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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Wir sind ein deutsches Forschungsinstitut mit Sitz in Tokyo. Unsere Forschung befasst sich mit dem modernen Japan im globalen Kontext.

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Event Series
29. September 2022

DIJ online talk on Minakata Kumagusu, Queer Nature, and the Microbial Paradigm

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This talk in the DIJ Environmental Humanities in East Asia lecture series considers the role of non-humans in the intellectual history of modern Japan through the case study of the Buddhist naturalist-polymath Minakata Kumagusu. Building on Kumagusu’s fascination over the microbe slime mold, Eiko Honda delineates the ways in which a parallel paradigm of interdisciplinary knowledge production emerges when the historian places microbes as the basis for the historical actor’s truths (‘queer nature’). The paper reveals a novel account of civilization theory and evolutionism that eventually formulated what she calls the ‘microbial paradigm’ that existed in history, but not in historiography. The talk reflects on what’s at stake when one does or does not decentre the focal point of knowledge production in history, and what kind of implications it may have on present-day research and teaching in area studies. Details and registration here

Eiko Honda, Aarhus University
6. Oktober 2022

DIJ researchers at Nichibunken Seminar on Japanese Studies

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To commemorate the new academic exchange agreement between the DIJ and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), researchers from both institutes will discuss the state and future of research in Japanese Studies at the 249th Nichibunken Evening Seminar on October 6. They will discuss Japan as a research object from Japanese and foreign perspectives and address the challenges for international Japanese Studies. The DIJ delegation will include director Franz Waldenberger, deputy director Barbara Holthus, research fellows Barbara Geilhorn, Nora Kottmann, Harald Kümmerle, and David M. Malitz. The seminar will be held in hybrid format at the Nichibunken in Kyoto and online (Zoom). It will be moderated by Edward Boyle, Associate Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Details and registration here

11. August 2022

Job opening: Research Fellow in Asian Infrastructures at NUS

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The Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications for one Research Fellowship (Postdoctoral/Research Fellow) in Asian Infrastructures. This position is funded by a new research partnership between the DIJ and ARI which was concluded in July 2022. The position is based at NUS and the successful applicant is expected to commence duties in January 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD degree (or awaiting conferment) and have research interests in a relevant area of the social sciences and a record of publication (or potential to deliver) in high impact journals and/or reputable publishing houses. The initial appointment will be for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for two more years. Closing date for applications is 30 September 2022. For more details on this position and the application procedure see here

27. Juli 2022

New Working Paper studies East and Southeast Asian perspectives on Russia’s war on Ukraine


How have societies in East and Southeast Asia reacted to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? This open access collection of essays provides preliminary answers from Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and ASEAN. Focusing on press and social media, they reveal that the responses to the war are heterogeneous and may not always agree with the foreign policy stances by the respective governments. The essays are published as Working Paper No. 135 in the East Asian Studies series (Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen), edited by DIJ’s David M. Malitz and Surachanee Sriyai (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok). David’s own paper („Strong Public Support for the Japanese Responses to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine“) outlines the Japanese government’s economic sanctions, delivery of equipment to Ukraine, and acceptance of Ukrainian refugees. Against the background of the strained Japanese-Russian relations, it explains why the public in Japan has been supportive of Ukraine and of these responses by the government.

23. Juli 2022

New article on romantic and familial relationships in Japanese TV dramas

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on love, marriage, and family life. Employing both social science and cultural studies perspectives, this new article by DIJ social scientist Nora Kottmann, Forum Mithani, and DIJ alumna Elisabeth Scherer discusses romantic and familial relationships and their respective depictions in four Japanese romantic dramas (ren’ai dorama) produced under pandemic conditions. The article touches upon the COVID-19 pandemic and related policies in Japan, elaborates on conditions of TV production during the pandemic, and asks: How have TV series addressed love, dating and (marital) relationships during the pandemic? Screening Love: Relational practices in Japanese TV dramas produced during the COVID-19 pandemic“ (Japan Focus: The Asia-Pacific Journal 20 (14/3): 1–21) identifies a trend consistent with ‚re-traditionalization‘ on the one hand, and depictions of diverse, unconventional relational practices that are critical of the marital institution on the other. It is available open access.

Event Series
11. Oktober 2022

Axel Klein to discuss political populism in Japan in hybrid DIJ Study Group

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Compared to other liberal democracies, Japan’s political system has a few rare characteristics, including the dominance of a single political party and the absence of an electorally relevant green party. But what about populism? Are there populist parties or populist politicians? The few studies that deal with this question have identified Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), Tomin Fāsuto (Citizens of Tokyo First), Koizumi Jun’ichirō, Hashimoto Tōru, Koike Yuriko, and Yamamoto Tarō (Reiwa Shinsengumi) as the usual suspects. This presentation will introduce the Japan track of a larger project presently underway at the University of Duisburg-Essen entitled “Populism in East Asian Democracies”. DIJ alumnus Axel Klein will address the questions above and explain his view on why there may be smoke without a fire when it comes to populism in Japan. Details and registration here

Axel Klein, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
Event Series
22. September 2022

DIJ Method Talk on Delphi Survey, Technology, and Unpaid Domestic Work

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The future of work has emerged as a prominent topic for research and policy debate. In this session of the DIJ Method Talk series, Lulu Shi and Nobuko Nagase will discuss and present results from their Delphi survey to predict how technology may transform unpaid domestic work. On average, 65 AI experts from the UK and Japan predicted that 39 percent of the time spent on 17 housework and care work tasks will be automatable within ten years. The survey provides the first quantitative estimates concerning the future of unpaid work and demonstrates how such predictions are socially contingent, with implications to forecasting methodology. It also investigates how willingness to use smart technologies varies across gender, household income, time pressure, type of domestic work, and its price. Details and registration here

Lulu Shi, Oxford University and Nobuko Nagase, Ochanomizu University
13. September 2022

Franz Waldenberger discusses Global Knowledge Infrastructures


The sheer volume of numbers, data, and facts is growing and the speed of generating scientific knowledge is ever accelerating. As access to knowledge is becoming more global and digital through open-source projects, its reliability, verifiability, and accessibility has been called into question. But establishing a sustainable knowledge infrastructure can also be a key to securing economic growth, welfare, and individual well-being. Together with Thomas Elm (Managing Director Europe, Goodpatch GmbH), DIJ director Franz Waldenberger will discuss how a stable knowledge infrastructure can be created and sufficiently maintained. What are the challenges to providing this infrastructure for and with an intercultural Japanese-German background? What is the potential of the digital transformation for growth and a reliable knowledge infrastructure? This on-site event takes place on September 13 at the Japanese-German Center Berlin as part of the ‚Hiru no kai‘ discussion series, organised by the Japanese-German Business Association (DJW). Details and registration here

Nächste Veranstaltungen

29. September 2022
  • DIJ Environmental Humanities in East Asia
    16:00 ~ 17:30

    Unearthing Multispecies Intellectual History: Minakata Kumagusu, Queer Nature and the Microbial Paradigm, 1887-1892

11. Oktober 2022
  • DIJ Social Science Study Group
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Smoke without a Fire? The Search for Populism in Japan

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    Join us online for the 3rd talk in our DIJ Environmental Humanities series on Sept 29, 4 pm JST with Eiko Honda (Aarhus) on 'Unearthing Multispecies Intellectual History: Minakata Kumagusu, Queer Nature and the Microbial Paradigm, ... 1887-1892'. @b_geilhorn


    REMINDER You can still sign up for Thursday's hybrid DIJ Method Talk 'Using Delphi Survey to Predict how Technology May Transform Unpaid Domestic Work', both online and on-site at the DIJ, with @LuluPShi and Nobuko Nagase @kott_no ... @KatyaH_kenkyuu

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