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DIJ History & Humanities Study Group

The DIJ History & Humanities Study Group is an informal forum for scholars and Ph.D. candidates working in any field of history or the humanities. Speakers are asked to give a 45 min presentation, which is followed by a discussion session. Presentations are usually given in English.

If you are interested in presenting, please contact the Study Group organizers:

Isaac Gagné
Barbara Geilhorn
Harald Kümmerle


July 9, 2020
Murata Sayaka’s Convenience Store Woman
Discussing Gender Identity and Society in Contemporary Japanese Literature

Ronald Saladin (Trier University)

June 25, 2020
Cute Masculinity - Investigating the Meaning of Virtual Shōjo and Girl Parody by Young Men in the 2010s

Sharon Kinsella, The University of Manchester

March 5, 2020
Learning to be funny: Training and social relationships in Rakugo - POSTPONED -

Sarah Stark, Ghent University

February 19, 2020
Why Is It So Difficult to Buy a Ticket for the Musical? Adaptive Innovation in Japanese Musical Theater from the 1960s to the Present

Rina Tanaka, Meiji University


November 21, 2019
Image(-Text) correlations in the works of Natsume Sōseki

Kevin Schumacher, University of Munich / DIJ

October 24, 2019
Environmental Local Scales: Women’s Writing in Northern Tōhoku, Present to Postwar

Eric Siercks, University of California, Los Angeles

September 12, 2019
Wielding Toxic Discourse: Insanity in the Nuclear Narratives of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Rachel DiNitto, University of Oregon

June 27, 2019
Between Contributor and Competitor: Recent Trends in how the Chinese Government views Japan

Shi Ming, Berlin

February 28, 2019
Writing (in) Iwate: Exploring a Local Literary Scene and its Fiction

Tamara Kamerer, University of Vienna

January 30, 2019
Inscribing Edible Otherness: Intersections of Food, Gender, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Zainichi Poetry

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Nagoya University / Trier University


November 6, 2018
Depictions of Beethoven in Japanese Anime: Japanese Visual Arts Transforming Western Iconography

Heike Hoffer, The Ohio State University

October 15, 2018
Japanese studies as an occupation: Career planning for Early Career Researchers in theory and practice (A lecture and practical exercise)

Peter Matanle, University of Sheffield

September 20, 2018
[CANCELLED] Representations of Gender and Ethnicity in Postcolonial Korean-Japanese Narratives

Maren Haufs-Brusberg, Trier University

July 2, 2018
Fūdo 風土: From Ordinary Term to Philosophical Concept

David W. Johnson, Boston College

June 7, 2018
History-writing and the Public Sphere in Japan: 1945-1955

Curtis Anderson Gayle, Waseda University

March 15, 2018
Tokyo as Fashion Space: Usage Practices, Social Space and Media Discourse

Jana Katzenberg, University of Cologne

March 1, 2018
Informal Figures of Japanese Imperialism: the political activism of the Gen'yōsha

Grégoire Sastre, Waseda University

February 8, 2018
German Prisoners of War in Japan 1914-1920: towards a new narrative

Frank Käser, JSPS Fellow, University of Tokyo

January 25, 2018
Japan's Industrial Policy toward Technology Transfers and Business History: Signalling and Administrative Guidance, 1950-1975

Jonathan Krautter, German Institute for Japanese Studies


December 7, 2017
Prisons and Forced Labour on Hokkaido

Pia Jolliffe, University of Oxford

November 8, 2017
The transfer of knowledge between Germany and Japan in the late Meiji and early Taishō eras: A case study of Georg Würfel (1880-1936)

Reik Jagno, German Institute for Japanese Studies

October 12, 2017
Prolonging Youthfulness: An Investigation of the bimajo Phenomenon in Japan

Satoshi Ota, Tama University

August 17, 2017
Transcultural Potentials of Japanese Fan Work: First Field Results

Katharina Hülsmann, German Institute for Japanese Studies

July 6, 2017
Gender Representations in East Asian Television Advertisements: Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea

Michael Prieler, Hallym University

June 26, 2017
Womenomics - Remedy or Illusion?

Judit Hidasi, Budapest Business School

June 8, 2017
Revolution and Empire: the Northern Expedition in the Japanese Press, 1926-28

Andrea Revelant, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice/Keio University SGUP

May 25, 2017
Seoul's Namsan under Japanese Influence - Japanese Ritual Life and Assimilation Policy in Korea, 1890-1945

Juljan Biontino, Chiba University

March 23, 2017
Towards an Intellectual History of Japan’s 1980s Bubble Culture and Economy

Urs Matthias Zachmann, Freie Universität Berlin

January 26, 2017
The Ideologue and Activist Ōkawa Shūmei (1886-1957)

Florian Neumann, Kagawa University, Takamatsu


December 8, 2016
Emperor Hirohito from the Pacific War to the Cold War

Noriko Kawamura, Washington State University

March 24, 2016
Negotiating “Superstition” and “Religion”: The Case of the “Immoral Heresies Tenrikyō and Renmonkyō” in Meiji Japan

Franziska Steffen, German Institute for Japanese Studies

March 10, 2016
Collective Subjectivity and Apology Under the Gaze of the ‘International Community’: A Lacanian Analysis of the Apology Issue in Japan-China Relations

Hai Guo, University of Leeds

February 4, 2016
What is human dignity? And could it provide a common ethical foundation between cultures? The examples of Germany and Japan

Ralf Stoecker (Bielefeld University) together with Miki Aoyama (DIJ)

January 14, 2016
King Solomon and Jinmu Tennō: Ethiopia and Japan in World History

Gerhard Krebs

January 7, 2016
Leaving Japan and Leading the Oppressed: Chinese Intellectuals’ Engagement with Asianist Organizations in the late-1920s

Craig A. Smith, Kyoto University


July 29, 2015
Choosing Ways of Remembering: Comparing Student Narratives about World War II in Japan and Germany

Ingvild Bode & Seunghoon Emilia Heo, United Nations University & Sophia University

June 18, 2015
Imperial Memory in Postcolonial Japanese and South Korean Short Fiction

Nadeschda Bachem, German Institute for Japanese Studies

May 21, 2015
Samurai, Castles, and the Search for the Soul of Japan

Oleg Benesch, University of York

April 17, 2015
To Fight or Not to Fight: The Role of Intelligence in Japan’s Decision for Pearl Harbor

Tosh Minohara, Kobe University

February 26, 2015
How Meiji Japan Governed Foreigners: Determining Failure and Success of Treaty Revision

Kaoru Iokibe, University of Tokyo


May 22, 2014
Fujita Tsuguharu’s Troubled Choices

Doug Slaymaker, Meiji University/University of Kentucky

April 22, 2014
Historical Legacies of Yasukuni Shrine

Akiko Takenaka, University of Kentucky

April 8, 2014
A ‘MAD’ age: War, Student Protest and Consumer Culture in 1960s Japan

Martyn Smith, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

January 21, 2014
Cabaret as an Artistic Beachhead: The Case of Butoh

Bruce Baird, University of Massachusetts Amherst


December 10, 2013
Introducing Nuclear Power – The Struggle of Japan`s Physicists

Franziska John, German Institute for Japanese Studies

November 28, 2013
Channelling Influence through Experts: British and German Oyatoi in Meiji Japan

Kristin Meißner, German Institute for Japanese Studies

October 24, 2013
Prisoners of war from Tsingtao during the First World War: A Comparative Perspective

Mahon Murphy, London School of Economics and Political Science

September 3, 2013
Prospects of the Coastal Fishery in Northern Pacific Tōhoku in the Aftermath of 3.11

Johannes Wilhelm, University of Vienna

July 18, 2013
Media representations of Okinawa: a postcolonial perspective

Ina Hein, University of Vienna

July 11, 2013
The Bullet Train and Techno-internationalism

Jessamyn R. Abel, Pennsylvania State University