Jishu zemi

The Jishu zemi, which roughly translates to „free“ or „independent“ seminar, is a seminar form, that was adapted from Japan. It offers students room for (research) interests, that can not be pursued during the regular curriculum. Participation in the Jishu zemi is possible at all times for BA, as well as MA students or postgraduates and is not dependent on a special invitation. Even students in their first semester are welcome to participate. This particular mixture of different levels of knowledge, as well as conductioning constructive discussion in a non hierarchical way, are a few of the strong points of this Jishu zemi.

Working with historical soursesBohner-archive

The seminar is „independent“ in so far, as it is not bound to the rewarding of credit points. It is organized mainly by students, with support from the official instructors. The seminar can as well be called a „free“ seminar, because the choice of topics is based on the students fields of interest. The Instructor mostly takes a supporting and advisory role. The students are in charge of preparing the topic and leading the discussion.

A first time the Jishu Zemi was held in the summer semester of 2007 and due to high demand and interest, as well as the support of Prof. Dr. Regine Mathias (chair holder of the Department of Japanese History until 2016) it has become a constant, but still independent, element of the Department of Japanese History.

Research on Mark Gayns Diaryfield trip to Japan
research on newspaper articlesNomikai
Inspection of documents of the DJGdiscussion about the cataloguing of the Bohner archive