Study Groups

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies sponsors ongoing study groups to support the research of Harvard faculty and graduate students. These study groups bring together members of the Harvard scholarly community, including faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and, in many cases, leading scholars from area institutions, to explore specific research themes that relate in some way to Japan.

Japan Ethnography Reading Group (JERG)

Since 2021, the Japan Ethnography Reading Group (JERG) has gathered postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and scholars to read and discuss current ethnographic monographs in the field of Japanese Studies. JERG deepens scholarly exchange and connections within the Reischauer Institute’s scholarly community while encouraging greater engagement with the theories, research questions, methodological approaches and fieldwork that animate anthropology, sociology, and the qualitative social sciences more broadly. For more information about JERG, please contact Dr. Gavin H. Whitelaw, Executive Director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.