The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures was founded on 1 January 1999 through the generosity of Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury. An independent entity, the Sainsbury Institute is affiliated with the University of East Anglia (UEA) in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
The Institute aims to promote the study of the material and visual cultures of the Japanese archipelago, and in doing so act as a catalyst for international research in the field. It intends to further its mission through two core activities:
- Engaging international scholars, post-graduate students and staff in a collaborative and active research network
- Disseminating the results of these researchers through special projects, symposia, publications and various other media.
The Sainsbury Institute aims to create a network of alliances that bring the best research and researchers together without institutional or national barriers. Consult the Institute's website for further information on its lecture series, research projects and fellowship programmes.