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    Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002
    From: The Japan Foundation
    Subject: Re: New Short-Term Fellowship

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    The Japan Foundation is pleased to announce our new Short-Term Research
    Fellowship which will allow established scholars the opportunity to conduct
    intensive research in Japan for periods of three weeks to 60 days. This
    program is intended for projects substantially related to Japan in the
    fields of humanities and social sciences, including comparative research.
    Applicants must have a doctoral degree, hold an academic position with a
    research institution, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    Applications from researchers and professionals with equivalent research or
    analytical experience are also eligible. As this marks the first year for
    this new fellowship, application deadlines are fast approaching on May 1,
    2002 for terms beginning after July 1, 2002.

    If you or anyone you know would be interested in this new opportunity,
    please download an application from our website at

    For questions or to receive an application by mail, please contact Ms.
    Katherine Wearne at (212)489-0299 or via email at,

    This program is also open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. For
    further information, please contact our Toronto office at 416-966-1600.


    Fumitomo Horiuchi
    Director General
    The Japan Foundation New York Office
    152 West 57th Street, 39th Floor
    New York, NY 10019

    Tel: (212) 489-0299
    Fax: (212) 489-0409

    Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 10:01:26 +0000
    From: Mikael Adolphson <>
    Subject: [pmjs] Heian conference announcement

    Invitation to Conference
    "Centers and Peripheries in Heian Japan"


    Place: Barker Center, Harvard University
    12 Quincy Street; Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Date: June 11-13, 2002

    Students, scholars and anyone interested in Japan's Heian age are
    invited to attend an inter-disciplinary conference, sponsored by the Edwin
    O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and the
    Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, which features
    presentations by seventeen scholars in addition
    to eight respondents from the United States, Japan and Europe.

    The focus of the conference is on the first three centuries of the Heian
    period (794-1086), which saw the consolidation of aristocratic authority in
    Kyoto, the emergence of powerful court factions and religious institutions
    as well as important adjustments in the Chinese-style system of rulership.
    It was also a period of fertile innovation and epochal achievements in
    literature and the arts. In our studies of these and other aspects of the
    period, the theme of "center and periphery" will be used as a way to find
    common ground for inquiries into various disciplinary fields and theoretical
    perspectives. "Centers and peripheries" can refer to geographical or
    spatial relationships, but may also suggest various dynamics in, among and
    between institutions and collectives, clans and families, social classes,
    and gender groups.

    The conference, which is a collective effort to offer new approaches,
    bridge disciplinary divides, and stimulate new research, is organized by G.
    Cameron Hurst III, Professor of Korean and Japanese History at the
    University of Pennsylvania; Edward Kamens, Professor of Japanese Literature
    at Yale University; Joan Piggott, Associate Professor of Japanese History at
    Cornell University; Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Professor of East Asian Art at
    Yale University; and Mikael Adolphson, Assistant Professor of Japanese
    History at Harvard University.

    Registration: Pre-registration is required by May 6. Please send your
    name, institutional affiliation (if available), mailing address (department
    or home), email contact, intended dates of attendance (including the dinner
    on June 13) to Stacie Matsumoto at Please specify
    "Heian Conference Registration" in the subject line.

    Inquiries: Please direct general inquiries to Stacie Matsumoto at, or via mail at Department of East Asian Languages
    and Civilizations, Harvard University, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA
    02138, USA. Questions regarding specific conference content may be directed
    to Professor Mikael Adolphson (now on sabbatical in Tokyo) at

    Mikael S. Adolphson, Assistant Professor, Japanese History, Harvard University
    Stacie K. Matsumoto Co-organizer and Ph.D, Candidate, Harvard University

    "Centers and Peripheries in Heian Japan"
    Conference Schedule (June 11-13, 2002)
    Barker Center, Harvard University

    Tuesday June 11, 2002

    Continental Breakfast and Registration

    Welcome Address
    Andrew Gordon
    Professor of Japanese History, Harvard University
    Director of the Edwin Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

    Mikael Adolphson
    Assistant Professor, Harvard University

    Panel One: The Political Center and Its Peripheries
    "How Did a Regent Lead the Court: Centers and Peripheries in the Regency of Fujiwara no Tadahira"
    Joan Piggott, Cornell University

    "The World of the Heian Noble"
    G. Cameron Hurst III, University of Pennsylvania

    "Women and Men in Heian Japan"
    Fukuto Sanae, Saitama Gakuen Daigaku

    "Futile Warlords: Provincial Rebellion in the Mid-Heian Age"
    Karl Friday, University of Georgia

    Mikael Adolphson, Harvard University

    Martin Collcutt, Princeton University
    Janet Goodwin, Aizu University (Emerita), Japan


    Panel Two: Center and Periphery in Heian Literature
    "The Way of the Literati: Chinese Learning and Poetry in mid-Heian Japan"
    Ivo Smits, Leiden University

    "Terrains of Text in mid-Heian Court Culture"
    Edward Kamens, Yale University

    "The Exilic Condition in Heian Japan"
    Richard Okada, Princeton University

    Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Yale University

    Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, University of Michigan

    Coffee Break

    Viewing of Harvard Law School's Japanese Collection

    Wednesday, June 12, 2002

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

    Panel Three: Religious Centers and Peripheries
    "Buddhism and the State in the Early Heian Age: Diversity and Integration"
    Mikael Adolphson, Harvard University

    "The Heart Sutra and the Power of Healing in Heian Japan"
    Ry chi Abe, Columbia University

    "Pilgrimage and Power in Heian Japan"
    David Moerman, Barnard College

    Joan Piggott, Cornell University

    Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University


    Panel Four: Artistic and Cultural Paradigms in the Heian Age
    "The Buddhist Transformation of Japan in the Ninth Century: The Case of Eleven-headed Kannon"
    Samuel Morse, Amherst College

    "The Emergence of Raigo-zu in Heian Japan"
    Yoshimura Toshiko, Kanda University of International Studies

    "Chinese Traders, Kyoto Aristocrats, and the Transmarine Factor in the Formation of Medieval Japanese Culture"
    Mimi Yiengpruksawan, Yale University

    Edward Kamens, Yale University

    Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis, Boston University

    Coffee Break

    Viewing of Heian-Related Objects at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
    (The Boston Museum of Fine Arts will be open until 9:45pm)

    Thursday, June 13, 2002

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

    Panel Five: Foreign and Domestic Peripheries in the Heian Age

    "Jôjin's Travels from Centers to Centers with Some Peripheries in Between"
    Robert Borgen, UC Davis

    "Cross-Border Traffic on the Kyushu Coast, 794-1086"
    Bruce Batten, Obirin University

    "Climate, Farming, and Famine in Early Japan"
    Wayne Farris, University of Tennessee

    "Life of Commoners in the Provinces; the Owari gebumi of 988"
    Charlotte von Vershuer, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, IVe Section, Sorbonne

    G. Cameron Hurst III, University of Pennsylvania

    Peter Bol, Harvard University
    Dr. Detlev Taranczewski, Bonn University, Germany


    Concluding Discussion
    Remarks by Professor Hotate Michihisa
    Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo

    Coffee Break

    Dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club
    (RSVP required)

    Note: The Sackler Museum will hold a special exhibit from its Japanese
    collections available to all participants throughout the conference.

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