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Nicole Keusch


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About Nicole Keusch

“Japanese studies on Africa: Historiography of a research area” (Working title)

Because of their geographical distance and the lack of intense historical interaction, mutual interest between Japan and the African continent is rather superficial. But although Africa is certainly not a main focus of Japanese academic research, African studies in Japan have an interesting and rather special tradition. In my work, I will try to give an overview on the development and current state of Japanese research on Africa.

In order to complement the quantitative survey of African studies in Japan, I will analyse the research undertaken at Japanese institutions and compare the way the Japanese academy deals with the African continent to Western traditions of regional studies. By tracing its historical development, I will try to isolate factors which influence research and seek out their actual relevance in Japan. Based on the focus of Western research on Africa, I currently plan to concentrate on the following aspects:

  1. Historical heritage and grown interrelations,
  2. Ideological background and the self-positioning in the international framework,
  3. Economic and political interest in view of modern globalization.


Curriculum vitae

May 2011 – July 2011
Ph.D. scholarship at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo

Since November 2010
Ph.D. student at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

February 2010 – March 2010
Vocational training for teachers of the Japanese language in Urawa, Japan, Grant program of the Japan Foundation

September 2008
Workshop “Interpreting Japanese–German” at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

2006 – 2011
Research and teaching assistant at the department of Japanese Studies of Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Master Degree in Japanese and African Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin

Selected publications


Mori Otto: “An image of father – Reminiscences”. Translated from Japanese by Nicole Keusch. Berlin: Mori-Ôgai-Memorial Hall, Humboldt-University Berlin, 2005.

Tsuji Hitonari: “Miracle”. Translated from Japanese by Nicole Keusch. Berlin: Mori-Ôgai-Memorial Hall, Humboldt-University Berlin, 2001.


“The adventures of the small panda”. Director: Takahata Isao, 70 minutes. Japan 1972. DVD: Munich, Universum Film GmbH, 2010.

“Rashomon”. Director: Kurosawa Akira, 83 minutes. Japan 1950. DVD: Munich, Concorde Home Entertainment, 2006.


“Travel experts’ books 80 – Berlin / Dresden. Leading cultural cities in Germany” 旅名人ブックス80 ベルリン / ドレデン ドイツを牽引した文化都市. Tokyo: Nikkei BP Shuppan Sentâ 2006.

“Independent explorations tours 6 – Central Europe, Germany” わがまま歩きツアーズ6 中欧 ドイツ. Tokyo: Jitsugyô no Nihonsha 2005.