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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:

Torsten Weber
Isaac Gagné

2018

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


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


June 11, 2013
Intellectuals and the ‘Happiness’ of the People

Simone Müller, Zurich University


May 17, 2013
Another Part of the Axis? Japan’s Wars and Spain, 1937-45

Florentino Rodao, Complutense University (Madrid)


April 17, 2013
Early Modern Japanese-Spanish Relations between Micro and Macro History

Birgit Tremml, University of Tokyo


March 27, 2013
Spatializations of Food Safety in Contemporary Japan

Cornelia Reiher, Halle University


February 27, 2013
The Invisible Hand of the Writer: The Advent of the Japanese Typewriter and the Anonymity of Information Exchange in Japanese Corporations

Raja Adal, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo


January 30, 2013
Terayama Shūji as Global Artist and his Impact on Postwar Japan’s Culture

Carolin Fleischer, German Institute for Japanese Studies


2012

October 4, 2012
Negotiating Nuclear Disaster - Japanese Theater after 3.11

Barbara Geilhorn, Freie Universitaet Berlin


June 6, 2012
Contemporary Pilgrims' Perceptions of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku Island

Ryofu Pussel


May 18, 2012
You’ve got sp@m: A corpus-linguistic analysis of Japanese dating invitation mails

Peter Backhaus, Waseda University


April 12, 2012
Shimazaki Toson as Writer and Educator: Double-faced or Multifaceted?

Irina Holca, Osaka University


April 4, 2012
Rakugo: Contemporary Entertainment or Classical Performing Art?

Till Weingaertner, Freie Universitaet Berlin