|This year falls the 130th anniversary of the birth of Tanizaki Jun'ichirō, who is considered one of the most prominent modern novelists of Japan. It is frequently said that his works are narrated in the context of a search for cultural identity, where Japanese tradition is juxtaposed with constructions of the West.
This two-day symposium will be hosted by the Department of Japanese Studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University and co-organized by Polish Association for Japanese Studies. By gathering first of all translators and experts in Japanese literature, we wish to acquaint academic environment with the life and output of this prolific writer. Expected attendants include researchers of Tanizaki's novels, contemporary literature as well as other areas of Japanese studies (language, culture, anthropology, society etc.), who will have chance to present their research results during the second day of the symposium.
This symposium is the only event in Poland held on the occasion and one of just a few outside Japan. It will also be the first professional gathering devoted solely to Tanizaki in the history of Japanese studies in Poland. Moreover, this conference is meant to keep scholars updated with currents achievements and trends in studies on Tanizaki in Japan, Europe and other parts of the world. The languages of the symposium are English, Japanese and Polish.