The USC Summer Kambun Workshop is an intensive language training program in reading and translating premodern texts written in Sino-Japanese (Kambun). The Workshop brings together graduate students, young faculty, and other scholars from the U.S. and abroad for full-day, collaborative sessions led by faculty specialists from Japan and the U.S. The language of the Workshop is Japanese, and each Workshop focuses on its own theme or historical period. Participants learn to read Sino-Japanese materials with greater fluency; to develop their research and bibliographical skills; and to grow acquainted with peers in the field of premodern Japanese historical studies.
The Workshops are held in the East Asia Library on the USC campus, and utilize the library's Premodern Japanese Collection during morning classes and afternoon study sessions.
The Project for Premodern Japan Studies in the History Department of the University of Southern California announces this summer’s Kambun Workshop, which will focus on a selection of sources taken from the Tōji Hyakugō Monjo, an archive recently designated as an important one for global history by UNESCO. The collection, which includes thousands of records dating from Heian through Sengoku times, is being digitized by the Kyoto City Library, and we will benefit from its resources during the workshop. Professor Toshiko Takahashi, a specialist on Tōji materials and the temple’s history from the University of Tokyo’s Historiographical Institute (Shiryō Hensanjo) will lead the workshop with Professor Joan Piggott of the USC History Department. The primary language of the workshop is Japanese, but translation into and annotation in English are also emphasized. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held Monday through Friday (10 AM – 5 PM). Applicants must be fluent in Japanese and must have completed coursework in Classical Japanese and either Kambun or Classical Chinese. The cost of the workshop, including lodging, is $5300 ($3500 tuition, $1800 lodging).
Thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation, some scholarship funding is available. Applications, due March 1, will be available for download from the website of the Project for Premodern Japan Studies here.
2015 Reading the Chūyūki of Fujiwara Munetada (Prof. Yoshida)
2014 Reading the Shōyūki of Fujiwara Sanesuke (Prof. Yamaguchi)
2013 Late Medieval Kambun Materials (Prof. Kurushima/Takahashi)
2012 Heian Kambun Workshop (Profs. Yamaguchi/Kato)
2010 Gyokuyo (Buddhism) Kambun Workshop (Profs. Kawashima/Matsumoto)
2009 Chuyuki Kambun Workshop (Prof. Yoshida)
2008 Era of Retired Monarchs Kambun Workshop (Prof. Endo)
2007 Heian Kambun Workshop, The Year 985 (Prof. Ishigami)
2006 Heian Kambun Workshop (Prof. Ishigami)
2005 Kamakura Kambun Workshop (Prof. Endo)
2004 Heian Kambun Workshop (Prof. Kato)
Each Kambun Workshop is organized around the reading and translation of primary sources related to that year's theme. Selected Workshop translations have been made available below.
2006 Kambun Workshop
2007 Kambun Workshop
Shōyūki -- First month of Kanna 1 (985)
Gōke Shidai -- Gotō (御灯）
Gōke Shidai -- Extraordinary Iwashimizu Festival (岩清水臨時祭）
2008 Kambun Workshop
Iwashimizu monjo (石清水文書): The Oral Proclamation of Go-Shirakawa of Hōgen 1 (1156), Intercalary 9th Month 8th Day (保元元年閏九月八日後白河天皇宣命)
Koyasan monjo Hōkanshū (高野山文書宝簡集): Order from the Office of Retired Tennō Go-Shirakawa of Heiji 1 (1159), 4th Month, 20th Day (平治元年四月二十日：後白河院庁下文)
Hyakurenshō (『百練抄』): The Fall of Go-Shirakawa, and Direct Rule by Nijō Tennō (後白河院の失脚、二条親政)
Gyokuyō (『玉葉』): A Mass Protest by Enryakuji Monks: Kaō 1 (1169), 12th Month, 23rd Day (嘉応元年一二月二三日)
2012 Kambun Workshop
2014 Kambun Workshop