The Japan Research Centre (JRC) has been the forum for Japan -related research activities at SOAS since 1978. The JRC develops and coordinates academic research and teaching, drawing upon the expertise of the Japan specialists who are based in various departments throughout the School. The fields covered by academic members of staff include anthropology, art and archaeology, drama, economics, geography, history, language and literature, law, media, music, linguistics, politics, religion and sociology. With one of the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside Japan, the JRC acts as a national and international centre for Japanese studies. The Centre also hosts research associates and visiting scholars who are working on projects relevant to the Centre.
The activities of the Centre include:
- Organising weekly Centre seminars during term time
- Organising two annual lectures, known from their sponsors as the Tsuda Lecture and the Meiji Jingu Autumn Lecture, and the at which senior international figures in Japanese Studies are invited to present a major piece of work.
- Hosting the WG Beasley Memorial Lecture in tribute of Professor William Gerald Beasley (1919–2006), a leading figure in the development of Japanese Studies in Britain.
- Publishing an annual newsletter, JRC Annual Review, which reports the activities of the Centre and its member and lists past and forthcoming events in SOAS
- Maintaining an up-to-date website of Japan-related activities in SOAS
- Offering the Tsuda bursary and Meiji Jingu studentships to PhD students
- Maintaining close links with Japanese scholars, Japanese universities, and the Japanese community in London. The Centre invites eminent Japanese scholars to strengthen its research and teaching capacities. It also receives a number of Japanese scholars visiting Britain.
For further information contact the Centres and Programmes Office.