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The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

See below for information about the prize.

 

Articles by Richard Tanter

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Richard Tanter is Senior Research Associate at Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability and Director of the Nautilus Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. A Japan Focus associate, he has written widely on Japanese security policy, including 'With Eyes Wide Shut: Japan, Heisei Militarization and the Bush Doctrine' in Melvin Gurtov and Peter Van Ness (eds.), Confronting the Bush Doctrine: Critical Views from the Asia-Pacific, (New York: Routledge, 2005). He co-edited, with Gerry Van Klinken and Desmond Ball, Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military and Violence in East Timor.

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US Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Activities in Japan 1945 – 2015: A Visual Guide
Australia in America's Third Iraq War
Indonesia, Australia and the Edward Snowden Legacy: Shifting asymmetries of power
The US Military Presence in Australia: Asymmetrical Alliance Cooperation and its Alternatives
An Australian Role in Reducing the Prospects of China-Japan War over the Senkakus/Diaoyutai?
Rethinking Extended Nuclear Deterrence in the Defence of Australia
Nuclear Power, Risk Management and Democratic Accountability in Indonesia: Volcanic, regulatory and financial risk in the Muria peninsula nuclear power proposal
The Coming Catastrophe: the American War in Afghanistan and Pakistan
The Maritime Self-Defence Force Mission in the Indian Ocean: Afghanistan, NATO and Japan's Political Impasse
East Timor: the Crisis Beyond the Coup Attempt
The Re-emergence of an Australian Nuclear Weapons Option? Implications for Indonesia and the Asia Pacific
The End of Alliance "Business as Usual"? Ozawa's Rejection of Japan's Indian Ocean Deployment
Australia's Expansive Asian Security Footprint: the 2007 Defence Update, the United States, and the abuses of realism
Covert Expansion of the US-Japan Security Treaty: Missile Defence Response to the July 2006 North Korean Missile Test by US Naval Vessels Home-Ported at Yokosuka
The New American-led Security Architecture in the Asia Pacific: Binding Japan and Australia, containing China
Japan's Indian Ocean Naval Deployment: Blue water militarization in a "normal country"
Voice and Silence in the First Nuclear War: Wilfred Burchett and Hiroshima
South Korea's Power Play at the Six-Party Talks
Does Japan Have a National Strategy?
Japanese Militarization and the Bush Doctrine

The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University is pleased to announce the 2019 prize honoring the life and work of our colleague, Kyoko Selden. The prize will pay homage to the finest achievements in Japanese literature, thought, and society through the medium of translation. Kyoko Selden's translations and writings ranged widely across such realms as Japanese women writers, Japanese art and aesthetics, the atomic bomb experience, Ainu and Okinawan life and culture, historical and contemporary literature, poetry and prose, and early education (the Suzuki method). Recognizing the breadth of Japanese writings, classical and contemporary, and with the aim of making such materials more widely available, we ask that prize submissions be of unpublished translations. Collaborative translations are welcomed. In order to encourage classroom use and wide dissemination of the winning entries, prize-winning translations will be made freely available on the web. The winning translations will be published online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Prize selections will take into account both the quality of the translation and the significance of the original work. In cases where a text already published in English is deemed worthy of retranslation, new translations of significant texts are accepted (please provide date and place of earlier publication). Applicants should submit the following hard copies to the Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize, Department of Asian Studies, 350 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853:

  • 1 copy of an unpublished translation
  • 1 copy of a statement of up to 1,000 words explaining the significance of the text. Although we do not require that the translator has already obtained permission to publish the translation from the copyright holder, please include in the statement information about whether preliminary inquiries have been made or whether or not the work is in the public domain.
  • 1 printed copy of the original Japanese text
  • A brief c.v. of the translator
  • In addition, please send electronic copies of all the above as attachments to seldenprize@cornell.edu.

The maximum length of a submission is 20,000 words. In case

of translation of longer works, submit an excerpt of up to 20,000 words. Repeat submissions are welcomed. Please note that

the closing date for the prize competition this year will be August 1, 2019. For the 2019 competition, one prize of $1,500 will be awarded in two different categories:

1) to an already published translator; 2) to an unpublished translator. The winners will be informed by November 1, 2019.

For further information, please visit the Asian Studies website or send questions to seldenprize@cornell.edu.