining, please email the JSC.
The Japanese Studies Centre is also the editorial home of the Routledge published journal, Japanese Studies, a fully refereed, international, interdisciplinary journal of the JSAA (Japanese Studies Association of Australia) which publishes scholarly articles on various aspects of Japan, as well as book and film reviews. In addition to general non-thematic editions, the journal regularly publishes guest-edited thematic issues on such themes as postwar politics, environmental issues, literature, citizenship, the legal system, modern technology, management, Japanese language teacher education, and popular culture. These thematic issues are particularly valuable for university teachers and students who use up-to-date studies of Japan contained in the journal to supplement course readings. Contributions are invited from scholars around the world. Ideas expressed by the authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor, the Association, the Editorial Advisory Board, the JSC or the University.
Japanese Studies, tourism studies and photography studies came together on 19 September at the Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium where we heard Dr. Daniel Milne (Kyoto University, Japan) speak about his ongoing research into the visual and textual discourses of military guidebooks produced by the American Military in the early Occupation period. Thanks to Professor Robin Gerster of… Read more
Call for Papers: Race and Diversity in Japan and Japanese Studies, Postgraduate Symposium 19-20 October 2018
Dates: 19 – 20 October 2018 (Friday – Saturday) Venue: The Japanese Studies Centre and the Learning and Teaching Centre, Monash University (Clayton Campus Map) The Japanese Studies Centre is pleased to announce a call for papers for a postgraduate symposium to be held at Monash University. This symposium centres on the theme of… Read more
Photos from the JSC Seminar 8/8/18, ‘Social Justice, State Ideology and Japan’s Meiji Restoration’ with Daniel Botsman
The seminar on 8 August was a great example of collaboration, between two schools (SOPHIS and JSC/LLCL) and two universities (Yale and Monash) as supported through the Focus Program! Inclement weather didn't stop a good number of students and staff and guests from other universities joining us. Thanks to Adam Clulow (SOPHIS) for assisting with the… Read more
Joint Japanese Studies Centre and German Studies seminar: Health-Care Professionals on the Global Labor Market: A Comparative Study of (Non-)Migration Policies in Japan and Germany
It was great to kick off our inaugural Japanese and German studies seminar with Prof. Gabriele Vogt on 17 July 2018. Health-Care Professionals on the Global Labor Market: A Comparative Study of (Non-)Migration Policies in Japan and Germany Dr. Gabriele Vogt (University of Hamburg) In the light of rapid population aging, Japan and Germany… Read more
The Manga Library at the Monash Japanese studies Centre has one of the largest university-held manga collections with more than 7000 manga, covering all genres in Japanese, English and other languages. Read more
A team of researchers from universities including Harvard, Nichibunken, Melbourne University, and Monash Japanese Studies Professor Carolyn Stevens, are collecting sounds of Japan to develop a ‘sonic repository’ of the country. Read more
A group of new and old friends gathered to hear our Monash colleague speak about her ongoing research on the Tokyo trials on 6 June 2018 . It was great to see Jim Breen back in the Centre, and we welcomed Alison Tokita back from her time in Japan. Show Trial? The International Military Tribunal… Read more
The Japanese Studies Centre (JSC) community said goodbye to Professor Takamichi ‘Tam' Mito (Kwansei Gakuin University), who has been a visiting scholar at the JSC over the last year with a seminar on 21 March, 2018. Professor Mito is a former member of staff at Monash, and it was great to have him on campus during the… Read more