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Call for Paper: CIR Seminar for the Study of Japanese Culture and Religion 2017

Center for Information on Religion (hereafter CIR) launched a seminar for the Study of Japanese Culture and Religion in Japanese for non-Japanese-native graduate students.  The seminar calls for the papers of the well-motivated students who hope presentation and discussion with other participants in Japanese

Accepted attendants will be paid for a round-trip ticket (Economy, JPY 200 thousands in maximum), and Housing during the seminar will be served by CIR as well.

We CIR will invite 6 students in maximum among all the non-Japanese-native graduate student applicants who belong to the university or institution outside Japan for the study of Japanese Culture and Religion. We intend to encourage networking and inspiring discussions beyond language barrier among young scholars and experts in Japan. 

[discussion in Japanese]
Presentation and discussion should be in Japanese though we accept additional explanation in English.  The attendants are required to join all the sessions of one and a half days seminar, to demonstrate their paper in Japanese, and to contribute to the discussion to the presentation of others in Japanese.

The applicant should submit the filled application form with abstract both English (200-300 words) and Japanese (600-900 characters) until March 15 2017 as attachment to the e-mail to Dr. Kenta Kasai []. The title of the e-mail should include a tag as “[CIR Seminar 2017 Application]”, and the Application document should be named as "CIRseminar2017YOUR SURNAME.docx".  CIR will notice to all the applicants the result of the selection in the first week of the April.

[preparation of the attendant]
The attendants are required to submit the paper (either in Japanese or in English) as e-mail attachment until May 15th, 2017 to be distributed for the commentator in advance. We may decline if the paper would not arrive until the deadline. Each Attendants have 45 minutes for presentation and another 45 minutes for discussion. The Paper should be in any format in 5000 words (English) or 10000 characters (Japanese) in maximum.  It will be used for discussion and published in pdf at the website of CIR as a record of the seminar.

Venue: Center for Information on Religion, Tokyo
Date: June 24, 2017 (Sat) – June 25, 2017 (Sun) 

Detail of the call and application are available as following links (in Japanese)

Call for Paper
Application deadline: March 15, 2017

Please feel free to ask any questions to us.
Contact: Dr.Kenta Kasai