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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

    2021

    June 23, 2021
    Croft, Quiet, and Kantai Collection: Female Bodies in Japanese Videogames

    Rachael Hutchinson, University of Delaware


    May 19, 2021
    ‘Radioactive Aesthetics’: Distance and Avisuality in Post-Fukushima Literature

    Chiara Pavone, University of California, Los Angeles


    2020

    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


    2019

    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


    2018

    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


    2017

    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


    2016

    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


    2015

    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


    2014

    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


    2013

    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