Norwich is the home of the UK’s leading research centre for the study of Japanese arts, media, and visual cultures. Since 1999, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures has been developing and sharing its world-class research with the city and with UEA. Building on UEA’s strengths in media studies, creative writing, intercultural communication, gender studies, and history, the course offers a wide range of disciplinary approaches and methods.

The MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies responds to our contemporary moment in which globalization and future-oriented concerns put Japan and its cultures at the centre of debates on urgent issues such as technology and digital innovation, population change, media representation, and health and ageing. The course draws on UEA’s specialist research and teaching to position Japanese Studies in relation to the major humanities disciplines including literature, history, politics, and art. Through our unique interdisciplinary approach, we celebrate UEA’s distinctive approach to engaging with Japan.

On this course you will explore Japanese arts and culture, society and history through a diverse range of disciplinary approaches and methods. You’ll learn about the history of ideas and engage with key writings about Japan, and think critically about the direction of contemporary Japanese studies.

You’ll be taught by experts from across the many disciplines that fall under Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies – including art history, film and media studies, history, politics, and international relations – and gain a valuable perspective on the subject through input from experts in Japanese arts, cultures and heritage researching at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

For more information, please see the course page on the UEA website.

This is a collaboration between the Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute.

“We bring together all lecturers who specialize in Japanese Studies from across the University of East Anglia, as well as the scholars from the Sainsbury Institute.”

Dr Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer, Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Cultures and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute

Applications open for 2023

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