Japanese Studies Access and Outreach Event


On 14th May 2024, Pembroke College welcomed 26 Year 10 and 12 students and their teachers from Dartford Grammar School (DGS) for a Japanese Studies taster day. DGS is renowned for producing one of the highest numbers of Japanese language learners in Britain, thanks to its unique curriculum where all students study either Japanese or Mandarin from Year 7.

The day kicked off with a warm welcome from organiser and DPhil Candidate at Pembroke College, Sarah Puetzer. The first session featured Cerise Jackson, DPhil Candidate and Black Academic Futures Scholar, who led a fascinating discussion on the genre of trauma literature and translation, illustrated using the anime ‘Japan Sinks: 2020’. The visitors also participated in an interactive Japanese language taster session, working together in groups led by current Japanese Studies students at Oxford.

Prior to that, they joined an Oxford-style ‘soft drinks networking reception’, which provided an excellent opportunity for them to interact with university students and ask questions about everything from studying Japanese to life at Oxford. To top it all off, the DGS students enjoyed a traditional lunch in the historic Dining Hall, offering them a taste of authentic Oxford life.

With special thanks to:

Organiser: Sarah Puetzer (DPhil Candidate in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke)

Participating Faculty Members and Lecturers: Dr Chinami Oka (Tanaka Junior Research Fellow in Japanese Studies, Pembroke), Cerise Jackson (DPhil Candidate in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Mansfield), Kaori Nishizawa (Lecturer in Japanese Language, Pembroke), and Dr Juliana Buriticá Alzate (Departmental Lecturer in Modern Japanese Literature, Pembroke)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Volunteers: Ben Moeller, Will Powell, Taiki Uesugi, Saoirse Cassidy Dawson, Ella Hathaway, David Liu, Lucie Colonna, Eleanor Borrel, and Amelie Steele

Four photos from the DGS Japanese Studies Outreach Day. Left to right: the group from DGS in Chapel Quad, a group of four students presenting in the Pichette Auditorium, the soft drinks networking event, a snap of the lecture in the Pichette Auditorium.