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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


    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


    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


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

    Barbara Geilhorn, Trier University

    October 6, 2004
    Writing Women into Religious Histories: Re-reading Representations of Chūjōhime in Medieval Japanese Buddhist Narratives

    Monika Dix, University of British Columbia / Kokugakuin University

    August 25, 2004
    Dream of dreams, becoming Disney of Asia

    Hu Tze Yue, Waseda University/ Nanyang Technological University, College of Engineering

    July 7, 2004
    A Woman's Critique of Male Academics in Early Nineteenth Century Japan

    Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Tübingen University/Wesleyan University CT

    June 23, 2004
    Discourse Networks of the Post in Meiji Japan

    Seth Jacobowitz, Cornell University

    May 19, 2004
    Japan's Relations with the Arab Countries

    Ahmed Naili, Graduate School of Commerce, Meiji University

    April 19, 2004
    Early Postwar Japanese Reconciliation with China: Was the Glass Half Full?

    Daqing Yang, George Washington University

    April 7, 2004
    Answers to Big Questions: Contemporary Buddhist Guides to Life Management

    Katja Triplett, Marburg University

    March 22, 2004
    Meiji-period kokugaku: activities of Hirata-school scholars, Iida Takesato and the Oyashima-gakkai

    Michael Wachutka, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

    February 18, 2004
    'Positive Policy,' 'Negative Policy,' and the Economics of Taishō Democracy

    Mark Metzler, Assistant Professor of History, Oakland University

    January 21, 2004
    The 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War and Japanese Perceptions of the People's Republic of China

    Robert Hoppens, University of Washington


    December 10, 2003
    The Making of a Heroic War Myth in the Russo-Japanese War

    Shimazu Naoko, Birkbeck University of London

    November 12, 2003
    China's Role in the Process of Japan's Cultural Self-Identification, 1895-1904

    Matthias Zachmann, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg/DIJ

    October 8, 2003
    Shugendo and the Separation of Buddha and kami Worship (shinbutsu bunri): the case of Hagurosan 1870-1875

    Gaynor Sekimori, The University of Tokyo

    July 3, 2003
    Digesting Postwar Japan Media

    Barak Kushner, Davidson College

    June 6, 2003
    The History of the Reception of the Confucianism in Germany since early Enlightenment

    Eun-Jeung Lee, University of Halle-Wittenberg

    April 23, 2003
    From Kamikaze Aircraft to the Bullet Train: Social Variables for Technology Transfer in post-World War II Japan

    Nishiyama Takashi, Ohio State University/Tōkyō University

    March 19, 2003
    The "Japanese Workers' School" as an Example of Workers' Education in Prewar Japan

    Oliver Loidl, University of Tübingen

    March 5, 2003
    The Aesthetics of the Momoyama Period and Its Appeal to Contemporary German Ceramists

    Eva Kaminski, University of Hamburg

    February 12, 2003
    Fusing Western Culture and Japanese Religion: The Religious Experience of Musicians in Sōka Gakkai

    Levi McLaughlin, Kokugakuin University

    January 15, 2003
    The Zone of Peace in the East Asian International System?

    Shogo Suzuki, Australian National University


    December 4, 2002
    Women Missionaries' Activities and Christian Education for Girls in early Meiji Japan

    Mara Patessio, University of Cambridge

    November 13, 2002
    How to live a happy life – morality and conduct of life in a Japanese New Religion

    Monika Schrimpf, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    September 19, 2002
    Dismissal, Reinstatement, Resignation. The Politics of Higher Education Personnel from Prewar to Occupation Period Japan, 1930 to 1952

    Hans Martin Krämer, Ruhr-University Bochum/Tōkyō University

    July 9, 2002
    A Battle against Tradition? The Establishment of the Air Wing of the Imperial Japanese Navy

    Jens Sagen, International Christian University (ICU)

    March 27, 2002
    Life History Narratives of First Generation Korean Immigrant Women in Japan

    February 13, 2002
    Reviving Oriental Culture and Cultivating Patriotic Gentlemen: Yasuoka Masahiro, Conservative Political Morality and Right-Wing Nationalism in the Taishō Period

    Roger Brown, University of Southern California

    January 16, 2002
    Feminine Internationalism and the International Body Politic: Consumers as Diplomats in Japan, 1919-1960

    Michael A. Schneider, Knox College/Waseda University


    December 4, 2001
    Fighting for Kyoto: Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape in the Former Imperial Capital

    Christoph Brumann, Cologne University

    November 7, 2001
    Abe Isoo's Idealistic Views of Switzerland and Democratic Ideas in Late Meiji- and Taisho-Japan

    Harald Meyer, Universität Zürich/Kanazawa University

    September 26, 2001
    Report on the Peaceboat North South Korea Voyage – “Setting sail for a new Asia”

    Nicola Liscutin, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    July 11, 2001
    The Japanese National Government Park System - More Than Just Another Public Works Project?

    Nicole Altmeier, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    June 20, 2001
    Miki Kiyoshi and the Crisis of Cultural Consciousness

    John Namjun Kim, Cornell University

    May 23, 2001
    Competing Conceptions of Modern Selfhood

    Melek Ortabasi, University of Washington