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Dolf-Alexander Neuhaus

Dolf-Alexander Neuhaus
Modern History of Japan and East Asia
Since February 2024

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Since February 2024, I have been a senior research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), where I work in the research field “Japan in transregional perspective”. Prior to this, I completed a master’s degree in Japanese Studies and History at the Free University of Berlin and defended my Ph.D. thesis in January 2022 titled “Entangled Asia: Korean Exchange Students and Japanese Protestants, 1880-1923”. In my thesis, I analyze the impact of Korean students in Japan and their integration into Protestant and liberal networks, considering global historical entanglements and postcolonial approaches. While pursuing my PhD, scholarships from the DAAD and TIFO funded several research stays as visiting researcher at the universities of Tokyo, Tsukuba and Yonsei (Seoul). From 2011 to 2015, I worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Japanese Studies at Free University Berlin and subsequently at the Korean Studies program at Goethe University Frankfurt.

My research interests include the modern history of Japan and Korea and their transregional entanglements with Asia, the history of education and the history of Christianity in Asia. At the German Institute for Japanese Studies, I conduct research on Japanese development aid projects and on the dissemination and adaptation of technical education and assistance in Asia, which I examine in relation to changing discourses on Asia in Japan during and after the Cold War.

Current DIJ Projects

Transforming Empire: Japanese technical assistance and education in postwar Asia