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.
The Japanese Studies Centre is governed by Board Members who represent several Melbourne universities engaged in research on Japan and teaching the Japanese language.
The mission of the Japanese Studies Centre is to enhance international cultural exchange and goodwill between Australia and Japan, and to support the field of academic study and education.
In 1989 the Japanese Studies Centre became one of the affiliated centres of the Monash Asia Institute.
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.
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.
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.
- This seminar drew in a crowd from those interested in both Japanese Studies and Linguistics, and Dr. Ohashi’s splendid presentation did not disappoint. This cross cultural examination of the speech act of thanking and apologising had us all examining our own practices in Australian and Japanese contexts. Read more
- The Japanese Studies Centre hosted a special presentation by Peter Eckersall, a Monash Graduate and long time associate of the JSC. Peter’s presentation reflected on his days at Monash as an MA and PhD student, describing the intellectual tools he acquired here before embarking on his career as an academic and a dramaturg. Peter assumes ... Read more
- JAPANESE STUDIES CENTRE IS PROUD TO PRESENT A SPECIAL SEMINAR ‘THOUGHTS ON THE AUSTRALIA – JAPAN RELATIONSHIP AFTER THE 2013 ELECTION’ Mr. Kensuke Yoshida Minister (Political) and Head of Chancery Embassy of Japan, Canberra Friday 20th September 12 noon to 1 pm Japanese Studies Centre, Auditorium. Building 54, Monash University Clayton Campus, Wellington Rd., Clayton Speaker Bio: Since August 2013, Mr. Yoshida has been responsible ... Read more
- Today’s seminar by Professor Ota was well attended despite the lure of balmy spring-like weather. His analysis of trends in overseas student exchange (both going to and from Japan) included demographic, social and financial factors. Professor Ota was introduced by Dr. Hiroko Hashimoto, who lectures in Japanese at Monash ... Read more
- A great turnout on a sunny winter day, including JSC board members Jim Breen and former Director Professor Emeritus Ross Mouer Wes Robertson and Helen Marriott chat before the seminar begins Dr. Robyn Spence Brown introduces the first speaker, Ms. Sae BANDO Sae spoke about her research on repeat formatted repair in conversations between native speakers and learners ... Read more
- Carolyn Stevens wrote an article on Yoko Ono from the Japanese Studies perspective, which appeared in The Conversation on the opening of her retrospective exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The Japanese Studies Centre was featured in this photo from the Illawarra Mercury on 26 August 2013 in an article entitled ‘Social media link to ... Read more
- Thanking and Politeness in Japanese: Balancing Acts in Interaction Weds 23 October 2013 12 noon to 1 pm Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium Dr. Jun Ohashi (Asia Institute, University of Melbourne) This seminar is a preview of his book of the same title, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan later this year. It synthesizes his previous work on thanking, ... Read more
- Japanese Studies Centre The Mitsubishi Corporation Seminar Series Japan Renewal: post 3/11 Japan and the Media Melbourne, Friday 21 June 2013 Monash Law Chambers This interdisciplinary seminar explored the roles of traditional and new media in the reporting and documenting of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Northeastern Japan. The triple disaster on 11 March 2011 threw into relief a variety ... Read more
- The Japanese Studies Centre Director, Prof. Carolyn Stevens, represented Monash and the JSAA at the Terasaki Center Annual Forum at UCLA, where directors of Japanese Studies Centers and Japanese Studies Associations from the US, the UK, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Korea exchanged views on the current state of teaching and research in Japanese Studies across these ... Read more
- Dr. Iori Hamada (pictured centre) from the University of Melbourne presented her paper on ‘Authenticity and Domestication: A Study of Japanese Restaurants in Melbourne’ on 8 May. The seminar was well attended, all left the discussion thinking about about their favourite restaurants…and food! Read more
- All welcome! When — Weds, 12 noon to 1 pm Where — Japanese Studies Centre, Auditorium. Building 54, Monash University Clayton campus, Wellington Rd., Clayton 13 MarchSpeaker: Dr. Reto Hofman, SOPHIS, Monash UniversityTitle: ‘Dark Link: Japanese New Order Theorists and Italian Fascism’ Abstract: Dr. Hofmann will discuss the role of Italian Fascism in Japanese New Order thinking ... Read more
- Wed 25 July 2012 4-5 pm Neal Akatsuka, Harvard University Abstract: Since 1996 when genetically modified (GM) food and feed were first imported into Japan from the United States, Japanese consumers have grown increasingly wary of the place of such food in their diets. Yet, in 1997, the Japanese brewery and liquor manufacturer, Suntory, in collaboration with ... Read more