WIHL/Yanai Initiative Research Reading Group with Dr. Hoyt Long

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Dear H-Japan list members,

The Waseda International House of Literature (WIHL) and the Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities invites applications to the second meeting of the WIHL/Yanai Initiative Research Reading Group. This reading group aims to bring together active researchers to read and discuss recently released monographs that are shaping the fields of Japanese studies, world literature, translation studies, and global cultural studies. Each meeting focuses on one text and features the author as a special guest. The organizers hope to select fifteen applicants from around the world to participate. All applications are welcome, with graduate students and early career faculty encouraged to apply. All participants will be provided with a paper or digital copy of the selected book free of charge in advance of the meeting.

The meeting will be held virtually in English and Japanese at 9am on Saturday, June 18, 2021 (JST). We are delighted to announce that our special guest will be Dr. Hoyt Long, of the University of Chicago. We will be reading Dr. Long’s The Values in Numbers: Reading Japanese Literature in a Global Information Age (Columbia University Press, 2021). In this text, Professor Long proposes that scholars “take established and emergent practices in computer science, linguistics, and sociology and put them in dialogue with practices of knowledge making in literary study, both to qualify their ‘facts’ about literary language and textual meaning and to modify their practices for our own disciplinary ends.”

Rather than acting as an extended Q & A with the author, the primary goal of the meeting is to discuss the impact The Values in Numbers can have on current research trends in Japanese literary studies and digital humanities projects. We especially welcome participants who are currently working on a research project that intersects with Professor Long’s research and the themes of the book.

Applications open until 11:59pm Monday, May 16. Results released Friday, May 20.

Please see the following links to the English and Japanese announcements on the WIHL homepage:



We look forward to welcoming list members to the event in June!

Best regards,

Eric Siercks (Research Associate, Waseda International House of Literature)

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