Japanese Studies

Translation as Method in Japanese Studies

Translation has been central to the study of Japanese culture and society. Welcome to students and staff and other interested parties to the symposium and workshop on the topic.

Bilde av japansk bok
From "Sanba tebikigusa" (1886).
Kyoto University Library

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In spring 2024, the University of Bergen Japanese Studies program will host a multiday symposium and workshop on "Translation as Method in Japanese Studies".

This is our second event to commemorate the establishment of the MA in Japanese Studies in fall 2023, and the theme was chosen to match the use of pedagogical translation as a key tool in that program.

This event will combine morning lectures and afternoon practicums led by leading scholars in Japanese Studies who have published and edited translations of Japan-related primary source materials as part of their research.

Translation has been central in the study of Japanese culture and society. It is both a tool to access texts and a method of studying and understanding their contexts. As a “distant language,” Japanese exemplifies issues of technical and cultural translation, making it an excellent lens to explore translation writ large. Therefore, this event will be an outstanding opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to explore the uses of translation in the study of culture, history, and society.

The symposium is open to anyone interested. The workshop at the afternoon is only for students at the MA-programme.


Day 1 – Thursday 22 February

Place: Sydneshaugen school, Auditorium A
09.00–09.30Welcome and Introduction
09.30–10.30Presentation and Q&A: Aya Homei (Manchester)
10.30–11.30Presentation and Q&A: Hiro Fujimoto (Heidelberg)
11.30–12.30Presentation and Q&A: Hans Martin Krämer (Heidelberg)
Place: HF-building, seminar room 265
13.30–16.00Translation practicum for Japanese Studies MA program

Day 2 – Friday 23 February

Place: Jussbygget, Auditorium 2
10.00–11.00Presentation and Q&A: Sayaka Chatani (NUS)
11.00–12.00Presentation and Q&A: Ruselle Meade (Cardiff)
Place: HF-building, seminar room 265
13.00–15.30Translation practicum for Japanese Studies MA program