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Prof. Dr. phil. Katja Schmidtpott

Adress
Ruhr-University Bochum
Faculty of Est Asian Studies
Department of Japanese History (AKAFÖ Haus OAW 2.19)
Universitätsstr. 134
44780 Bochum
Germany

Tel: +49-234-32-28256
Fax: +49-234-32-14693

E-Mail: Katja Schmidtpott
consultation-hour: Wednesday, 16-18 h
please make an appointment in advance (by phone, in person or e-mail)

Current Appointment

Professor of Japanese History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (since 4/2017)


Research Interests

Social and economic history of modern Japan (mid-19th century-present):

  • History of German-Japanese economic relations
  • Industrialisation, urbanisation and the change of local communities in Japan
  • Rationalisation of everyday life, changing perceptions of time
  • Changing food habits


Professional History

  • 2014–2017 Professor of Japanese Social and Cultural History, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2013–2014 Research Fellow, Gerda Henkel Foundation
  • 2012–2013 Temporary Lecturer in Japanese History at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Summer term 2012 Temporary Lecturer in Japanese History at the Institute of Japanology, Frankfurt University (Germany)
  • July 2007–March 2012 Managing Director, Centre for Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany) (institute closed on 31 March 2012 for financial reasons)
  • May 2006-July 2007 Vice-managing director, Centre for Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany)
  • since April 2006 Professor of Japanese History and Society, Centre for Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany)
  • April-July 2003 Teaching appointment at the Institute for Japanology, Leipzig University (Germany)
  • Oct. 2000—July 2001 Teaching Appointment at Cologne Business School (Germany)
  • April 1997—March 2006 Assistant researcher/lecturer, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Department of Japanese History
  • 1995—97 Research assistant at the Centre for Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg

Academic Education

  • March 2016 Research stay at Keiō University, Tokyo, Faculty of Policy Management
  • Aug.–Sept. 2013 Research stay at Tokyo University, Faculty of Letters, Institute of Japanese History
  • Feb.–March 2010 Research stay at Ōsaka Shiritsu Daigaku (Osaka City University)
  • July–Aug. 2007 Research stay at Ōsaka Shiritsu Daigaku (Osaka City University)
  • Aug. 2005 Dr. phil. in Japanese History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Department of Japanese History (advisor: Prof. Dr. R. Mathias), doctoral thesis was on “Neighbourhood cultures in Tokyo between 1890 and 1970” (grade: ‘summa cum laude’)
  • Mar. 2004 Short term research stay in Tokyo as guest of the Faculty of Economics, Keiō University
  • Sept. 1999—Sept. 2000 Guest researcher at Keiō University, Tokyo, Faculty of Economics, as a Japan Foundation scholarship research fellow
  • Aug. 1998 Short term research stay in Tokyo and Osaka
  • April 1997-Aug. 2005 Doctoral studies in Japanese History at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Department of Japanese History (advisor: Prof. Dr. R. Mathias)
  • April 1997 M.A. in Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany), Faculty of Non-European Languages and Cultures (grade: ‘excellent’), M.A. thesis was on “The introduction of fast food and convenience products to Japanese food habits in the postwar era”, publ. in 1998
  • Oct. 1993–Sept. 1994 Exchange student (language courses and lectures/seminars) at Ochanomizu Womens’ University, Tokyo, as Monbushō (Japanese Ministry of Education) scholarship student
  • Oct. 1991–May 1997 Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany): M.A. studies in Japanese Studies (major), Japanese Language, and Social and Economic History (minors)

Scholarships

  • Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany), research scholarship (2 years) for the completion of a book (Habilitation), including a research stay at Tokyo University, 2013-2014
  • Nihon Gakujutsu Shinkōkai (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS) scholarship for a research stay at ōsaka Shiritsu Daigaku (Osaka City University), Feb.-March 2010
  • Nihon Gakujutsu Shinkōkai (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS) scholarship for a research stay at ōsaka Shiritsu Daigaku (Osaka City University), July-Aug. 2007
  • Keiō University short term scholarship for a research stay as guest of the Faculty of Economics, Mar. 2004
  • Japan Foundation scholarship for doctoral studies at Keiō University, Tokyo, Faculty of Economics, Sept. 1999-Sept. 2000
  • Monbushō (Japanese Ministry of Education) and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) joint scholarship for undergraduate studies at Ochanomizu Womens’ University, Tokyo, Oct. 1993–Sept. 1994

Current Research Projects

The evolution of modern time discipline in Japan (Habilitation)
Editorial project: Ein deutsches Handelshaus in Japan: Die internationale Geschäftskorrespondenz von L. Kniffler & Co., 1859 bis 1876 [A German trading company in Japan: The international business letters of L. Kniffler & Co., 1859-1876] (for the Schriftenreihe der Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V. [Research Series of the German Association for Business History], ca. 250 pp.


Publications

Books

  • (2010) Winds of change: On the 150th anniversary of C. Illies & Co. (with Johannes Bähr and Jörg Lesczenski); München: Piper (2009); chapter 1: “Rising in step with Japan's modernisation: L. Kniffler & Co./Illies & Co. from their beginnings to the First World War (1859-1914)”, pp. 19-101.
  • (2009) Nachbarschaft und Urbanisierung in Japan, 1890-1970 [Neighbourhood and Urbanisation in Japan, 1890-1970]; München: Iudicium.
  • (1998) Fast Food, Convenience-Produkte und sozialer Wandel in Japan [Fast food, convenience products and social change in Japan]; Marburger Japan-Reihe Vol. 24, Marburg.

Book chapters

  • (2014) “Reisenka no tsūshō to anzen hoshō: Adenauaa seikenki no DokuNichi keizai kankei (1949-1963)“ [Trade and Security policy under the Cold War: German-Japanese Economic relations during the reign of Chancellor Adenauer (1949-1963)], in: Kudō Akira/Tajima Nobuo (Hg.): Sengo NichiDoku kankeishi [German-Japanese relations in the post-war era]. Tokyo: Tokyo Daigaku Shuppankai, chapter 4, pp. 255-293.

Articles

  • (2015) ’Die Propagierung moderner Zeitdisziplin in Japan (1906-1931)’ [The promotion of modern time discipline in Japan, 1906-1931], in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft, Sonderheft 25: Obsession der Gegenwart: Zeit im 20. Jahrhundert, ed. Alexander C.T. Geppert/Till Kössler, pp. 123-155.
  • (2012) „Neue Perspektiven der historischen Industriestadtforschung in Japan“ [New perspectives on historical research on Japan’s industrial cities], in: IMS – Informationen zur Modernen Stadtgeschichte 1/12, S. 87-103.
  • (2012) ‘Indifferent communities: Neighbourhood associations, class and community consciousness in prewar Tokyo’, in: Brumann, Christoph / Schulz, Evelyn (ed.): Urban spaces in Japan: The social scientific study of Japan and the ‘spatial turn’. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 125-147.
  • (2011) ‘Ein Schlüssel zu mehr weiblicher Unabhängigkeit: Die Einführung des Türschlosses in Japan während der 1920er und 1930er Jahre’ [A key to female independence: The introduction of locks in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s], in: MINIKOMI (Journal of the Institute of Japanese Studies, Vienna University), pp. 13-20.
  • (2011) "Die familiale Tischgemeinschaft in Japan zwischen Ideal und Alltagspraxis vom Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zur Gegenwart” [Family Meals in Japan Between Ideal and Practice from the End of the 19th Century to the Present], in: Japan Jahrbuch 2011 der VSJF [Yearbook of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan, 2011], pp. 101-135 (to be published in November 2011).
  • (2011) “Die deutsch-japanischen Handelsbeziehungen von 1859 bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg” [The German-Japanese Trade Relations from 1859 until the First World War], in: Catalogue of the Exhibition “Ferne Gefährten. 150 Jahre deutsch-japanische Beziehungen” [The 150th Anniversary of German-Japanese Relations], Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum Mannheim (ca. 5 pp., to be published in November 2011).
  • (2010) “Die Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Japan in der ära Adenauer (1949-1963)” [The Economic Relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and Japan in the Adenauer Era (1949-1963)], in: Conze, Eckart (ed.): Die Herausforderung des Globalen in der ära Adenauer [Global Challenges in the Adenauer Era]. (Rhöndorfer Gespräche, Vol. 24). Bonn: Bouvier, pp. 35-50.
  • (2007) “Offene Häfen, geschlossene Gesellschaft: Die gesellschaftliche Wahrnehmung der Chinesen in Japan zur Zeit der Konzessionsgebiete (1859-1899)” [Open Ports, Closed Society: The Perception of the Chinese in Japan under the Treaty Port System (1859-1899)], in: comparativ: Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 51-63.
  • (2004) “'Stadt und Land, Männer und Frauen, Jung und Alt'. Die Reichweite der Kampagne für moderne Lebensführung (bunka seikatsu undō) in Japan in den 1920er Jahren” [‘Town and Countryside, Men and Women, Young and Old’: The Modern Life Campaign (bunka seikatsu undō) in Japan During the 1920s], in: Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung Vol. 28, pp. 105-135; München: Iudicium.
  • (2001) “Wohnverhältnisse der städtischen Mittelschicht 1905-1970: Bilder und Wirklichkeiten” [Urban Middle-class Housing in the 20th century: Images and Realities], in: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Instituts für Japanstudien Vol. 13, pp. 89-151; München: Iudicium (together with Regine Mathias).
  • (2000) “Heilmittel, Genussmittel, Erfrischungsgetränk. Milchkonsum in Japan 1920-1970” [Milk Consumption in Japan 1920-1970], in: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Instituts für Japanstudien Vol. 12, pp. 117-156; München: Iudicium.

Translation

  • (2011) Translation of a Japanese article into German: “Nihon no ryōji hōkoku kara mita Nachisu • Doitsu: Zai-Hanburuku, Uiin, Puraha sōryōjikan bunsho o chūshin ni” by Hirano Tatsushi (University of Tokyo) [Das ‚Dritte Reich’ im Spiegel japanischer Konsulatsberichte unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Dokumenten aus den japanischen Generalkonsulaten in Hamburg, Wien und Prag] [The ‘Third Reich’ as Reflected in Consular Reports from the Japanese General Consulates in Hamburg, Vienna and Prague], in: Bajohr, Frank/Strupp, Christoph ed.), Fremde Blicke auf das ‚Dritte Reich’: Konsulatsberichte über die deutsche Gesellschaft in der NS-Zeit 1933-1945 [Foreign Views of the ‘Third Reich’: Consular Reports on German Society under National Socialism, 1933-1945], pp. 287-303; Göttingen: Wallstein.

Forthcoming

  • [2018] Quellen zur japanischen Geschichte in deutscher übersetzung [Sources of Modern Japanese History] (ed., with Anke Scherer), MOAG (Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens e.V.), vol. 148, ca. 300 pages.
  • [2018] The East Asian Dimension of the First World War (ed., with Jan Schmidt), Campus Verlag, ca. 360 pages.

Other

  • (2007) Book presentation: “Europäisches Mittelalter auf Japanisch“ [Research on the European Middle Ages in Japanese] (Hans K. Schulze (2005): Seiō chūseishi jiten II [Dictionary of Medieval History of Western Europe, Vol. 2]. Tokyo: Minerva Shobō), in: Marburger UniJournal, No. 29, May, p. 26.
  • (2006) Conference report: “Stadt-Räume in Japan: Die sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung und der ‚Spatial Turn’” [Urban Spaces in Japan: The Social Scientific Study of Japan and the ‚Spatial Turn’], H-Soz-U-Kult 28.2.2006 (with Evelyn Schulz).
  • (2006) Interview for the broadcast network Deutsche Welle: “Zukunft der Japanologie” [The future of Japanese Studies in Germany], 14.9.2006.
  • (2006) “Miyazawa Kenji und der Denki Bran” [Miyazawa Kenji and the Denki Bran], in: OAG Notizen, No. 5, pp. 31–37.
  • (2006) Interview for the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung: “Das unwiderstehliche Design von WBS 70” [The Irresistible Design of WBS 70], 23.2.2006, p. 10.
  • (2004) “B.A.– und M.A.–Studiengänge für die Japanologie: Ansätze, Pläne, Erfahrungen” [Intro-ducing B.A. and M.A. into Japanese Studies: Plans and Experiences] (Günter Distelrath et al.), in: Japanforschung — Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Japanforschung e.V., Vol. 1, pp. 19-33.
  • (2002) “Der B.A. als Chance — erste Erfahrungen mit gestuften Studiengängen in der Bochumer Japanologie” [The introduction of the B.A. in the Department of Japanese History at Ruhr-Universität Bochum], in: Japanforschung — Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Japanforschung e.V., Vol. 1, pp. 14-18.
  • (2000) “Doitsu no kōgai, Nihon no kōgai” [German Suburbs, Japanese Suburbs], in: Takuchi to machizukuri, No. 181, pp. 41-45.

In Preparation

  • Book (Habilitation): The evolution of modern time discipline in Japan (to be finalised in 201?)

Presentations (selection)

  • ‘Kansei shakai kyōiku undō to kindaiteki na jikan kiritsu no ikusei (20seiki hajime)’[The bureaucracy, campaigns and the emergence of modern time discipline in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century], Naimushō Kenkyūkai, Keiō University, Tokyo, 19 March, 2016.
  • ‘Temporal behaviour in Japanese rural society and the Local Improvement Campaign (1906-1918)’, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Conference: Timing Day and Night: Timescapes in Premodern Japan, 15–17 April, 2015.
  • ‚Learning from future enemies: Norisugi Kaju, the emergence of ‘social education’ (shakai kyōiku) and the transformation of Japanese society after the First World War’, Ljubljana (Slovenia), 14th EAJS International Conference, History Section, Panel: The First World War and the Transformation of Japan: Wartime Studies and Their Consequences, 29 August, 2014.
  • ‚Japan und der Erste Weltkrieg’ [Japan and the First World War], Freie Universität Berlin, Department of History and Cultural Studies, 30 June, 2014 (with Dr. Jan Schmidt, Bochum).
  • ‘Japanese Studies in Germany’, Conference: ‘Engaging with Japanese Studies: Revisiting the question of “why Japan matters”’, University of Oxford, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, 15 March, 2013.
  • ‘The time exhibition in Tokyo and the promotion of punctuality and efficient time use in Japan in the 1920s/30s’, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies Seminar Series, 26. November, 2012.
  • ‚Nachbarschaftsvereinigungen in Japan’ [Neighbourhood associations in Japan], Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 14 July, 2012.
  • ‘The promotion of punctuality and efficient time use in Japan after the First World War’, University of St Andrews, Centre for Transnational History, School of History, Workshop: The Changing Experience of Time in the Long 19th Century, 19 May, 2012.
  • ‚Zur Durchsetzung des industriellen Zeitregimes in Japan: Die Pünktlichkeitskampagne nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg’ [On the introduction of the industrial time regime in Japan: The punctuality campaign in Japan after the First World War], Heidelberg University, 27 January, 2012.
  • ‘Ernährungserziehung (shokuiku) und familialer Eßalltag in Japan’ [Food education (shokuiku) and family meals in Japan], Vienna University, Institute of East Asian Studies, 24 January, 2012.
  • ‘The evolution of modern time discipline in Japan’, University of Oxford, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, 30 November, 2011.
  • ‘The Chinese community in the treaty port of Yokohama and the Japanese “coolie debate” of the 1880s/90s’, Innsbruck University (Austria), Department of Economic Theory, Policy and History, Conference: The Role and Function of the Global City, 3 November, 2011.
  • ‘The campaign to improve daily life (seikatsu kaizen undō) and its activities to promote punctuality in Japan after the First World War’, Tallinn University (Estonia) , International Conference of the European Association of Japanese Studies (eajs), 24 August, 2011.
  • ‘Die Entwicklung des Toyota-Produktionssystems nach dem Vorbild Ford (1930er-1960er Jahre)’ [The modelling of the Toyota Production System after the Fordist system from the 1930s to the 1960s], Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Annual Conference of the German Society for the History of Technology, 4 June, 2011.
  • ‘Prekarität als Normalität: Die städtische Unterschicht (toshi kasō) als Gegenstand der japanischen Sozialforschung von der Meiji-Zeit bis in die 1920er Jahre’ [Precarity as normality: Research on the urban underclass (toshi kasō) by Japanese social scientists from the Meiji era to the 1920s], Frankfurt University, Institute of Japanology, 3 February, 2011.
  • ‘Der deutsch-japanische Handel bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg’ [German-Japanese trade before the First World War], German National Museum of History, Berlin, Conference: 150 Jahre deutsch- japanische Beziehungen [150 Years of German-Japanese Relations], 24-26 January, 2011.
  • Die familiale Tischgemeinschaft in Japan zwischen Auflösung und Renaissance’ [Family meals in Japan between dissolution and renaissance], Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Germany) , Conference: Wandel des Essalltags: Organisation und Gestaltung von Ernährung zwischen Familie und öffentlichkeit im deutsch-japanischen Vergleich [Changing food habits: Nutrition between family and public life in Germany and Japan], 8-9 December, 2010.
  • ‘Die Pünktlichkeits- und Zeitsparkampagne in Japan nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg’ [The campaign for punctuality and time saving in Japan after the First World War], Philipps-Universität Marburg, 31. Deutscher Orientalistentag [31st German Conference of Oriental Studies] , Section Japanese Studies, 20-24 September, 2010.
  • ‘Ausländische Handelsunternehmen in Nagasaki in der Umbruchszeit Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts: überlegungen zu einer transnationalen Erweiterung der Handelsgeschichte’ [Foreign trading companies in Nagasaki in mid-19th century: Trade history as transnational history], Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Workshop: ‘Glocal History des langen 19. Jahrhunderts? – Die ,Verwandlung der Welt' in regionaler Perspektive: Das Ruhrgebiet und Nord-Kyūshū im Vergleich’ [Global history of the long 19th century? The transformation of the world in a regional perspective: Comparing the Ruhr area and Northern Kyushu], 30 April, 2010.
  • ‘Das älteste deutsche Handelshaus in Japan: L. Kniffler & Co. / C. Illies & Co. 1859-1914’ [The earliest German trading company in Japan: L. Kniffler & Co. / C. Illies & Co. 1859-1914], OAG (German Society for the Study of East Asia) Tokyo, 17 March, 2010 & OAG Kobe, 24 March, 2010.
  • ‘Wie die Japaner fleißig wurden: Die Durchsetzung der modernen Zeitdisziplin in der japanischen Schwerindustrie am Beispiel des Arsenals von Osaka (1870-1945)’ [How the Japanese became diligent: The introduction of modern time discipline in Japanese heavy industry as exemplified by the Osaka arsenal (1870-1945)], Frankfurt University, Institute of Japanology, 3 February, 2010.
  • ‘150 Jahre C. Illies & Co.: Ein deutsches Handelshaus in Japan’ [150 years of C. Illies & Co.: A German trading company in Japan], East Asian Seminar, Zürich University (Switzerland) , 14th meeting of the Initiative für Historische Japanforschung [Study Group of Young Researchers in Japanese History], 8 November, 2009.
  • ‘Japan und die Bundesrepublik Deutschland in der ära Adenauer’ [Japan and the Federal Republic of Germany in the Adenauer Era], Stiftung Bundeskanzler-Adenauer-Haus [The Foundation of the Residence of Chancellor Adenauer], Bad Honnef (Germany) , Conference: Die Herausforderung des Globalen in der Ära Adenauer [Global challenges in the Adenauer era], 3 April, 2008.
  • ‘Die Japanische Lebensreformbewegung (seikatsu kaizen undō) in den 1920er Jahren’ [The Japanese campaing for life reform in the 1920s], Hessischer Geschichtslehrerverband [Association of History Teachers in the State of Hessen], Wiesbaden (Germany) , Conference: Zwischen Adaption und Aggression – Japans Weg in der Moderne [Between adaptation and aggression: Japan’s modern trajectory], 30 October, 2007.
  • ‘Kindai Nihon ni okeru rōdōsha no aidentiti keisei’ [Identity formation of industrial workers in Modern Japan], Osaka City University, Faculty of Economics, 3 August, 2007.
  • ‘Die japanische Industriearbeiterschaft vor 1945: Selbstverleugnung statt Identitätsbildung?’ [Japanese industrial workers before 1945: Selfdenial instead of identity formation?], Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of History and Cultural Sciences, 20 February, 2007.
  • ‘Suburbane Lebenswelten in Japan um 1960: Die ‚Siedlungs-Leute’ (danchi-zoku) als Vorreiter eines euro-amerikanischen Lebensstils’ [Suburban life worlds in Japan around 1960: The inhabitants of public housing estates as pioneers of a Euro-American lifestyle], Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte [Hamburg Research Institute of Contemporary History] , Hamburg (Germany), Workshop: Suburbanisierung in vergleichender Perspektive [Suburbanisation in international comparison], 5 May, 2006.
  • ‘Beyond chōnaikai: Neighbourhood cultures in pre-war Tokyo’, Königswinter near Bonn (Germany) , Annual Conference of the Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung (German Association of Social Scientific Research on Japan), Conference: Urban spaces in Japan: The social scientific study of Japan and the ‘spatial turn’, 18-20 November, 2005.
  • ‘Public housing estates (danchi) and the modernization of daily life in Japan during the 1950s’, Collège de France, Paris, Workshop for Doctoral Students of the European Association for Japanese Studies, 5-6 July, 2002.
  • ‘Danchi — Sengo Nihon ni okeru kindaiteki seikatsu kūkan no keisei’ [Public housing estates — The emergence of a modern space of everyday life in Postwar Japan], Keiō University, Tokyo, Keizai Gakkai (Economics research group), 23 June, 2000.
  • ‘Shōwa 30nendai ni okeru danchi no komyuniti keisei to matsuri’ [The formation of local communities and religious festivals in public housing estates in the 1950s and 1960s], University of Tokyo, Seminar: Nihon no shisō to shūkyō [Japanese philosophy and religion], June 3, 2000.
  • ‘Living in a box: Danchi dwellers as the pioneers of modern lifestyle in Japan in the 1950s’, Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (German Institute for Japanese Studies), Tokyo, History Study Group, 10 May, 2000.
  • ‘Choosing Western lifestyle — The introduction of modern household appliances into Japanese kitchens after 1945’, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (France) , 26th Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology — ICOHTEC 1999, 16-21 August, 1999.

Conference Chairs

  • Panel: The First World War and the Transformation of Japan: Wartime Studies and Their Consequences, 14th EAJS International Conference, Ljubljana (Slovenia), History Section, 29 August, 2014 (with Dr. Jan Schmidt, Bochum).
  • International conference: The East Asian Dimension of the First World War: The 'German-Japanese War‘ and China, 1914-1919, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 5–7 September, 2014 (with Jan Schmidt, Leuven).
  • International workshop: Observing the First World War from its ‚Periphery’: Knowledge Transfer and the Transformation of Societies, Freie Universität Berlin, 8–9 November, 2014 (with Jan Schmidt, Leuven).
  • Joint symposium of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the German Association of JSPS Alumni, Natural disasters: Impact and management, Münster University, 11-12 May, 2012. Section Japanese Studies at the 31. Deutscher Orientalistentag [31st German Conference of Oriental Studies] , Philipps-Universität Marburg, 20-24 Sep-tember, 2010. Joint symposium of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the German Association of JSPS Alumni and the French Association of JSPS Alumni, Food Science and Society, Strasbourg University (France), 21-22 May, 2010.
  • 12th Japanese History Workshop, Young Researchers’ Japanese History Group, Centre for Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 1-2 November, 2008.
  • Panel: Die Zukunft der kleinen Fächer am Beispiel der Japanologie [The future of the “small subjects” as exemplified by Japanese Studies], 13. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag [13th German Conference on Japanese Studies] , Bonn University (Germany), 12-15 September, 2006.

Other Presentations and Activities Aimed at the General Public

  • ‚Japan und der Erste Weltkrieg. Lernen aus dem totalen Krieg in Europa’ [Japan and the First World War: Learning from total war in Europe], German Historical Museum, Berlin, 8 October, 2014 (with Dr. Jan Schmidt, Ruhr-Universität Bochum).
  • „Der ‚Große Krieg’ und seine Zeit im japanischen Stummfilmkino, 1914-1918“ [The Great War in Japanese silent movies], Cinema Babylon, Berlin, 3 September, 2014.
  • ‘Fukushima – Was haben japanische Geschichte und politische Kultur mit der dortigen Katastrophe zu tun?’ [Fukushima: Can we explain the catastrophe by referring to the history and political culture of Japan?], public discussion at the Citizen ́s Culture Centre, Marburg , 9 September, 2011.
  • ‘Wurst und Kuchen: Kulinarischer Kulturtransfer’ [Sausages and cakes: Cultural transfer on the culinary level], Central Library of the Philipps-Universität Marburg, 23 September, 2009. Exhibition: ‘Alle Menschen werden Brüder – Deutsche Kriegsgefangene in Japan 1914-1920’ [German Prisoners of War in Japan 1914-1920] (in cooperation with the OAG [German Society for the Study of East Asia] Tokyo), University Library, Marburg, 3 September-18 October, 2009.
  • Lecture of Japanese contemporary poetry by Takayanagi Makoto and Isolde Asai, in cooperation with the Neue Literarische Gesellschaft Marburgs [New literature society of Marburg], Café Vetter, Marburg, 30 August, 2009.
  • ‘Hanami – Das japanische Kirschblütenfest’ [Hanami – The Japanese cherry blossom viewing festival], Botanical Garden of the Philipps-Universität Marburg, 5 April, 2009.

  • Lecture series ‘Japans esoterischer Buddhismus’ [The esoteric Buddhism of Japan], Centre for Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, summer term 2008.
  • ‘Samurai im Film – Samurai in der Geschichte’ [Samurai on screen – samurai in history], Centre for Japanese Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 23 November, 2007.

Teaching Experience

Graduate Courses

  • Postwar Japanese History (lecture)
  • Workers, labour movement and workers´ culture in modern Japan (lecture)
  • The German-Japanese economic relations in the 19th century (lecture)
  • The history of Japanese Studies in German-speaking countries (lecture)
  • Nature and Environment in Japan (seminar)
  • Food and Food Habits in Japan (seminar)
  • The Japanese society under the influences of globalization (seminar)
  • Demographic change in Japan (seminar)
  • The change of working conditions in Japan (seminar)
  • City and urban life in modern Japan (seminar)
  • Social movements in Japan (seminar)
  • History of everyday life in Japan, 1920-1970 (seminar)
  • Inheriting dictatorships: Germany and Japan after the 2nd world war (interdisciplinary seminar, with colleagues from the German History Department)
  • Tsukishima – Life under Industrialization in a Tokyo district (seminar)
  • M.A.-Students´ research colloquium

Undergraduate Courses

  • Introduction to Japanese history I: From Prehistory to the Edo Period) (lecture & seminar)
  • Introduction to Japanese history II: From the Edo Period to the Present) (lecture & seminar)
  • Introduction to the geography and economic geography of Japan (lecture & seminar)
  • Japanese culture and civilization (lecture)
  • The history of Japan (lecture)
  • Postwar Japanese history: Political, social and economic developments (seminar)
  • Modern history of East Asia as reflected in Japanese/Korean/Chinese history textbooks (interdisciplinary lecture course, with colleagues from institutes of Chinese and Korean Studies)
  • Japanese history textbooks on the postwar era (lecture course)
  • Research tools for modern Japanese history

Honorary Positions

  • since 2012 Co-President of the Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (GJF) [German Association of Japanese Studies]
  • 2010–14 Board member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft der JSPS-Stipendiaten e.V. (JSPS Club) [German Association of JSPS Alumni], received the Award of the Japanese Foreign Minister (Gaimu daijinshō) for its excellent contribution to strengthening scientific relations between Japan and Germany in 2012

Professional Associations

  • European Association for Japanese Studis (eajs)
  • Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung (vsjf) [German Association for Social Scientific Research on Japan]
  • Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung (GSU) [German Association of Urban History and Urban Studies]
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG) [German Society for the Study of East Asia]

Professional Duties

  • Examiner for the Max Weber Stiftung [Max Weber Foundation] (2011, evaluation of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo)
  • Member of a national expert committee initiated by the German Rectors’ Conference on the pre- sent situation of the small subjects in German universities (2011)
  • Examiner for the BRDIGE scholarship programme of the German Association of JSPS Alumni (2011-12)
  • Examiner for the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation doctoral scholarship programme for Japan (2010-11)
  • Examiner for the DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service] scholarship programme for the improvement of undergraduate studies programmes (2011)
  • Examiner for the vsjf-Preis [Young researchers’ award of the Association for Social Scientific Research on Japan] (2011)
  • Examiner for the DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service] student scholarship programme for Japan (2008-09)

Academic Administration

Philipps-Universität Marburg

  • Managing director of the Centre for Japanese Studies (July 2007-March 2012)
  • Vice-managing director of the Centre for Japanese Studies (May 2006-July 2007)
  • Faculty representative, faculty council of the Faculty for History and Cultural Sciences (2009-10)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Faculty of East Asian Studies

  • Non-tenured faculty representative, faculty council, 2004-06
  • Non-tenured faculty representative in the university’s central council for research and knowledge transfer (2003-06)
  • Non-tenured faculty representative in the university’s central council for the Centre for interdisciplinary studies (2003-06)
  • Supervisor of the Siebold Archive, 2002-06
  • Member of the editorial board of the Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung [Bochum Yearbook for East Asian Studies], research periodical of the Faculty, 2001-06
  • Supervisor of the student exchange programme with Nihon Daigaku, Tokyo, 2001-06
  • Supervisor of the tutorial programme for freshmen, 2000-03
  • Student counseling

Professional Training

  • Course: ‘Theory and practice of media didactics in teaching’, Centre for Professional Training, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, February 2003
  • Course: ‘Conference planning’, Centre for Professional Training, Ruhr-Universität Bochum , September 2002
  • Course: ‘Effective academic learning methods’, Centre for Professional Training, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 18 January, 1999
  • Course: ‘Scientific Writing’, Centre for Professional Training, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 4 June, 1998 Course: ‘Methods of historical demography’, Centre for Historical Social Research, University of Cologne, 7-8 November, 1997
  • Course: ‘Methods of historical social research’, Centre for Historical Social Research, University of Cologne, 6-20 September, 1997