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Martin Dusinberre, Dr.


Martin Dusinberre, Dr.


  • Associate Fellow, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (Jan. 2014~)


Über Martin Dusinberre

Martin Dusinberre trained as a historian of modern Japan at the University of Oxford and took up a tenured lectureship at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, in 2008. He joined the Cluster in 2011, initially as a visiting fellow and then, from 2012-2014, as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow. In the autumn semester of 2014 he is affiliated to the Cluster as an Associate Fellow in the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies.

Since coming to Heidelberg, Dusinberre's research interests have extended also into Asia-based global history. He is currently completing his second monograph, a global history of Japan told through the story of a single Japanese steamship. The book is based on archival research in Japan, the UK, Hawai’i and Australia.

Dusinberre's first monograph, Hard Times in the Hometown: A History of Community Survival in Modern Japan, was published by the University of Hawaii Press in 2012, and has been widely reviewed. He has also published a number of articles and chapters on the prewar history of Japanese migration to the Asia-Pacific region, and the history of the Japanese nuclear power industry.


DPhil in History, University of Oxford (2008)

MA in Japanese Studies, SOAS, University of London (2002)

MA/BA in Modern History, University of Oxford (1998)

Visiting Scholar, Kyushu University (2003-2005)

Ausgewählte Publikationen


Dusinberre, M (2012). Hard Times in the Hometown: A History of Community Survival in Modern Japan (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press).

Selected articles and chapters:

Dusinberre, M (2014). 'Of World History and Great Men: A Japanese Village and its Worlds', in T. Minohara, T. Hon and E. Dawley (eds.), The Decade of the Great War: Japan and the Wider World in the 1910s (Leiden: Brill), pp. 372-393.

Dusinberre, M (2013). 'Janus and the Japanese Empire'. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 14, 1 (online here).

Dusinberre, M. (2013). 'Searching for furusato in Kaminoseki', in C. Gerteis and T. S. George (eds.), Japan since 1945: from Postwar to Post-Bubble (London, New York: Bloomsbury), pp. 47-65.

Dusinberre, M. (2012). 'DIMBY: Kaminoseki and the making/breaking of Modern Japan'. The Asia-Pacific Journal, vol. 10, issue 32, no 1 (online here).

Dusinberre, M., and D. P. Aldrich (2011). 'Hatoko Comes Home: Civil Society and Nuclear Power in Japan'. The Journal of Asian Studies, 70, 3: 683-705.

Dusinberre, M (2008). 'Unread relics of a transnational "hometown" in rural western Japan'. Japan Forum, 20, 3: 305-335.