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    DIJ History & Humanities Study Group

    The DIJ History & Humanities Study Group was an informal forum for scholars and Ph.D. candidates working in any field of history or the humanities. Since May 2024 it has been part of the DIJ Study Group.


    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

    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, 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