About Early Modern Digital Humanities: Japan

Early Modern Digital Humanities: Japan (EMDH: Japan) is a Working Group that hosts workshop sessions for collaborative training in the use of new digital research technologies. This is not a group for experts, but for novices and also those who use digital tools and who wish to learn more about digital technology.

EMDH: Japan is the outgrowth of a collaboration between delegates of two recent conferences, the EEBO-TPC Conference hosted by the Bodleian Library in Oxford in September of 2013 and the Shakespeare Society of Japan Conference held at Gakushuin University in Tokyo in October of 2014.

The original organizers of EMDH are Thomas Dabbs (Aoyama Gakuin University), Angela Kikue Davenport (Tokyo Women's Christian University), and John Yamamoto-Wilson (Sophia University). We have planned over the past two years to form this Working Group, and we have been fortunate to gain the support of a Kaken grant and also support from affiliated institutions. At this point we are still a very small group of digital researchers and remain open to anyone interested in learning more (or teaching us more) about digital research in Early Modern studies.

Though this web site is in English and the default language is English, this is a Japanese initiative that seeks to encourage scholars, and in particular younger Japanese scholars, to sharpen their skills in English and global research through international collaboration. Both English and Japanese will be spoken at workshops.

At this date we have conducted digital humanities workshops on June 28th, 2015, at Tokyo Women's Christian University and on August 19th, 2015, and the National Diet Library, Tokyo. We also collaborated with a workshop on September 23rd, 2015, again at Tokyo Women's Christian University.

Along with our workshop initiatives we have also planned to begin our own (small) digital project in Early Modern studies. We will provide the details for this initiative at a later date.

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