Kamila Szczepanska, PHD

Kamila Szczepanska

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Sektion Politik Ostasiens
AKAFÖ 2/14
44780 Bochum
Tel.: +49 (0)234 32-26446
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14585
Kamila.Szczepanska@rub.de



Consultation hours during the semester break :
04.09.2015 11:00-13:00
05.09.2017: 11:00-13:00
04.10.2017: 11:00-13:00

During the WiSe 2017/2018 my office hours will be: Tuesdays, 15:00-16:00.
To make an appointment on one of these dates, please inquire via E-Mail

Research Focus

  • Civil Society in Japan
  • Advocacy and Social Movements in Japan
  • Historical Revisionism and Progressive Activism in Japan
  • Conflicts over History in East Asia
  • Collective Memory and Politics of Memory

Education

  • MA in International Relations, Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Lodz (Poland) (2000 – 2005)
  • MA in Asian Studies, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, University of Lund (Sweden)  (2005 – 2007)
  • MA in Japanese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield (UK) (2007 – 2008)
  • PhD (Joint Degree Programme), School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield (UK) and Tohoku University, Graduate School of Law, GCOE Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalisation (Japan) (2008 – 2012)
    Dissertation: ‘Politics of War Memory in Japan 1990-2010: Progressive Civil Society Groups and Contestation of Memory of the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945)’

Publications

  • Szczepanska, Kamila (2017), Towards a ‘common’ view of difficult past? The representation of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in trilateral teaching materials, Journal of Peace Education, Published online: 03 Jan 2017.
  • Duggan, Niall and Szczepanska, Kamila (2016), ‘Political Responses to the Economic Crisis: China, Japan and South Korea’, in Fang Hon and Liang Fen (eds.), Conflict and Communication: A Changing Asia in a Globalising World – Social and Political Perspectives, New York: Nova Publishers.
  • Schnelle, Diana and Szczepanska, Kamila (2016), ‘Japan’s National Role Conception and its Perceptions of China in the Region and World: The View of PM Abe Shinzō’s Administration’, ASIEN – The German Journal of Contemporary Asia, to be published in October 2016 issue of the journal.
  • Szczepanska, Kamila (2014), ‘Addressing the Allied POW Issue in Japan: The Case of POW Research Network Japan’, Japan Forum 26(1):88-112.
  • Szczepanska, Kamila (2014), The Politics of War Memory in Japan. Progressive Civil Society Groups and Contestation of Memory of the Asia-Pacific War’, London and New York: Routledge.

Conference Papers and Presentation

  • ‘From Murayama Statement to Abe Statement? Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and the 70th Anniversary of the Asia-Pacific War’, Joint East Asian Studies Conference, SOAS, University of London, 7-9 September 2016.
  • ‘Japan’s Perceptions of China’s Role in the Region and the World: The View of PM Abe Shinzo’s Administration(s)’ (co-authored with Diana Schnelle, MA)
    ‘Japanese Civil Society in Global Governance: The Case of 2015 UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UN WCDRR, Sendai)’ (single author submission), 12th Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society Conference, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 28-29 April 2016.
  • ‚Japan’s Perceptions of China’s Role in the Region and World: The View of the Abe Shinzo’s Administration’ (co-authored with Diana Schnelle, MA), Research Seminar Workshop China‘s New Role‘s In Global Politics, Ruhr University Bochum, 14th January 2016.
  • ‚PM Abe and the 70th Anniversary of the War’ (keynote), The Search for Reconciliation: Korean-Japanese and German-Polish Relations since World War II, Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland, 27 October 2015.
  • Understanding the Asia-Pacific War. An International Symposium in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the End of War, The University of Edinburgh, UK, 17-18 July 2015
    • panel chair for session 4 (substituting for Chris Perkins)
  • ‘Nation-based Memory Studies Is Over, or Should Be’ presentation (Memory - from National to Global session), White Rose East Asia Centre Pasts, Presents and Futures Network, University of Sheffield, 15-16 June 2015.
  • ‘Abe Shinzō’s “Third Arrow”: Revitalising Japanese Business through “Womenomics”?’, 20th EU-Asia International Research Seminar, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, 27 - 29 May 2015.
  • ‘Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Representation of Atomic Bombings in Trilateral Teaching Materials’, 11th Nordic Association of Japanese Studies Conference, University of Lund, Sweden, 5-6 March 2015.
  • ‘Towards Beautiful Country 2.0 – The Second Abe Cabinet and Educational Reform’, part of a panel titled ‘The Second Chances: Abe Shinzō and the Charting of a “New” Course for Japan’ [panel organiser], 14th Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, University of Ljubljana, 27-30 August 2014.
    • panel chair for ‘Regional and Local Issues’ panel, Section 9: Politics and International Relations
  • ‘The Educational Reforms of the Second Abe Cabinet and the Shaping of Cultural Memory in Japan’, guest lecture, Faculty of Humanities, University of Niigata, Japan, 13 March 2014.
  • ‘Political Responses to the Economic Crisis: China, Japan and South Korea’ (co-author), 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: One International Relations or Many? Multiple Worlds, Multiple Crises, University of Warsaw, Poland, 18-21 September 2013.
  • ‘Beyond the European Experience: Official and Grass-root Joint History Projects in East Asia in 2000s’, Joint East Asian Studies Conference. East Asian Societies in Transition: Challenges and Connections, University of Nottingham, UK, 5-7 September 2013.
  • ‘Regional Responses: China and Japan in Regional and Global Economic Governance’ (co-author), 9th LEAM 2013 Central Europe and East Asia, University of Lodz, Poland, 6-7 June 2013.
  • ‘Transnational Networking for Change: The Forum on Historical Consciousness and Peace in East Asia’, Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society Conference, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 14-15 March 2013.
  • ‘Asian Regional Responses: A Comparative Perspective’ (co-author), China, the European Union and the Re-organisation of the Global Financial Markets: Towards a New Global Economic Governance, Workshop by the Institute of East Asian Politics & the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University (Shanghai), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 4-6 November 2012.
  • ‘Progressive Civil Society Activism and POW Issue in Japan’, British Association of Japanese Studies Conference, University of East Anglia, UK, 6-7 September 2012.
  • ‘The Politics of War Memory in Japan 1990-2010: Progressive Civil Society Groups and Contestation of Memory of the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945)’, Sakura Seminar, GCOE Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalisation, Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University, Japan, 12-14 April 2012.
  • ‘Progressive Civil Society Groups and Contestation of War Memory in Japan (1990-2010)’, Sino-Japanese Relations Postgraduate Network Conference, University of Leeds, 2-3 June 2011.
  • ‘Bringing the Legacy of Ienaga Saburo’s Struggle to Next Generations: Children and Textbooks Japan Network 21’, Generation Workshop, White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds, UK, 21 June 2011.
  • ‘Civil Society and the Politics of War Memory in Japan: How Do You Make Your Voice Heard?’, Re-representing the Past: Japan, China and World War Two in the Twenty-First Century Conference, University of Leeds, UK, 7-8 July 2010.
  • ‘Memory and Civil Society: “History Issue” and Civil Society Groups in Japan’, Hagi Seminar: Political Process of Historical Memories in East Asia International Conference, GCOE Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality in the Age of Globalisation, Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University, Japan, 15-18 October 2009.
  • PhD Poster Presentation, Vitae Yorkshire and North East Hub Poster Competition, University of Leeds, April 22, 2009
  • ‘Amakudari’, Orient – Civilizations, Cultures, Societies and Languages Conference, Ciazen, Poland, 2005
  • ‘Junichiro Koizumi. A Reformer Who Is Going to Lose?’, Japan – World Power at the Crossroads Conference, University of Lodz, 2004