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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


    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, 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


    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, German Institute for Japanese Studies


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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