By supporting initiatives such as the Graduate Program for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Japanese Studies, the Osaka University Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator works to foster the abilities of graduate students to disseminate the results of their research internationally. The yearly Osaka Graduate Conference in Japanese Studies is one opportunity for graduate students to put the abilities they have acquired in these programs to practical use. In recent years the Graduate Conference has been co-sponsored by the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies, and at the conference, graduate student presenters from CGJS member organizations meet with active scholars to discuss their research in a supportive, intimate setting. Young researchers interested in participating in international conferences may use this event to gain experience at performing research presentations in English and to expand their research networks. A call for papers is put out every year in September, and the conference takes place the following January.
Event in Review: The Fourth Annual Osaka Graduate Conference in Japanese Studies
On Saturday, January 8, 2022, the Fourth Annual Osaka Graduate Conference in Japanese Studies was held in the Engineering Science International Hall Seminar Room on the Toyonaka Campus of Osaka University. Eight graduate students from institutions across Japan presented on their research, and they received feedback from Associate Professor Kathryn Tanaka of the University of Hyogo, Senior Research Fellow Yufei Zhou of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, and the organizing faculty from GJS-ERI.