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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
Barbara Geilhorn

2012

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, German Institute for Japanese Studies


2011

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, German Institute for Japanese Studies


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, German Institute for Japanese Studies


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


2010

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

Lisa Mundt, German Institute for Japanese Studies


July 28, 2010
Discursive constructions of masculinities, past and present

Emma Cook, Waseda University; Ronald Saladin, Trier/Musashi University

Biru David Binder, German Institute for Japanese Studies


June 23, 2010
“Chinese Knowledge” and the Meiji Restoration

Michael Facius, Freie Universität Berlin


June 2, 2010
On Sages and Sageness in the Eyes of the European Orientalists

Thorsten Pattberg, Harvard University


March 3, 2010
Happy New Japan: The Ideology and Aesthetics of Happiness in Takarazuka Revue

Maria Grajdian, Heidelberg University


February 17, 2010
Hiraizumi Kiyoshi and the ‘Spiritual’ Consolidation of the Nation, 1931-1936

Kiyoshi Ueda


January 27, 2010
Moments of Misunderstanding: Intercultural Approaches to Nonverbal Behavior in Japan

Elke Hayashi, Sophia University


2009

November 25, 2009
Assessment in Japanese Conversation: Relationality and the Expanded Notion of Self

Rie Suzuki, University of Essex


October 21, 2009
The Two Bodies of the Tenno – Nation and Politics During the Long 1930's in Japan

Anja Osiander, Freie Universität Berlin


September 24, 2009
“Robophily” as National Character? Discussing the Popularity of Robots in Japan

Cosima Wagner, Goethe University Frankfurt


June 17, 2009
Looking Through the Flower: Vision and Voice in Ōba Minako’s Novels

Daniela Tan, Zürich University


May 20, 2009
Mythic Archetypes and Modernist Architectures of the Anime Metropolis

Seth Jacobowitz, San Francisco State University


March 10, 2009
Kurokawa Noh: Self-perception, Self-presentation and the Outside Gaze

Eike Grossmann, Goethe University Frankfurt


2008

December 17, 2008
Yasumasa Morimura’s Portrait (Futago) and Japanese Art Photography in the 1990’s

Lena Fritsch, Bonn University


October 22, 2008
Liberated Women or Keepers of “Japanese Tradition”? Actresses of Kyōgen and their Strategies of Public Profiling

Barbara Geilhorn, Trier University


October 15, 2008
The Moral Subject Under Japanese Colonialism

John Treat, Yale University


June 25, 2008
Practices of Transferring German Medical Culture to Meiji Japan

Hsiu-Jane Chen, PhD Candidate, Institute for the History of Medicine, Center for Human and Health Sciences of Charité (Berlin)


May 14, 2008
National Heroes and the Struggle for Masculinization in Meiji Japan

Jason G. Karlin, University of Tokyo


March 6, 2008
Manzai – Analysing Japanese Stand-Up Comedy

Till Weingärtner, University of Kansai


February 6, 2008
Japan’s Conservatives and the Quest for Constitutional Reform

Chris Winkler, University of Munich


2007

October 24, 2007
Shono Yoriko’s Pure Literature Debate – or, hyper-personal imagination as a tool against neo-liberalism

Robin Tierney, University of Iowa


September 26, 2007
Homogeneous Social Evaluations? Japanese University Students' Attitudes Towards English Speech Varieties

Robert McKenzie, University of Glasgow


March 6, 2007
Contemporary Human Rights Education in Japan: What Do Textbooks Teach?

Bettina C. Rabe, doctoral student, Heidelberg University


January 26, 2007
Changing Traditions: The Role of Japanese Village Women in the Modernization of Japan

Christina Ghanbarpour, University of California, Irvine


January 17, 2007
Writing Technology as Alternative Modernity: Transparency, Transcriptive Realism and Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows

Seth Jacobowitz, Harvard University


2006

November 22, 2006
Communication with Foreigners in Japan: A Sociolinguistic Discussion

Teja Ostheider, Kinki University


June 14, 2006
Seeing the Other. The European View on Japan in Contemporary Artistic Documentary Photography

Bettina Lockemann, German Institute for Japanese Studies


February 15, 2006
Between Identity Formation and Alienation – Landscape in Japanese Literature, 1894-1905

Thomas Hackner, Trier University


2005

November 30, 2005
A Vision of Horror or a Source of Salvation? Encounters with China in Japanese Film and TV Drama

Griseldis Kirsch, German Institute for Japanese Studies


October 18, 2005
Family, Home, and Memories: On Shamanistic (De-) Constructions of Identity in Yu Miri's Hachigatsu no hate

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, German Institute for Japanese Studies


October 4, 2005
The Origins of Media and Communications Research in Pre-war Japan: Constructivist and Critical Perspectives

Fabian Schaefer, University of Leipzig, University of Tokyo


August 3, 2005
Who Speaks for Norinaga? Kokugaku Leadership in 19th-Century Japan

Mark McNally, University of Hawaii at Manoa


July 13, 2005
The Concept of Value-Creating Education in the Pedagogy of Sōka Gakkai

Sybille Höhe, German Institute for Japanese Studies


May 11, 2005
“Bio-sophers”? German Physicians as “Ethnographers” of Meiji Japan

Hoi-eun Kim, Harvard University


March 30, 2005
Men in Metal — A Topography of Japanese Public Statuary in Bronze

Sven Saaler, German Institute for Japanese Studies


March 2, 2005
The Takarasienne and Moga: Modernity in the Prewar Girls' Culture

Makiko Yamanashi, University of Edinburgh


February 2, 2005
Multilingualism in Tokyo – Reading the Signs

Peter Backhaus, University of Duisburg-Essen


January 5, 2005
In Search of the Perfect Body: Intersexuality as Trope for Reading the Female Subject

Leslie Winston, Dickinson College


2004

October 20, 2004
Women on the Noh-Stage: Pioneers after a Century of Performing

Barbara Geilhorn, Trier University