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    DIJ Method Talks

    May 26, 2021 – March 30, 2023

    This lecture series is part of our research cluster Methods and Methodologies. Researchers from all disciplines of the social sciences give talks on methods and methodological questions regarding their research on, in and beyond Japan – or Japan in a global or transnational context. They discuss ‘classic’ methodological approaches and questions as well as new approaches, challenges and trends. Topics addressed include: doing qualitative research in times of social distancing, mixed methods research, gender sensitive methods/research, the impact of the digital transformation on methods, research in times of increasingly competitive university/academic labor conditions, methods in inter- or transdisciplinary research etc.

    Join us to discuss these and further issues with internationally established scholars!

    The DIJ Method Talks are part of the DIJ Social Science Study Group, a forum for scholars conducting research on contemporary Japan. Meetings are open to speakers from all disciplines of the social sciences. The events are open to all.


    March 30, 2023
    Patchwork Ethnography: Interpenetrations of the Personal and the Professional in Research

    Chika Watanabe, University of Manchester


    September 22, 2022
    Using Delphi Survey to Predict how Technology May Transform Unpaid Domestic Work

    Lulu Shi, Oxford University and Nobuko Nagase, Ochanomizu University

    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’

    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