J-PATS NETWORK

 

We are happy to announce the launch of J-PATS (Japanese Palaeography and Textual Scholarship). J-PATS is an international study network co-founded by Dr Laura Moretti, Prof Yamabe Susumu and Dr Ellis Tinios. It is currently based in Cambridge (UK) and administered by Dr Laura Moretti.

The focus of J-PATS is on early-modern Japanese primary sources in their original format. Our approach is that of textual scholarship as broadly defined by David Greetham:

 

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… the general term for all activities associated with the discovery, description, editing, glossing, annotating, and commenting upon texts … Properly endowed textual scholars will probably have the editing of the text as their ultimate aim … To accomplish this end they must have developed a system for checking that they have access to all the appropriate documents (enumerative bibliography); they must have a methodology for listing and adequately describing these documents (descriptive bibliography); they must be familiar with the technical processes by which the documents were created, whether they be manuscript or printed (codicology and analytical bibliography respectively); they must have both a theoretical system for transcribing texts and an acute eye in accurately representing a transcript of a document (paleography and diplomatics); they must be able to establish the relative priority and probable descent of the documents and thereby chart the history of the transmission of the text (stemmatics of textual analysis); they must have a rationale for types and levels of emendation, based in part upon the principles used for the selection of a copy-text or base-text upon which all other variant texts will be collated, or compared (textual criticism or textual editing); they must have a proper formula for representing this collation and the results of emendation in a consistent and readable manner (apparatus and historical collation); they must know which parts of their texts need to be annotated for the reader and must have a comprehensive system for representing this annotation; and they must often have the necessary linguistic skills for the preparation of a glossary or lexicon.

David C. Greetham, Textual Scholarship. An Introduction, Garland Publishing, New York & London, 1994, pp. 1 & 4.

 

Particular emphasis is given to descriptive bibliography and palaeography, the latter including the study of a variety of written languages and calligraphic styles applied in early-modern Japanese handwritten and printed texts (wabun written in hentaigana/kuzushiji, sōrōbun written in cursiveand kanbun kundoku written in non-cursive and cursive). We engage with both printed and handwritten materials, including books, prints and a wide range of ephemera.

 

The remit of J-PATS is threefold. First, seeks to train a new generation of scholars and professionals who intend to engage with early-modern Japanese sources in their original format. (See ‘Training Activities’ below.) Second, it aims to foster cutting-edge scholarship in the fields of Japanese early-modern textual scholarship and palaeography. (See ‘Research Activities’ below.) Third, it aims to create an interactive community of likely-minded scholars and professionals who work on original resources. (See ‘Interactive Community’ below.)

 

J-PATS welcome scholars at any stage of their career, including PhD students, librarians and museum curators who work with Japanese early-modern primary sources. Final-year undergraduate students who have a clear plan to continue their graduate studies in the field of pre-modern or early-modern Japanese culture are also welcome. We work with a wide range of materials, and welcome scholars and students of literature, art history, history, intellectual history, and material culture, .

 

J-PATS is the result of years of activity in the area of Japanese palaeography and textual scholarship undertaken by the founders either separately or as a team.

For details please click HERE.

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ACTIVITIES

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sk0091. TRAINING ACTIVITIES

a. Graduate Summer School for Early-modern Written Japanese 

b. Workshop on Cataloguing Japanese Early-modern Materials 

2. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

a. Public lecture series 

b. Research group: “Reading early-modern materials at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge” 

3. INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY

a. Online interactive community (forum)

b. International collaboration with University of Pennsylvania 

TRAINING ACTIVITIES

 

Graduate Summer School for Early-modern Written Japanese

Organizer
  • Dr Laura Moretti
Teaching Staff
  • Prof Yamabe Susumu – Nishogakusha University
    •  (kanbun kundoku)
  • Dr Laura Moretti – The University of Cambridge
    •  (hentaigana/kuzushiji and sōrōbun)
  • Dr Ellis Tinios – The University of Leeds
    • (introduction to descriptive bibliography)
Venue
  •  Emmanuel College St Andrews Street CambridgeCB2 3AP UK
Frequency
  • Yearly
  • First two weeks of August
Description This graduate summer school is a two-week intensive course that brings together all the skills (both linguistic and palaeographic) needed in order to access, decode and interpret Edo-period printed and handwritten materials. It covers hentaigana/kuzushijikanbun kundoku and sōrōbun. Knowledge of Japanese and classical Japanese is required.

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Click HERE for more information.

 


 

Intensive Workshop of Japanese Textual Scholarship

Organizer
  • Dr Laura Moretti
Teaching Staff
  • Dr Ellis Tinios – The University of Leeds
  • Dr Laura Moretti – The University of Cambridge
Venue
  •  Emmanuel College
  • Queen’s Building Conference CentreSt Andrews StreetCambridgeCB2 3AP UK
Frequency
  •  Yearly
  • 2015 Workshop: 19-21 March 2015
Description This three-day workshop teaches how to engage with early-modern books, prints and ephemera in their materiality and how to catalogue them. Lectures about key aspects of early-modern printed and handwritten products are combined with interactive seminars that train the participants how to produce a detailed bibliographic description. The seminars will make extensive use of original materials from private collections. There will also be visits to the collections of relevant Japanese materials in the Cambridge University Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge). Knowledge of Japanese is required.

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Download Programme.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

RESEARCH GROUP

“Reading early-modern materials at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge”

Organizer
  • Dr Laura Moretti
  • Mr Craig Hartley
Venue
  • TBC (probably Fitzwilliam Museum)
  • Video conference: Skype – J-PATS
Frequency
  • Once a month
Description

  • This research group works on early-modern materials kept at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. We produce diplomatic transcriptions, critical editions and English translations of selected materials.The text chosen for the years 2014 and 2015 is the shunpon entitled Sumagoto Inaka Genji, recently acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum.
  • The aim of the project is to produce a full transcription of the text; a full English translation and a study of the intertextual mechanisms applied in the textual and visual erotic rewriting of Nise murasaki inaka Genji

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Click HERE for more information. COMING SOON!

 


International collaboration

Description

  • J-PATS actively seeks collaboration with other institutions engaged in the areas that fall under the remit of the network.
  • Ongoing international collaboration:
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • a. Prof Linda Chance and Prof Julie Davis organize and host a yearly hentaigana-kuzushiji workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, taught by Dr Laura Moretti.
      • Click HERE for the call for interest for the 2015 workshop.
    • b. Weekly joint reading sessions for PhD students in Cambridge and University of Pennsylvania.

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Click HERE for more information. COMING SOON!

 

INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY

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ONLINE INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY(forum) 

Description

  •  We have created a ‘brainstorming’ forum that allows scholars, graduate students, librarians and curators who are working on primary sources around the world to be connected via an ongoing intellectual dialogue with like-minded professionals and to discuss the materials they are working on. The forum is designed in such a way that you can post pictures of the materials you are working on with a comment about what you need from the Community. It will be up to other members to give you their opinion, insights, ideas, etc.
  • Click HERE to access the forum of the Interactive Community.

 

IMPORTANT: In order to access and use the forum, you need an ID and a Password. If you intend to be part of this community, please send an email to Dr Laura Moretti (lm571@cam.ac.uk) giving the following information:

–        Institution and position

–        Area of study

–        Why you need to engage with fellow scholars

 

By subscribing to the Forum you will automatically become a member of J-PATS.

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Please click HERE to see who is already part of the interactive community.

 

 


 

International collaboration

Description

  • J-PATS actively seeks collaboration with other institutions engaged in the areas that fall under the remit of the network.Ongoing international collaboration:

University of Pennsylvania

  • a. Prof Linda Chance and Prof Julie Davis organize and host a yearly hentaigana-kuzushiji workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, taught by Dr Laura Moretti.
    • Click HERE for the call for interest for the 2015 workshop. COMING SOON!
  • b. Weekly joint reading sessions for PhD students in Cambridge and University of Pennsylvania.

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Click HERE for more information. COMING SOON!

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Emmanuel College

St Andrew's Street,
North Court Z16 Cambridge CB2 3AP (UK)

Dr Laura Moretti

Email: lm571@cam.ac.uk

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