In 2006, we implemented a "Japanese Visiting Professor" Scheme: Leading scholars in Japanese Cultural Studies are invited for short-term visits of 2-4 weeks to the Japanese Dept. at Birkbeck, to give seminars and lectures on our postgraduate programmes.
Japan Societies/Club Activities
Together with our current and former postgraduate students in the U.K. and Japan , we run a mailing list "nihon-suki-kai" with information on research and events related to Japanese (popular) culture.
After the successful start of a Japanese language course for beginners in 2001, the College decided to expand its Japanese Studies provision and created a full-time lectureship (Dr Nicola Liscutin) in 2002. Since then, Dr Liscutin developed and established the new, and in the U.K. unique MA programme in Japanese Cultural Studies for part- and full-time students. In 2008, a new award pathway in "Japanese Creative Industry Studies" was added to the existing MA. With the restructuring of Birkbeck College in 2008/9, the Japanese section was integrated into the larger Department of Media & Cultural Studies. Subsequently, a number of very attractive, joint honours BA programmes in Japanese & Film/Media; Japanese & Journalism (see above) have been established. In view of the funding crisis in UK HE, the emphasis remains for the time being on consolidation of our various BA to PhD degree programmes.
A recurring and serious problem for our postgraduate programmes is the scarcity of MA and PhD studentships, especially for overseas students but also for U.K/EU students.