SISJAC Friends’ event 6.00-7.30pm | Friday 28 April 2017
Carmen ‘in camera’: a look at her life as revealed in her diaries
Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH
The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.
Admission free. Exclusive to Friends of the Sainsbury Institute and their guests.
Booking is essential. To book your place, please email k.nishioka@sainsbury-institute or phone 01603 597510.
About the Lecture
November last year saw the publication of Carmen Blacker – Scholar of Japanese Religion, Myth, and Folklore: Writings and Reflections, published by Renaissance Books and edited by Sir Hugh Cortazzi with James McMullen and Mary-Grace Browning. It is a tribute to Carmen Blacker’s life and achievements as an outstanding scholar of Japanese culture, and contains many examples of her writings, including significant extracts from her diaries (kept throughout her life), which Mary-Grace Browning selected for publication.
In her talk, Mary-Grace will explain how and why she became involved in the project, the dangers and delights inherent in undertaking such a task and what informed the final selection of entries. She will then choose a few of the entries to read and talk about in more depth.
About the Speaker
Mary-Grace Browning MBE was a pupil of Dr Carmen Blacker at Cambridge University and one of the editors of Carmen Blacker – Scholar of Japanese Religion, Myth, and Folklore: Writings and Reflections (2016). She is a Japanese teacher at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School. Her many and varied achievements include her work as a volunteer conducting exchange programmes between Japanese and British students as well as the projects run with Dr John Pritchard whereby the grandchildren of former PoWs were given opportunities to visit Japan. In recognition of her significant contribution to strengthening friendship between Japan and the UK over many years, she was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the Government of Japan in June 2016.
About the Book
The volume Carmen Blacker – Scholar of Japanese Religion, Myth, and Folklore: Writings and Reflections published by Renaissance Books contains accounts of her achievements by friends and colleagues, significant extracts from her diaries, selections from her published writings (some less well known) as well as selected texts of the Carmen Blacker memorial lectures. There is also a full-colour plate section drawn from her extensive photo archive.
The book will be available at the event at a special discounted rate of £30.00 (normal price £50.00).
Click here for Renaissance Books’ website.