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Seminar

Methods of East Asian Classical Studies, 59th Seminar
The Frontier of the Realm of Chinese Characters

Date
Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 10:30 am
Venue
University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Building No. 18, Collaboration Room 3
The Frontier of the Realm of Chinese Characters

Basic Information

Summary

“East Asian Classical Studies” is a project we perceive on the whole as the practice of creating, comprehending, annotating, modifying, and studying about the “classics” that were born out of, and read in, a sphere of knowledge centered on reading and writing in kanji. It seeks to elucidate the construction of the “East Asian Classical World” as a sphere of reading and writing, describe that history, and share such knowledge. This project, which has been advanced with the support of grants for scientific research (KAKENHI), made a fresh start this year as the “Development of the Next Generation of East Asian Classical Studies through International Collaboration: From the Perspective of the Frontier of the Realm of Chinese Characters.” (Base A) This project focuses on “the frontier of the realm of Chinese characters,” that is, the aspect where a realm of characters is formed within a realm of non-characters or a realm of other characters, or the area comes into contact with the borders and realms of non-characters or other characters. While examining various phenomena, including texts written in characters other than kanji, we will aim to clarify various aspects in mechanisms of formation and construction. In this seminar, which serves as a kick-off event to the project, we will discuss the themes of the project through a dialogue based on the various research and perspectives of each project member.


Program
Moderator: Saitō Mareshi (University of Tōkyō)

10:30 – 12:00 Session I
“The Empress Consort Jingū Chronicle as a Passage,” Kanazawa Hideyuki (Hokkaidō University) 
“The Role of Yamato Kotoba in Commentaries on the Nihon shoki,” Tokumori Makoto (University of Tōkyō)

13:30 – 15:00 Session II
“Mana Within Kana Texts,” Tamura Takashi (University of Tokyo)
“The Problem of Kana Inscription in Nihon shoki Poems,” Baba Sayuri (Teikyō University)

15:15 – 16:45 Session III 
“The Works of Wang Bo in Japan and Excavated Epitaphs: The Foundation of Early Tang Literature,” Michisaka Akihiro (Kyōto University)
“The ‘Classics’ as External to the Realm of Characters,” Saitō Mareshi (University of Tōkyō)

Host

Development of the Next Generation of East Asian Classical Studies through International Collaboration—From the Perspective of the Frontier of the Realm of Chinese Characters