September 2022 Message from the Acting Director

As we begin the new academic year, I would like to highlight some key events that the Sainsbury Institute has been involved in over the end of summer, as well as announce some new initiatives and events to look forward to starting from September. First of all, I would like to introduce myself as I […]

Report on the talk ‘Japanese Avant-garde Calligraphy in Conversation with Prehistory’

On Thursday 21st of July, Dr Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer, Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Culture, and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, presented the online lecture entitled, ‘Japanese Avant-garde Calligraphy in Conversation with Prehistory’, as part of the Sainsbury Institute’s Third Thursday Lecture series. Based on her recent book, Bokujinkai: […]

Online Summer Programme 2022 – Report

In 2020, Sainsbury Institute (SISJAC) launched its first Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies, a response to the cancellation of its residential summer programmes as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. We saw an opportunity to reach out to a global audience who, like us, were forced to remain at home due to the […]

Summer in Japan: An Update from Professor Simon Kaner

After a pandemic-imposed break of over two years it is wonderful to be back in Japan, reconnecting with old friends of the Institute and forging some promising new relationships. In line with the prevailing atmosphere here I have deliberately kept a low profile, avoiding the ‘three C’s’ (closed spaces, crowds and close proximity), keeping meetings […]

Sainsbury Institute Undergraduate Essay Prize: Interview with winner, Jiwoo Han

Oliver Moxham speaks to winner of this year’s Undergraduate Essay prize winner, Jiwoo Han of Amherst College, about her essay titled Re-Elevation Through Exposure: How Shomei Tomatsu’s Photographs Convey and Heal Individual Trauma of the World War. Interview transcript Oliver Moxham (OM) interviews Jiwoo Han (JH) OM: Hello, Jiwoo. Thank you for joining me today. […]