My main research interests are in Japanese national identity and Japanese media. I am also interested in social and political theory (both Japanese and beyond), memory, international relations and borders.
I am Japan editor for Asiascape: Digital Asia (http://www.asiascape.org/dias.html) and serve on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies (http://criticalglobalisation.com/).
My research falls into the following areas:
1. Contemporary Representation of the Japanese New Left
For this project I am analysing recent media representations of the Japanese New Left group Rengōsekigun (United Red Army) from a memory studies perspective.
2. Borders and Borderwork (with Professor Chris Rumford and Dr Anthony Cooper, Royal Holloway University of London)
This project investigates the ways in which non-state actors engage in bordering processes. Our recent research has drawn upon the work of Japanese artist Sakaguchi Kyōhei as an example of everyday intervention into border politics and state monopoly on the production of space.
3. Pedagogy in East Asian Studies (with Dr Daniel R Hammond, University of Edinburgh)This project investigates 'ways of thinking and practising' in East Asian Studies in order to understand variations in institutional cultures of East Asian Studies, and to enhance teaching practice. Our initial investigation was funded by Edinburgh University's Principal's Teaching Award Scheme
Co-recipient with Daniel Hammond of a Principal's Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) Grant for a project titled: 'Ways of Thinking and Practising in Chinese and Japanese Studies' (2012)
This article was published on Sep 9, 2013