I obtained my PhD in comparative culture at International Christian University, Tokyo, in 2009. My dissertation analysed Miyazaki Hayao’s view of Japanese culture and history in comparison with conservative and liberal arguments on Japanese culture (nihonjinron).
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00-12:00
- Friday: 10:00-11:00
- Other time and date is also possible by appointment
My research interest spans over different disciplines such as history, cultural studies and media studies. Here are some keywords:
- Japanese animation
- Modern and contemporary Japanese history
- Collective and mediated memory
- Japanese cultural identity
- Nostalgia and popular history
Specific areas of interest:
- Films of Miyazaki Hayao (espeially his view of Japanese history and culture)
- Nihonjinron (discourse on Japanese culture by the Japanese), especially the idea of "tradition" and "Japaneseness"
- History and development of nostalgic view of modern Japanese history (especially the Taisho and Showa periods)
- Representation of such nostalgic image in popular texts (anime, manga, videogame, films, popular novels)
- History of Tokyo and its representation in popular texts
- Relationship between "formal" history (e.g. school education, history as an academic discipline) and popular history
- Fandom of Japanese popular culture in and outside Japan
I am happy to supervise MA/PhD project related to any of above. I would encourage autonomous, thematic and interdisciplinary approach.
External examiner: Verena Maser (PhD, Trier University, Germany, 2013): Yuri Same-Sex Intimacy in Japanese Popular Culture