Postgraduate research in Japanese Studies

Our diverse team of Japanese specialists offer in-depth research training on all aspects of modern and contemporary Japan, including gender, education, religion, society and history.

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Finding a supervisor

Our postgraduate research students benefit from supervision across a range of fields, covering a broad range of Japanese research areas.

Our team's research interests include:

  • History of gender in Japan
  • History of science, technology and medicine in Japan
  • Media discourse in Japan
  • Contemporary Japanese society
  • Religion in contemporary Japan
  • East Asian cultural flows
  • Social anthropology of Japan
  • Education in modern and contemporary Japan
  • Youth culture in Japan
  • Gender and feminist studies in Japan
  • Crime fiction
  • Philosophy of language
  • Japanese language and linguistics
  • Translation theory

See our Japanese Studies staff list

Current PhD students

  • Karl Andersson - 'Disrupting desires and identities among fans of shota comics in Japan'
  • Robert Hume - 'Language, identity, social policy and community-level language revival movements among indigenous ethnic groups in far eastern Russia and northern Japan'

Past PhD students

  • Aura Di Febo - ‘Japanese New Religious Movements' Welfare Activities. Rissho Koseikai as a Case-Study’
  • Yumi Dunbar - 'History Education in Contemporary Japan: An Examination of Teaching and Learning about Imperialism and War'
  • Mareike Hamann - ‘The Changing Grammatical Usage of Mimetics in Japanese’
  • Paulina Kolata – ‘The Ongoing Problem of Religious Decline and the loss of Spiritual Identity - What is the Relationship between Religion, Region and Communal Identity in Japan Today?’
  • Fabiana Marinaro - 'Japan's Precariat and the Renegotiation of Japanese Employment Law'
  • Sally Marshall - 'The Epistemological Paradox of Translating Autobiography: A Comparison of Evidential Stance in Translated vs. Non-Translated Autobiographies'
  • Anna Seabourne - 'Teaching and Learning in a Japanese koryū dōjō: A Classical Martial Art as a Community of Practice'