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Department/Specialty/Research Interest

  • NARA, Masatoshi (Tetsuro)

    Contemporary French Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics

    I am interested in contemporary French philosophy and biomedical ethics. I am currently engaged in two research projects: the genealogy of French spiritualism and the virtue ethics approach to the ethical issues in medicine.

  • Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Musicology, History of Western Music

    I specialize in music from the Classical period, with a particular emphasis on W.A. Mozart. I focus on issues of Mozart's compositional process and the performance practice and contemporary reception of his works by studying the original manuscripts. My research interests also include court orchestras, theaters, public concerts, and music publishing in Vienna and Salzburg in the 18th century.

  • NISHINO, Ayako
    Associate Professor

    French Literature
    French Literature (20th) Cultural Exchange of Japan and France

    I study Paul Claudel and the influence of traditional Japanese theater (Noh, Kabuki, etc.) on his synthesis of arts, union of poetry, music and dance, and his opening to spirituality. I am interested in the history of theatrical exchange between Japan and France around Noh.

  • Western History
    History of the Swiss Reformation, History of Rural Society in Switzerland

    My special field of my research is the history of the Swiss Reformation, especially the history of rural society in Switzerland. To understand close interrelations between the Reformation and the German Peasants' War properly, I have analyzed the influence of the theological doctrines of the reformers upon European rural society during the first century of the Reformation in detail. I concentrated heavily on both the conjunction between religion and society and the various changes in the rural lives of the Common man. As primary sources, I have used many contemporary documents, particularly grievances and articles of the village commune over lordship, serfdom, tithe and heriot in the German Peasants' War. I attempted to reveal the essence of "the laws of God" for the Common man. More recently I have started research on religion and politics in the Swiss cities during the Reformation.

  • HASEGAWA, Takashi
    Associate Professor

    Western History
    Roman History (Roman Economy and Society)

    My major field of study is economic and social history of Roman Gaul and Germania. I am particularly interested in discovering what network merchants and artisans built throughout these regions of the Empire, by analyzing archaeological and geographical source material, chiefly inscriptions related to them.

  • HASEBE, Fumihiko

    Asian History
    Middle Eastern Social History, The History of the Arabic Political Culture

    My research focuses on the social history of Egypt in the Mamluk and Ottoman eras. I am particularly interested in the political culture and social relationship of pre-modern Nile Delta cities. I am currently working on urban notables of al-Mahalla al-Kubra based on the analysis of Ottoman court registers.

  • Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Japanese Art History

    My research and teaching interests center on the history of Japanese Buddhist paintings, but I also wish to seek the underlying qualities of Japanese aesthetics from ancient times to the modern day. Furthermore, I've been grappling with the question of what "art" is.

  • English and American Literature
    English Literature (Early Modern and Modern), Comparative Literature, Cultural History of Book and Publication, English Literary Education

    My major research subject is early modern and modern English literature; in particular, I am interested in English novels from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century. My researches also include some related areas: comparative studies in Western literary movements, translation and adaptation of English literature in Japan, the relationship between the development of the English novel and the history of book production, and English literary education from the historical point of view.

  • BERNARD, Peter
    Assistant Professor

    English and American Literature
    Modern Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature, Supernatural Fiction, Gothic Studies

    My current research project considers why and how rural space came to be depicted as a haunted site of horror through the combination of ethnographic and modern literary practices in the works of such authors as Izumi Kyōka, M. R. James, and H. P. Lovecraft. I am also interested in Hinatsu Kōnosuke and the history of the Gothic as a particular kind of translation strategy in modern Japan.

  • Human Sciences
    Evolutuionary Psychology, Social Psychology

    My research focuses on understanding the human mind from an evolutionary point of view. Specific topics are individual differences, prosocial behavior, moral, and cognitive biases. I'm also interested in the "replication crisis" in psychology.

  • German Literature
    Theatre Studies/Research on German Theatre

    The focus of my research is analyzing the European, German, and Japanese theatre with the methodology of Theatre Studies, which has been developed with its own discipline in the last two decades in Europe/Germany. The theme of my research in recent years has been reviewing the theatrical aspects of presence and absence, the tragedy theory, and the relationship between theatre, as well as the transcultural elements between theatre and politics. The elements of theatre, such as gesture, body, playfulness, and direction, are related to the “theatricality” in our life, especially in a media society in which self-direction, face-to-face communication (as the binary opposition of media), eventuality, and the spectatorship of events take on a crucial role. This kind of theatricality, which has been discussed not only in theatre studies but also in philosophy, political science, and sociology, is another theme of my long-term research.

  • Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Musicology, History of Western Music

    The main subject of my research is the music of Franz Liszt, a 19th-century Romantic-era musician. I am especially interested in his musical manuscripts for the purpose of elucidating the composition process of his religious compositions, the relationship between the many versions and arrangements of his works, and the environment in which Liszt worked and created.

  • FUJIKI, Kenji
    Associate Professor

    Asian History
    History of the Ottoman Empire, Urban Social History of the Middle East

    I have an interest in the issues that concern the urban lives of people in cities in the Middle East, especially during the period of the Ottoman Empire. I pay particular attention to the merchants and craftsmen who make up the majority of the urban population, even today, and research the people of commerce and industry and the unions of Ottoman-era Istanbul. In order to reveal the actual living conditions of merchants and craftsmen as well as the management of unions, I extract and analyze related cases from historical sources, namely sources called the Ottoman Court Records. Additionally, this same research interest has led me to research concerning contemporaneous entertainment, consumer culture, and charity work.

  • Education Studies
    Developmental Psychology, Behavioral Genetics

    I am interested in what is the best home/out-home environments for each child based on their background and developmental trajectories that are different for each child. I am conducting psychological and behavioral genetic research on social and cognitive development as well as mental health in children during infancy and early adolescence.

  • Foreign Languages
    Classical Literature, Italian Literature, Comparative Literature

    My research focuses on Dante’s Divine Comedy, which I study from several points of view. Along with investigating its relationship with classical Latin Literature and Greco-Roman Philosophy, I observe its connections with coeval disciplines such as Medieval Natural Science and Christian Theology. After analyzing each cant as a whole, I observe in detail the theme it deals with, in order to interpret the author’s intention as faithfully as possible. My work of interpretation and research on the sources is complemented by explanatory notes of Dante's word usage, which will be included in the translation of the Comedy I am presently preparing.

  • FUJIMOTO, Makoto
    Associate Professor

    Japanese History
    Ancient Japanese History

    I am studying how Buddhism, which came to Japan from China via the Korean Peninsula in ancient times, was received in the regional communities in Japan. I am also studying collections of ancient Buddhism narrations such as Nihon koku genpou zen-aku ryoi ki (『日本国現報善悪霊異記』) as well as trying to shed light on Buddhism rituals through examining Todaiji fuju monkou (『東大寺諷誦文稿』).

  • FURUKAWA, Ryouhei
    Assistant Professor

    Natural Sciences
    Developmental Biology, Immunobiology

    Multicellular organisms have exceptionally immune systems that distinguish between "self" and "non-self" and reject "non-self" from the body. Since the existence of "nonself" cannot be established without the existence of "self", it is necessary to establish "self" in the process of individual development in order for the immune system to function normally. So, how was the mechanism to establish "self" acquired in the process of biological evolution? By pursuing this problem, I would like to add interesting knowledge from the natural sciences to the philosophical discussion of "What is self?"

  • BRANCOURT, Vincent
    Visiting Professor

    French Literature
    French Literature

    Récemment, parmi les question qui m'intéressent, je me suis notamment attaché à m'interroger sur la manière dont dans des œuvres de dramaturges modernes ou contemporains comme Giraudoux ou Koltès l'espace scénique se mue en espace imaginaire et la façon dont ces auteurs intègrent dans leur dramaturgie une réflexion sur le statut de cet《espace imaginaire》, en particulier autour de la question de la fascination.
    Recently, my attention has been drawn into the work of modern and contemporary playwriters such as Giraudoux or Koltès, in particular reflecting upon how the stage space morphs into an imaginary space as well as how these authors include in their dramaturgic compositions, a reflection on the status of this “imaginary space”, notably focusing on the fascination aspect.

  • English and American Literature
    Medieval English Literature, Celtic Literature, J.R.R. Tolkien

    My research has focused on aspects of fairy lore discerned in medieval romance, Celtic literature and folklore, and in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. For the past few years, I have been studying Tolkien’s unpublished manuscripts in order to shed light on the idea of Tolkien as a Celticist.

  • BECKER Andreas
    Visiting Senior Assistant Professor

    German Literature
    Film, Media

    My actual research focus is on the aesthetic interdependence of Japanese and Western film, especially the work of Yasujirô Ozu. Other research interests include the visualisation of time in film (slow motion and time lapse). My theoretical background is the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, the works of Walter Benjamin, and comparative aesthetics.

  • English and American Literature
    History of English and Historical Linguistics

    My main areas of research are the history of English and the mechanism of language change with special attention to the questions of how and why language changes. Questions have never ceased to arise since I first addressed the matter of the nominal plural -s in English several years ago. My recent research questions include the history of English spelling and the historical development of "diatonic" stress alternation (such as REcord for noun and reCORD for verb).

  • MAEDA, Kiyotaka
    Associate Professor

    Japanese History
    Modern Japanese Economic and Business History, History of Japanese Colonial Relations

    I am researching how local commodity market trends and related policies promoted economic advancement in Japanese colonies, analyzing the relationship between the expansion of colonial trade in pre-war Japan and the quantitative/qualitative transformation of the local commodity markets using salt and rice as examples of primary commodities. To this end, I am surveying and collecting historical materials which exist in Japan as well as in former colonies, attempting a multifaceted approach that includes qualitative analysis using descriptive materials such as letters and handwritten notes as well as quantitative analysis using ledgers and price data.

  • Education Studies
    Theory of Human Formation, History of Educational Thought

    I have a particular interest in the following issues:
    1. Aesthetic experiences and formative (human developmental) issues
    1.1 A historical ideological interest in the practice and theory of late-19th and 20th century German art and music education.
    1.2 Theory in order to aptly describe aesthetic experiences as well as Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms and modern and contemporary German humanism.

    2. A history of modern and contemporary German educational thought, especially research into the thought behind the concept of Bildung.

    3. A search for the meaning and conditions of becoming an adult in modern-day Japan.

  • MATSUURA, Yoshimitsu

    Education Studies
    Comparative Studies and History of Colleges and Universities; Intellectual History of Higher Learning and Education; History of Education in the United States of America; Theory and Practice in Educating Education

    My research mainly focuses on higher learning and education in the United States from the comparative viewpoint of reform policies in Japanese colleges and universities. In particular, I am interested in the history and philosophy of liberal arts learning and education in the United States and as a case study am examining the history of the University of Chicago, which has been a kind of laboratory of the American higher learning and education system.

    Assistant Professor

    Chinese Literature
    Modern Chinese Literature

    My research interests focus on gender and sexuality in modern Chinese literature, particularly female author Ding Ling.