Carolin Fleischer-Heininger joined the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo as a Senior Research Fellow in October 2023.
She holds a master’s degree in theater studies from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), where she also completed her PhD in Japanese studies with a dissertation on constructions of post-war Japan in literary, dramatic and cinematic works by Terayama Shūji. She received doctoral research grants from the DIJ and the DFG. Before joining the DIJ, she worked as a research associate at LMU’s Japan Center.
Her research focuses on literature and culture in Japan since the post-war period. She is particularly interested in notions of socio-cultural difference as well as in modernization and globalization as an individual experience.
At the DIJ, she works on representations of disabilities in contemporary Japanese literature.