Graduate Summer School 2016

The third Graduate Summer School in Japanese Early-modern Palaeography will run from 1 August to 13 August 2016 at Emmanuel College (Cambridge, UK). We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting an application is 31 March 2016.

The topic for this year is ‘Education and Learning in Early-modern Japan’.

Our Graduate Summer School aims at teaching the foundations of what we call holistic wahon literacy  総合的な和本リテラシー.  In other words we aim at teaching the basics of all the skills, both linguistic and palaeographic, that one needs in order to access, decode and interpret Edo-period printed and handwritten materials. They include: wabun written in cursive (kuzushiji and hentaigana), kanbun and sōrōbun. At the end of the two weeks you will have gained the knowledge and the skills to tackle a wide range of primary sources in their original format by yourself. You are welcome to read the comments of our previous participants at:

This workshop is geared towards graduate students (both at the Master and at the PhD level), established scholars, librarians and museum curators who work on Edo-period materials.

We offer seventy two hours of tuition (six hours per day per twelve days) and we devote roughly the same amount of hours to the three linguistic/palaeographic areas mentioned above. The primary sources we shall be using are different from those of the two previous Graduate Summer Schools. Included in the tution are also: an intensive one-day workshop with the London-based calligraphy master Yukiko Ayres focused on how to write cursive kanji and kana in order to enhance your reading abilities; a key-note lecture by Dr Ellis Tinios on the field of textual scholarship. The tuition fee for the whole programme is £200.

As regards accommodation, you are very welcome (but not obliged, of course!) to stay at Emmanuel College for the duration of the Graduate Summer School. The cost for an en-suite single room with breakfast is £35 per day. Double rooms are also available at a higher price. Please note that children are not admitted in college.

To apply please submit the application form that you find online at: We require that you have a solid knowledge of classical grammar (bungo). As indicated above, the deadline for submitting your application is 31 March 2016.

We can only accept 20 participants every year. If we receive applications beyond this number a selection will be made on the basis of the relevance of the Graduate Summer School to your work.

If you need a visa or if you are applying for funding, we are happy to write a letter of invitation. Just let us know with plenty of notice.

If you have any query, please contact Dr Laura Moretti at: Alternatively use the form available at