Japanese handscrolls, which consist of calligraphic (e.g. written) passages and painted scenes, are seldom shown to the public. A team of student assistants and IT specialists headed by Prof. Dr. Melanie Trede of the East Asian Art History Institute has implemented a website which makes these art-and religio-historically significant scrolls available to the public. This digital edition does not only include little-known scrolls but also such which were never published before. The focus is on works from the 14th to the 19th century which venerate Hachiman, a deity in Buddhism and Shinto.
CampusTV has reported about the project in its broadcast on December 17th, 2015. [Video in German]
Conference papers and public lectures
Digital Humanities Projects at Heidelberg University: Forays and Problems, Past and Futures
talk by Melanie Trede
January 16 – 17, 2016 | International Conference, Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University
Towards International Collaboration among Centers for East Asian and Japanese Studies
Since its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, has been conducting research and education, aiming at creating a new type of the humanities that fully utilize information technologies. One of our most representative achievements is establishment of the ARC Model. With this unique digital humanities method, we have been building various databases of Japanese arts and culture, as well as the cloud environment so that we could bridge the gap between Japanese Studies in Japan and abroad, as well as contribute to East Asian and Japanese Studies overseas. Inviting representatives of major centers for East Asian and Japanese Studies in the world, the upcoming conference is to promote joint research projects among these centers through international collaboration, and to invite their suggestions and comments on how the ARC with the database system and cloud environment could serve for this purpose.