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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Ronald Saladin

Literature Studies, Media Studies, Popular Culture, Gender Studies
Since August 2016
(Senior Research Fellows, August 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017)

saladin@dijtokyo.org

Ronald Saladin studied Japanese Studies, Sociology and German Literature at the University of Trier. In 2014, he received his doctoral degree from the University of Trier. In his doctoral thesis, he analyzes discourses on masculinities in Japanese lifestyle magazines for young men. The Japanese Government awarded him multiple scholarships, which enabled him to study and research at Gakugei University (Tokyo) and Musashi University (Tokyo) for several years. He taught and conducted research at the Universities of Trier, Cologne, and Vienna. In August 2016, he started his position as Senior Research Fellow at the DIJ.

Ronald approaches his research foci and interests within the framework of humanities. For his interdisciplinary research, he applies skills of literature studies, media studies, and social sciences. His research objects are contemporary literature, popular culture, as well as audio-visual and print media. In his case studies, he analyzes topics concerning gender constructions, lifestyle, youth- and subcultures and social developments of Japan, among others. He just started a new research project to analyze public negotiations of diversity at work and the workplace.

DIJ Projects

Work-related Diversity in Japan: New Risks and Opportunities for Whom?

Discussions of Diversity in Fiction and the Media - Work and the Workplace in the Context of Alternative Concepts of Life

Selected Publications

Articles

2017
The herbivore men discourse in popular media – the example of the Japanese TV drama „Ohitorisama“
In: Intersections.
2017
Introduction: Masculinities in Flux in Contemporary Japan
In: Intersections.
2016
Tagungsbericht: „4. Treffen des Forums für literaturwissenschaftliche Japanforschung am 26. und 27. Februar in Berlin“
In: Bunron, Nr. 3. pp. 140 - 142.
2016
„Gras(fr)essende Männer“ in der Küche – Yoshimoto Bananas Kitchen und der sōshokukei danshi Diskurs
In: Minikomi - Informationen des Akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan. Wien: Österreichische Gesellschaft für Wissenschaft und Kunst. pp. 19 - 28.
2015
[With: Gössmann Hilaria; Maurer Marissa] Das gesellschaftspolitische Potential der Medien
In: Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (NOAG), Nr. 189-190. pp. 201 - 203.
2015
Between gyaru-o and sōshokukei danshi: body discourses in lifestyle magazines for young Japanese men
In: Heinze, Ulrich; Matsunaga, Louella (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 27, No. 1. Body Concepts: Changing Discourses of the Body in Contemporary Japanese Society. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter. pp. 53 - 70.
2015
Sōshokukei danshi und die bewusst-unbewusste Reproduktion der hegemonialen Gender-Ordnung im medialen Diskurs
In: Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (NOAG), Nr. 189-190. pp. 255 - 275.
2012
Japanische Modezeitschriften für junge Männer. Eine genderorientierte Kategorisierung
In: Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur-und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (NOAG), Nr. 187-188. pp. 183 - 209.
2011
Gyaru-o zasshi ni egakareru jendā (Gender in gyaru-o Zeitschriften)
In: Musashi shakaigaku ronshū: The Sociologist, Nr. 13. pp. 137 - 230.

Reviews

2014
Brigitte Steger und Angelika Koch (Hrsg.): Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy. Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge
In: Masculinities, Nr. 2. pp. 187 - 192.

Academic Awards

  • 2015: University of Trier Graduate Center Publication Award for:

    „Between gyaru-o and sōshokukei danshi. Body discourses in lifestyle magazines for young Japanese men“. Contemporary Japan 27, Nr. 1, Body Concepts: Changing Discourses of the Body in Contemporary Japanese Society (2015), S. 53-70.

  • 2008: Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) (04.2008-03.2012)
  • 2008: Scholarship by the DAAD (additional scholarship for MEXT scholarship holders) (04.2008-03.2010)
  • 2002: Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) (10.2002-03.2004)

Presentations

December 9, 2017
Murata Sayaka no konbini ningen – Jendā, shakai, kojin [Murata Sayakas Konbini ningen – Gender, Gesellschaft, Individuum]. Shin feminizumu hyōka no kai, Tokyo.

November 15, 2017
Androiden für die Steinzeit – Verhandlungen von Arbeit, Individualität und Familie in der japanischen Gegenwartsgesellschaft in Murata Sayakas Konbini ningen (2016). OAG, Tokyo.

November 10, 2017
Dansei muke raifu sutairu zasshi to jendā kōchiku (Genderkonstruktionen und Japanische Lifestyle Magazine für Männer). Vortrag an der Meiji Universität, Tokyo.

October 30, 2017
Der Convenience Store als diverser Arbeitsplatz? Murata Sayaka’s Konbini ningen. Gender-Workshop der Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung (VSJF), Universität Wien.

August 31, 2017
The media as an agent of diversity – Japanese TV dramas and the imaginative re-organization of work and the workplace. 15th European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) International Conference, Lissabon.

July 8, 2017
Hanzawa Naoki: The utopia of changing workplace structures in literature and the media. 21st Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ). Rikkyo University Tokyo.

November 23, 2016
Podiumsdiskussion: "(Ge)schlecht konstruiert? Gender und Identität aus transregionaler Perspektive". Geisteswissenschaften im Dialog, Universität Göttingen, Max-Weber-Stiftung.

CV


10/2015 - 07/2016
Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Cologne

09/2015 - 02/2016
Adjunct lecturer at the University of Vienna

09/2012 - 09/2015
Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Trier