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Summer School 2011 - Concept | Programme | Speakers | Participants | Poster


Yasin Arslantaş (Bilkent University, Ankara)

Yasin Arslantaş is an MA student in Ottoman History at Bilkent University. Before being admitted to Bilkent, he received his BS degree in Economics from TOBB University of Economics and Technology where he loved to take courses in history. During his undergraduate study, he has attended several events like a summer school in Pecs University, Hungary on minority and ethnicity issues. The years he spent at Bilkent witnessed his taking part in the conferences and seminars conducted by the History department and his taking many history courses that shaped his focus. His research interests are centered around the religious, cultural and economic history of the Ottoman Empire. In fact, all these sub-categories refer to his main interest of foundations (Waqf) and monasteries in Islamic cultures, their place in the economic life of the city and their relations with the state. As relevant to these subjects, he is also interested in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), Sufi biographies and thus medieval Islam. In his MA thesis, he intends to examine how and why the State granted lands to Islamic monasteries and how these grants affected the city life based on a case of a 16th century foundation called Ali Baba Waqf founded in a mid-eastern Anatolian city, Sivas. He speaks Turkish and English fluently and has a reading knowledge of German, Persian and Ottoman Turkish.

Wolf Behnsen (Leibniz University, Hannover)

Wolf Behnsen recently graduated from the Leibniz University Hannover with an M.A. in history and sociology. His research interest are plantation zones in the Atlantic world as well as new ways to think connections between approaches of global history and cultural sociology. Interests in the connection of the Atlantic world and Asia stem from his volunteer work in Indonesia. He is particularly eager to deepen his understanding of the history of sugar, especially in the British empire, inspired by the research of Sydney Mintz on the anthropology of food. His own current research deals with the time after slave emancipation in the British Caribbean, focusing on exslaves cultural strategies and hybrid labour.

B.D. Binder (University of Heidelberg)

B.D. Binder is a research assistant and Ph.D. student at the Department of Transcultural Studies of the University of Heidelberg. She graduated from the University of Cologne in Japanese, Media and English Studies with a thesis on ’Yakuza, a social phenomenon and its representations in movies of Kitano Takeshi’. Earlier, she has been an exchange student of Waseda University and a Ph.D. student at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo last year. Her research interests include (trans)gender histories and theory, with special regard to masculinities, and political paradoxes. Her Ph.D. thesis, entitled “A Case Study in Nationalism and Gender – the Amur Society (Kokuryūkai), 1917-1936”, is an inquiry into the gendered and gendering nationalist discourse of the pan-Asian Amur Society founded by Uchida Ryōhei (1874-1937) in 1901. The study’s overall aim is to expound how masculinities were constructed in the name of the nation and to explore the historical specificity of this configuration whose traces arguably extend to our times.

Ana M. Goy-Yamamoto (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Ana M. Goy-Yamamoto holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain. Her Ph.D. thesis titled “Culture and Consumption: The influence of Japanese Youth in East Asia” (2002) is based on her field work done as Visiting Mombusho Scholar at the Graduate School of Commerce of Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo - Japan). She has also been a postgraduate researcher at Rotterdam Erasmus University (The Netherlands) where she conducted a research on Japanese financial issues. She also holds a Masters degree on Sociology of Consumption by Complutense University of Madrid. Currently she is Associate Professor of Japanese Studies and Member of the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where she is responsible of courses regarding Contemporary Japan from a socio economic development perspective and Japanese business management and corporate culture. She is also visiting faculty at the Instituto de Empresa and the Escuela de Organización Industrial Business Schools. She has published extensively on Japanese economics, consumer behaviour, social change and East Asian youth lifestyles. Her research focus is mainly the convergence of consumer behaviour patterns in Urban youth in East Asia with a special attention to gender issues as well. Ana M. Goy Yamamoto is also a board member of the European Research School Network of Contemporary East Asian Studies (EastAsiaNet) and member of related associations.

Pauline Heyer (University of Heidelberg)

Pauline Heyer is an M.A. student at the department of Cultural Anthropology and the department of Economics at the University of Heidelberg. In her studies she focused on communication in intercultural projects, intercultural competences, organizational behaviour and researches of subjective wellbeing. Pauline is writing her final thesis on consumption with regard to sustainability and will finish her studies in October 2011.

Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle (University of London)

Arnhilt Johanna Hoefle is currently pursuing her PhD degree at the University of London School of Advanced Study, United Kingdom. Her doctoral research project is dedicated to the circulation and reception of the literary works of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) in the Chinese-speaking world. She graduated in Chinese Studies and German Philology at the University of Vienna, where she wrote her MA dissertation on the reception of the Austrian Nobel Prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek in the People’s Republic of China. In the course of her studies she spent one year at the Renmin University of China in Beijing. She regularly returned to China since then for the purposes of field research and the participation in academic conferences. Her research interests include: sociological approaches to translation, theories of cultural transfers, concepts of ‘world literature’, modern and contemporary China, Taiwan and Cross-Strait relations, cultural politics, Austrian literature and the reception of German-language literature worldwide.

Anne-Kathrin Hoklas (Rostock University)

Anne-Kathrin Hoklas is a research assistant and Ph.D. student at the Department of Sociology and Demography of Rostock University, where she received her master‘s degree. She has studied sociology and German language and literature. Blending these two disciplines, her thesis will focus on the social use of metaphors. Her further research interests include cultural sociology, especially consumer culture, and qualitative research methods. During her studies she worked at a qualitative market research agency and brand consultancy in Hamburg, where she was engaged in cross-cultural research projects involving the Asian market. For her master‘s thesis, she conducted qualitative interviews in Eastern and Western Germany to investigate whether there are still differences in the meaning of brands in everyday life due to socialisation in two different political and cultural systems.

Johanna Illgner (University of Heidelberg)

Johannah is a ”Magister” student at the Anthropology Institute of Heidelberg University. Her other major is Political Science. She also studied History and Women and Gender Studies in the US (Exchange Year at CalState Long Beach, California). Her fields of interests are mainly Peace and Conflict Research, Political Anthropology and gender relations.

Gurbachan Jandu

Gurbachan received his graduate degree in 1995 and is currently a candidate for a postgraduate degree in History, Culture and Belief this year. He is an advocate of social cohesion via non-singular identities in the societal and theoretical setting, his research centres on the role of NGOs, government and religious institutions which he considers as places that offer opportunities in both understanding and influencing identity politics as well as the commercial &communitarian effects of diversity and acculturation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of GB & Ireland, a member of the British Association of South Asian Studies and the academic network Sikhs in Europe. As a returnee to education his thesis paper for the Heidelberg Summer School satisfies his Masters dissertation and seeks to understand the role his local Gurdwara plays in the conveyance of intergenerational Sikh Identities to Sikh youth in London. In this the Gurdwara is a cultural dictum that cannot be easily reconciled with the consumptive arena that is metropolis London. Part of the British Sikh youth identity is the amplified generational access to goods and services, this however can be considered a material vagary within the Sikh religion and culture and the previous era.

Hui-Ying Kerr (Royal College of Art, London)

Hui-Ying Kerr is a specialist in Design and Material Culture. Having trained in BSc Product Design from Nottingham Trent University, worked as a playground designer, studied MA Architecture and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham, and lectured in Product Design, and Design and Visual Culture (Fashion), her background in design spans many different disciplines. She is currently reading for a PhD at the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) in Design History, researching the dual nature of work and play in Japanese design at the height of the economic bubble of the late 1980s.

Charlotte Lichtenberger (WWU Münster)

Charlotte Lichtenberger is a B.A student of Sociology and Economics at the WWU Münster. Her fields of interests include qualitative and quantitative market- and consumption research and gender studies in general. Since graduating from school in 2009, she is working as a freelancer for SIGMA, an organization for international market research and consulting in Mannheim and there, had the possibility to gain practical experience in addition to her theoretical studies.

Paul Kreitman (Princeton University)

Paul Kreitman is a PhD candidate in Princeton University’s history department. He graduated from Oxford University in 2006 with a BA in History, and worked in Tokyo at the investment bank Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, designing carbon offsets to be traded through the UN’s Kyoto Protocol. He began his graduate studies at Princeton in 2009, and is currently planning to write his dissertation on the environmental history of Northeast Asia. In particular he is interested in the Manchurian soybean fertiliser industry that sprung up in the early 20th century, and the emergence of rice as a popular staple crop in Japan. Broadly speaking, he hopes to explore the interrelationship between shifting global nutrient flows and local consumption patterns, and the applicability of concepts such as “Green Revolution” outside of a Cold War context.

Petra Matjevic

Petra Matijevic has recently obtained an M.Sc. in Sociology of Culture at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts. Her interests in the field of consumption and material culture include every-day routine consumption and practices of consumption related to global issues of capitalism, social inequality and environment problems, historical changes of ideas and how these changes affect consumption, the meanings of objects and the ideologies connected with consumption of those objects, the negotiation of meanings by social groups and the use of meanings and practices related to goods to construct social identities and obtain social distinction. She is also interested in researching local appropriation practices of global goods. In her thesis she focused on the cultural patterns of ecological consumption and explored the newly formed consumer culture in relation to the triangle of consumer practices, capitalism and policies of sustainability. She received her graduate degree in Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts which she sees a valuable tool in understanding the interdisciplinary nature of the subject of consumption.

Lars Mattil (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz)

Lars Mattil studied business and economy at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität of Mainz (Germany) and at the Université de Bourgogne of Dijon (France). In 2010, he graduated obtaining the degree Diplom-Kaufmann (the German MBA equivalent). During his studies, he focused on marketing and organisation, writing his diploma thesis about the antecedents and consequences of crowding at the point of sale. Besides his regular course of studies, Lars took part in the voluntary Japan studies program offered by the department of comparative linguistics at the University of Mainz. Thereby, he gained some basic language and language theory skills as well as broad cultural background information. In addition, he participated in a number of economical courses about East Asia. For almost 20 years, Lars has been very active in musical activities. In his various projects, he takes the role of drummer, singer, choir director and stage director. He was the president of the Chorale Universitaire de Bourgogne and in the board of management of the Musical Inc. in Mainz, organising and artistically leading several concerts and musical shows. Since June 2010, Lars works for an industrial company in the field of measurement and control technology.

Annika Mayer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich)

Annika Mayer is working as a scientific assistant at the Department of Indology of Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. She has studied ethnology (major) and political science and modern German literature (minors). Currently she is preparing for her Ph.D. focusing on the consumption of leisure facilities and media by the Indian urban middle classes. Earlier, she has studied studio photography in South India. Therefore she conducted field work in Chennai on the topic: ‚Photostudios in Chennai: Visuality and the Generation of Social Identities’. Her future thesis will analyse middle class identities in terms of their socio-economic standing and the historical transformation since the beginning of India’s economical liberalisation. She assumes that one of the main implications of these rapid changes is the increasing importance of consumption, lifestyle and the media as sources of the construction of identities and social differences.

Lutz Meyer-Ohlendorf (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

Lutz is a PhD student at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) within the BMBF funded project ‘Sustainable Hyderabad’. During his Master’s in Social Geography, Cultural Anthropology and Indology at Cologne University he focused his studies on developing countries’ urban areas in general and Megacities in particular. For his master’s thesis he conducted a six months field work in three Delhi slums and investigated the political dimension of informal water supply. After finishing his Masters he worked for the German Development Institute (DIE) on a study on adaptation to climate change in (Mega-)Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa. For his PhD thesis he is developing a lifestyle typology of private households in order to understand and explain lifestyle specific environmental consciousness and consumption behaviour and to reveal different levels of lifestyle-induced GHG emissions (personal carbon footprints).

Ronald Po (University of Heidelberg)

Ronald PO, a native of Hong Kong, is currently undertaking the doctoral program in the History Department (Historisches Seminar) under the supervision of Prof. Harald Fuess. His research interests focus on the history of Late Imperial China, maritime history, Sino-foreign relation, global history, the history of frontier, and the social history of medicine. He has published in the past few years a couple of articles on these topics in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, England and the United States. Prior to his research in Heidelberg, Chung-yam received the B.A. and the M.Phil. degree in History from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

Maria Roehmer (Cluster Asia and Europe, Heidelberg)

Maria is a Ph.D. candidate at the graduate school of the Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion (LoE). She holds an MA in Japanese Studies and Comparative Literature. In her exchange year at Waseda University she focused on Japanese contemporary literature, film and theatre with an emphasis on Kabuki. Her fields of interests include contemporary Japanese literature and film with special regard to issues of emotion management. Her newly begun thesis will focus on patterns of affect control in selected works of the author Abe Kazushige.

Antonia Sperber (Würzburg University)

Antonia Sperber is a student at the Department of Cultural Studies of South and East Asia at Würzburg University. After her Bachelor Degree in “Modern China” with a Bachelor thesis on the topic of intercultural competence, she is now participating in a new programme, in which Bachelor graduates can directly proceed to the Ph.D. As part of this programme she is currently attending Master courses in the field of “Chinese Studies” while at the same time preparing her fieldwork in China for the Ph.D. thesis from September 2011 to January 2012. Her fields of interest include social and political trends in modern China as well as intercultural studies. In her doctoral dissertation she will examine the self-conception of Chinese employees in industrial relations with special regard to differences between employees of national and international companies.

Yuri Sugimoto (Kyoto University)

Yuri Sugimoto is an undergraduate student at the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies of Kyoto University in Japan. She has mainly studied ecology and cultural anthropology. Her fields of interests are topics involves identity and cultural education, how they deal with “different culture”, life-long education, adult education, and international cultural differences and commodities. Her graduation thesis is about how international cultural exchange activities are influencing local Japanese people and local foreign people to understand each other, and to promote establishing multi-cultural society within local community. Thus, I’m interested in encounter of Asia and Europe as a part of my research, and especially about how each cultures are influencing each other. I hope to have as much as chances to discuss about various topics and to chances to share opinions about 3.11 in Japan since I represent Japan this time.