Programs By Faculty and Students

The Center supports the following programs set up by our distinguished faculty and active graduate students.

Los Angeles Interdisciplinary Japan Studies Group

The Los Angeles Interdisciplinary Japan Studies Group is a graduate student run hub for collaboration and feedback on scholarship, research, and events that deal with East Asia, Japan, and the globalization. The goal of this list-serve is to link scholars across the UCLA campus with the wider Southern California academic community. We are students, faculty, and researchers from a multitude of disciplines brought together in an effort to foster better ideas, criticism, and community through exchange and dialogue.

Contact Ken Shima at

Japanese Arts & Globalizations

Global Confrontations: Japanese Arts

This initiative brings together academics whose work intersects with Japan in order to jointly conceive new paradigms for the study of the Japanese Arts (broadly conceived to include the fields of literature, comparative literature, anthropology, film, print and other media, performance, aesthetics, art, archeology, spatial studies, and the history of art and architecture) in relationship to Asia, America, and the World. Collectively, we aim to initiate a series of new exchanges. This collaborative work will ultimately redefine our approach to the study, teaching, and frameworks for Japanese, Asian, and Asian American Studies within the UC system and better integrate Japan into other disciplines. "Japan" provides a thematic and discursive coherence, but we approach "Japan" in intercultural terms (a node in multilateral networks) and comparative terms (resonance with cultural phenomena geographically and temporally elsewhere). We take the "global" vantage seriously and anticipate a broad range of problems for critical interventions and problematics, such as migration, travel-writing, enemy images, diaspora, comparativism, exhibitions, overseas study, and translation. Our periods of focus include the pre-modern, early modern, and modern. This inclusive periodization permits focus on present conditions and formative stages of globality, alternative early modes of globality, while also inviting questions about ancient precursors and their modern invocations. Dialogue between Japanese studies scholars and individuals based in other fields, as well between scholars in the US and abroad, are fostered at every opportunity. We work to provide a number of opportunities for UC faculty and graduate students.

Contact JAG MRG at for more information or visit the website