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All Departments

Name/Position

Department/Specialty/Research Interest

  • English and American Literature
    Religious, Cultural, and Intellectual History of Medieval Europe

    Dr. Akae is a historian of medieval Europe and has studied the preaching of mendicant friars from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries as mass medium before print was introduced by Johannes Gutenberg. Dr. Akae trained as a medievalist at Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, and his recent publications include a monograph, A Mendicant Sermon Collection from Composition to Reception: The ‘Novum opus dominicale’ of John Waldeby, OESA (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).

  • AGATA, Mari
    Associate Professor

    Library and Information Science
    Library and Information Science, Bibliography

    I'm interested in the history of printing in Europe, namely the Gutenberg Bible and subsequent incunabula, the transition from manuscripts to printed books, and changes in the perception of books and styles of reading. My special focus has been on the Gutenberg Bible, and I have studied it using digital images. Other research interests include preservation and digitization of books, digital archives, digital humanities, and an analysis of images depicting people reading books.

  • Chinese Literature
    Chinese Language

    I primarily conduct research on modern Chinese vocabulary and grammar. More recently, I have also been involved in the development of dictionaries and teaching materials. I am also involved in research that deals with the instruction of vocabulary.

  • Japanese History
    History of Japan's Christian Century, Chinese Rites Controversy

    I research the history of the Christian era in Japan that begins in the middle of 16th century and ends the middle of the 17th century. To research the theme, I treat the letters and reports that the European Catholic missionaries, including the Jesuits and the Franciscans, wrote to their own head offices in Europe. I am interested in the ethical issues of the era concerning worships of God of the Christianity in East Asia, and I am comparing the ethical issues of Japan with those of China.

  • ASHINO, Fumitake
    Assistant Professor

    French Literature
    Lexical Semantics (French, Japanese)

    My research field is lexical semantics in French and Japanese. I am especially interested in unified approaches to polysemous items (verb, adjective, prefix, preposition) and semantic approaches to discourse markers.

  • ARAHATA, Yasuhiro
    Associate Professor

    Philosophy
    Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Hermeneutics

    The main aims of my research are twofold: 1) to compare and connect G. Frege's philosophy of logic, Wittgenstein's early philosophy and Heidegger's hermeneutical phenomenology to each other over the problems of the so-called "metaphysical internalism" and the possibility of philosophical languages, and 2) to depict the thoughts of Aristoteles, Kant (Kritik der Urteilskraft), Heidegger, Gadamer, Wittgenstein, Ryle, Anscombe, McDowell, and M. Thompson as a tradition in the philosophy of knowledge, language and action, which might be called "the tradition of Phronesis."

  • Education Studies
    Educational Psychology, Behavioral Genetics

    My current academic aspiration is establishment of a new academic paradigm, "evolutionary science of education," which investigates the genetic and evolutionary basis of education.

  • Archaeology and Ethnology
    Japanese Archaeology, Museology

    My basic concept toward research is to study nearby archaeological and material cultural objects and then to interpret the results in terms of wider historical contexts. At Keio University, and especially on Mita and Hiyoshi Campuses, there are many multifarious artifacts that range from the prehistoric to modern period. I have researched all of the objects I thought meaningful to research regardless of the period. Recently I have primarily studied the later modern period structures and remains at Mita and Hiyoshi, especially those related to the Asia-Pacific War. I would like to conduct 'public history' activities by linking the results of my studies with discourses and narratives told from the various standpoints of many people related to Mita and Hiyoshi.

  • English and American Literature
    Comparative Literature, Computing in the Humanities

    With a background in pre-modern Japanese literature, ethnology and humanities computing, my field is primarily philological, pivoting on the historical development, techniques and cultural connections of textual expression. Involved are rhetoric, translation, computational stylistics and digital bibliography.

  • Japanese History
    Early Modern and Modern Japanese Socioeconomic History

    My research considers how Japanese traditional industry contributed to the modernization of Japan. Specifically, I am doing research on the brewing industry, which has utilized the climate of Japan and is engrained as a part of the national character of the Japanese. I pay particular attention to the soy sauce industry, which has made seasonings indispensable for Japanese food. While the mechanization of the soy sauce industry was delayed, it continued to develop by hand. Today soy sauce has become a truly global seasoning.

  • English and American Literature
    Middle English Literature (Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Religious Prose in English and Latin)

    The main focus of my research is on religious literature written in fourteenth- to fifteenth-century England. I'm particularly interested in how Latin devotional treatises were translated into the vernacular language, i.e. English, as well as what kind of theological discussion might have been received by vernacular readers and audiences.

  • Library and Information Science
    Ethnomethodology, Information Behavior, Knowledge Management, Organizational Ethnography

    My central interest is in examining and understanding the practices of people from their perspective, following the interdisciplinary approach of the Ethnomethodology’s Program. More specifically, I am interested in considering issues such as sharing, creating, and handing down knowledge and expertise in organizational settings and communities by examining and understanding how knowledge and expertise is produced and shared in and through visible practices. This has taken on an increasing importance as this expertise sharing often takes place in technology mediated contexts.I have so far conducted fieldwork in a number of organizational settings, including libraries, hospitals, and corporate organizations. A through understanding of an organization's practices allows for a more nuanced view of the important issues which arise from knowledge management efforts and in my research, has resulted in the co-design of services and technology with stakeholders.

  • Psychology
    Biological Psychology, Neuroethology

    The ultimate goal of my research is to understand the evolution of animal behavior at the different levels of brain/body anatomy and physiology, and behavioral functions. To achieve this goal we study crows, a highly social bird, as a model for the evolution of sophisticated behavior in comparison to primates by using multidisciplinary approaches (behavioral experiments/observation in the lab and the field station as well as physiological and anatomical experiments).

  • Japanese Literature
    Narrative Literature, Setsuwa Literature

    I research how narrative setsuwa literature was developed and enjoyed from the Heian period until the early modern period.

  • Ethics
    German Ethical Thought, Philosophy of Law (esp. Immanuel Kant)

    I have an interest in Immanuel Kant’s practical philosophy, mainly his philosophy of law. I study the connection between Kant’s philosophy of law and his theoretical philosophy or ethics and how this connection affects his understanding of law, and attempt to clarify its implications to the current world. I am also interested in Kant’s ethics and thoughts of contemporary political philosophers, such as John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas, whose theories are influenced by Kant’s philosophy.

  • French Literature
    Modern Literature and Philosophy

    My research interests focus on the authors and philosophers, such as Georges Bataille and Jean-Paul Sartre, who tried to redefine subjectivity under the influence of Nietzsche and Heidegger in the 1930s.

  • English and American Literature
    English Renaissance Drama and Culture

    I have published articles on Christopher Marlowe, Robert Greene, and Nathaniel Woodes, and am now working on a book-length study of Marlowe and the religious culture of Renaissance England.

  • Psychology
    Cognitive Psychology, Forensic Psychology

    My research focuses on basic processes in human cognition, such as memory, comprehension, learning, and problem solving. I am also interested in applying knowledge from this basic research to real life situations, in particular the field of forensics. Specifically, I am working on the cognitive processes of eyewitnesses, lay judges (saiban-in), investigators, among others. My recent research topics include perspectives in autobiographical memory recall, global and local processes in face recognition, decision and emotion in lay judges, and confirmation bias in forensic judgments.

  • Human Sciences
    Quantitative Method, Social Statistics, Social Survey Research Method, Family Sociology, Sociology of Social Welfare and Policy

    My research is concerned with methods of data analysis for both quantitative and qualitative data. Using these methods, I have been researching following theme: relationship between social structure and mental health, continuity and change of marital relationship, structure and changes of one's life course, and so on. Recently I have been concerned with intergenerational reproduction of poverty and its effect on one's life course, as well as the effects of social welfare policy on them.

  • English and American Literature
    Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis

    Specializes in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and sociopragmatics, mainly dealing with English and Japanese, focusing on the globalization and localization of English Languages and English translations of Japanese language products (e.g., anime, news, business documents, etc.). Published in the fields above, proposing a perspective of the Ecology of Communication, which emphasizes the social, economic and technological aspects of language use. A case in point is what is called Global Text (translatable documentation directed to a global market, particularly in English). In this digital era, English is the mediating language for relay translation of business, entertainment, and news discourses.

  • French Literature
    18th-Century French Literature and Thought

    The 18th century is that of philosophy and therefore, the French poetry was dying in that epoch. Can we accept this theory as truthful? In order to re-examine this question, I study the development of Descriptive Poesy, a genre that is characteristic of the French literature of the 18th century, in relation to the anthropology or the esthetic of philosophers like Rousseau or Diderot. I'm also interested in the influence of Descriptive Poesy on the evolution of French poetry since the 19th century.

  • Human Sciences
    Social Psychology

    My research interests include social power, interpersonal influences such as requests and persuasion, and disaster prevention. The subjects of my recent study are threefold: interactive persuasion, bases of social power, and temporary evacuation centers on campus. The purpose of the first subject is to reorganize the determinants of persuasion considering the characteristics of persuasive themes based on interactive persuasion between the source and the target. The second is to comprehend the bases of social power based on studies of change in power holders’ cognition of their holding of social power. The third is to create a list of procedures from the perspective of social psychology that would enable campus evacuation centers to help survivors following a huge earthquake.

  • Asian History
    Modern East Asian Exchange History, History of Food Culture, and Chinese Urban History

    With Shanghai as my main field of research, I have studied the new middle class, mass consumption, and mass mobilization in modern Chinese urban society. Currently I'm turning my attention to the cross-border culture of cuisine and consider the acceptance of the foreign cultures and international relations in modern East Asia. I try to scrutinize and check by comparing magazines, newspapers and corporate and administrative documents of each city and conduct supplementary interviews to verify specific facts as much as I can.

  • Sociology
    Media and Communication Studies, Diffusion Studies, Social Psychology

    Why and how do people use various media? And what do they experience in using them? What factors affect the use of media? My major research concerns include social psychological analysis of media use and communication behavior. I am also interested in the change of production, diffusion, and reception processes of news under the transformation of media environments and media use patterns.

  • Philosophy
    Western Medieval Philosophy

    Metaphysics and epistemology in Thomas Aquinas. Analytic Thomism. Theories of epistemic justification. The philosophy of religion.