News and Events

09.25.17 - Japanese Films at the Silk Screen Film Festival

The Silk Screen Film Festival will be taking place from September 14 through the 25th, showcasing acclaimed Asian films from the past year!

The following movies from Japan will be screened during the week:

September 19: Himeanole

September 21: Harmonium

September 22: Close-Knit

All of the films will be screened at 8:00 PM in the Frick Fine Arts Building Auditorium, Room 125.


09.28.17 - Japanese Language Social Hour

Join us at 4130 Posvar Hall, on September 27 at 12:00 PM for an afternoon of language and cultural exchange between Pitt students and visiting Japanese students. Participants of all language learning levels are encouraged to attend.

Free pizza and drinks will be provided!

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, along with the English Language Institute.


09.28.17 - JET Informational Session

Interested in teaching English in Japan? Come to this informational session to learn about how you can apply for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and do so!

Date: September 27

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

09.30.17 - Conference: From Madness to Medicine in Japanese Culture

There will be a conference examining madness and mental health in Japanese literature, art, anthropology, and medicine, organized by Dr. Elizabeth Oyler and Dr. Clark Chilson. Because RSVP is required for those planning to attend lunch, please see the attached flyer and schedule, or click here for additional details.




Wednesday, September 27

7:30-9:30 PM: Does Your Soul Have a Cold? | CL G24

Documentary, 2007. Dir. Mike Mills

Starring: Hiyaso Hayashiguchi, Michiko Ishikawa, Taketoshi Hayashiguchi

Running Time: 82 min


Thursday, September 28

9:00 AM: Conference Commences | University Club Gold Room

9:00-9:15 AM: Remarks by Jim Cook, Director of Asian Studies Center

9:15-10:00 AM: Hashimoto Akira, “Neither Religion nor Medicine: Knowledge from Experience—A New Dimension of Treatment and Care for Mental Patients in Modern Japan”

10:00-10:45 AM: Yumi Kim, “A Literary Marketplace for Hysteria in Japan, 1910s-1920s”

10:45-11:00 AM: Break

11:00-11:45 AM: James Robson, “Beyond Iwakura: From Madness and Monasteries to Insanity and Mental Institutions” 

11:45-12:30 PM: General Discussion of Morning Papers

12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch | RSVP Required (SEE BELOW)

1:30-2:15 PM: Susan Burns, “The Soma Incident: Medicine, Madness, and the Problem of Rights in Meiji Japan”

2:15-3:00 PM: Hiroshi Nara, “Curing Shinkei Suijaku (Nervous Exhaustion) in Late Meiji and Taishō”

3:00-3:15 PM: Break

3:15-4:00 PM: Nathen Clerici,“Writing Madness in Early Showa Fiction”

4:00-5:00 PM: General Discussion of Afternoon Papers



Friday, September 29

9:15-10:00 AM: Elizabeth Oyler, “Shigehira: Remembering the Burning of Nara on the Noh Stage.”

10:00-10:45 AM: Andrew Goble, “Observing Mental Affliction in Pre-Modern Japan.”

10:45-11:00 AM: Break

11:00-11:45 AM: Charles Exley, “One Hundred Years of Melancholy in 20th Century Japanese Literature”

11:45-12:30 PM: General Discussion of Morning Papers

12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch | RSVP Required (SEE BELOW)

1:30-2:15 PM: Clark Chilson, “From Buddhist Practice to Psychiatric Intervention: How Naikan Meditation Came to be Used in Japanese Mental Hospitals”

2:30 PM: Public Presentations for Conference End


(For those planning to attend lunch on either the 28th or 29th, please write to to confirm your attendance. Please mention which day(s) you plan to attend lunch in your e-mail!)

09.25.17 - Raja Adal: Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop

Join the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh  for a workshop on Dr. Raja Adal's manuscript, "Aesthetics and Re-Enchantment of the Modern World".  Chris Hall will be the commentator.

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Location: 3702 Wesley W. Posvar Hall (History Department Lounge)