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Susanne Klien

Susanne Klien
Modern Japanese Studies, Cultural Anthropology
Since December 2009
(Senior Research Fellows, December 1, 2009 - August 31, 2013)
  • Appropriation and representation of local traditions
  • Identity discourses
  • Regional revitalization
  • Anthropology of happiness in contemporary rural Japan

DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

Volunteering in Tōhoku

The Appropriation of Traditions in Contemporary Rural Japan: Pursuit of Happiness?

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Great East Japan Earthquake

Memberships

Selected Publications

Books

Editorship

2012
Contemporary Japan 24, No. 2 Tourism and Travel in Japan. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 113-265
2010
[With: Neveling, Patrick] Tradition within and beyond the framework of invention: Case Studies from the Mascarenes and Japan. Volume 28/2010. Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies – Middle East, Africa and Asia (ZIRS), Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. 204 p.

Articles

2017
Collaboration or confrontation? Local and non-local actors in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial
In: Manzenreiter, Wolfram (Ed.) Virtual Special Issue. Rural Japan Revisited. Contemporary Japan. pp. 153 - 178.
2012
Von heiligen Bäumen, ritueller Trunkenheit und kollektiver Efferveszenz: Das Waldfest von Fuse
In: Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften der Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Ed.) Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung. 35 (2011). pp. 179-192.
2012
[With: Hommerich, Carola] Happiness: Does Culture Matter?
In: Klien, Susanne; Hommerich, Carola (Ed.) International Journal of Wellbeing 2 (4). Special Issue: Happiness: Does Culture Matter?. DIJ Publications. pp. 292-298.
2012
Preface
In: Klien, Susanne (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 24, No. 2 Tourism and Travel in Japan. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 113-120.
2012
[With: Neveling, Patrick] Die Dekonstruktion von Traditionen als Macht- und Klassenfrage - Eine Präzisierung des Erfindungsparadigmas
In: Mückler, Hermann; Faschingeder, Gerald (Ed.) Tradition und Traditionalismus: Zur Instrumentalisierung eines Identitätskonzepts. Edition Historische Sozialkunde/Internationale Entwicklung 31. Wien: Promedia. pp. 231-246.
2011
Bullfighting and Meaning in Life in Oki, Japan
In: Asian Anthropology. Vol. 10 (2011). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press. pp. 101-120.
2010
[With: Neveling, Patrick] The Salience of Traditions, Inventions and Global Integration Compared: Japan and the Mascarene Islands
In: Neveling, Patrick; Klien, Susanne (Ed.) Tradition within and beyond the framework of invention: Case Studies from the Mascarenes and Japan. Volume 28/2010. Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies – Middle East, Africa and Asia (ZIRS), Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. pp. 53-68.
2010
[With: Neveling, Patrick] Introduction: Tradition within and beyond the Framework of Invention
In: Neveling, Patrick; Klien, Susanne (Ed.) Tradition within and beyond the framework of invention: Case Studies from the Mascarenes and Japan. Volume 28/2010. Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies – Middle East, Africa and Asia (ZIRS), Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. pp. 1-51.
2010
Japan’s Horror Vacui: The Invention of Japanese National Identity in Fujiwara Masahiko’s The Dignity of the State (Kokka no Hinkaku)
In: Neveling, Patrick; Klien, Susanne (Ed.) Tradition within and beyond the framework of invention: Case Studies from the Mascarenes and Japan. Volume 28/2010. Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies – Middle East, Africa and Asia (ZIRS), Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. pp. 153-175.
2010
Collaboration between Local and Non-Local Actors in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial
In: Holthus, Barbara; Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 22, No. 1/2. Mind the Gap: Stratification and Social Inequalities in Japan. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 153-178.
2010
The Role of Contemporary Art in Regional Revitalization: A Case Study of Selected Art Works in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000-6
In: Japan Forum. 22(3-4) 2010. pp. 513-543.
2009
Tourismus in Echigo-Tsumari: Revitalisierung oder Exotisierung einer Region?
In: Japan Jahrbuch 2009: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Berlin: Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung.
2009
Die Erfindung von Tradition in Fujiwara Masahikos Kokka no hinkaku (Die Würde des Staates)
In: Distelrath, Günther (Ed.) Referate des 13. Deutschsprachigen Japanologentages. Bd. 2: Sozial-, Geschichts- und Rechtswissenschaft (=Bonner Asienstudien; 8/II). Berlin: EB-Verlag.
2006
Early Chinese poetry by Mori Ogai
In: Asian Cultural Studies. Vol. 32. Tokyo: Institute of Asian Cultural Studies, International Christian University Tokyo.
2002
A Survey of Perspectives in the Contemporary Japanese Political Discourse on Japan’s Post-Cold War Foreign Policy: Assessing the Impact of Constructivist Thought
In: Social Systems: Political, legal and economic studies. Journal published by Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies,Kyoto University, No. 5, March 2002. pp.115-127.

Reviews

2006
Kawashima Yutaka, Japanese Foreign Policy at the Crossroads
In: H-net Humanities and Social Sciences Outlines, April.
2006
Burton Watson (transl.), Po Chu-I: Selected Poems
In: Education About Asia. Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring issue.
2006
Rimer, J. Thomas (ed.): Not a Song Like Any Other: An Anthology of Writings by Mori Ōgai. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2004.
In: Haak, René (Ed.) Japanstudien 18. Arbeitswelten in Japan (How Japan works). Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 319-321.

Working Papers (Book)

2010
[With: Klien, Susanne] Bullfighting in Oki: Source of Comprehensive Subjective Well-Being? Tradition, Social Interaction and Personal ikigai. Working Papers | Reports. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 35 p.

Teaching

May 2010
Orientalism and Occidentalism in Discourse and Practice (Intensive seminar for graduate students)
Institute of East Asian Studies, Free University Berlin

April and July 2008
Tradition in Prozessen japanischer Identitätskonstruktion (Graduate seminar about tradition in processes of Japanese identity construction, Intensive course)
Institute of East Asian Studies, Free University Berlin

Winter term 2006/07
Intensive research workshop for doctoral students, Graduate School “Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems ( Conception, planning and implementation of a workshop programme in order to discuss and present individual research by students)
Wittenberg

Summer term 2006
Interdisciplinary colloquium for doctoral students, Graduate School Graduiertenzentrum "Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems"
MLU University Halle-Wittenberg

Winter term 2005/6
Ausgewählte Themen aus der aktuellen japanischen Gesellschaft: Von enjo kōsai zu hikikomori (Course for bachelor students about selected topics from contemporary Japanese society)

Summer term 2005
Japans kulturelle Außenbeziehungen in der Meiji-Zeit (Seminar for undergraduate and graduate students about Japan’s cultural relations with foreign countries during the Meiji period)
Berlin Humboldt University

Summer term 2005
Hilfsmittel und Arbeitstechniken der Japanologie (Undergraduate seminar on basic studying and research techniques in Japanese language, history and culture)
Berlin Humboldt University, Centre of Japanese Studies

Winter term 2004/5
Politik als Thema der Intellektuellen in der Meiji- und Taishō-Zeit (Seminar for undergraduate and graduate students about politics as an issue among Meiji intellectuals)
Berlin Humboldt University

Winter term 2004/5
Lektüre klassischer chinesischer Gedichte Mori Ōgais (Course for graduate students about reading classical Chinese poems by Mori Ōgai)
Berlin Humboldt University

Summer term 2004
Nihonjinron (Seminar for undergraduate and graduate students about the debate on Japanese identity in Japan)
Berlin Humboldt University

Summer term 2004
Lektüre von Texten zur Geistesgeschichte der Meiji-Zeit (Graduate seminar on lecture of texts on political ideas of Meiji period)
Berlin Humboldt University

Winter term 2003/4
Japanische Perzeptionen des Westens – Westliche Perzeptionen Japans in der Meiji-Zeit (Undergraduate seminar on Japanese perceptions of the West and Western perceptions of Japan in the Meiji period)
Berlin Humboldt University

Summer term 2003
Politik und Geistesgeschichte der Meiji-Zeit (Undergraduate Seminar on the politics and history of ideas of Meiji period)
Berlin Humboldt University

Summer term 2003
Hilfsmittel und Arbeitstechniken der Japanologie (Undergraduate seminar on basic studying and research techniques in Japanese language, history and culture)
Berlin Humboldt University, Centre of Japanese Studies

Presentations

March 14, 2013
Emotional communities between altruism and self-gratification. Nordic Association of Japanese Studies (NAJS) Conference, Aarhus University.

March 8, 2013
Volunteering in Tohoku: Purpose in Life, Strategy, Self-Complacency?. Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS), University of Pittsburgh.

September 16, 2012
Visual anthropology seminar. , Miyakejima University, Miyakejima.

September 15, 2012
「無形文化財の実践を調査するフィールドワークについて:新潟、島根と岩手の 事例」. , 三宅島大学、三宅島.

September 11, 2012
Das japanische Brauchtum und die Auswirkungen der Katastrophe vom 11. März. Freundeskreis der deutschen Sprache.

August 29, 2012
Volunteering in Tohoku. 15. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag, Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (GJF)/Universität Zürich [German Association for Japanese Studies (GJF)/University of Zurich].

August 29, 2012
Teilnahme am Panel "Katastrophenhilfe - Japanologie nach der Katastrophe: forschungs- und praxisrelevante Aspekte". 15. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag, Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (GJF)/Universität Zürich [German Association for Japanese Studies (GJF)/University of Zurich].

May 23, 2012
Young urban migrants in the Japanese countryside: Utopian communes, anti-urban sociality or postmodern neo-tribes in search of the good life?. 11th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel 2012, Tel Aviv University.

March 20, 2012
「アートと都市をつなぐデザイン力ーグローカル・ネットワークによる成長神話の超克」 「地域社会をデザインするー日本のアートプロジェクトの特徴」. 基調講演 神戸大学・神戸市企画の国際シンポジウム, 神戸商工貿易センタービルKIITO.

January 31, 2012
Zur Repräsentation ländlicher Regionen im Japan der Gegenwart: Nostalgisierung, Exotizismus oder Marginalisierung?. Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

May 20, 2011
Impressions from Sendai and Natori. Workshop: On the Brink of Disaster, Temple University, Tokyo.

November 21, 2011 - November 22, 2011
The Quest for a New Way of Life beyond Material Affluence: Aspirations, Expectations and Experiences of Young Urban In-migrants to Rural Areas in Contemporary Japan. Happiness – Does Culture Matter?.

November 21, 2011 - November 22, 2011

November 21, 2011 - November 22, 2011

October 13, 2011 - October 15, 2011
Bullfighting, Self-Enhancement and Well-being in Rural Japan. Well-being in Ritual Practice: Social Interaction, Communication, Self-Improvement?.

October 13, 2011 - October 15, 2011

August 26, 2011
Passing on the Rengeemai: Place, Community, Translocality. 13th International Conference of European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS), Tallinn University.

April 2, 2011
Rituals of Happiness and Exhaustion in Contemporary Rural Japan: Inebriation, Communication and Well-Being. 2011 Association of Asian Studies / ICAS Joint Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.

February 16, 2011
Traditionspflege im ländlichen Japan: Last oder Lust?. Vortragsreihe an der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG), Tokyo.

January 26, 2011
Contemporary art and regional revitalization: A Case study from Echigo-Tsumari. Workshop "The Potential of Culture in Regional Revitalization: Cases from Great Britain and Japan", European Institute, Sophia University,Tokyo.

November 6, 2010
'Life Quality ga mechamecha agatteimasu'-Urban migrants on Okinoshima Island. Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ) Annual Fall Meeting 2010, Temple University, Tokyo.

June 22, 2010
「地域活性化へ与えるIターンの効果についての考察」(Überlegungen zur Bedeutung von urbanen Migranten im ländlichen Raum für die Revitalisierung) 「地方行政の公共性と多様性の価値」(Der Wert von Öffentlichkeit und Vielfalt in der regionalen Verwaltung). (Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft zum öffentlichen Raum), 総務省 (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Tokyo).

January 17, 2009
Watashi ga mita Tōkamachi. Open lecture about current research project on tradition appropriation in Echigo-Tsumari, Central Library, Tōkamachi (invited by the Municipal Educational Committee Tōkamachi, Niigata Prefecture).

December 20, 2008
Rural Lifestyles as Urban Recreation? The Case of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal. International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development (RC21), International House of Japan, Tokyo.

June 27, 2008
Chinkoro as glocalized cultural mimesis?. Cultural Typhoon Conference, Sendai.

November 21, 2007
Geistige Heimat’, kultureller Anachronismus oder ländliches ‘Andere’? Eine Studie zur Rolle von ‘Tradition’ in Prozessen von Identitätskonstruktion bei der Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. VSJF Conference, Berlin.

August 3, 2007
Public – Private / Contemporary Art and Politics: The Case of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal 2006. ICAS 5, Kuala Lumpur.

July 3, 2007
Japan’s horror vacui: The Usage of the “Other” in Fujiwara Masahiko’s "The Dignity of the State" and Japan’s invention of national identity. “Asia and the Other” Conference, National Taiwan Normal University. Taipei.

January 26, 2007
Japan’s horror vacui: Reinvention of Japanese national identity in Fujiwara Masahiko’s "Kokka no hinkaku" (The Dignity of the State). Interdisciplinary Workshop, Graduate School Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg.

September 15, 2006
The Invention of Tradition in Fujiwara Masahiko’s "Kokka no hinkaku". Conference of German Japanese Studies Association, Bonn.

August 31, 2005
Political allusion in Mori Ōgai’s early classical Chinese poetry. European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference, Vienna.

March 14, 2010
Beyond Tradition as Identity: Doing Identity, Doing Tradition, Consuming Tradition. JAWS, University of Austin, Texas.

September 9, 2009
Aesthetic recontextualisation of tradition: Case studies from the Echigo-Tsumari Triennal. Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEASC), University of Sheffield, UK.

July 11, 2009
Gendai āto ni yoru chiiki kasseika: Echigo Tsumari Daichi Geijutsusai no jirei. Chiiki Kasseika Gakkai, Hōsei University, Tokyo.

July 3, 2009
Constituting Echigo-Tsumari: Contesting or reaffirming urban lifestyle?. Panel "Contesting Social Norms in Japan", Cultural Typhoon Conference, Tokyo.

September 10, 2010
Countryside as Embodiment of Postmodern Life: Examples from Echigo-Tsumari. British Association For Japanese Studies (BAJS) Triennial Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

November 19, 2009
Consuming tradition: The case of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal. VSJF Workshop “Publish or Perish”, Berlin Free University.

July 5, 2006
Japan's National Security Debate in the wake of 9/11: Same Old, Same New?. Japan's National Security Debate in the wake of 9/11: Same Old, Same New?.

Curriculum Vitae


Since December 2009
Senior Research Fellow, DIJ Tokyo

2007-2009
JSPS Research Fellow, Waseda University

2006-2007
Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School “Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems”, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

2003-2005
Assistant professor, Institute of Japanese Studies, Humboldt University Berlin

1998-2001
Doctoral studies in political science (IR), Vienna University and Kyoto University (Monbusho Research Scholarship), Ph.D. degree (Dr. phil.) June 2001

1991-1997
Translation and interpreting studies, Vienna University, M.A. degree (Mag.phil.) June 1997