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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


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

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


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