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Response, Recovery, and Memory in the Aftermath of Disaster: A Summer Research Program at the University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad (summer) Time Away: Summer
Program Description:

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Response, Recovery, and Memory in the Aftermath of Disaster:
A Summer Research Program at the University of Tokyo

June 26 – July 24, 2017


This program,  consisting of a four-week intensive summer course offered by the University of Tokyo, is designed specifically for undergraduate students of Princeton and University of Tokyo. Applications from interested students will be reviewed at Princeton, and applicants will be invited for an interview. Selected students will be nominated to attend the program and asked to  submit materials to the University of Tokyo for admission and funding approval. 

The theme this year is “Response, Recovery, and Memory in the Aftermath of Disaster” with a focus on Rikuzentakata, a city in northeast Japan that was most severely damaged by the 2011 Tsunami. The program aims to bring together the students of both universities to fully engage in course work, fieldwork, and group projects in Tokyo and in Rikuzentakata. During the first two weeks in Tokyo, students will attend lectures and field trips in and around Tokyo. They will also begin working on group projects based on their understanding and analysis of post-disaster issues in Rikuzentakata. After a one-week field research in Rikuzentakata, students will prepare proposals for solutions to the problems, which will be presented to the municipality officials. Students are also required to submit a final research paper during the last week of the program.
The program will be led by Prof. Jin Sato of the Institute of Advanced Studies of Asia, University of Tokyo, and Dr. Haruko Wakabayashi of Princeton's East Asian Studies Department. Guest lecturers will be invited to share their expertise on topics and methods related to the theme of "Response, Recovery, and Memory in the Aftermath of Disaster."  With resources and scholars covering the region, and often focusing on different perspectives and questions than those that animate American discussions, the University of Tokyo provides a superb environment for research and study for students dealing with complex issues related to the above theme.
We invite students from a wide range of disciplines including social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Students outside of the field of East Asian Studies who are willing to acquire comparative perspectives are also encouraged to apply. No knowledge of Japanese language is required.

This program has been generously funded by Princeton and Tokyo Universities as part of the project, “Toward Immersive Asian Studies: A Collaborative Undergraduate Exchange Program for the Todai-Princeton Partnership,” initiated by Professors David Leheny (Princeton University, East Asian Studies) and Jin Sato (University of Tokyo, Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia & Visiting Professor, WWS).

All Princeton freshmen, sophomores or juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This program may be especially useful for students in Anthropology, Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, History, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and the Woodrow Wilson School, though we will welcome applicants from any department if the program may be helpful to the development of their academic interest.

Applications requirements include:

  • A resume
  • An internal Princeton transcript
  • Statement of interest, describing why you wish to take this course and how it might affect your studies at Princeton and/or your career.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows your academic abilities
The program will cover the vast majority of the costs of participation, including airfare, accommodations at the University of Tokyo, and program fees.
Students will stay in on-campus housing at the University of Tokyo.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.