The Society of Historical Research (SHR: Shigaku-Kenkyukai)
is an academic society dedicated to the broadly-defined field of historical studies
that contains history, geography and archaeology, and is open to anyone interested
therein. The society was established in 1908, and among the leading founders
were students and staff members of the Division of History, College of Letters,
Kyoto Imperial University (the predecessor of the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University).
SHR publishes six issues of the Shirin journal annually.
The journal’s broad focus covers a number of sub-disciplines of history, geography,
and archaeology. Since its first publication in 1916, Shirin has been
issued without interruption---even under the hardship of the Second World War.
It has provided a locus for publication of numerous discoveries, findings and
ideas, and promoted discussion of various historical topics. Taking pride in
the contributions Shirin has made until present, the SHR devotes persistent
efforts to make the journal a vital forum that will provide solid foundations
for original viewpoints on various fields of historical studies.
The SHR holds
two academic meetings annually. In the spring, it organizes a symposium where
discussants from various fields give presentations on a common subject. In the
autumn, a public session is held in which two speakers deliver lectures on his/her