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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Wiebke Grimmig

Wiebke Grimmig
Cultural Anthropology
Since April 2014
(PhD Students, April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015)

grimmig@dijtokyo.org

Interests of research: Biography, Gender, Disaster, Identity, Emotion, Transformation, Social Movements

Dissertation

Fukushima as a turning point?  – Disaster experience and Emotion in Artist’s biographies in contemporary Japan.

Following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 3/11, people from around the world expressed their concern about the social and political consequences of this disaster.  This project is concerned with the influence of the 3/11 disaster on the very people who are preoccupied with reality and creativity: the artists of Japan.  As these artists rediscover their own work and the extent to which they can help other people during these emotionally turbulent times, they become the center of the discussion about coping with trauma.  These artists are taking part in political and social change and change in Japan.  As agents of international context, artists are leading informants for a society when it comes to getting and translating information and help to initiate discourse.  In this project, the primary concern is the significance of the 3/11 disaster on the lives and work of artists in Japanese society.

Presentations

March 18, 2015
The Art of Living– Disaster Experience and Emotions in Artist`s Biographies in Contemporary Japan. The Art of Living– Disaster Experience and Emotions in Artist`s Biographies in Contemporary Japan.

Curriculum Vitae


04/2014 - 03/2015
Scholarship at the German Institute for Japanese Studies

10/2013 – 03/2014
Internship in the Department for Counseling at the University of Göttingen

Since 04/2013
PhD student of Prof. Dr. Elfriede Hermann, Title: <i>“Fukushima as a turning point?! – Disaster experience and Emotion in Artist’s biographies in contemporary Japan“</i>

10/2012 - 10/2013
Research assistant of the Göttingen Ethnological Collection

04/2012
Magistra Artium at University of Göttingen with Prof. Dr. Elfriede Hermann, Title: <i>The Identity of Geisha in Japan: Processes of transformation until the 21st. Century</i>

09/2011- 09/2012
Student Assistant of the Göttingen Ethnological Collection

2005 - 2012
Studies of Cultural Anthropology, Gender Studies and Social Politics