Project Promotion Organization

Project Promotion Organization

The program representatives and essential constituent members of this project are the faculty of the Graduate School of History and Folklore Studies, the staff of the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture and the faculty of the Course of Chinese Language and Culture at the Graduate School of Foreign Languages, as well as some members of the Graduate School of Engineering faculty who are necessary for the promotion of this project. The project has also employed the COE faculty (specialized professors and part-time instructors appointed for this project), welcomed collaborative researchers from both inside and outside the university as COE joint researchers, and included COE research fellows (PD, RA) to construct its research structure. Each of these constituent members is attached to and conducts research activities in one of the six groups organized according to the research themes of this program. The COE Research Promotion Committee, which consists of a Program Leader, Sub-Leaders, Research Performance Officers and Secretary General, has been set up to act as a body to control, coordinate and lead these study groups. The Promotion Committee deliberates and develops items concerned with research and education project planning and formulation, as well as communication, coordination and grant money account management, and all other items necessary for the implementation of this program. It is, in effect, the substantive leadership body of the program.

Furthermore, as the deliberative body for items concerning COE, the university has established a COE Center Formation Committee. This committee reports directly to the President and it supports and coordinates the COE project throughout the university, therefore making it the highest decision-making body for the entire program.

The hierarchy of this project has been organized with the President at the top, followed by the Center Formation Committee, the Research Promotion Committee and individual study groups, but the study groups form the core of the actual research activities. Each group is responsible for all matters related to the center formation project, including the holding of necessary group meetings, the planning and implementation of studies and research, as well as the preparation of materials for projects and the holding of various workshops. However, joint research is mainly promoted based on the projects established within each group. In addition, periodical general council meetings are held, with the full attendance of all researchers in charge of their respective fields of study, in order to allow all involved to confirm each other’s overall research progress and to familiarize everyone with decisions made by the Center Formation Committee and the Research Promotion Committee. General workshops are also held during general council meetings, but since there is such a broad array of research targets, these are held as a means to confirm mutual research progress and to ensure that each group has a constant connection to the overall theme of “Systematization of Nonwritten Cultural Materials.”


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