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Japanese Studies


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Chair of Department and PG Research Coordinator
Dr Olivier Ansart
Phone: +61 2 9351 4306

Our department has one the world’s largest programs wholly dedicated to Japanese studies and our scholars have a wide variety of research interests. To learn more about current research projects please visit the academic profiles of our faculty members found on the Department’s online academic staff page.
Research strengths in the Department of Japanese Studies
  • The interconnections of modern Japanese social, cultural, and political history
  • Japanese premodern intellectual history and political philosophy
  • Pop and media culture and the literature-anime nexus
  • Modern and contemporary Japanese fiction and literary theory
  • Japanese cinema and mass culture
  • Japanese popular culture
  • Japanese and East Asian media, the government, media industry, and audience nexus
  • Japanese sociolinguistics and linguistics; complex verb constructions and transitivity in Asian languages
  • Japanese language and pedagogy
  • Chinese communities in Australia and Japan and linkages with the Chinese homeland
  • Comparative study of Asian societies; class, gender, ethnicity, community and globalization in Asian societies
  • Premodern Japanese urban history
  • Early temple and residential architecture
  • Spatial theory: “Spatial-Structural History”
  • Japan-Korea relations, historical and contemporary
  • Postcolonial studies and cross-cultural representations