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chop_sockey @ 02:39 pm: Affiliates in Japan
So, I'm having a heck of a time finding an affiliate in Japan. I've e-mailed TONS of professors and libraries, to no avail. My proposal is in the area of media studies, and there are plenty of people in my area/related areas at universities in major cities, but no one has responded (I started contacting people months ago). Does anyone know of organizations through which I might have better luck finding an affiliate? Alternately, has anyone applied in this field or in cultural studies, Humanities, etc. in Japan before and found someone to work with? If it helps, I'm a PhD student, so I wont need proof of constant supervision-- just someone/some organization willing to write a letter stating that they'll be there in case I need help with my research. Thanks!

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From:rolled_trousers
Date:July 13th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure how many responses you'll get in this community, but I would suggest posting over in the academics_anon community because you'll have a broader range of academics who probably have a lot more experience/expertise/advice in this area. Sorry I don't really have concrete advice since my area's in Germany philosophy. But good luck! And good luck with the whole Fulbright process. My grant ends in a week and I can't believe how quickly it went, but it was overall a fantastic experience.
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From:chop_sockey
Date:July 19th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks a ton-- sorry it took so long to reply; I missed this notification e-mail entirely!
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From:taylorsprs
Date:July 19th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
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I take it you've already contacted professors at your university about their contacts in Japan?
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From:chop_sockey
Date:July 19th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
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Done. Sadly, my university, which is huge and has some very strong departments and programs, has very few faculty in my field. I've spoken with a few people in other departments-- international affairs and that sort of thing-- but for some reason, in spite of a lot of traveling, no one seems to know any professors or other institution-associated individuals who would be interested in even communicating with me via e-mail. Bleh.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 22nd, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Hey there,

Have you tried Todai's Joho Gakkan? It's the main media studies center there. Usually, in Japanese academia, it's better to get these sorts of things through your advisor rather than directly doing it on your own. If your advisor knows a professor in Japan, have him or her contact that person, have that person contact a media person, and then voila - affiliation!

Good luck!
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