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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
    Celia Spoden


    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

    Juliane Schulz, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg/DIJ

    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

    April 2, 2014
    Japan’s Official Development Assistance: Strategies in Changing National and Global Contexts

    Raymond Yamamoto, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    March 5, 2014
    A Swallow Does Not Make a Summer, Or Why Japan May Not Quite Be Germany When It Comes to Renewables

    February 19, 2014
    New Approaches to Elderly Care and Senior Citizens Engagement

    Sebastian Hofstetter, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    Inger M. Bachmann, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    February 13, 2014
    The Impact of 3-11 on Japanese Public Opinion toward Energy

    Paul Midford, University for Science and Technology, Trondheim

    January 29, 2014
    Gender socialization at primary school in contemporary Japan

    Aline Henninger, INALCO, Waseda University


    November 27, 2013
    The Political Discourse of Regional Disparity in Japan: 1993-2013

    Ken Victor Leonard Hijino, Keio University

    October 30, 2013
    Ikumen Generation – Support Networks for Japanese Fathers

    Tabea Bienek, Free University Berlin

    September 25, 2013
    Shadow Education in Japan: the Juku-Phenomenon

    Steve R. Entrich, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    September 18, 2013
    The Absence of Armed Conflict in the East China Sea

    Roland Löchli, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    June 26, 2013
    How Wars Create Welfare: The Pacific War and Social Policy-Making in Japan

    Anna K. Skarpelis, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    June 12, 2013
    Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan

    Leslie Helm, Seattle Business Magazine

    March 13, 2013
    Political Shocks and their Effects on Japan-China Economic Relations – The Senkaku-Dispute of 2010 and 2012

    Franziska Schultz, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    February 20, 2013
    Social Democracy in Japan – What’s Left?

    Felix Spremberg, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    January 23, 2013
    Japan’s search for security: Building ‘strategic partnerships’ in the Asia-Pacific

    Thomas S. Wilkins, University of Sydney


    December 19, 2012
    Civil-Military Relations in Japan - From Ignorance to Embrace?

    Simon Schwenke, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    November 14, 2012
    Fiji Islanders in Japan: Transnational Ties and Ideas of Community in a Micro-Migrant Group

    Dominik Schieder, Hitotsubashi University

    October 31, 2012
    Football fandom in Japan. An ethnographic study

    Martin Lieser, University of Bonn

    October 10, 2012
    Housewives and Salarymen in Post-bubble Japan: A Changing Gender Contract?

    Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Tel Aviv University

    June 27, 2012
    Better Half: Political Candidacy and the Electoral Role of the Spouse in Japan

    Dyron Dabney, Albion College, Michigan

    May 30, 2012
    Why Japan's "Agile Youth" Will Lead Social Innovation in East Asia: New Possibilities & Outstanding Challenges

    Tuukka Toivonen, University of Oxford

    March 19, 2012
    Mapping Descent, Reconciling with the Past: Half-Japanese Descendants visiting their Fatherland

    Eveline Buchheim, National Institute for War-, Holocaust- and Genocide Studies (NIOD), Amsterdam

    February 29, 2012
    Continuity and Transformation of Cultural Distinction in Contemporary Japan - The Case of Classical Music Fans and Architects

    Yuki Fukiage and Jun Matsumura, Kwansei Gakuin University

    February 8, 2012
    Urban-Rural Relations in Contemporary Japan

    Hiroe Kihara and Chika Sano, Kwansei Gakuin University

    January 25, 2012
    The Project "Healthy Japan 21" and the Japanese Health Promotion Law

    Thomas Hüllein, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    January 11, 2012
    The People's Post Office: The History and Politics of the Japanese Postal System, 1871-2010

    Patricia L. Maclachlan, University of Texas at Austin


    December 21, 2011
    Protecting Biodiversity: Global Challenges at the National Level

    Asuka Ashida, Technical University Munich

    October 19, 2011
    Are We in Control of Our Choices? Organ Donation in Japan and Germany

    Stefan Roesner, University of Bonn

    June 8, 2011
    Sexile to the Promised Land: Japanese Gay Migration to North America

    Kunisuke Hirano, University of Tokyo


    November 24, 2010
    Japan’s Policymaking System under the DPJ: Towards Westminster-Style Government?

    Patrick Köllner, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

    September 29, 2010
    ‘Modern’ Labels and ‘Postmodern’ Roleplaying? Stereotyping the ‘otaku’ vs. learning from the stranger

    Björn-Ole Kamm, German Institute for Japanese Studies