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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Humanities Section

The Humanities Section is dealing with topics from the fields of Japanese culture, literature, religion, philosophy, history and history of thought. It organizes the DIJ History & Humanities Study Group as a forum for scholars and Ph.D. candidates in all fields of the humanities and history.

Staff

Torsten Weber
(Modern East Asian History)
Head of Humanities Section

Previous Staff

Junko Ando
(History)

Miki Aoyama-Olschina
(Philosophy, Japanese Studies)

Peter Backhaus
(Linguistics)

Richmod Bollinger
(Japanese Studies)

Harald Fuess
(Social History, Gender Studies)

Lisette Gebhardt
(Japanese Literature)

Andrea Germer
(Gender Studies, History)

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt
(Literature and Media)

Nicola Liscutin
(Japanese Literature)

Sven Saaler
(Modern Japanese Political History, History of Foreign Relations)

Monika Schrimpf
(Study of Religions)

Publications

Editorship

2011
[Backhaus, Peter] Communication in Elderly Care. Cross-Cultural Perspectives. DIJ Publications. London, New York: Continuum Int. Publishing Group. 226 p.
2009
[Backhaus, Peter; Coulmas, Florian; Shōji, Hiroshi] Nihon no gengo keikan (Japan’s linguistic landscape). DIJ Publications. Tokyo: Sangensha. 206 p.
2007
[Saaler, Sven; Koschmann, J. Victor] Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History. DIJ Publications. London/New York: Routledge.
2007
Linguistic Landscapes: A Comparative Study of Urban Multilingualism in Tokyo. DIJ Publications. Clevedon(UK): Multilingual Matters. 158 p.
2003
[Koch, Matthias; Saaler, Sven; Amelung, Iwo; Kurtz, Joachim; Lee, Eun-Jeung] Selbstbehauptungsdiskurse in Asien: Japan - China - Korea (Assertions of Cultural Uniqueness in Asia: Japan - China - Korea). Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien Vol. 34. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 438 pp.
1998
[Fuess, Harald] The Japanese Empire in East Asia and Its Postwar Legacy. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien Vol. 22. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 253 p.
1997
[Krebs, Gerhard; Oberländer, Christian] 1945 in Europe and Asia: Reconsidering the End of World War II and the Change of the World Order. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien Vol. 19. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 410 pp., hardcover

Articles

2014
[Weber, Torsten; Hübner, S.] Imagined Territoriality: Visual Portrayals of ‘Asia’ in the Age of Nationalism in East Asia
In: Hübner, S.; Weber, Torsten (Ed.) National and Regional Belonging in Twentieth-Century East Asia. (Comparativ 23-3). pp. 37-56.
2000
[Wöhr, Ulrike u.a., International Research Center for Japanese Studies] Continuity and Change in Japanese Feminist Magazines: Fujin sensen (1930-31) and Onna erosu (1973-82)
In: Wöhr, Ulrike u.a., International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Ed.) Gender and Modernity: Rereading Japanese Women’s Magazines (International Symposium. Translation of Culture and Culture in Translation, Oct. 12-15, 1998, in Leuven, Belgium).. Kyōto: Nichibunken. S. 101-130.
1996
[Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Irmela] Ikai. Der Diskurs zur 'Anderen Welt' als Manifestation der japanischen Selbstfindungs-Debatte
In: Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Irmela (Ed.) Überwindung der Moderne? Japan am Ende des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp Verlag. S. 146-171.

Working Papers (Book)

2006
Staat und Nation: Zum Verhältnis von Feminismus und Nationalstaat in Japan, 1918-1945. Working Papers 06/9. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 31 p.
2004
"A History of Woman": Nature, Culture, and the Category of the Slave. Working Papers 04/1. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2004
"The Inner and the Outer Domain" - Sexuality and the Nation-State in Feminist Historiography in Japan. Working Papers 04/2. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2002
On the Genesis of Feminist Historiography in Japan: National and International Perspectives. Working Papers 02/7. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2002
Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History: A Preliminary Framework . Working Papers 02/4. Tōkyō: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2002
On the Genesis of Feminist Historiography in Japan: National and International Perspectives. Working Papers 02/7. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
1996
Mishima meldet sich zurück: Bericht über die Entdeckung bisher unbekannter Texte des Autors Yukio Mishima. Working Papers 96/3. Tōkyō: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.

Other Articles

2013
Die langen Schatten des „kurzen 20. Jahrhunderts“. Japan und der Erste Weltkrieg in Ostasien
In: Weltweit vor Ort. 02-2013. pp. 6-9.
2002
Dogs and Whales – Far Eastern Delicacies and the 2002 Soccer World Cup
In: OAG Notizen 06/02. pp. 8-17.

Events

March 24, 2016
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Negotiating “Superstition” and “Religion”: The Case of the “Immoral Heresies Tenrikyō and Renmonkyō” in Meiji Japan

March 10, 2016
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Collective Subjectivity and Apology Under the Gaze of the ‘International Community’: A Lacanian Analysis of the Apology Issue in Japan-China Relations

January 14, 2016
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
King Solomon and Jinmu Tennō: Ethiopia and Japan in World History

January 7, 2016
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Leaving Japan and Leading the Oppressed: Chinese Intellectuals’ Engagement with Asianist Organizations in the late-1920s

July 29, 2015
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Choosing Ways of Remembering: Comparing Student Narratives about World War II in Japan and Germany

June 18, 2015
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Imperial Memory in Postcolonial Japanese and South Korean Short Fiction

May 21, 2015
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Samurai, Castles, and the Search for the Soul of Japan

April 17, 2015
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
To Fight or Not to Fight: The Role of Intelligence in Japan’s Decision for Pearl Harbor

February 26, 2015
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
How Meiji Japan Governed Foreigners: Determining Failure and Success of Treaty Revision

May 22, 2014
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Fujita Tsuguharu’s Troubled Choices

April 22, 2014
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Historical Legacies of Yasukuni Shrine

April 8, 2014
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
A ‘MAD’ age: War, Student Protest and Consumer Culture in 1960s Japan

January 21, 2014
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Cabaret as an Artistic Beachhead: The Case of Butoh

December 10, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Introducing Nuclear Power – The Struggle of Japan`s Physicists

November 28, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Channelling Influence through Experts: British and German Oyatoi in Meiji Japan

October 24, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Prisoners of war from Tsingtao during the First World War: A Comparative Perspective

July 11, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
The Bullet Train and Techno-internationalism

July 18, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Media representations of Okinawa: a postcolonial perspective

June 11, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Intellectuals and the ‘Happiness’ of the People

May 17, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Another Part of the Axis? Japan’s Wars and Spain, 1937-45

April 17, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Early Modern Japanese-Spanish Relations between Micro and Macro History

March 27, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Spatializations of Food Safety in Contemporary Japan

February 27, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
The Invisible Hand of the Writer: The Advent of the Japanese Typewriter and the Anonymity of Information Exchange in Japanese Corporations

April 25, 2009
Workshops
「医療・介護の現場におけるコミュニケーション―『福祉言語学』の視点に立って―」(Communication in Japanese Healthcare Contexts: From the Perspective of Welfare Linguistics)

November 22, 2004
Workshops
Intellectuals, Technology, Imperialism

June 10, 2004
Symposia and Conferences
Gender and Nation: Historical Perspectives on Japan

March 27, 2004
Symposia and Conferences
The Centennial of a Historical Watershed: Legacies of the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05

October 17, 1997
Symposia and Conferences
The Japanese Empire in East Asia and its Postwar Legacy

September 21, 2001
Workshops
Making History: The Quest for National Identity through History Education

July 16, 1999
Symposia and Conferences
The Faces of Skin

September 16, 1997
Symposia and Conferences
Japan als Fallbeispiel in den Wissenschaften (Placing Japan in Paradigmatic Perspective)

April 13, 2000
Symposia and Conferences
Contested Historiography – Feminist Perspectives on World War II

February 4, 2016
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
What is human dignity? And could it provide a common ethical foundation between cultures? The examples of Germany and Japan

September 3, 2013
DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
Prospects of the Coastal Fishery in Northern Pacific Tōhoku in the Aftermath of 3.11

September 29, 2010
Symposia and Conferences
Betreuungsrecht

November 29, 2002
Symposia and Conferences
Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History: Colonialism, Regionalism and Borders

October 22, 2010
Symposia and Conferences
Life Courses in Flux

Projects

Geschichtspolitik in Ostasien