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Methods and Methodologies
Research focus since November 2020
Head of Research Group: Nora Kottmann
Interdisciplinary research and the usage of various methodological approaches are key characteristics of our research at the DIJ. The utilization and strategic development of this potential is the goal of the research cluster “Methods and Methodologies”. This research cluster is directed both internally and externally. Internally at the institute, the focus is on exchange on a regular basis that spans all thematic clusters, the systematization of our interdisciplinary collaboration and the continuing professional development of the staff. Externally, we offer a platform for collegial exchange and discussion with colleagues around the world with the goal of harnessing the potential of Japanese studies research for other regional studies, the area studies in general and the disciplines. We achieve this in various ways, such as through events (e.g., Method Talks), publications (e.g., the handbook Studying Japan), and contributions to peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, we regularly engage in teaching and methods trainings.
Detailed information on the lecture series 'DIJ Method Talks' can be found here.
For some concrete insights into our interdisciplinary collaboration at the DIJ see the blog post Methoden und Methodologien in der Japanforschung – (digital) vor Ort by Nora Kottmann (in German)
A collection of links to articles and videos related to 'Methods in Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic' can be found here.
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