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Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt
Literature and Media
(Researchers, April 1, 2008 - September 30, 2013)

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt received her PhD from the University of Trier for a thesis on the performative construction of gender and ethnic identity in the literary works and media representations of zainichi Korean author Yû Miri. Before coming to the DIJ in 2008, she worked as research and teaching assistant at the Department for Japanese studies at Trier. In her current project she uses a cultural studies approach to analyze popular culture discourses about Japan as a “society of widening gaps” (kakusa shakai). A second project deals with representations of (late) marriage and happiness in TV dorama.

Current DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

Negotiating Nuclear Disaster: Cultural Representations of “Fukushima”

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Imaging the Lost Generation: Representations of Japan’s “Unequal Society” in Popular Culture Media

Great East Japan Earthquake