Visitors Series and Seminars

The Project for Premodern Japan Studies sponsors several research groups, symposia, and a Visitor Scholar Series throughout the year. These activities bring together scholars from USC and regional institutions, as well as individuals from the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The scholars invited by the Visitor Series, many from Japan, typically spend three or more days on campus and interact with faculty and students in a variety of settings. The Series has benefited from co-sponsorships with many programs and departments at USC.

For past Kambun Workshops, please see here.

  • Spring 2014

  • March 12, 2014

    Prof. Lynne Miyake (Pomona College)
    Lecture
    The Tale of Genji in Modern Popular Culture and Manga
    3:30 - 5:00 PM, Taper Hall 213

  • Fall 2013

  • Summer 2013

  • August 2, 2013


    Prof. Noriko Kurushima
    , Director of the Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Kambun Workshop
    Ikki Leagues in Medieval Japan: Approaches to Their Study
    2:30 - 4:30, Doheny East Asia Library Room 110C

    [flyer]

  • July 19, 2013


    Prof. Shin'ichiro Takahashi
    , University of Tokyo, Historiographical Institute
    Lecture in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Kambun Workshop
    Cities in Medieval Japan
    2:30 - 4:30 PM, Doheny East Asian Library Room 110C

    [flyer]

  • Spring 2013

  • April 22-24, 2013


    Prof. Akiko Yoshie,
    Teikyo University
    Dr. Yōko Ijuin
    Lecture series on Gender and Ritsuryō Law

    April 22: Prof. Akiko Yoshie, Aspects of Gender in The Tale of Genji, Seen through the Illustrated Diary of Murasaki Shikibu
    12:45 - 1:30 PM, Doheny Library Room 241

    April 22:  Prof. Akiko Yoshie, Family, Marriage and Law in Classical Times, the Law on Residence Units 
    3:30 - 6:00 PM, Doheny Library Room 241
    [a translation of the paper can be found here]

    April 24: Dr. Yōko Ijuin, Women in the Classical Bureaucracy, as Seen in the Ritsuryō Laws and the Historiography to Date
    3:30 - 6:00, SOS B51
    [a translation of the paper can be found here]

    [flyer]

  • April 10, 2013


    Prof. Lynne Miyake, Pomona College
    Lecture
    Manga(nized) Tales of Genji

    [flyer]

  • February 21, 2013


    Prof. Thomas Conlan
    , Bowdoin College
    Seminar
    Ritual Mimesis and Performative Sovereignty in Fourteenth-Century Japan
    3:00 - 6:00 PM, Doheny East Asian Library Room 110C

    [flyer]

  • Fall 2012

  • November 29 - December 1, 2012


    4th Annual Meeting of the Meiji University-USC Exchange
    International Symposium
    Program

  • Summer 2012

  • August 3 and August 10, 2012


    Prof. Tomoyasu Kato
    (Meiji University)
    Two Lectures
    Approaches to Heian Historical Sources and Research and Courtier Journals and Heian Aristocratic Society
    3:30 - 5:00 PM, Doheny East Asia Library Seminar Room

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  • July 20, 2012


    Prof. Hideo Yamaguchi (Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo)
    Lecture
    On the Run in the Nara Period: How Did the World Look to an Escaped Corvée Worker?
    Doheny East Asia Seminar Room

    [flyer]

  • June 4-6, 2012


    Reassessing Shoen: Society and Economy in Medieval Japan
    International Symposium
    [symposium website]

  • Spring 2012

  • March 1-2, 2012


    Prof. Jordan Sands,
    Georgetown University
    Lecture and workshop
    March 1: In What Ways was Tokyo an Imperial City?
    3:00-5:00 PM in SOS 250

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    March 2: Workshop: Material and Visual Culture of Tokyo as Imperial City 
    2:30-4:30 PM in SOS 250
    Co-sponsored with the USC Department of History Program Board

  • January 24-25, 2012


    3rd Annual Meeting of the Meiji University-USC Exchange
    International Symposium
    Program

  • Fall 2011

  • September 23, 2011


    Project for Premodern Japan Studies Meeting
    Nadia Kanagawa
     and Dan Sherer, University of Southern California 
    Nadia Kanagawa and Dan Sherer presented material from their summer research.
    2:00-4:00 PM in DML 307 

  • August 29, 2011


    Project for Premodern Japan Studies Meeting
    Sachiko Kawai
     and Prof. Lori Meeks, University of Southern California
    Presented their papers from and discussed impressions of the 2011 conference "Loveable Losers: The Taira in Action and Memory" in Banff, Alberta Canada.
    5:00-7:00 PM in Doheny East Asian Library Seminar Room 

  • Spring 2011

  • May 16-17, 2011


    Prof. Toshiko Takahashi, Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Two Lectures
    May 16: Current Debates and Issues at Tara no shō
    1:00-4:00 PM in Doheny East Asia Library Seminar Room
    May 17: Deep-Reading Shōen Artifacts: Clues from Land Registers
    1:00-4:00 PM in Doheny East Asia Library Seminar Room

    [flyer]

    CV of Prof. Toshiko Takahashi
    Pictures from Niimi no shō (.pptx file) 

  • April 20, 2011


    Prof. Luke Roberts, UC Santa Barbara
    Lecture
    Politics of the Living Dead: Lords and Inheritance in Tokugawa Japan
    4:00-6:00 PM in SOS 250

  • February 25, 2011


    Prof. Mikael Adolphson
    , University of Alberta
    Lecture and Workshop
    Fukuhara, Japan's Continental Capital
    1:00-5:00 PM in SOS 250
    Flyer
    Abstract

  • Fall 2010

  • December 8-10, 2010


    2nd Annual Meeting of the Meiji University-USC Exchange
    International Symposium
    Abstracts
     

  • Spring 2010

  • January 15, 2010


    Prof. Ken'ichi Sasaki, Meiji University
    Lecture
    Excavations at Yukinoyama Keyhole-Tomb: Approaches to Early State Formation in Fourth Century Japan
    2:00-4:00 PM in Doheny Library, East Asian Seminar Room

  • Fall 2009

  • December 8, 2009


    Prof. Atsushi Makino, Meiji University
    Lecture in conjunction with meeting of the Meiji University-USC exchange
    Toward a New Understanding of the Tale of Heike--Buddhism and Buddhist Preaching
    10:00 AM-12:00PM

  • December 8, 2009


    Maori Takahashi, Meiji University
    Lecture in conjunction with meeting of the Meiji University-USC exchange
    Rule by the Retired Monarch in the Tale of Genji--Fact and Fiction
    2:30-4:30 PM

  • December 7, 2009


    Prof. Ken'ichi Sasaki, Meiji University
    Lecture in conjunction with meeting of the Meiji University-USC exchange
    Political Structures of the Early Kofun Period--Archeological Perspectives from the Keyhold Tombs, ca. 250-400 C.E.
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • December 7, 2009


    Prof. Katsunori Takase, Meiji University
    Lecture in conjunction with meeting of the Meiji University-USC exchange
    Prehistoric and Protohistoric Plant Use in the Japanese Archipelago
    9:30-10:30 AM

  • November 23, 2009


    Obe Estate Research Group
    Michelle Damian, Sachiko Kawai, Dan Sherer
    Presentations on research on documents concerning the estate  

  • October 26, 2009


    Prof. Mark Lewis, Stanford University
    Workshop funded jointly with the Department of History and the East Asian Studies Center.
    Early Chinese History Workshop
    in the Doheny East Asian Library Seminar Room 

  • October 14, 2009


    Prof. Morgan Pitelka, Occidental College
    Lecture
    History and Material Culture: The Long Sixteenth Century
    Research statement

  • Spring 2009

  • April 27, 2009


    Dr. Nobuko Toyosawa
    , USC History Department
    Workshop for graduate students on planning and writing dissertations.
    4:00-6:00 PM in SOS 250

  • April 22, 2009


    Ōbe Estate Research Group

    Sachiko Kawai, University of Southern California
    Sachiko Kawai presented her research on the kumon dispute in 1322, and her translation of Ono shishi #330
    5:00-8:00 PM in Doheny Library East Asian Library Seminar Room

  • April 9, 2009


    Prof. Christina Laffin
    , University of British Columbia
    Lecture
    What's Nunhood Got to Do with It? Power, Patronage, Poetry and the Case of the Nun Abutsu, ?-1236
    5:00-6:30 in SOS 250

  • April 1, 2009


    Prof. Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania
    Thematic lecture on the intesection of history, archaeology, and art history
    Yuan Dynasty Tombs and their Inscriptions
    4:00-6:00 PM in SOS 250

  • Fall 2008

  • December 13, 2008


    Age of the Country at War: The Long Sixteenth Century
    Workshop
    Organized by Prof. Morgan Pitelka, Occidental College
    9:00 AM-1:00 PM

  • December 4, 2008


    Prof. Ken'ichi Sasaki, Archaeology, Meiji University, Tokyo
    Lecture
    Elite Burial Mounds of Protohistoric Japan
    12:30-1:15 PM in Doheny East Asian Library Seminar Room

  • December 3, 2008


    Prof. Takehiko Yoshimura, Dean of the Graduate School, Meiji University, Tokyo
    Lecture
    Lyrics on Wood: Wooden Documents for Early Japanese Poetry (in Japanese)
    5:00-7:00 PM in Doheny East Asian Library Seminar Room

  • November 15, 2008


    Prof. Hong Xu, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
    Workshop co-sponsored by Interdisciplinary Archaeology Major and the Department of Art History

  • November 5, 2008


    Ōbe no shō Research Group
    Yoshiko Kainuma
    The Jodoji Amida Triad and its Raigo Form
    5:00-7:00 PM in Doheny East Asian Library Seminar Room

  • October 4-5, 2008


    Ōbe no shō Research Group

    Visit to Ōbe no shō
    Ono City, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

  • Spring 2008

  • April 29, 2008


    Prof. Morgan Pitelka, Occidental College
    Lecture
    Tokugawa Ieyasu as Warlord, Shogun, Deity: Thoughts on Biography, Material Culture, and Japan's Long Sixteenth Century
    4:30-6:00 PM in SOS 250
    Flyer

  • April 16, 2008


    Chūyūki Reading Group
    5:00-8:00 PM in 109C, East Asia Library

  • March 31, 2008


    Chūyūki Reading Group

    Prof. Sanae Yoshida, University of Tokyo
    Lecture and workshop
    The Birth of Toba Tennō
    3:00-6:00 PM in the Doheny East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • Fall 2007

  • November 2, 2007


    Ōbe no shō Research Group
    1:00-3:00 PM in SOS 250

  • October 19, 2007


    Dr. Gina Barns, SOAS/U Durham
    History and Archaeology Initiative
    Lecture co-sponsored by PPJS
    Powerful Women in Protohistorical Japan, Text and Artifact
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM in SOS 250

  • October 12, 2007


    Dr. Gina Barnes, SOAS/U Durham
    History and Archaeology Initiative
    Lecture
    Territoriality and Ideology in Japanese State Formation
    10:00 AM-12:00 PM in SOS 250

  • September 13, 2007


    Dressing Japanese History: Sociohistory, Gender and Japanese Clothing, from Premodern to Present
    An international symposium
    9:30 AM-5:30 PM in SOS 250

  • Spring 2007

  • May 4, 2007


    Ōbe no shō Research Group
    Dr. Janet Goodwin
    Reading Chōgen's Directive
    3:00-5:00 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • April 27, 2007


    Chūyūki Reading Group
    2:30-4:30 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • March 26, 2007


    Prof. Samuel Yamashita, Pomona College
    Lecture
    Licking Salt for the Nation: Food and Diet in Wartime Japan
    5:15-7:00 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • March 19, 2007


    Prof. Sanae Yoshida
    , Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture
    Insights into Government by Retired Tennō from the Chūyūki
    5:00-7:00 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • March 2, 2007


    Ōbe no shō Research Group

    A Report on Our First Visit to Ōbe no shō
    3:00-5:00 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • February 2, 2007


    Dr. Yuko Okubo, East Asian Library, UC Berkeley
    Lecture and demonstration
    The Japan Historical Texts Initiative: How to Use JHTI for Your Research
    3:00-5:00 PM

  • Fall 2006

  • November 3, 2006


    Kambun Reading Group
    David Eason
    , UCLA
    Women and Violence in the Warring States Era: The Social and Legal Meanings of Megataki-uchi

    3:00-5:00 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • October 5, 2006


    Prof. Herman Ooms
    , UCLA
    Lecture
    Daoism in Ancient Japan: Still-born or Aborted?

    7:00 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • September 29, 2006


    Kambun Reading Group

    Dr. Janet Goodwin
    Documents from Ōbe no shō
    3:00-5:00 PM in WPH 400

  • Summer 2006

  • July 21, 2006


    Prof. Eiichi Ishigami, Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Special Lecture in conjunction with the 2006 Heian Kambun Workshop
    The Shōsōin and Its Documents in the Eighth Century
    2:30 PM in the Stoops East Asia Library Seminar Room

  • Spring 2006

  • April 20, 2006


    Prof. Suzanne Gay, Asian Studies and History, Oberlin College
    Lecture
    Comerce in Medieval Japan: The Case of the Oil Merchants of Iwashimizu Shrine
    7:00-9:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • February 16, 2006


    Prof. Lori Meeks, School of Religion, USC
    Lecture
    Days of Song and Prayer: Reconstruction Everyday Life in the Medieval Nunnery Hokkeji
    7:00-9:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • Fall 2005

  • October 24-25, 2005


    Transnational Urban History: the Local-Global Nexus

    An International Symposium hosted by the USC Los Angeles-Osaka Comparative Urban Studies Project
    In SOS 250

  • Summer 2005

  • July 29, 2005


    Prof. Endo Motoo, Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture in conjunction with the 2005 Kambun Workshop
    Medieval Monastic Society and Royal-vow Temples
    3:00-5:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • Spring 2005

  • April 12, 2005


    Prof. Gina Barnes, University of Durham
    Lecture
    State Formation in Japan: Perspectives from Historical Archaeology
    7:00-9:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • March 7, 2005


    Dr. Jason Webb, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, USC
    Lecture
    Politics of Paradise: The Realm of the Immortals in Man'yoshu and Kaifuso Poetry

    4:00-6:00 PM in SOS 250

  • March 3, 2005


    Dr. Aileen Gatten, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
    Lecture
    Toto, We're Not in Kyoto Anymore
    7:00-9:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • Fall 2004

  • November 11, 2004


    Prof. Charlotte von Verschuer, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, University of Paris
    Lecture
    Questioning Rice in Heian Culture

    6:00-8:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • October 19, 2004


    Dr. Sayoko Sakakibara, Postdoctoral Fellow, Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture
    A Buddhist Chameleon, Prince Shotoku: An Adaptive Image
    2:00-5:00 PM in WPH 204

  • October 12, 2004


    Dr. Mark Byington, Postdoctoral Fellow, Korean Institue, Harvard University
    Lecture
    The Archaeological Rediscovery of Puyo

    4:00-6:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • September 23-24, 2004


    Prof. Haruko Komoda
    and Mr. Thomas Ranjo
    Lecture and performance
    The Japanese Biwa
    6:45-8:00 PM (September 23) and 3:00-5:00 PM (September 24) in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • Summer 2004

  • July 30, 2004


    Prof. Tomoyasu Kato
    , Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture in conjunction with the 2004 Kambun Workshop
    Mokkan and Regional Society in Heian times
    2:30-4:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • July 23, 2004


    Prof. Tomoyasu Kato
    , Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture in conjunction with the 2004 Kambun Workshop
    Heian Regional Society: Provincial Governors and Other Elites
    2:30-4:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • July 16, 2004


    Prof. Tomoyasu Kato
    , Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture in conjunction with the 2004 Kambun Workshop
    Heian Regional Society and the Ocho kokka
    2:30-4:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • Spring 2004

  • March 9, 2004


    Dr. Haruko Wakabayashi
    , Historiographical Institue, University of Tokyo
    Lecture and demonstration
    Tokyo University's Historiographical Institute Goes Online

    3:30-5:00 PM in THH 121

  • March 8, 2004


    Prof. Royall Tyler, Australia National University
    Lecture
    Reflections of the Erotic in the Tale of Genji

    4:00-6:00 PM in the Stoops East Asian Library

  • January 28, 2004


    Prof. Sanae Yoshida
    , Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo
    Lecture
    Courtiers Writing: The Journals of Tadahira and Munetada as Sources

    4:00-6:00 PM in SOS 250

  • Fall 2003

  • November 10, 2003


    Dr. Thomas Nelson
    , Oxford University
    Lecture
    At the Crossroads: Historical Visions of Early Ryukyu

    4:00-6:00 PM in Leavey Library Auditorium

  • October 20, 2003


    Mr. Jason Webb, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department, USC
    Lecture
    Politics and Poetry in Early Heian

    4:00-6:00 PM in the Doheny Library Intellectual Commons Room

  • October 6, 2003


    Prof. Seiji Nemoto
    , Tsukuba University
    Lecture
    Nara Buddhism, the Bright and the Dark

    8:00-10:00 PM in SOS B40

  • September 20, 2003


    Prof. Akira Yamanaka
    , Mie University
    Lecture
    Excavating Heian-kyo: An Archaeologists's Report

    8:00-10:00 PM in SOS B40