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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:

Ronald Saladin
Torsten Weber


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

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

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

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

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


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

March 21, 2012
Russian-Japanese Borderlands and the Change of National Consciousness in Japan around 1800
Julian Plenefisch, Freie Universität Berlin

March 7, 2012
Female same-sex attraction in manga: Yuri – exploring the mechanisms of a genre
Verena Maser


December 7, 2011
Rite of Redemption? Japanese Canadians, Remembrance Day, and the Restorative Power of Ritual
Hisako Omori, Meiji Gakuin University

September 15, 2011
Golf Clubbing in Modern Japan
Angus Lockyer, SOAS, University of London

July 11, 2011
Earthquakes and Art ― The Great Kantō Earthquake in the Work of Takehi sa Yumeji
Sabine Schenk

May 12, 2011
Ubugami – Gods of Childbirth in Japanese Folk Belief
Christian Göhlert, Munich University/Seijo University Tokyo

March 9, 2011
The Early Asian Games and Predecessors (1913-1978): Sport and Media Orchestration between Transnational Experience and Representations of the Nation
Stefan Hübner

March 1, 2011
Traveling Protagonists: Trains as Metaphor in the Fiction of Natsume Soseki and Tawada Yoko
Christine Glensted and Annette Vilslev, Waseda University / University of Copenhagen

February 16, 2011
Rethinking Haiku Analysis: Neocybernetic Approaches
Nami Ohi, University of Tokyo

January 13, 2011
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, 1945-1995: The Creation and Transformation of a lieu de mémoire in Socio-Political Perspective
Stefanie Schäfer, Free University Berlin


October 6, 2010
Contemporary Japanese Theatre: A “post-sociocritical” Stage?
Lisa Mundt

July 28, 2010
Discursive constructions of masculinities, past and present
Emma Cook, Waseda University; Ronald Saladin, Trier/Musashi University Biru David Binder

June 23, 2010
“Chinese Knowledge” and the Meiji Restoration
Michael Facius, Freie Universität Berlin