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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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15. Oktober 2021

New DIJ Monograph compares wartime photography in Germany and Japan

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Spiegel-Bilder. Die Darstellung von Kindern und Jugendlichen in Illustrierter Beobachter und Shashin shūhō, 1938 und 1943 by Lukas Frank is the latest addition to our DIJ Monograph Series. Frank’s book compares patterns of pictorial representations of children and youth in German and Japanese press photography of the late 1930s and early 1940s on the basis of two important illustrated magazines of the time: the Illustrierter Beobachter and Shashin shūhō (写真週報, Photographic Weekly). The study shows similarities and differences of pictorial propaganda in both countries, explains general trends in the design of propaganda, and analyses the organisation and function of propaganda in radical nationalist states. Connections between German and Japanese photography and their influences on the pictorial propaganda of the magazines are also addressed, as are representations of Germany on the Japanese side and of Japan on the German side. Details

8. Oktober 2021

Autumn issue of DIJ Newsletter published

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We have just published the autumn issue of our DIJ Newsletter featuring updates on our research, publications, and events, including three upcoming Web Forum sessions on Digital Transformation; two CfP for a workshop on health infrastructures and a conference on sustainable societies; new book publications by our researchers Barbara Geilhorn, Sonja Ganseforth and our alumnus Hanno Jentzsch; an interview with our new senior research fellows Celia Spoden and David M. Malitz; a new contribution to our Catchword series; and much more. We hope you will enjoy exploring this new edition of the DIJ Newsletter. If you haven’t done so yet, you can subscribe to receive it directly to your inbox. The full issue and subscription form are available here.

1. Oktober 2021

Joint book exhibition ‚World Heritage in Japan‘ in October

Japan is home to no less than 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Himeji Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and Mount Fuji. In July, two new sites in Japan were added to this list: the first comprises Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Kagoshima and Okinawa prefectures); the second are Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan (Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, and Akita prefectures). In this year’s joint autumn book exhibition, the International House of Japan Library, the Bibliothèque de la Maison franco-japonaise , and the DIJ’s library are displaying English, French, and German materials on Japan’s World Heritage sites. The exhibition takes place from October 1st to October 30th. For further information, please contact each library. Details here

20. September 2021

New edited volume explores work of theatre maker Okada Toshiki

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Playwright, novelist and theatre director Okada Toshiki is one of the most prominent voices of the current generation of Japanese contemporary theatre makers. His plays, which have been staged at theatre festivals all over the world, address issues such as social inequity, life in Japan after the 3.11 triple disaster, and post-human society. Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre (Performance Research Books, 2021), co-edited by DIJ researcher Barbara Geilhorn, Peter Eckersall, Andreas Regelsberger, and Cody Poulton, explores Okada’s work and its importance to the development of contemporary performance in Japan and around the world. For the first time in English it gathers a comprehensive selection of essays, interviews, and translations of three of Okada’s plays. In addressing the work of Okada Toshiki from an interdisciplinary perspective, the book provides an in-depth analysis of an outstanding Japanese artist and contributes to a better understanding of art and society in contemporary Japan. More information here

7. September 2021

New issue 33(2) of Contemporary Japan published

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The latest issue of Contemporary Japan is now available online and in print. It features original research articles exploring: 1) how crime prevention (bōhan) became a widespread concept in low-crime Japan (Schimkowsky); 2) changing media representations of the imperial family from the Meiji era to the dawn of the Reiwa era (Anzai); 3) and a critical discussion of the role of satirical depictions of Japan in Victorian British cartoons (Matthewson). In addition, we continue our Invited Commentary section with the historian Gerhard Krebs’ critical analysis of the argument regarding Imperial Japan’s expansionist ambitions by Gerhard L. Weinberg, whose works have suggested that Japanese imperial ambitions extended as far as the Caribbean. Lastly, our book review section includes a broad range of important publications in the fields of philosophy, history, anthropology, gender studies, food studies, and religious studies. Please see the full issue here

Event Series
11. November 2021

DIJ lecture on the dissemination of contemporary Shugendō

© Josko Kozic

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in Shugendō, a syncretic religion based on mountain worship and ascetic exercises. Various practicing groups across the country are expanding beyond their sanctuaries and gather in social networks, even creating new structures and international groups and practicing outside of Japan. The scope of Shugendō’s discourse and practice has expanded to a larger public, thereby attaching Shugendō to the popular belief in so-called „power spots“. Behind this growing popularity might be an interest in a “world invisible to the eyes” (Roth, 2019), in which worldly conflicts and individual concerns may be solved detached from rationalism. This lecture will explore to what extent Shugendō has been rematerialized and staged in the course of its popularization. Does Shugendō, as some scholars claim, represent an „embodiment of Japanese culture“ that is worth spreading? Details and registration here

Josko Kozic, Heidelberg University

Event Series
4. November 2021

Sixth Web Forum ‘DT’ introduces Digital Humanities projects

© Gerd Altmann

The sixth and last session of our MWS Web Forum Series ‘The Digital Transformation’ on November 4 will introduce six Digital Humanities (DH) projects from different institutes within the Max Weber Foundation. Harald Kümmerle (DIJ) will give a talk on „Datafication as observed in speeches in the Japanese Diet – an analysis using topic modelling“. Esther Meier and Sebastian Kindler (German Historical Institute Moscow) will introduce the German-Russian documentation and digitisation project „Soviet and German Prisoners of War and Internees“. Jörg Hörnschemeyer (DHI Rome) will give an overview of DH at the German Historical Institute in Rome. Mareike König (German Historical Institute Paris) will introduce „Academic blogging in the humanities“ using the example of the platform de.hypotheses. Anne Klammt (DFK Paris) will give a talk on the „Deutsch-Französische Kunstvermittlung 1871–1940 & 1945–1960“ and Jana Keck (German Historical Institute Washington) will introduce „Semi-Automated Genre Classification for Historical Newspapers“. Details and registration here

Event Series
28. Oktober 2021

Fifth Web Forum Series ‘DT’ session on History and the Digital Age

© Gerd Altmann

Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History) will be the speaker in the fifth session of our MWS Web Forum Series ‘The Digital Transformation’ on October 28. His presentation „What the D does to History – The Digital Age as a New Historical Time Regime?“ will focus on the interface between theory and practice, conceptual penetration and methodological reflection of historical scholarship in the digital age. It will discuss the tensions between a discipline based on 19th century methodological foundations and the radically changing knowledge economy of the 21st century. These tensions force historians to rethink and adapt central concepts and practices of thinking and doing history – including the question of the temporal regime of the digital which will be at the heart of this lecture. Details and registration here


Nächste Veranstaltungen

9. Dezember 2021
  • Konferenz (online)
    16:00 ~ 22:30

    Globalizing the Social Sciences: German-East Asian Entanglements in the 19th and 20th Century

Vorübergehende Schließung des Instituts

Einer Empfehlung des japanischen Ministeriums für Gesundheit, Arbeit und Wohlfahrt bezüglich Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des Coronavirus folgend bleibt das Institut (inkl. Bibliothek) bis auf Weiteres für Publikumsverkehr geschlossen.

DIJ Forschung zum 11. März

Eine Übersicht über aktuelle Publikationen und Aktivitäten des Instituts und seiner Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler zu den Folgen der Dreifachkatastrophe vor zehn Jahren finden Sie auf unserer Sonderseite 10 Years After 3.11 – A Collection of DIJ Research on the ‚Triple Disaster‘

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As Japan is preparing its bid to host the #Sapporo2030 #WinterOlympics, DIJ principal researcher @stenweber looks back at the positive and negative legacy of #Tokyo2020 in the IIAS Newsletter @AsianStudies: "Olympic Dreams and Traumata" ...

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Tokyo Olympics

„Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics“

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Contemporary Japan
Aktuelle Ausgabe Vol. 33, Nr. 2
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