About the Center

The Project for Premodern Japan Studies of the USC College was established in 2003 to nurture and coordinate the study of premodern Japan at USC. Under Director Joan R. Piggott, Gordon L. MacDonald Professor of History, the mission of the Project is to build a premier program and a thriving community of scholars working in the premodern Japan field at USC. The priorities of the Project include the recruitment of leading faculty and graduate students in the field to multiple disciplines across the university. The Project serves as a center for the organization of the Summer Kambun Workshop; the development of a world-class premodern Japan research collection in USC’s East Asian Library; the coordination of a vibrant Visitor Series that includes speakers, workshops, and conferences; and a new Monograph Series under the USC College East Asia Studies Center imprint. Through the Graduate College and History Department the Project also provides fellowships for graduate study in premodern Japanese History.

News & Upcoming Events

Current Historiography on the Shōen System
Prof. Joan Piggott, Jan Goodwin, Sachiko Kawai

Will be rescheduled at date and time TBA


2014 Kambun Workshop applications available.

The 2014 Kambun Workshop Reading the Shōyūki of Fujiwara Sanesuke, led by Prof. Hideo Yamaguchi, will be held July 14 - August 8, 2014 at USC. Some scholarship help for participants is available, thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and the Japan Foundation.

Applications for the workshop are due March 15, 2014.


See the Kambun Workshop page for more information and translations from previous workshops.


The 2013 USC Meiji Graduate Student and Faculty Research Exchange took place December 5th – 7th

Meeting program (pdf)

Meeting site with handouts for talks


Translations from the 2012 Kambun Workshop are now online
Relaunch of the Kambun Workshop resources in progress--translations from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 workshop have been partially uploaded (Sep. 3, 2013)