The Europe Japan Research Centre (EJRC) is the home through which we organise and disseminate the high quality research of all Brookes staff working on Japan as well as a large number of affiliated Research Fellows.
Oxford Brookes staff researching Japan are located both in the Department of Social Sciences and the Department of English and Modern Languages, thus reflecting our interdisciplinary approach to Japanese Studies.
Every semester the Europe Japan Research Centre hosts a series of talks and other events by scholars, artists and commentators from around the world who are Japan specialists. Under the auspices of our Japan Interest Group (JIG), these events are open to the public with guests including students, active and retired researchers or anyone with an interest in Japan.
The inauguration of the Europe Japan Research Centre in 2001 marked the fact that Oxford Brookes University could boast the highest concentration of anthropologists of Japan of any higher education institution in the world. This was made possible in part through benefactions from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nippon Foundation and the Japan Foundation, the latter of which has also allowed us to expand our staff in the International Relations of Japan.
The Europe Japan Research Centre was officially inaugurated in September 2001 during the conference on the History and Practice of Copying in Japan. The Centre builds on and formalises the activities of the longer-standing Japan Interest Group, which has regularly organised three events a term since 1993, when it was founded by Joy Hendry, the first director of EJRC. Joy also invited a carpenter from her first Japanese fieldwork location to build the Japanese Room which stands in the entrance to the Gibbs Building, where many modules on Japan are taught.
Through its research seminar and conference activities, and the teaching of its members, the Europe Japan Research Centre contributes a major role to our undergraduate single honours and joint honours programme in Japanese Language and Contemporary Society, as well training in Anthropology and International Relations. At postgraduate level students work on Japan through the Graduate Diploma in Anthropology and MRes degrees, as well as through independent research as PhD students.