Student Programme Call | Deadline 15 January 2016
Call for applications
British Heritage and Archaeology Winter Programme
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
and the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo
Winter Programme in British Heritage and Archaeology
In association with University of East Anglia Centre for Japanese Studies and Norfolk County Council Historic Environment Service
Programme dates: 13th – 26th February 2016
About the Call
Places are available for UK and other European students to take part in an exchange programme with Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo students, focused around British Archaeology and Heritage. In partnership with the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, the Sainsbury Institute for the study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (Norwich, UK) has developed a 2-week, tailor-made programme designed to enable Japanese students to examine various aspects of cultural heritage and archaeology in the UK. We are seeking enthusiastic students to participate in this UK tour and to profit from a unique opportunity for educational and cultural exchange.
The 2-week programme provides Japanese students with an unprecedented opportunity to experience and engage with the UK heritage landscape and its practitioners, including visiting key heritage sites and institutions around the UK. The visit is designed specifically for undergraduate students to gain practical experience outside of Japan, to enhance their understanding of global approaches to heritage, and to have first hand experience within an international heritage environment. We are seeking UK/European students to join this tour in order to provide an opportunity for the University of Tokyo students to exchange ideas and to have a fully-rounded experience during their visit. This is also seen as an important educational and cultural exchange opportunity for UK/European students to engage with their contemporaries from Japan. We invite expressions of interest from UK/European students to compliment the University of Tokyo undergraduate students who will be undertaking the tour.
The first week of the programme will involve visiting London and other parts of the south of England, including visiting key sites such as Stonehenge and Bath, and receiving behind-the-scenes tours of the British Museum. The second week will focus on the region of East Anglia, the location of the host institute, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. East Anglia is one of the richest regions for heritage and archaeology within the UK, and has a highly developed heritage infrastructure. This will provide a rare opportunity to engage with regional UK heritage institutions and professionals, including opportunities to work on-site with British archaeologists, and introductory sessions to local heritage management services. The programme will involve expert guides and there will be a series of lectures to introduce and supplement the on-site visits.
We invite expressions of interest from undergraduates in any discipline to take part in the tour, including visiting the various sites and attending the talks and lectures that will accompany the programme. You need to be enthusiastic about getting to know the University of Tokyo students and to actively seek to exchange ideas with them. Additionally, the University of Tokyo students will complete a brief preparatory Online course before the tour, starting in January. This will consist of 5 sessions of 1 hour each over 5 weeks. This course does not require the production of any written work. We expect that participating UK/European students will also follow the course, to be aware of its content and to understand how we are approaching the tour. This will be available from January 4th until the start of the tour.
The 2-week tour will be conducted in English and there is no expectation that UK/European students will speak Japanese. Prior experience of Japanese and/or British archaeology not necessary.
Ideally we are seeking candidates to join the tour for the full two weeks, though there is also a possibility to discuss only attending for a portion of the tour. All costs for the visit within the UK will be fully funded.
The application for the programme is now closed. For any other queries, please contact Dr Sam Nixon (Senior Research Associate)
Source for image file: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stonehenge_from_north,_August_2010.jpg