The Keio Creativity Initiative: DH Symposium (Announcement)

Keio Creativity Initiative
The Keio Creativity Initiative held its International Digital Humanities Symposium on 15 March, 2016, at the Mita Campus of Keio University.

The theme of the symposium was "Memory, the (Re-) Creation of the Past and Digital Humanities." The symposium was organized by Satoko Tokunaga of Keio University. The keynote speaker was Kristian Jensen, Head of Collections and Curation, British Library. Mari and Teru Agata spoke on image recognition and clustering of Gutenberg's B42 types and Kiyonori Nagasaki of the International Institute for Digital Humanities, Tokyo, spoke on the re-creation of Buddhist studies in the Digital Era.

The programme is available in English and Japanese.

For more information about Kristian Jensen's initiatives, see the video below.

The Future of Digital and Analogue Humanities

A workshop on the promotion of Digital Humanities and on the new possibilities of Analogue Humanities was held on February 10, 2016, with the sponsorship of the National Institute of Informatics (NII). This workshop was formed and hosted by Professor Yasunori Fukagai of Yokohama National University. The NII web site may be accessed in both Japanese and English.

There was an impressive group featured, and we at EMDH Japan are very impressed indeed with the interest that the highly diversified NII has in Digital Humanities. For more information, click here (in Japanese, mostly).

Here are some recent perspectives about Digital Humanities from the folks at the Bodleian Library.

Digital Images and The Wonder of Will

For early modern scholars in Japan who are planning research travel in 2016, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, should be at the top of the list of possible research destinations. Along with its extensive and comprehensive collections of rare books, the Folger also provides online access to its Digital Image Collection. It is also worthwhile to browse Folgerpedia, an online resource that promises to offer "all things Folger" for online viewing.

2016 is the year of Shakespeare's death, so the Folger is also sponsoring The Wonder of Will, "celebrating Shakespeare and his extraordinary legacy through special events, exhibitions, performances, and more."

For information about how to become a reader at the Folger and for information about travel and accommodation, please contact Thomas Dabbs at emdhjapan (at) gmail (dot) com.

Digital Humanities and English Literature

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Angela Davenport hosted a day-long seminar on Digital Humanities and English literature at Tokyo Women's Christian University.

The seminar featured talks by Professor Mikio Fuse of Sacred Heart University, Professor Tomoji Tabata of Osaka University, and Dr. Kiyonori Nagasaki from the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities.

The poster included here includes more information about the event (expanded version).



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National Diet Library Workshop

Below is a description of the 19 August, 2015, workshop (in English and Japanese), presented by Angela Davenport, of Tokyo Women's Christian University for staff members of the National Diet Library in Tokyo.

This workshop is exceptional in that it will be closed to the public, but will have important ramifications for our future initiatives that will be open to the pubic.
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 “Early English Books Online” at the National Diet Library

 国会図書館における「Early English Books Online」の講演 (データベースの概要及び活用法に関する講演について) 

Wednesday, 19th August 2015,10:00-12:00
2015年8月19日(水)10時~12時

Presenter: Angela Kikue Davenport (Lecturer, Tokyo Women’s Christian University; Founding Member and Organization Committee Member, Early Modern Digital Humanities: Japan) 

講師: ダヴェンポート・アンジェラ・キクエ (東京女子大学講師/Early Modern Digital Humanities: Japan 組織委員)

Place/場所: National Diet Library, Tokyo (Main Building, New Building, 3rd Floor, Main Hall)
(The lecture will be broadcasted live to Lecutre Room No. 1, Kansai-kan, Osaka)

 国会図書館東京本館新館3階大会議室
(関西館第1研修室 [TV会議システムによる中継を行う])

Early English Books and Corpus Analysis

Tokyo Woman's Christian Univ.
東京女子大学
On Sunday, June 28th, 2015, EMDH: Japan hosted a workshop at Tokyo Women's Christian University東京女子大学.

Poster: Japanese version.

This workshop was for newcomers to the use of digital technology and also for those who have some experience using Early Modern databases and who wanted to learn more.

This workshop was open and free to the public. We were very fortunate indeed to receive roughly 30 attendees from a variety of area universities. This number was greater than we expected. We enjoyed a lively presentation with discussion and training in how to use EEBO-TCP in research.

We were also joined by a representative from ProQuest, Japan, and have begun an effort to secure a full license for EEBO-TCP in Japan. (Following this workshop the EMDH Japan advisory committee met with ProQuest representatives in Shinjuku, Tokyo, to develop a strategy to further this effort.)

The session was led by John Yamamoto-Wilson of Sophia University, who is recently the author of Pain, Pleasure, and Perversity: Discourses of Suffering in Seventeenth-Century England. Angela Kikue Davenport of Tokyo Women's Christian University moderated the discussion period. Thomas Dabbs of Aoyama Gakuin University convened the session.

Seminar in Digital Humanities: SSJ

On Sunday, October 12th, 2014, Angela Kikue Davenport led a seminar on New Directions in the Digital Humanities at the Shakespeare Society of Japan conference at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. This was the initial seminar of what became a standing Working Group for training in new digital technologies in Japan. The members of this seminar also included Thomas Dabbs (Aoyama Gakuin University), John Yamamoto-Wilson (Sophia University), and Momoko Morishima (Keio University Library).

The purpose of this seminar was not only to widen the possibilities of Early Modern Studies for scholars in Japan, but to increase awareness of the significance of DH resources and databases in our studies. A complete description of this seminar can be found at the DHFRS web site.

This seminar also seeded what became the organizational effort to establish a standing Working Group, one that would focus on training in new digital technologies during the Early Modern period.