The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University will host the next “Waka Workshop” (seventh in the series started at the University of British Columbia and continued at Columbia, UCLA, Stanford, and Yale in previous years) on March 1 and 2, 2013. Readings and discussions at the 2013 workshop will focus on Shakkyōka (釈教歌) of the Heian and Kamakura periods as found in the Imperial anthologies (chokusenshū 勅撰集) and elsewhere—in independent devotional series, in personal anthologies, etc. We will consider the problem of how best to define Shakkyōka—as a form, a sub-genre, a practice?—and how to understand it in relationship to other devotional uta, other Buddhist devotional practices, and to waka in general. The program will include one and a half full days of readings to be discussed as a group and related presentations to be given by American, Japanese, and European scholars: they include (in alphabetical order) Araki Hiroshi (Nichibunken), Hirano Tae (Jūmonji Gakuen Joshi Daigaku), Stephen Miller (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Jean-Nöel Robert (Collège de France) and Takeshi Watanabe (Connecticut College/Wesleyan University). The workshop will be conducted in both English and Japanese and will conclude after the morning session on March 2nd.
The Waka Workshop at Yale is open to all interested participants. Although there is no fee for registration, those interested in participating are urged to register early since space may become limited. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to New Haven and for lodging. Hospitality will be extended to all participants at a reception and at several meals during the workshop.
A block of rooms has been reserved for participants at a favorable rate of $129*/night (*please note this is subject to additional state/occupancy taxes, currently totaling 15%) at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel (30 Whalley Avenue). Please contact the hotel at (203) 777-6221 to make your individual reservation and mention that you are part of the Waka Workshop to take advantage of the special rate. Please note that you will be responsible for the guarantee of your reservation by credit card or payment in the amount of one night’s room rate and taxes. This guaranteed payment is only refundable if cancellation is made 72 or more hours prior to arrival. For reservations cancelled less than 72 hours in advance, a cancellation fee equal to the first nights deposit will be charged and the reservation will be cancelled.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Please click here to register by Monday, December 31, 2013.
The workshop schedule is now available in both word and pdf formats. Please check this page for updates about the detailed schedule, speakers, readings, travel and lodging information, prospective participants, etc.
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