Koto Sadamura is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Comparative Literature and Culture in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies at the University of Tokyo, where she completed her M.A. in 2009. Her research interests include the impact of interactions between Japan and Europe/the U.S. on Japanese art in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on the Japanese painter Kawanabe Kyōsai [1831-1889], who had frequent contact with foreign residents and visitors in Japan, especially in his later years. Kyōsai's creative activities took place in active communication with these international collocutors. She is particularly interested in what influence Kyōsai had on the European and American understanding of Japanese art, and vice versa, and what influence European and American interest and ideas of Japanese art had on Kyōsai’s creative activities.
Motonori Makino currently holds a dual appointment in Tokyo as the Chief Curator of Toyo Bunko Museum and as a Senior Research Fellow of Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library). He earned his B.A. in History from Gakushuin University (formerly Peers School) and then received an M.A. in Area Studies from the University of Tokyo in 1999. Before being awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo in 2009, he spent several years as a graduate student at the University of Paris VII and at the Archives of the Society of Missions Etrangeres de Paris while conducting documental research. During Makino’s stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, he will comparatively analyze Catholicism across East Asian Countries that share a common socio-cultural background of Chinese characters and Confucianism. This research will expand upon his Vietnam-focused doctoral dissertation, which is titled The Formation and Transformation of Catholic Communities in Northern Vietnam before French Colonization: under the Apostolic Vicariate of Western Tonkin of the Society of Missions Etrangeres de Paris. Before Makino took his present post at Toyo Bunko in 2009, he worked for several years at the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records of the National Archives of Japan under the late Dr. Yoneo Ishii. As Chief Curator of Toyo Bunko Museum, Makino is interested not only in research but also in educational outreach and informational activities on Oriental Studies.
Moon Kyungnam is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and Culture at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Tokyo. His research interests include Ancient Western Philosophy, with a primary focus on Aristotle, and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy. During his stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, he plans to complete his dissertation on the relation between Aristotle's philosophy and the contemporary philosophy of mind. He hopes his current research will develop into a wide-ranged comparative study of various types of pluralism, both Western and Eastern.
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Taisei Shida is an Assistant Professor at The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University. Among the broad corpus of Indian classics including religious scriptures, epics, poetry, and tantra, his main interest is in philosophical texts, such as arguments over the proof for the existence of God, ways to justify cognition, and the authorization of scripture. He received his M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Tokyo. His current research focuses on the theory of the eternality of sound. He is aiming to edit an as yet unpublished chapter of a text of Mīmāṃsā school, which is representative of Brahmanic schools. The headstream of Buddhism and other ways of thinking that have been introduced to Japan can be cross-referenced by reading Indian classics. In order to better understand the history of thought in classical India, there is a need for basic philological research, such as editing and translating texts based on the Sanskrit manuscripts preserved in libraries in and outside of India.
Katsuo Nawa is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. He received his B.A. (1990), M.A. (1992), and Ph.D. (1999) from the University of Tokyo. Based on his anthropological fieldwork in Far Western Nepal, he has written extensively on inter-ethnic and inter-caste relations, sociocultural transformation and ritual process, and language use and its objectification. His current research interests include ethnohistory of a Himalayan village, politics and poetics of ethnic movements in Nepal, and the time-space construction in Byans and its transformation. During his stay at Harvard-Yenching Institute, he will work on “Rituals, Social Categories, Languages, and History in Byans, Far Western Nepal and Adjacent Regions: An Anthropological Study.”
His major publication in Japanese is Nepal, Byans oyobi Shuhen Chiiki niokeru Girei to Shakai Hanchu ni kansuru Minzokushiteki Kenkyu: Mouhitotu no ‘Kindai’ no Fuchi (An Ethnographic Study on Rituals and Social Categories of Byans, Nepal and Adjacent Regions: Another Constellation of 'Modernity') (Sangensha, 2002) which won the 30th Shibusawa prizes in 2004. In addition he co-edited (with Hiroshi Ishii and David N. Gellner) two volumes of books, Nepalis Inside and Outside Nepal: Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia Vol. 1, and Political and Social Transformations in North India and Nepal: Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia Vol. 2 (Manohar, 2007). He is also a co-editor of Asian Anthropology.
Waka Aoyama is currently an associate professor in the Research Faculty of Media and Communication at Hokkaido University of Japan. Born in Sapporo and raised in Fujisawa, Japan, she received her B.A. and M.A. in Commerce from Keio University of Japan. She then obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tokyo of Japan in 2002. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on the adaptive process of indigenous peoples in the urban market economy. Her first book, “An Ethnography of Poverty: Socio-economic Life of Five Sama Families in Davao City, Philippines” was published in 2006 by the University of Tokyo Press and earned academic awards. During her stay at HYI, she will enhance her theoretical and analytical framework to write books as well as compile a database on the Sama-Bajau people in Southeast Asia.
Jooeun Noh is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Socio-information and Communication Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan. She received her Master’s degree in Area Studies from the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include the modern history of East Asia, particularly China, Japan and Korea. Her dissertation explores the history of the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, especially focusing of the aftermath of the earthquake. During her stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, she will carry out archival research at Harvard-Yenching Library and work on her dissertation.
Misook Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Socio-information and Communication Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Tokyo University, Japan. Her research examines the possibility of a transnational public sphere beyond international borders in the case of democratization movements in South Korea in 1970s and 80s. Transnational solidarity for South Korean democratization movements from overseas, including from Germany, Japan and the U.S., has been reported on since 2000. However, there is little academic research examining the method and reasons why overseas citizens formed transnational solidarity. Her research tries to articulate the process and the meaning of transnational solidarity within the issue of Korean democratization movements, especially focusing on activities in Tokyo. Tokyo was the center for sending Korean grassroots underground information to overseas and the location of many foreign missionary and correspondent offices. In her dissertation, Lee Misook’s goal is to understand the work and meaning of transnational advocacy networks (including overseas Korean communities, Christian networks, and intellectual activist groups) in empowering democratization movements in South Korea.
Yu-chi Chang is currently a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, Japan. She obtained her BA in Anthropology from National Taiwan University in 2006. She obtained her MA from the Graduate Institute of Sports & Leisure Management, National Taiwan Normal University in 2008. Her research interests include ethnic dance and socio-cultural aspects of health and the female body. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the localization of belly dance in Taiwan. She explores how Confucian values influence the belly dancing experience of Taiwanese women. Furthermore, she aims at comparing the healthy benefits of belly dancing interpreted by women from different cultural backgrounds.