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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:

Susanne Brucksch
Sonja Ganseforth
Steffen Heinrich
Hanno Jentzsch
Nora Kottmann
Daniel Kremers


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

February 3, 2016
Language and Institutions: Exploring the Origins of Seniority-Based Hierarchical Relations in Japanese School Club Activities

Zi Wang, University of Duisburg-Essen

January 20, 2016
“Coeds Ruining the Nation”: The Contested Postwar Politics of the Female Student

Chelsea Szendi Schieder, Meiji University


December 9, 2015
Framing and Networks in Japanese Nuclear Power Reporting

Tobias Weiss, German Institute for Japanese Studies

September 30, 2015
Why do the Young Stay? ‘Home-orientation‘ and Social Capital in Okinawa

Adam Jambor, German Institute for Japanese Studies

September 24, 2015
Harmony with Nature? Satoyama Satoumi and Its Impact on Local Communities in Japan

Timo Thelen, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

September 10, 2015
Nuclear Power in Japan after 3/11: An Inconspicuous Transformation

Florentine Koppenborg, Freie Universität Berlin

July 22, 2015
Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and NPOs: The Case of Food Banks in Japan

Nadine Vogel, German Institute for Japanese Studies

June 24, 2015
A New Dawn for Direct Democracy in Japan? Action and Mobilization Strategies of a Grassroots Movement

May 26, 2015
Deceleration: Phenomena and discourses in present-day Japan from cultural and literary perspectives

Evelyn Schulz, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich

May 20, 2015
Is Japan Transforming into a “Leisure Society”? Investigating Changes in Work and Leisure Values

Simon Essler, German Institute for Japanese Studies

April 15, 2015
From Solidaristic to Neoliberal Values? Responses to Income Inequality in Japan, Germany, Sweden, and the US

Nate Breznau, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)

Carola Hommerich, German Institute for Japanese Studies

March 18, 2015
The Art of Living– Disaster Experience and Emotions in Artist`s Biographies in Contemporary Japan

Wiebke Grimmig, German Institute for Japanese Studies

February 4, 2015
How to Analyze the Distribution of Risks? Social Inequality Theory Re-Visited

Kenji Kawabata, University of Tokyo


December 3, 2014
North Korea and the Evolution of Japan’s Post-Cold War National Security Policy

Sebastian Maslow, German Institute for Japanese Studies

November 5, 2014
Nationalism in Okinawa. Case Study of the Futenma base relocation

Ra Mason, University of Central Lancashire

September 24, 2014
Augmented Reality – Stakeholders of a new technology

Sarah Jacoby, German Institute for Japanese Studies

July 23, 2014
The Challenge of ´Work-Food-Balance´: Working Mothers and their familial Meal-Supply Strategies

Stefanie Reitzig, German Institute for Japanese Studies

July 2, 2014
Japan’s Single Women and the Disembedding Economic System

Kumiko Endo, The New School for Social Research, New York

June 4, 2014
Meanings of graduate education for women in Japan: A study of University of Tokyo Alumnae in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Yuki Yamamoto, University of Wisconsin-Madison

May 14, 2014
The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement – Mobilization Processes After Fukushima

Anna Wiemann, German Institute for Japanese Studies