The Woman in the Story

UCLA and Waseda University are pleased to announce a limited number of SUBSIDIES to cover most or all of the cost of attending a major international symposium titled “THE WOMAN IN THE STORY: FEMALE PROTAGONISM IN JAPANESE NARRATIVES” to be held at UCLA on March 13–15, 2019.


Thanks to generous support from the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities, subsidies are available for advanced PhD students and junior scholars whose research relates closely to the theme of the symposium. Generous support from the Japan Foundation has made it possible to offer a limited number of subsidies to Japanese-studies scholars who are either from Southeast Asia or based at a Southeast Asian academic institution.

The fourth in a series of annual symposia sponsored by the Yanai Initiative, the symposium will take place over three days, beginning on Wednesday March 13 with a roundtable for graduate students in the morning and three presentations by the organizers in the afternoon. Thursday March 14 will feature presentations by scholars of the premodern period, and Friday March 15 will be dedicated to presentations by scholars of modern and contemporary Japan. The symposium will be preceded by an audit of the current state of Japanese Studies, and a series of interviews of foundational women researchers of Japan that will at a future date be made publicly available.  

Advanced PhD students and junior scholars whose research is closely tied to the theme of the symposium are encouraged to submit a CV and a 250-300 word description of their research by January 28 to Tiffany Liu, Front Office Coordinator in the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures ( Students and scholars who are either from Southeast Asia or based at a Southeast Asian institution should submit their applications by January 22 in order to allow time for visa applications if necessary.