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Monday, 08 December

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Prof. Ciaran Murray, Chuo University

Title: “The Indians of Europe: Archaism in Irish Tradition”

Abstract: Dr. Murray, a former journalist on the Irish Times, is a professor at Chuo University and the author of books including Sharawadgi and its sequel Disorientalism (exploring, respectively, the Japanese influence on English Romanticism and the effect of both on Irish literature). He has been involved with the Society’s Transactions since the closing years of the last century.

That the present-day map of Ireland should embody principles formulated in ancient India might seem incredible; but this, with a series of other parallels between the two places, has been explained on the theory that, while change takes place at the centre – in this case, of the Indo-European continuum – archaism persists on the margins. Out of the vast range of material available, the speaker proposes to focus on a few chosen topics and provide concrete examples.

Venue: The Embassy of Ireland Residence. Pre-registration is open until Friday, November 20th.

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Forthcoming ASJ Meeting

ASJ AGM and special lecture
Date: (tbc)
Time: 6:30 p.m. (tbc)
Speaker: H.E. Mr. Thierry Dana
Title: (tbc)
Venue: Embassy of France
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Transactions, Series 5, Volume 6 - contents of the next issue

Charles De Wolf - Glimpses of Genji through the Looking-Glass of Language
Martin Morris - From Village Farmhouse to Suburban Oasis: Reflecting Upon Kosōen
James D. J. Brown - Hajime: A New Start in Japanese-Russian Relations (Young Scholar)

Scholarship in Brief:

George Sioris & Anne E. Murase - Credit Some Viewers with Trying to Think
Doreen Simmons - The ASJ's First Steps into the World of Computer Technology
Fumiko Daidō - Hurry Up Please It's Chime
Shigeko Tanaka - Imari Porcelain in Palermo
Sarah Moate - The Voice of the Bamboo: The Calligraphy and Monochrome Ink Painting of Hasegawa Tōhaku, Mokuan Shōtō, Chūhō Sōu and Myōdō Sōsen
Ed Moreno - Hold the Breeze Gently

Book Reviews:

Patrick Carey - Till I End My Song
Charles De Wolf - From Frogs to Mount Fuji
Robert Morton - Making a Lot out of a Little
Ciaran Murray - Sharawadgi Agonistes
Lee Colegrove - Taking a Japanese Circus Round the World
Ciaran Murray - But O O O O That Medieval Rag
David Burleigh - Belfast, Bashō and Beyond
George Sioris - Yasukuni