Open Research Projects (A)

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Overview

HMC open research projects, selected through an application process targeting teachers who belong to member departments, include collaborative or individual research projects undertaken by researchers from abroad who are invited for long-term residencies, and related to the humanities and adjacent fields including philosophy, history, literature, education, art, architecture, and society. The aim is to promote new research activities from an interdisciplinary and international perspective, particularly research grounded in East Asian including Japan.

1. History & Purpose

Since its establishment, the University of Tokyo has contributed greatly to scholarship in Japan and the world across many disciplines in the humanities as in other fields. As a way to respond to the rapid social transformations now underway on a global scale, there is a real need to create a new academic domain with the humanities at its core.
To meet these needs, and with financial support provided by the LIXIL Group Corporation (now LIXIL Corporation) and Mr. Yoichiro Ushioda, the Humanities Center (HMC) was established on July 1, 2017 as a University of Tokyo collaborative research consortium between eight university departments. This projects aim to become a platform for newcross-departmental research collaboration among outstanding researchers.

2. Fields of Research

All fields of the humanities and adjacent fields including philosophy, history, language, literature, education, art, architecture, and the culture of everyday life.

3. Applicant Eligibility

The applicant must, in principle, be an academic staff (Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturers, and Assistants) who is employed full-time by the University of Tokyo at the Graduate Schools of Law and Politics, the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the Historiographical Institute, and the General Library. Academic staff members selected for this project are asked to become HMC fellows for the duration of the financial support period; for this reason, the consent of their home department is required in order to receive this support.

4. Duration of Fellowships

12 months

5. Grant-in-aid

  1. Grant amounts of 500,000JPY (maximum) for research expenses and 6,000,000 JPY (maximum) for overseas residency expenses are provided per project. Overseas residency expenses include international travel costs, living and accommodation costs, overseas travel insurance fees, etc. The actual grant amount is decided when the applicant’s selection is confirmed.
  2. When special measures such as departmental teaching exemptions are adopted, an additional support amount of up to 1,500,000JPY (maximum) per project is allotted for research support expenses such as employment of part-time lecturers or payment to research partners.

6. Researchers from Overseas

  1. Researchers from overseas may be invited as participants in cooperative research projects for a maximum period of 12 months. (Two or more researchers may participate; however, the combined total of the researchers’ residency periods may not exceed 12 months.)
  2. Researchers invited from overseas must be persons who live outside Japan and are on the staff of an academic institution outside Japan.
  3. The consent of invited overseas researchers is obtained through negotiation on the part of the inviting academic staff member. The application process may be carried out even when negotiations are in progress; however, if subsequent changes occur, deliberation by the HMC Steering Committee will be required once again.
  4. For researchers invited on the basis of support for overseas residency expenses, the invitation process is carried out by the home department of the inviting academic staff member, and appropriate status is provided. In principle, the invited researcher may not teach classes or lessons in the department.


LUI Opened Research Projects (2019/20)

Name Atsunobu Suzuki
Academic Position Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
Associate Professor
Research Project Cultural Foundations of Face-ism
Invitational Fellow for Research & Affiliation Chang Hong Liu
Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
Name Shin Mizukoshi
Academic Position Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
Professor
Research Project Archive Practice for Academic Research and Literacy Education of East Asian Popular Culture
Invitational Fellow for Research & Affiliation Eva Tsai
National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan)
Name Noriya Ito
Academic Position Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Professor
Research Project Modern China and Japanese Literature: with a Focus on "Aesthetic Modernity"
Name Hiraku Kaneko
Academic Position Historiographical Institute
Professor
Research Project Politics and Culture of Japanese Sengoku Period by the Documents of the Kamo-Wakeikazuchi Shrine
Name Hironobu Shindo
Academic Position Graduate School of Education
Associate Professor
Research Project Principles of Cultural Institution: Space, Association, Experience
Name Tomoyuki Deguchi
Academic Position Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Research Project A Study into the Frontispieces and Illustrations attached to Novels on Meiji Literary Journals

LUI Opened Research Projects (2018/19)

Name KATSUSAI, Yasunori
Academic Position Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
Professor
Research Project Song and Society in Classical Tradition - Comparative Studies of Ancient Greece and Rome, China and Japan -
Invitational Fellow for Research & Affiliation Vanessa CAZZATO
Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Name MATSUKATA, Fuyuko
Academic Position Historiographical Institute
Associate Professor
Research Project Tokugawa Diplomacy: Diplomacy Before Diplomacy
Invitational Fellow for Research & Affiliation Tremml-Werner Birgit
University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Name IKEGAME, Aya
Academic Position Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
Associate Professor
Research Project Moving Asia and the Ethics of Commensalism
Invitational Fellow for Research & Affiliation Crispin Nicholas Bates
University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Name KIHARA-HUNT, Ai
Academic Position Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Research Project Analysis of Prevention of Crimes in United Nations Peace Operations from Legal and Social Perspectives
Invitational Fellow for Research & Affiliation Marsha Henry
London School of Economics (United Kingdom)
Name NAGAI, Kumiko
Academic Position Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Research Project Heian Women Writers in Modern Era: Good Wives, Wise Mothers, and the Beauties as Writers
Name SUGIYAMA, Kiyohiko
Academic Position Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Research Project The Structure of Qing Imperial Rule and its Formation: Focusing on the Eight Banner System
Name OKADA, Taihei
Academic Position Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Research Project Social History of Military Sex in the Occupied Japan, 1945-1952