Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies

Save the Date: 3rd Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies: “Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan”, 1 – 12 August 2022

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia will once again host its Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies, to run from 1 – 12 August 2022. Now in its third year, the programme was conceived as a temporary replacement for our in-person summer schools which were prevented due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the programme has attracted incredible interest from across the globe, demonstrating a strong appetite for Japanese Studies internationally.

This edition of the programme considers directly the impacts of the Coronavirus on Japan. In collaboration with Teesside University’s Dr Christopher Hayes, the curriculum will be based around the theme of “Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan”. Throughout the world, tourism has been one of the industries most profoundly affected by the pandemic. For Japan in particular, which has sought to become a “Tourism Nation” and was host for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, the consequences have been significant. Even now at the time of this announcement, Japan remains inaccessible to foreign tourists. It therefore seems appropriate that we take this time to reconnect with Japan and explore what tourism in Japan will mean post-Covid. We will also consider Japan’s cultural heritage, too, and how Covid has affected the heritage industry, exploring the uses and value of heritage in the absence of international tourism. Over the two-week period, we will be joined by world-leading scholars, practitioners, and industry professionals based in Japan. We will also hear from academics from our MA Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies Programme, which is approaching the end of its second year.

As with previous editions of the Online Summer Programme, it will be free to all to participate. In addition to live virtual talks, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in asynchronous activities, join networking sessions, and will be issued a Certificate of Participation on completion of the programme. Following the programme, participants will be able to join a growing online network of Japan enthusiasts from around the world.

Details on how to register will be announced on along with the CJS Spring e-Newsletter on Wednesday 20 May.

The Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies is organised in partnership with the Toshiba International Foundation.

Course Leaders:

Mr Oliver Moxham, Research Project Coordinator, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Dr Christopher J. Hayes, Lecturer in Tourism & Events, Teesside University & Academic Associate, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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