search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Karen A. SMYERS

DF (1989)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Karen A.
Middle Name
Last Name
(self employed)
Jungian Analyst (therapist)
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
38 West Street
Address 2 (optional)
Zip Code
United States
413 727 8388
*Survey URL
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: C. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies personally, but not at an institution or organization.

Field of Study: Psychology

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

Answer: I left a tenured job at Wesleyan University to become a Jungian Analyst. So I work with individual clients in a psychotherapeutic fashion. But I will be teaching an 8 week course at the Boston Jung Institute about Japanese myth and culture in spring 2011, so will bring the Japanese material to a group that does not usually hear much about it.

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

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

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

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1993
Field: Anthropology & Archaeology
University: Princeton University

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

Answer: I received a Dissertation Fellowship and was able to do important fieldwork in Japan with good funding, and also access to the library at the Japan Foundation office in Kyoto. I met other scholars and students there who have become lifelong friends/colleagues. The research turned into my doctoral dissertation, then my book (The Fox and the Jewel), and led to the firm estabablishing of my career and reputation. Thank you!!!

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: I wonder if you have any programs for returning to Japan to brush up on the current scene? I feel that Japan changes so quickly that my information may be out of date. It would be nice to have an opportunity to return to Japan for a few months, brush up on language, talk with people in the field, and so on. In terms of network, I am sure it will be a rich resource.