search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Cecilia SEIGLE

PF (1985), RF (1996)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
University of Pennsylvania
Professor Emerita of Japanese Studies
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
1919 Chestnut Street, Apt. 908
Address 2 (optional)
Zip Code
United States
215 568 9382
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Other

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I am presently writing a book in Japanese - about various known and unknown Edo period women. It is going to be a rather unusual book I believe, but I am not ready to discuss it openly at this point. I have finished writing about the Ooku after many years but I have not found a publisher. I have been turned down by two academic publishers.

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: C. I am a native Japanese speaker.

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: I was awarded the Japan Foundation Fellowship twice, 1985-86, and 1996-97, for which I am extremely grateful. I was able to do research for my book Yoshiwara - the Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan, and start other related researches. After the second period of my year in Japan, I was accepted as a foreign research member of Shiryo Hensanjo of the University of Tokyo, and I was able to return to it during the summer of several ensuing years for essential research for my Ooku book and Shinanomiya book.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: A network or forum including all Japan Foundation fellows is of course a wonderful idea, but it must encompass a huge number of people and a vast range of disciplines. Will you be organizing a forum or groups by specializations? Otherwise I don't think it will be very helpful for me. I am generally not interested in socialization, although it can be very pleasant. I am too shy to enjoy just getting together or networking. That is why I almost never go to AAS national conferences. Divisions by country of concentration, specialization, discipline, period, etc. will be more helpful. I think I shall be communicating with people personally rather than in a large conference or symposium. But thank you very much for the idea.