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Barbara Geilhorn

Barbara Geilhorn
Japanese Cultural Studies, Theater and Performance Studies
Since October 2018

geilhorn@dijtokyo.org

Barbara Geilhorn has received her doctoral degree with a thesis on female professional Noh and Kyogen performers from the beginnings to the present. She has participated in various international projects on Japanese culture and theater and held doctoral scholarships from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Institute of Japanese Studies. Before joining the DIJ, Barbara was a JSPS postdoctoral researcher based at Waseda University and worked as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, at Free University Berlin and at the University of Trier. Barbara has published widely on cultural representations of the Fukushima disaster, negotiations of gender and power in classical Japanese culture, and stagings of contemporary society in Japanese performance. Her most recent project investigates how the multiple challenges faced by the Japanese regions are addressed in the arts. Publications include the co-edited book ‘Fukushima’ and the Arts – Negotiating Nuclear Disaster (with Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Routledge 2017) and “Local Theater Responding to a Global Issue – 3/11 seen from Japan’s Periphery” (Japan Review 2017: 31).

Professional Services / Activities:

  • Since October 2018 co-organizer (with Isaac Gagné) of the “History and Humanities Study Group”, German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo
  • Convenor of the Performing Arts Section at the 14th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies in Lisbon, August 30 – September 2, 2017
  • Co-organizer of Art and Society in Contemporary Japan: The Theater of Okada Toshiki (with Prof. Dr. Eckersall, City University of New York, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Regelsberger, University of Trier), August 5-6, 2016 https://www.uni-trier.de/index.php?id=59905&L=2
  • Organizer of the workshop Catastrophe, Mourning, and Social Critique – Japanese Theater after ‘Fukushima’ at the Institute of Japanese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, April 23, 2013
  • Convenor of the Performing Arts Section at the 15th German-speaking Japanese Studies Conference in Zurich, August 28-30, 2012
  • Co-organizer of Noh Theater Transversal. Crossing Borders between Genres, Cultures and Identities; International Symposium at University of Trier (Germany), April 2-4, 2006 (with Stanca Scholz-Cionca, Christopher Balme and Eike Grossmann)
  • Co-organizer of Interdependencies of Ethnicity and Gender (Verhandeln, Verwandeln, Verwirren: Interdependenzen von Ethnizität und Geschlecht); Interdisciplinary Conference at University of Trier, November 12-14, 2004

Referee for peer-reviewed journals:

DIJ Projects

Local Issues Take Stage – Culture and Community Revitalization

The Future of Local Communities in Japan - Risks and Opportunities in the Face of Multiple Challenges

Memberships

Selected Publications

Books

2011
Weibliche Spielräume. Frauen im japanischen Nō- und Kyōgen-Theater [Female Spaces – Women in Japanese Nō and Kyōgen Theater]. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. 258 p.

Editorship

2017
[With: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina] ‘Fukushima’ and the Arts – Negotiating Disaster. Routledge.
2012
[With: Grossmann, Eike; Miura Hiroko; Eckersall, Peter] Enacting Culture – Japanese Theater in Historical and Modern Contexts. München: iudicium Verlag.
2012
[With: Grossmann, Eike; Miura Hiroko; Eckersall, Peter] Enacting Culture – Japanese Theater in Historical and Modern Contexts. München: iudicium Verlag.
2012
[With: Grossmann, Eike; Miura, Hiroko; Eckersall, Peter] Enacting Culture. Japanese Theater in Historical and Modern Contexts. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. 313 p.

Articles

2017
Local Theater Responding to a Global Issue – 3/11 seen from Japan’s Periphery
In: Japan Review. pp. 123-39.
2017
Women in a Man’s World – Gender and Power in Japanese Noh Theater
In: Madhavan, Arya (Ed.) Women in Asian Performance – Aesthetics and Politics. Routledge. pp. 28-38.
2017
Challenging Reality with Fiction – Imagining Alternative Readings of Japanese Society in Post-Fukushima Theater
In: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina; Geilhorn, Barbara (Ed.) ‘Fukushima’ and the Arts – Negotiating Disaster. Routledge. pp. 162-176.
2017
[With: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina] Introduction
In: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina; Geilhorn, Barbara (Ed.) ‘Fukushima’ and the Arts – Negotiating Disaster. Routledge. pp. 1-20.
2016
Lehrer, Schüler, praktizierendes Publikum – Interdependenzen, Weitergabe von tradiertem Wissen und Inszenierung von Autorität im japanischen Nō-Theater [Teachers, Students, Lay Practitioners – Interdependencies, Transmission of Knowledge and Authority in Japanese Noh Theater]
In: Renger, Almut-Barbara and Lee-Kalisch, Jeong-hee (Ed.) Meister und Schüler. Master and Disciple: Tradition, Transfer, Transformation. Weimar: VDG. pp. 251-64.
2016
Women in Noh
In: Salz, Jonah (Ed.) A History of Japanese Theater. Cambridge University Press. pp. 43-44.
2015
From Private zashiki to the Public Stage – Female Spaces in Early 20th Century Noh
In: Asian Theatre Journal 32.2. pp. 440-63.
2014
Japanisches Theater zwischen Gesellschaftskritik und Traumaverarbeitung – Reaktionen auf die Dreifach-Katastrophe in Tokyo und Tōhoku [Japanese Theater Between Social Critique and Trauma Processing – Responses to the Triple Disaster from Tokyo and Tōhoku]
In: Gebhardt, Lisette and Schulz, Evelyn (Ed.) Neue Konzepte japanischer Literatur? Nationalliteratur, literarischer Kanon und die Literaturtheorie. Referate des 15. Deutschsprachigen Japanologentags – Literatur II. Berlin: EB Verlag. pp. 203-222.
2013
Zwischen Bodytalk und Sozialkritik – Okada Toshikis super-reale Inszenierungen des japanischen Alltags [Between Body Talk and Social Critique – Okada Toshikis’ Super-real Stagings of Everyday Life in Japan]
In: Entfesselte Welt(en)? – Erlösungs- und Untergangsszenarien im modernen Theater Ostasiens. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 73-86.
2012
Innovationspotential und Selbstinszenierungsstrategien von Kultfiguren des modernen Nō am Beispiel von Kanze Hisao, Umewaka Rokurō und Ōkura Shōnosuke [Innovation Potential and Self-dramatization of Iconic Figures in Modern Noh Theater, Using Kanze Hisao, Umewaka Rokurō and Ōkura Shōnosuke as Examples]
In: Stanca Scholz-Cionca (Ed.) Beiträge des 14. Japanologentags in Halle, NOAG (Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens) 187/188. pp. 5-17.
2012
[With: Grossmann, Eike] Preface
In: Grossmann, Eike; Miura Hiroko; Eckersall, Peter (Ed.) Enacting Culture – Japanese Theater in Historical and Modern Contexts. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 9-12.
2012
[With: Grossmann, Eike] Introduction
In: Grossmann, Eike; Miura Hiroko; Eckersall, Peter; Geilhorn, Barbara (Ed.) Enacting Culture – Japanese Theater in Historical and Modern Contexts. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 13-24.
2012
Performing Social Criticism in Contemporary Japanese Theater – Okada Toshiki’s Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, And the Farewell Speech and Five Days in March
In: Grossmann, Eike; Miura Hiroko; Eckersall, Peter; Geilhorn, Barbara (Ed.) Enacting Culture – Japanese Theater in Historical and Modern Contexts. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 251-263.
2008
Between Self-Empowerment and Discrimination – Women in Noh Today
In: Scholz-Cionca, Stanca; Balme, Christopher (Ed.) Proceedings of the International Symposium „Nô Theatre Transversal. Crossing Borders between Genres, Cultures and Identities”.
2005
Frauen und das Nō der Meiji-Zeit – Vom Zeitvertreib höherer Töchter zum körperlich-geistigen Schulungsprogramm der japanischen Staatsbürgerin [Women and Noh in the Meiji Period – From a Pastime for Young Ladies to a Method for Training the Body and Soul of Japanese Women]
In: NOAG (Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens) 177/178. pp. 237-253.
2005
Frauen auf dem Weg zur Bühne. Modernisierungstendenzen im japanischen Theater (Women Entering the Stage. Modernisation in Japanese Theatre)
In: Graduiertenkolleg ’Identität und Differenz’; Geilhorn, Barbara (Ed.) Ethnizität und Geschlecht: (Post-)koloniale Verhandlungen in Geschichte, Kunst und Medien (Gender and Ethnicity: (Post-)Colonial Negotiations in History, Art and Media). Köln: Böhlau. pp. 281-298.

Other Articles

2011
Frauenrolle im Falsett: Lange vor Europa entdeckte das Theater in Japan raffinierte Bühneneffekte in der Kunst des Kabuki. Das Masken-Theater des Nō hat westliche Regisseure inspiriert [Female Role in Falsetto: Kabuki theater in Japan used special stage effects long before they were known in Europe. The mask drama of Noh inspired western stage directors]
In: Spiegel Geschichte 5/2011. pp. 128-130.
2008
(transl.) Oda Sachiko: Features of Modern Noh: Staging shinsaku-nō
In: Scholz-Cionca, Stanca; Balme, Christopher (Ed.) Noh Theater Transversal. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 99-105.
2005
[With: Stanca Scholz-Cionca, Oshikiri Hōko, Takemoto Mikio, Hirabayashi Kazunari, Eguchi Fumie, Kikuchi Kōsuke, Satō Kazumichi, Kanda Yūko and Yamamoto Hiroki] Digital Research Guide to the Journal Nōgaku (1902-1921)
In: http://www.enpaku.waseda.ac.jp/db/nogaku/.

Academic Awards

2018: Awarded the 13th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship (declined)

2016: Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016: Japan Foundation Intellectual Exchange Conferences Grant (FY 2016-2017): Art and Society in Contemporary Japan: The Theater of Okada Toshiki at the University of Trier (with Prof. Dr. Eckersall, City University of New York, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Regelsberger, University of Trier)

2014 – 2016: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

2014 – 2016: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant-In-Aid

2006 – 2007: German Institute for Japanese Studies Doctoral Grant

2003 – 2006: German Research Foundation (DFG) Doctoral Grant

1997 – 1998: Association of International Education (AIEJ, Japan), Post-graduate Scholarship

Teaching

Spring term 2017
Advanced B.A. course: Culture and Catastrophe: Japanese Culture Responding to Disaster
Introductory B.A. course: Introduction to Japanese Studies
Introductory B.A. course: Film and Society (co-teaching)
School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

Fall term 2013/2014
M.A. course: Theories and Discourses in Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Spring term 2013
Intermediate B.A. course: Catastrophe in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature, Theater and Popular Culture
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Fall term 2012/2013
Introductory B.A. course: Introduction to the History of Japanese Literature and Culture
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Spring term 2012
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Fall term 2011/2012
Introductory B.A. course: Introduction to the History of Japanese Literature and Culture
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Spring term 2011
Intermediate B.A. course: Travel in Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Fall term 2010/11
M.A. course: Intertextuality in Japanese Literature and Theater Asia Africa Institute, University of Hamburg
Introductory B.A. course: Introduction to the History of Japanese Literature and Culture Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin
Asia Africa Institute, University of Hamburg / Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Spring term 2010
Introductory B.A. course: Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Fall 2009/10
Intermediate B.A. course: Japanese Theater – Past and Present
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin

Spring term 2009
Introductory B.A. course: Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin
M.A. course: Constructions of Gender in Modern Japan: Literature, Theater, Dorama
M.A. practical course: Constructions of Gender in Modern Japan: Literature, Theater, Dorama (focused on reading texts in Japanese)
M.A. course: Reading Japanese Texts
Institute for Japanese Studies, Free University Berlin / Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Trier

Fall term 2008/09
Advanced B.A. course: Nihonjinron
Intermediate B.A. course: Translation (Japanese-German) (Group A)
Intermediate B.A. course: Translation (Japanese-German) (Group B)
Intermediate B.A. course: Japanese Grammar, Level III (Group A)
Intermediate B.A. course: Japanese Grammar, Level III (Group B)
Intermediate B.A. course: Japanese Grammar, Level III (Group C)
Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Trier

Presentations

June 22, 2018
3.11 in a Global Perspective – Setoyama Misaki’s Recontextualization of a German Novel for the Japanese Stage. Conference „Literature after 3.11 Today”, INALCO (Paris).

March 16, 2018
The Theatre of Okada Toshiki in the Context of (Self)censorship in the Arts and Beyond. Workshop „Art, Politics and Censorship in Japan and Beyond“, Norwich.

September 27, 2017
Verarbeitung von Traumata im japanischen Dokumentartheater nach der Dreifachkatastrophe von Fukushima [Fukushima-Discourses – The Triple Disaster in Japanese Literature and Theater]. Symposium „Die Verarbeitung von Katastrophen und Traumata in Literatur und fiktionalen Medienproduktionen” at the University of Vienna.

July 21, 2017
Chernobyl in Post-‘Fukushima’ Japanese Theater. 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 10) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

June 10, 2017
Japan in Asia – Japanese-Korean Relations Stage. 2nd Irish Association for Asian Studies International Conference (IAAS) in Cork.

June 1, 2017
Processing Trauma in Japanese Theater Responding to ‘3.11’. Tanaka Symposium in Japanese Studies (Literature after 3.11), University of Oxford.

March 8, 2017
Processing Trauma, Emotional Healing and Social Criticism: Japanese Theater after ‘Fukushima’. East Asian Studies Research Seminar Series at the University of Manchester.

September 7, 2016
A Multifaceted Fukushima—Conflicting Images of the Loved Homeland in Ōnobu Pelican’s Kiruannya to Uko-san. Joint East Asian Studies Conference at SOAS, University of London.

August 7, 2016
Socio-political Potentialities in the Theater of Okada Toshiki – An Analysis of Two Post-‘Fukushima’ Plays. Symposium „Art and Society in Contemporary Japan: The Theater of Okada Toshiki” at Trier University.

August 30, 2015
Local Theater Responding to a Global Issue – 3.11 seen from Japan’s Periphery. Performance Studies International (PSI), Aomori.

June 23, 2015
Post-‘Fukushima’ Theater between Emotional Healing and Nuclear Criticism. panel „Commemoration, Catharsis, Critique – Asian Theater and Film Responding to Disaster“, Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Asia Conference, Taipeh.

March 28, 2015
Theater as a Space of Memory and Mourning in North Eastern Japan. panel „Memorializing Nuclear Disaster – Negotiating Hiroshima, Nagasaki and ‘Fukushima’ in Japanese Culture”, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (AAS) in Chicago.

March 3, 2015
Man and Nature in Post-Fukushima Performance – Documentary Theater from North Eastern Japan. Symposium „Rethinking Nature: Facing the Crisis in Contemporary Japan“, Venice.

September 4, 2014
Japanese Theater After 3.11 – Theatrical Positions from the Disaster Stricken Area. Symposium „Gambarou Nippon – Imagi(ni)ng Japan post 3/11“, The School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

August 29, 2014
Challenging Reality with Fiction – Imagining Alternative Readings of Japanese Society in Post-‘Fukushima’ Theater. 14th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, Ljubljana.

March 31, 2014
On the Dialectics of Living in a Time of Crisis – Okada Toshiki’s Genzaichi (Current Location). Symposium „Catastrophe and Aesthetics: The Arts after ‘Fukushima’” at the Donald Keene Centre of Japanese Culture, Columbia University, New York.

March 30, 2014
Representing ‘Fukushima’ in Contemporary Japanese Theater: Okada Toshiki’s Genzaichi (Current Location). panel „Cultural Representations of ‘Fukushima’ in Literature, Popular Culture and the Arts”, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (AAS) in Philadelphia.

September 14, 2013
From Private zashiki to the Public Stage – Female Spaces in Early 20th Century Noh, Panel „(Radical) Degenerate Bodies and Spaces in Noh, Butoh, and Performance Art by Japanese Women. Women in Asian Theater Symposium at the School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln (UK).

July 23, 2013
Imagining ‘Fukushima’ in recent plays by Okada Toshiki and Nakatsuru Akihito, Panel „Imagining ‘Fukushima’ – Theatrical Responses to the Triple Disaster“. International Federation for Theater Research (FIRT/IFTR) Annual Conference in Barcelona.

April 23, 2013
Between Trauma Processing and Social Critique – Theatrical Positions after the Triple Disaster. workshop „Catastrophe, Mourning, and Social Critique – Japanese Theater after ‘Fukushima’“, Free University Berlin.

April 4, 2013
Chair and panelist in the Symposium „Rethinking Dumb Type and the Birth of New Media Dramaturgy“. International Research Centre Interweaving Performance Cultures, Free University, Berlin.

January 19, 2013
Liebestod auf Japanisch [Love Suicide in Japanese]. Sophie Charlotte-Salon, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin.

October 4, 2012
Negotiating Nuclear Disaster – Japanese Theater after ‘3.11’. Humanities Studies Group, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo.

August 25, 2011
Contemporary Japanese Theater as a Space for Developing Fresh Approaches to Noh. 13th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), Tallinn.

August 10, 2011
Performing Social Criticism in Contemporary Japanese Theater; Association for Asian Performance (AAP). 11th Annual Conference, Chicago.

June 16, 2011
Female Spaces – Gender Practice and Discourse in Japanese Noh Theater. Interweaving Performance Cultures International Research Centre, Free University Berlin.

June 17, 2010
Frauen in der Männerwelt des Nō– Forschungsfragen und Perspektiven [Women in the Male Domain of Noh – Research Questions and Perspectives]. Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

May 28, 2010
Zwischen Bodytalk und Sozialkritik – Okada Toshikis super-reale Inszenierungen des japanischen Alltags [Between Bodytalk and Social Criticism– Okada Toshiki‘s Super-real Stagings of Japanese Everyday Life]. Symposium “Entfesselte Welt(en)? – Erlösungs- und Untergangsszenarien im modernen Theater Ostasiens”, Goethe University, Frankfurt.

April 25, 2010
Meister, Schüler, praktizierendes Publikum – Interdependenzen, Weitergabe von tradiertem Wissen und Inszenierung von Autorität im japanischen Nō-Theater [Master, Students, Audience – Interdependencies, Transmission of Knowledge, Negotiating Authority in Noh Theater]. Workshop: “Meister-Schüler-Beziehungen im interdisziplinären Diskurs Teil II Wissenschaften und Künste”, Free University Berlin.

November 28, 2009
The Ocean Betrayed – Mishima Yukios Gogo no eikō as Opera. Symposium “Japanese Theater Transcultural: German and Italian Perspectives” at University of Trier.

September 20, 2008
Female Performers of Kyōgen – The Special Case of Izumi Junko and Miyake Tōkurō X. 12th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), Lecce.

March 2, 2006
Between Self-Empowerment and Discrimination – Women in Noh Today. lecture and live demonstration with Uzawa Hisa, part of the International Symposium “Nō Theater Transversal. Crossing Borders between Genres, Cultures and Identities”, Trier.

September 1, 2005
Challenging the Male Domain: Female Nō-Performers in Present Day Japan. 11th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, Vienna.

Curriculum Vitae


Since 2018
Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo

Since 2016
Adjunct Researcher at the Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum of Waseda University

2017
Lecturer in Japanese Cultural Studies, University of Manchester, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

2016
Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures“, Free University Berlin

2014 – 2016
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Researcher at Waseda University, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences

2009 –2014
Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Free University Berlin, Department of History and Cultural Studies

Fall Term 2010/11
Lectureship in Japanese Studies at the Asian-African Institute, University of Hamburg

2007 – 2009
Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Trier

12/2008
Ph.D. in Japanese Studies at University of Trier, Title of dissertation: Performing Gender on Stage from a New Perspective – Female Spaces in the Male Dominated World of Japanese Nō and Kyōgen Theater

2006 – 2007
Doctoral Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo

2005 – 2006
Lectureship at the Department of Law, University of Trier

2005 – 2006
Assistant professor (per pro) at the Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Trier

2003 – 2006
German Research Foundation Doctoral Research Fellow at the “Identity and Difference. Gender Constructions and Interculturality (18th-21st Century)” Graduate College (University of Trier)

Summer Term 2005
Lectureship at the Institute of Theater Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Fall Term 2003/04
Research stay at Waseda University, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences

2003 – 2007
Member of the research project “Between Self-images and the Foreign Gaze: Nō Theater in the Age of Internationalization”, a cooperation between the Institute of Japanese Studies (University of Trier) and the Institute of Theater Studies (University of Mainz)

2001 – 2003
Member of the project team to create a digital research guide to the journal Nōgaku (1902-1921), a cooperation between the Institute of Japanese Studies (University of Trier, Germany) and the Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum (Waseda University)

2000
Magistra Artium in Japanese Studies at Free University Berlin, Title of thesis: The Gods of Happiness in Kyōgen – Ethnological and Religiohistorical Aspects of Godplays in Early Kyōgen

1999
B.A. in German Literature at Free University Berlin

1997 – 1998
Study at Waseda University (Association of International Education, Japan, Post-graduate Scholarship)

1997
B.A. in Art History at Free University Berlin