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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
    Nora Kottmann


    July 22, 2009
    Equality-oriented policies in Japan

    Dan Tidten, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    April 1, 2009
    Playing Education Markets: Small Juku Operators, Ideology, and Resistance

    Julian Dierkes, University of British Columbia

    March 11, 2009
    Civil Society Activities and the Social Integration of Immigrants: Juxtaposing Beppu and Halle

    Frauke Kempka, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

    February 25, 2009
    Making Careers in the Occupational Niche: Chinese Students in Corporate Japan’s Transnational Business

    Gracia Liu-Farrer, Ochanomizu University

    January 28, 2009
    Governing Beyond the Center: How Japan’s Local Democracy is Changing

    Carmen Schmidt, Osnabrück University


    December 10, 2008
    Aiming for Gender Equality: Strategies of Policy Implementation in Japanese Prefectures

    Phoebe Stella Holdgrün, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    October 29, 2008
    After the Trials: War Criminals and Social Integration in 1950s Japan and Germany

    Franziska Seraphim, Boston College

    September 10, 2008
    Better late than never! Making Sense of Japan’s (belated) accession to the International Criminal Court

    Kerstin Lukner, Duisburg-Essen University

    July 23, 2008
    The Role of Social, not Physical, Infrastructure: Civil Society and Post-Disaster Recovery

    Daniel P. Aldrich, Purdue University

    June 18, 2008
    Reinventing Culinary Heritage in Northern Japan: Slow Food and ‘Traditional Vegetables’

    Stephanie Assmann, Tohoku University, Sendai

    May 28, 2008
    Ikebana, Gender and International Identity

    Nancy Stalker, University of Texas, Austin

    April 23, 2008
    Apron-Advocacy for the Good of the Nation State? Patterns of Political Participation among Nationalist Women in Contemporary Japan

    Kimiko Osawa, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    March 19, 2008
    Intercultural Synergizers or Lost in Translation? American-Japanese Coworker Relations

    Adam Komisarof, International Christian University (ICU)

    February 20, 2008
    Defying predictions: Germany and Japan as regional actors in the post-Cold War era

    Alexandra Wittig, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    January 30, 2008
    Competition and Regulatory Politics in Japan’s Newspaper Market

    Falk Schäfer, Free University of Berlin


    December 12, 2007
    “I did not know how to tell my parents, so I thought I would have to have an abortion” – A study of unwed mothers in Japan -

    Ekaterina Korobtseva, University of Oxford

    October 31, 2007
    The politics of flexible labour markets in Germany and Japan: Evaluating the impact of globalisation on national social policy

    Steffen Heinrich, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    September 19, 2007
    The other demographic time bomb: Japan's last generation of witnesses to war and its fading message

    Andrew Conning, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

    August 22, 2007
    Military History and Memories in Japan's Post War Armed Forces

    André Hertrich, Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps-University Marburg

    July 25, 2007
    The national rate of (re)production: gendered discourse in Japanese policy-making

    Sherry L. Martin, Cornell University

    June 4, 2007
    “Natural Principles of Law?” Reformist Governors Redefine the Local Sphere

    Kate Dunlop, Sophia University

    May 23, 2007
    Multicultural Coexistence: Japanese Roadmaps to a more inclusive and pluralistic society?

    Stephen Robert Nagy, Waseda University

    April 18, 2007
    Freeter and “Generation Praktikum” - Changing attitudes towards working life in Germany and Japan

    Carola Hommerich, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    March 7, 2007
    Civic Engagement and Postwar Reconstruction in Japan

    Rieko Kage, Kobe University

    February 21, 2007
    Migration and Citizenship in Japan

    Kristin Surak, University of California at Los Angeles / Atsuko Abe, Obirin University

    January 24, 2007
    Backgrounds and Beyond: Identity Management Among Minority Youth

    Christopher Bondy, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University


    July 19, 2006
    What role for women in shaping Japanese social policies?

    Patricia Boling, Purdue University

    July 5, 2006
    Japan's National Security Debate in the wake of 9/11: Same Old, Same New?

    Susanne Klien, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    June 7, 2006
    Business Associations in Japan – A network perspective on inter-personal exchange

    Andreas Schaumayer, Waseda University

    May 24, 2006
    Coffee, Culture, and the Ethnicity of Migration

    Mariko Iijima, University of Oxford

    March 29, 2006
    Japanese Americans living in Japan: national and ethnic identity formation in the ancestral homeland

    Jane H. Yamashiro, University of Hawai’i

    March 1, 2006
    Getting smart by napping in class – Social and cultural aspects of sleeping in the Japanese classroom

    Brigitte Steger, Vienna University


    December 14, 2005
    The end of LDP factionalism? Examining the decline since 1992

    Thomas Büttner, University of Heidelberg

    October 19, 2005
    The LDP at 50: Power Resources and Perspectives of Japan's Dominant Political Party

    Patrick Köllner, Institute of Asian Affairs/German Overseas Institute, Hamburg

    June 1, 2005
    Building Parents of the Future: Japanese Policies to Boost the Birthrate

    Liv Coleman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    April 27, 2005
    Slipping Through the Net: Regulation of Online Election Campaigns

    Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki, Tsukuba University

    March 29, 2005
    A Glimpse at Language Endangerment in Okinawa

    Masayuki Onishi, University of Sydney

    March 9, 2005
    Gained in Translation: An Interpretation of Japanese Women’s Mid-life Health Strategies

    Jan Zeserson, Cornell University, USA

    February 9, 2005
    Postwar Democracy in Japan as a Set of Stable Disequilibria

    Anja Osiander, Visiting Scholar, Osaka University School of Law


    December 8, 2004
    Activating the Self-Defence Forces: The Rise of the Positive Military Norm in Japan's Security Policy after the Cold War

    Hiromi Nagata, SOAS, London University

    June 30, 2004
    Explaining Japanese Foreign Policy on Whaling

    Roger Smith, Oxford University / Tokyo University

    May 19, 2004
    Japanese youth crime policy today

    Manuel Metzler, Daito Bunka Daigaku

    February 25, 2004
    Restoring the "Normal Nation": Japan's Changing International Environment and the Conservative Revolution in Foreign Policy at the Beginning of the 21st Century

    Axel Karpenstein, German Institute for Japanese Studies

    January 28, 2004
    Leaders, Politics and Summits: Japanese Prime Ministers at the G7, 1979–83

    H.D.P. Envall, Hitotsubashi University and University of Melbourne


    November 26, 2003
    Modernizing State Finances in the Meiji Period: Tajiri Inajiro (1850-1923)

    Katalin Ferber

    October 9, 2003
    Segregation in a "Homogeneous" City: Tokyo and the New Debate on Fragmenting Urban Societies

    Ralph Lützeler, Bonn University

    September 24, 2003
    The Unfreezing of the Japanese Party System: From Alignment to Dealignment

    Carmen Schmidt, Hitotsubashi University

    September 10, 2003
    Whither the Red Queen: Institutional Co-Evolution in Political Science

    Daniel P. Aldrich, Harvard University / University of Tokyo

    July 16, 2003
    Contesting Peace at Yasukuni Shrine

    Brian J. Masshardt, University of Hawaii

    June 27, 2003
    Foreign Domestic Workers Under Japan's "Closed-Door" Immigration Policy

    Brenda Resurecion Tiu Tenegra, Ochanomizu University