The Collaborative Research Workshop for Aspiring Scholars in Japanese Studies: Online Follow-up

An online follow-up workshop was held for the participants of Japan Foundation’s 1st and 2nd Collaborative Research Workshop for Aspiring Scholars in Japanese Studies.

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The Collaborative Research Workshop for Aspiring Scholars in Japanese Studies

In order that young Japanese Studies scholars succeed as international and interdisciplinary researchers, the Japan Foundation has been organizing the Collaborative Research Workshop for Aspiring Scholars in Japanese Studies since 2018.
In this program, excellent students from across Asia gather together to learn the fundamentals to help them build an academic career, as well as the importance of networking across regions and research fields. On the last day of the workshop, students form small groups and give mock presentations in the manner of academic conferences.

Purpose of the online follow-up workshop

This follow-up workshop was held online because of the global spread of COVID-19. As international travel has become strictly controlled, many students are today facing difficulties in their research activities. In order to respond flexibly to this situation, it is crucial for researchers to find new viewpoints and broaden the scope of their research, rather than cling to a single field or methodology.
In this follow-up workshop, students learned about “tips on overcoming difficulties in research” as well as “fresh viewpoints gained from other researchers” through lectures and discussions. As a final task, they made a panel presentation on a collaborative research topic.
The pandemic has made it difficult for people to meet face-to-face, accelerating the online hosting of international conferences and academic gatherings. It has become easier to have cross-border discussions and debates, and global networking is more important than ever before. Connecting our past workshop participants and strengthening the network of young scholars was another crucial aim of this follow-up workshop. The international and interdisciplinary network gained from this workshop will become an asset for researchers aiming to become globally active scholars.

Timetable

Date: Saturday, November 21 - Sunday, November 22, 2020
Location: Online (Distributed through Zoom from the Japan Foundation headquarters in Yotsuya, Tokyo)

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Day 1, Revision of the past workshops, Report on presentation-giving experiences at international
conferences, Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Round-table session, Q&A session
Day 2, Group discussion (preparation for final presentation), Final presentation, Feedback session

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During the workshop…

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Lecture 1

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Lecture 2

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Lecture 3

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Round-table session, Q&A session

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Group discussion. Prof. SONODA Shigeto giving advice to the students

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Group discussion

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Group discussion

Participants

【Nationality】20 participants in total
China 8, Korea 2, Thailand 2, Indonesia 2, Vietnam 1, India 5

【Affiliated Universities】
Beijing Foreign Studies University, Nankai University, Fudan University, Zhejiang Gongshang University, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Korea University, National University of Singapore, University of Indonesia, Vietnam National University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, The University of Delhi, Visva-Bharati University, Monash University, Kobe University, Waseda University

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Asia and Oceania Section, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
Tel: +81-3-5369-6070
Email: asiaoceania@jpf.go.jp
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