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


Sheldon Garon (Princeton University)  

Sheldon Garon is the Nissan Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University. A specialist in modern Japanese history, he also writes transnational history examining the flow of ideas and institutions among the U.S., Japan, and several European and Asian nations. Publications include Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves (2012), Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life (1997), The State and Labor in Modern Japan (1987, awarded the John K. Fairbank Prize), and the co-edited volume, The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West (2006).  

Francoise Sabban (EHESS Paris)

Françoise Sabban is a sinologist, full professor at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her main fields of research are the anthropology and history of food and the history of ordinary technics in Asia (mainly China) in a comparative perspective with Europe (France and Italy). She is the author of various books on food history, such as Pasta: The Story of a Unviersal Food, Columbia University Press, 2002 (with Silvano Serventi); The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy, Chicago University Press, 1998 (with Odile Redon and Silvano Serventi). She has also written many scientific articles on the anthropology and history of food in China.  

Anjali Roy (IIT Kharagpur)

Anjali Gera Roy is Professor in the Department of Humanities of Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. She has published essays in literary, film and cultural stud- ies, translated short fiction from Hindi, authored a book on African fiction, edited an anthology on the Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka and co-edited another on the Indo-Canadian novelist Rohinton Mistry. Her new publications include a co-edited volume(with Nandi Bhatia) Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement and Resettlement (Delhi: Pearson Longman 2008) on the Indian Partition of 1947 and a monograph Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond (Aldersgate: Ashgate 2010). She is now researching the transnational flows of Bol- lywood cinema and has recently co-edited with Chua Beng Huat an anthology The Travels of Indian Cinema: From Bombay to LA (Delhi: OUP forthcoming 2012) and edited Bollywood’s Soft Power: At Home and Abroad (Delhi: Sage forthcoming 2012) She has been at the South Asia Institute since June 2011 to examine Bollywood in Germany as a Baden Wurttemberg Profes- sorial Fellow.

Mio Wakita (Heidelberg)  

Mio Wakita, educated at Keiô University, University of Bonn and Heidelberg, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at the University Heidelberg, assistant professor in the Institute for East Asian Art History at the University of Heidelberg (Japanese Art History, 2004-2008) and has published articles on early Japanese photography in the academic journals History of Photography and Ostasiatische Zeitschrift.

Katja Patzel-Mattern (Heidelberg)

Katja Patzel-Mattern is professor for Economic and Social History at Heidelberg University. She studied modern history, journalism and political science at the University of Münster and the Universidad de Barcelona. After receiving her doctorate in 1998, she worked at the State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim and later as a research assistant of the Cusanuswerk in Bonn. In May 2009 she was promoted professor of the Department of History at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. Her research interests are historical crises, social and economic history, science history, business history, the history of gender and the body as well as mind and memory.

Joanna Elfving-Hwang (Frankfurt)  

Joanna Elfving-Hwang is Junior Professor of Korean Studies and Director of Korean Studies at Frankfurt University, Germany. She earned a PhD from the University of Sheffield, and previous to her current appointment she has been a visiting lecturer in Korean Literature and Society at the University of Sheffield, and a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Leeds University. Jo Elfving-Hwang’s research interests lie in modern South Korean women’s fiction, trauma literature, gender in popular culture and cosmetic surgery practices in South Korea. Her publications include a monograph titled Representations of Femininity in Contemporary South Korean Women’s Literature (Global Oriental/Brill, 2010) as well as a number of book chapters and journal articles on Korean literature and cosmetic cultures in South Korea.

Robert Hellyer (Wake Forrest)  

A native of Seattle, Washington, Robert Hellyer earned his PhD from Stanford University. He served on the faculty of the University of Tokyo, taught at Allegheny College, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University before taking his current position as assistant professor of history at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.  A historian of early modern and modern Japan, Hellyer has explored foreign relations from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, research presented in a monograph, Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640-1868 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009), and in several journal articles and book chapters.  He is currently researching Japan’s role in the global tea trade of the late nineteenth century, a project for which he received Smithsonian and Japan Foundation fellowships to support research in Washington, D.C. and Japan.

Manpreet Janeja (Cambridge)  

Manpreet K. Janeja is Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. She received her academic training at Presidency College, Calcutta University (B.A. Honours), Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (M.A.), and Queens’ College, Cambridge University (Ph.D.). She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Eugénie Strong Research Fellowship (Girton College, Cambridge), the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Scholarship (Cambridge Commonwealth Trust), and the M.S.A. Rao Gold Medal (Delhi School of Economics). Her research and teaching interests include anthropology of food and hospitality, trust, consumption, place, migration, law, 'multiculturalism', popular Hinduism and Islam [South Asia (India, Bangladesh) and Europe (UK)]. Her recent publications include Transactions in Taste: the Collaborative Lives of Everyday Bengali Food (Routledge; 2010). It is a comparative ethnographic foray into Bengali Hindu and Muslim food-ways in India (Calcutta) and Bangladesh (Dhaka), and links issues of agency, place, hospitality, and ownership with a new field that places food as an ‘artefact’ at the centre of its inquiry. Her next book, Dialogues in Diversity, focuses on school meals, trust, and forms of belonging.

Seungsook Moon (Vassar)  

Seungsook Moon is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the department at Vassar College. She earned her B.A. from Yonsei University in Seoul and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She is the author of Militarized Modernity and Gendered Citizenship in South Korea (Duke University Press, 2005, reprinted in 2007), Kunsajuŭie kach’in kŭndae: kungminmandŭlgi, simindoegi, kŭrigo sŏngŭi chŏngch’i, (Seoul: Alternative Culture Publication, 2007) and co-editor and a primary author of “Over There”: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War II to the Present (Duke University Press, 2010). She is currently serving as Korea Book Review Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies. She has published numerous articles on political and cultural sociology of gender, including such topics as nationalism, militarism, civil society and social movement organizations, collective memory of late presidents, globalization, democratization, and food.

Angus Lockyer (SOAS, London) 

Angus Lockyer was educated in the UK and the US, receiving his PhD from Stanford University. He currently teaches Japanese, East Asian and world history at SOAS, University of London, where he is also Chair of the Japan Research Centre. He is completing a book manuscript on the 150-year history of Japan and expositions and is beginning a new project on the history of Japanese golf.  Recent publications include: 'Expo Fascism? Ideology, Representation, Economy' (2009); 'National Museums and Other Cultures in Modern Japan' (2008); and 'The Logic of Spectacle, c. 1970' (2007).

Harald Fuess (Heidelberg)

Haral Fuess is Professor for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" at Heidelberg University. Before taking up his post in Heidelberg, he taught modern Japanese history at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and Sophia University in Japan, and held visiting appointments at Oxford University and the University of Tokyo amongst others. Harald Fuess has been elected president of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) for the 2008-2011 term and served on the executive council of EAJS since 2000. His numerous publications cover aspects of the history of Japan, gender, consumption, cultural-economic relations, and Eurasian cultural flows.