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This page features scholars in the US and around the world who are researching a variety of Okinawa-related topics. Hopefully, the information on this page will facilitate connecting Okinawa researchers to increase solidarity and visibility of Okinawan Studies. We will keep expanding this list. If you would like to be listed in this directory, please send us your information in this questionnaire.

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Prof. Beata Bochorodycz

headshot of Prof. Beata BochorodyczInstitution: Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

Emailbochorod@amu.edu.pl

Websitehttps://amu.academia.edu/BeataBochorodycz

Languages: English, Japanese, Polish

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Military bases, US-Japan alliance, Social movements

Recent Publications related to Okinawa

“Political Leadership and the Security Policy: Negotiations on the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa Under the Murayama and Hashimoto Cabinets,” in Karol Zakowski, ed. Changing Determinants of Foreign Policy in East Asian Countries (Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2017): 89-114.

“Social Movements in Okinawa Since 1945: Was the Reversion a Threshold in the Development of Civil Society?”, in Ina Hein and Isabelle Prochaska, eds. Negotiating the Okinawan Difference in Japan Today (Beiträge zur Japanologie 44) (Vienna: Universität Wien, 2015):  71-95.

“Higashi Ajia ni okeru shimin shakai: Okinawa jugon hogo undō o chūshin ni” [Civil Society in East Asia: Okinawa Dugong Protection Movement],” in Oga Toru, ed. Hokutō Ajia no shimin shakai: Tōki to chūtai [Civil society in North-East Asia: Entwurf and solidarity]. (Kokusai Shoin, 2013).「東アジアにおける地域市民社会―沖縄ジュゴン保護運動を中心に」『北東アジアの市民社会―投企と紐帯』国際書院.

 

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Mr. Carl Gabrielson

headshot of Mr. Carl GabrielsonInstitution: University of California, Santa Barbara

Emailcontactcarlhere@gmail.com

Websitehttps://carlgabrielson.weebly.com/

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: U.S. Military cultural education and cultural exchange programs in Japan

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“Welcome to Japan! How U.S. Marine Corps Orientation Materials Erase, Coopt, and Dismiss Local Resistance,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 26, no. 4 (December 2019). 

"在日米軍の「サムライファンタジー」と「子供扱い」:日本文化を変えて行く軍事的男性性" [The United States Forces Japan’s Samurai Fantasy and Childish Treatment: Reshaping Japanese Culture through Militarized Masculinity], presented at the School of Law and Economics, Okinawa University, July 26 and August 28, 2019.

“Kingdom, Colony, Ken, or Country? Okinawan History and the Politics of Difference,” presented at the Lakeland Lecture Series, Lakeland University Japan, March 19, 2019.

 

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Mr. Brandon Marc Higa

headshot of Mr. Brandon Marc HigaInstitution: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law

Emailhigabran@hawaii.edu

Websitehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bhiga/

Twitter handle: @SalamanderEsq

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Dissertation (working title): Hiroji Yamashiro’s Arrest & Detention: Exploring Japan’s Freedom of Speech and Peaceful Assembly Rights within the Context of National Security and Okinawa’s Anti-War Movement

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“Okinawa and Human Rights Scholarship in the Law and Japan Field: A Bibliographic Compilation,” Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal 22, no. 1 (2020) (forthcoming).

“Unpacking Okinawa’s ‘Suitcase Murder’: Expanded Japanese Criminal Jurisdiction of U.S. Civilian Contractors Under the 2017 SOFA Supplemental Agreement,” Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal 21, no. 2 (2020).

 

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Dr. Stanislaw Meyer

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Institution: Jagiellonian University

Email: stan.meyer@uj.edu.pl

Website: http://okinawa.com.pl/

Languages: English, Polish

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Meiji Okinawa

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

"Between a Forgotten Colony and an Abandoned Prefecture: Okinawa’s Experience of Becoming Japanese in the Meji and Taishō Eras," The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 18, no. 20 (2020).

 

Ms. Akiko Mori

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Institution: Doshisha University

Email: akikom80@hotmail.co.jp

Website: https://researchmap.jp/nesia

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

Migration from Okinawa to Micronesia under Japanese Rule, Settler Colonialism, Memories of the WW2

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“A History of the Excluded : Rethinking Sugar Industry in the Northern Mariana Islands under Japanese rule”, Historische Anthropologie, vol.27, (2019).

 

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Dr. Travis Seifman

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Institution: University of Tokyo Historiographical Institution

Emailseifman@hi.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Websitehttps://www.travisseifman.me/

Twitter handle: @toranosukev

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: MA Art History thesis and PhD dissertation on Ryukyu Kingdom's embassies to Edo (1644-1850). Also currently working on projects looking at the kingdom's embassy to Tokyo in 1872, and at various themes and topics related to the history of Shuri castle across the 20th-21st centuries.

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“Displaying Foreignness for Prestige: Lūchūan Embassy Processions in Early Modern Japan, 1644-1850” in Richard Morris (ed.), Crossing Boundaries: Festival and Diplomatic Encounters in the Early Modern World, Brepols Publishing (forthcoming).

“The loss of Shuri castle is a devastating blow for the people of Okinawa”, Apollo International Art Magazine  (November 2019).

“Islands of the Imagination: Hokusai's Eight Views of Ryūkyū” Andon 106 (December 2018).

 

Dr. Annmaria Shimabuku

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Institution: New York University

Emailannmaria.shimabuku@nyu.edu

Websitehttps://as.nyu.edu/faculty/annmaria-shimabuku.html

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

Postwar miscegenation, postcolonial feminism, Ifa Fuyu, Okinawan Literature

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa:

Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life (Fordham University Press).

 

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Dr. Marco Tinello

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Institution: Kanagawa University

Emailft102060va@kanagawa-u.ac.jp

Websitehttps://kenkyu.kanagawa-u.ac.jp/kuhp/KgApp?kyoinId=ymddgyykggy

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

The annexation of Ryukyu to Japan from a longer and broader perspective

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa: ”Senhappyakurokuju nendai ni okeru Tokugawa bakufu ni yoru Ryukyu no ichiduke: bakufu ga Igirisu seifu ni teishutsu shita 'hensho' to hokokusho wo chushin ni" [The Tokugawa bakufu's definition of the Ryukyus' status in the 1860s centered on the reply and reports handed to the British government], Toyo-shi kenkyu 78, no.3 (2019): 72-103. 一八六〇年代における徳川幕府による琉球の位置付けー幕府がイギリス政府に提出した「返書」と報告書を中心にー, 東洋史研究.

 

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