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Gostujoča predavanja prof. Keiko Mitani

Profesorica MITANI Keiko je vodja Slavistike na Tokijski univerzi. 
V torek, 10. decembra, bo predavala o zelo zanimivem zgodovinskem srečanju med japonskim politikom Matsukato Masayoshijem (松方正義) in Črnogorcem Valtazarjem Bogišićem v Parizu leta 1878 (9:40 v predavalnici 06).
V sredo, 11. decembra, bo govorila o zgodovini slavistike na Japonskem in trenutno stanje (8:50 v predavalnici 5).

Obe predavanji bosta zanimivi zlasti za študente in učitelje, ki se zanimate za zgodovino in jezikoslovje. Vabljeni!


Lecture summaries (Erasmus Plus program 2019/2020)

Keiko Mitani

University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology



Lecture 1: Valtazar Bogišić, Japan, and the nineteenth-century South Slavic regions

TOREK, 10. dec. 2019 ob 9:40 - 10:30 v predavalnici 06


Valtazar Bogišić (1834–1908), born in Cavtat, Croatia, is a lawyer known to this day, first and foremost for his work titled General Property Code for the Principality of Montenegro (1888). His biography points out that in 1873 when Bogišić was a professor of law at the Russian New University in Odessa, Prince Nicholas I of Montenegro ordered him to draft a civil code for the new-born state of Montenegro. With the permission of Russian Tsar Alexander III, Bogišić moved to Paris and engaged in this task until the enactment of the aforementioned law code in 1888. An episode, more curious than any others from Bogišićʼs life in Paris for Japanese scholars, took place in 1878. At the occasion of the Exposition Universelle in Paris, Japan’s vice-minister of the day, Masayoshi Matsukata, met Bogišić and asked for his advice concerning the principle for codifying Japanese civil law. This lecture will explain the background of the Bogišić-Matsukata meeting, what Bogišić advised, and where his idea on civil law stemmed from. The situation regarding the codification of civil codes in the nineteenth-century South Slavic regions will also be explained.


Lecture 2: Slavic studies in Japan

SREDA, 11. dec. 2019 ob 8:50 - 9:40 v predavalnici 5


This lecture will outline the history and current situation of Slavic studies in Japan, focusing mainly on the fields of linguistics and literature. The first part of the lecture will outline the historical development of Slavistika in Japan, starting with the appearance of the first Russian grammar written by Vasily Golovin in 1813. It will be mentioned that the Slavic studies in Japan in the twentieth century can be divided into two stages: the first half of the century, when Russian literature was the main concern, and the second half of it, in which philologically oriented Slavic study was founded by the late Professor Shoichi Kimura and his disciples. The second part of the lecture will describe current situations, presenting Slavic language education in higher education institutions, and scholarly activities. As the last part of the lecture, textbooks and dictionaries of Slavic languages written in Japanese, and Japanese translations of Slavic literature will be introduced.


About the lecturer


Keiko Mitani is a professor at the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Letters. She obtained a doctorate from the University of Tokyo in the field of Slavic philology. Her current interests include: historical study of Slavic languages, Old Church Slavonic, medieval and contemporary Slavic linguistics, language and law in the 19th century Slavic regions. Her recent publications include: Keiko MITANI. Introduction to the Slavic Languages (Tokyo: Sanseido, 2011), Keiko MITANI. Slavic Languages in Comparison (Tokyo:Hakusuisha, 2016), Keiko Mitani. 2019. “Intertextuality in Medieval Slavonic Literature: Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius and the Legend of the Twelve Fridays,” Scripta & e-Scripta, pp.145-164; Кэйко Митани. 2018. Текстологический и лингвистический анализ списков «Деяний апостолов Петра и Андрея в стране варваров» // Труды Института Русского Языка им. В. В. Виноградова. Выпуск 16. Лингвистическое источниковедение и история русского языка. (2016-2017). С.158-171. From 2017 she is Chair of Japan Association for the Study of Russian Language and Literature, and from 2019 Chair of the Japan Society for the Study of Slavic Linguistics and Literature.