Research Institute for Japanese Ancient studies

Research Institute for Japanese Ancient studies

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Research Institute for Japanese Ancient studies Research Institute for Japanese Ancient studies

The theme of this research project is “Constructing an International Framework of the Interdisciplinary Studies of Ancient Japan toward Understanding the Civilizational Processes in the Japanese Archipelago”. This research organization aims to combine the three fields of history, archeology and literature of ancient Japan and deconstruct this into“Japanese ancient studies” with an international viewpoint.

Research as a Research Cluster has been conducted actively since 2011, and the predecessor organization was the Designated Research Projects Unit, Research Institute for Ancient Studies that had worked on the Private Universities Foundation for the Development of Fundamental Research Strategies “Interdisciplinary and integrated studies of the ancient period to approach the formation process of civilization in the Japanese archipelago” (2009 to 2013, interim evaluation “A/A”), which was reorganized to establish the Research Cluster.

The subunits consisting of two research fields each are:
(1) Cultural Center and Periphery in the Japanese Archipelago: Archeology and literature
(2) Political Control over Society and the Use of Writing System: History and archeology
(3) Tales and Oral Traditions: Literature and history
These 3 research groups were organized to re-evaluate historical material and literature as cultural resources and construct Japanese ancient studies from the viewpoint of resource theory.
Day-to-day research activities and results are available at the HP.

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