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SOAS scholars receive editorship of prestigious Japan Forum journal

 Japan Forum Editorial Team

Japan Forum Editorial Team (from left: Griseldis, Helen, Christopher, Emily and Steve)

30 January 2014

Four SOAS, University of London scholars from the Japan Research Centre (JRC) will join the editorship of Japan Forum, the official journal for the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS).

BAJS is a UK-based association of scholars and researchers dedicated to the development of Japanese Studies. The Japan Forum's primary objective is to publish original research in the field of Japanese Studies, making available scholarship on Japan to an international readership of specialists and non-specialists.

The SOAS scholars consist of Dr Stephen Dodd, Chair of JRC and Senior Lecturer in Japanese; Dr Christopher Gerteis, Senior Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan; Dr Helen Macnaughtan, Lecturer in International Business and Management (Japan) and Dr Griseldis Kirsch, Lecturer in Contemporary Japanese Culture.

Dr Dodd commented: “The Japan Forum is one of the world's leading journals related to Japanese studies, and we are delighted and honoured to take over its editorship for three years.  As members of the JRC, all four of us begin with an instinctive appreciation of the absolute necessity for top-level research into Japan. Our aim is to raise even further the profile of Japan Forum not only through drawing on our collective knowledge of Japan in a range of scholarly fields, but also through encouraging cooperative ventures among our colleagues throughout the world of Japanese studies.”

The editorship will run from September 2014 until September 2017. A one-day BAJS workshop will be held at SOAS on Friday 25 April.

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.