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    DIJ Social Science Study Group

    The DIJ Social Science Study Group is a forum for young scholars and Ph.D. candidates in the Social Sciences. Presentations on a scholar’s research project are about 45 minutes, followed by about 45 minutes of Q&A. The DIJ Social Science Study Group usually meets once a month, on a Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

    If you are interested in presenting, please contact the Study Group organizers:

    Nora Kottmann
    Sebastian Polak-Rottmann
    Celia Spoden


    June 1, 2023
    The Diversity of Japanese Churches: Examining Differences and Similarities in their Socio-Spatial Arrangements

    Dunja Sharbat, Ruhr-University Bochum


    December 8, 2022
    'Caring Machines'

    Giulia De Togni, The University of Edinburgh Medical School

    October 11, 2022
    Smoke without a Fire? The Search for Populism in Japan

    Axel Klein, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

    June 23, 2022
    Actors, Networks, and where to find them

    Timo Thelen, Kanazawa University

    May 18, 2022
    Critical Discourse Analysis and the Politics of Reproduction in Contemporary Japan

    Isabel Fassbender, Doshisha Women’s College, Kyoto


    November 19, 2021
    Film screening and discussion with filmmaker Thomas Ash: ‘Ushiku’

    September 7, 2021
    Mobile professionals and their families: The making of transnational spaces in Tokyo from a male perspective

    Sakura Yamamura, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

    July 21, 2021
    Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity on Surveys in Japan: Methods and Epistemologies

    Daiki Hiramori, Department of Sociology, University of Washington, Seattle
    Saori Kamano, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Tokyo
    (in cooperation with Laura Dales, University of Western Australia)

    June 17, 2021
    Worshipping the Kami at a Distance: World-Wide Shinto and the Global Pandemic

    Kaitlyn Ugoretz, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

    May 26, 2021
    Mental mapping: Rediscovering and reframing a geographical method for mobility patterns

    Sakura Yamamura, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

    May 18, 2021
    Visions and Expectations of Autonomous Driving by Policy Makers in Japan

    Yukari Yamasaki, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


    October 20, 2020
    Agenda-Cutting in Media News Coverage of Covid-19:
    A Case Study from Japan

    Yosuke Buchmeier, LMU Munich/DIJ Tokyo

    July 14, 2020
    Future Visions of a (Digital) Public Sphere:
    Findings from Japan

    Michel Hohendanner, Munich University of Applied Sciences
    Chiara Ullstein, Technical University of Munich

    June 9, 2020
    Towards a Transnational Sexual Field: Male Vietnamese Migrants in Contemporary Japan

    An Huy Tran, University of Duisburg-Essen/Waseda University

    February 27, 2020
    The Last Cowboys of Aso? Problems of Grassland Management in Contemporary Commons - POSTPONED -

    Johannes Wilhelm, Kumamoto University (Kumamoto)

    February 5, 2020
    Assimilation Policies and Ainu Identity
    Questioning Japan's Recognition of the Ainu People as Indigenous

    Uwe Makino, Chuo University (Tokyo)

    January 29, 2020
    Improving Japan’s Disability Employment
    From Separate to Inclusive Workplaces

    Reiko Nishida, PhD, The University of Tokyo

    January 15, 2020
    The new Japanese Fishery Policies between Revitalization and Capitalization

    Susanne Auerbach, German Institute for Japanese Studies


    November 14, 2019
    Political Communication in the Age of New Media - Investigating the Reception of Right-Wing Populist Communication Strategies in the Japanese Blog Scene

    Katharina Dalko, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

    October 29, 2019
    Autism in the Workplace - How the Diagnosis of a Developmental Disorder Affects Employment Situations in Japan

    Charlotte Schaefer, University of Heidelberg

    September 18, 2019
    Shrinking but Happy? Investigating the Interplay of Social and Individual-Level Predictors of Well-Being in Rural Japanese Communities

    Dionyssios Askitis, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    July 10, 2019
    Negotiating Difference: Educational Experiences of Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students in Mainstream Japanese Schools

    Jennifer M. McGuire, Doshisha University

    June 14, 2019
    Local Responses to the Revision of the Seed Law: The Seed Registration System, GMOs and Rice

    Nicole L. Freiner, Bryant University

    June 5, 2019
    Farmers, Local Agency, and the Development of Peri-Urban Spaces

    Aaron Kingsbury, PhD, Maine Maritime Academy

    June 3, 2019
    Technologies of Presence: Modeling Emotion in Robots with Heart

    Daniel White, Freie Universität Berlin & Hirofumi Katsuno, Doshisha University

    May 22, 2019
    Merits and Challenges of Deliberative Democracy in Japan

    Momoyo Hüstebeck, University of Duisburg-Essen

    March 13, 2019
    Autonomy, Belonging and Long-Distance Relationships in Europe and Japan

    Markus Klingel, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences


    December 12, 2018
    “Inner city life, inner city pressure”. Thinking local urban spaces through senses and discourses

    Florian Purkarthofer, University of Vienna

    October 10, 2018
    Sexuality among Marital and Extra-Marital Couple Relationships in Contemporary Japan

    Alice Pacher, Meiji University

    September 26, 2018
    Scientific Advice in Environmental Politics: A Comparative Study of Japanese Policy-Making

    Manuela Hartwig, University of Tsukuba

    July 25, 2018
    Impact of shareholder-value pursuit on labor policies of large companies listed in the Nikkei 400

    Kostiantyn Ovsiannikov, University of Tsukuba

    June 27, 2018
    The Value and Meaning of a “Useless” Robot: An Ethnographic Study of Japanese Communication Robots

    Keiko Nishimura, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    June 13, 2018
    The Role of Mediating Institutions for Brazilian Return Migrants in Japan

    Chaline Timmerarens, Freie Universität Berlin

    January 18, 2018
    Politicians and Bureaucrats in Contemporary Japan: New Twists on a Tumultuous Relationship

    Arnaud Grivaud, French National Institute of Asian Language and Civilisation (INALCO)


    November 9, 2017
    Outgrowing the “triple helix” – The effects of international cooperation on the emergence of Japanese regional high-tech innovation clusters

    Benjamin Rabe, Institute for East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

    October 25, 2017
    School’s out Forever – Examining Career Guidance and Transition Mechanisms at Japanese Senior High Schools

    Vincent Lesch, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    October 20, 2017
    Evolution and Transformations of Japan’s Multilateral Diplomacy

    Sarah Tanke, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    July 19, 2017
    Local Anti-Nuclear Movements in Japan. The Diverging Cases of Maki and Rokkasho

    Tina Hügel, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    June 21, 2017
    "The Slow Way Home: Civic Engagement and Walkability in Japanese Neighbourhoods"

    Leonard Schoppa, University of Virginia

    April 25, 2017
    Culture at work. On the interplay of cultural change and job satisfaction in a Japanese multinational company

    Matthias Huber, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    February 28, 2017
    Are the elderly a cost factor for society or its safety net? A comparison of family regimes and National Transfer Accounts data in Germany and Japan

    Felix Lill, German Institute for Japanese Studies


    November 29, 2016
    Between Nostalgia and Utopia: Alternative Lifestyles in Rural Japan

    Ludgera Lewerich, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    September 21, 2016
    Going Global, but How? Diversity in Transnationalisation Processes of Japanese Labour Activism

    Jan Niggemeier, Freie Universität Berlin

    September 15, 2016
    Disaster, Law and Justice in Japan: In the Tsunami of Debt and Lost Homes

    Julius Weitzdörfer, University of Cambridge

    September 1, 2016
    Managing One’s Own Death: The Shūkatsu Industry and the Enterprising Self in an Ageing Society

    Dorothea Mladenova, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    July 13, 2016
    Logics of Liberalization: Tracing Japan's Trajectory of Socio-Economic Institutional Change

    Stefan Heeb, University of Geneva

    July 6, 2016
    Journalism and Disaster from a Cultural Perspective. A comparative reflection of German and Japanese media reporting on 'Fukushima'

    Florian Meißner, Dortmund Technical University

    June 29, 2016
    Informative Activism and the Blogosphere in Japan after 311

    Natalia Novikova, University of Tsukuba

    May 19, 2016
    Reproductive Decision-Making in Japan’s Low Birth Rate Society: Education about Family Planning and Fertility as a Remedy?

    Isabel Fassbender, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

    March 16, 2016
    Democracy, Diversity, and Disaster Resilience: Towards a Theory of 3-Dimensional (3D) Risk Governance

    Jackie F. Steele, University of Tokyo