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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


    June 28, 2023
    Patronage and “Confucian Diplomacy”: New Perspectives on Early Modern Scholarship in Kaga Domain between 1650 and 1720

    Michael Dietrich, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg/DIJ Tokyo

    March 31, 2023
    The (c)harms of Artificial Intelligence: an arts-based research approach to regulating emerging technologies

    Freyja van den Boom

    February 2, 2023
    Digital Hermeneutics and the Integrative Potential of Epistemic Virtues in the Digital Humanities: From Trading Zone to Contact Zone

    Andreas Fickers, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History / DIJ Tokyo


    August 18, 2022
    Silk-Making Knowledge in Amami Ōshima as Critical Archipelagic Heritage

    Lisa Onaga, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / DIJ Tokyo

    June 30, 2022
    Data protection regulation in Japan against the background of international trends

    Ana Gascón Marcén, University of Zaragoza

    April 6, 2022
    ‘The Visible College of Urbanists’: Imagining Tokyo as a World City

    Eric Häusler, Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University


    November 11, 2021
    ‘Emerging from the mist’: Dissemination and Transition of Contemporary Shugendō

    Josko Kozic, Heidelberg University

    October 20, 2021
    From learning good manners to training one’s own apprentices: Female rakugo performers on Tokyo’s stages

    Sarah Stark, University of Ghent

    September 30, 2021
    Touching the Unreachable: Love of the Object and of the Self through Kawabata

    Fusako Innami, Durham University

    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


    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