search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - ESPERANZA RAMIREZ-CHRISTENSEN

DF (1979)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
University of Michigan
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, 202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Address 2 (optional)
Ann Arbor
Zip Code
United States
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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: Literature

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

Answer: I teach and do research as Professor of Japanese Literature at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. My specialization is classical language and literature. I am currently teaching full time; this semester (fall 2010) my classes are Classical Japanese I; Writing Japanese Women; and Haikai and Haibun (graduate seminar). My brief biodata are available at the website of my department and of the Center for Japanese Studies.

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

Answer: D.Other (University of California, Berkeley)

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: 1983
Field: Literature
University: Harvard University

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

Answer: It gave me an opportunity to work on the subject of Muromachi-period renga (linked poetry) and the poet-priest Shinkei under the guidance of the late great renga scholar Kaneko Kinjiro, then an emeritus professor at Tokai University. I have since published three books in this particular field.

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: As a busy woman academic, I have not found it possible to visit Japan for nearly ten years now and have not been able to keep up with my former connections, most of whom are surely retired now. I wonder if we could have a forum regarding opportunities for more senior scholars (I believe there is an age limit for the Japan Foundation faculty fellowships) to keep in closer touch with the Japanese academy, for instance through faculty exchange programs. My sense is that it is not a simple thing for foreign women academics to acquire or maintain connections there. I have found it is not easy to obtain videotapes or DVDs of traditional performing arts like No and Kabuki that one can use for classroom teaching in the U.S. Can the Foundation open up a listing of such audiovisual materials, with descriptions and explanations of whether they are compatible with U.S. equipment? Or whether such titles are available at all? If this is to be a worldwide forum for former JF fellowship recipients, it would be nice to have a bulletin board where people can post questions and answers on a variety of topics regarding Japan. I suppose one could also envisage former fellows as a group like the alumni of a university, and share information and concerns such as one finds in alumni magazines. A topic such as Japan's place in Asia within the context of the rise of China is obviously an interesting topic for many. This is all I can think of now; I might have other ideas later.