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ISOMAE Jun'ichi

ISOMAE Jun'ichi

  • Specialized Field(s)
    Religious studies, critical theory
  • Current Research Themes
    I think we can observe something of the essence of humanity in the person who commits evil acts while believing he is doing good. Isn’t it true that the concept of the divine as well as the phenomenon of bias (discrimination) arise out of such workings of the mind? This is the source of my fascination with the subject of religion.
  • Keywords for Research
    Narrative, Otherness, Perplexity
  • Website
    https://nichibun.academia.edu/JunichiIsomae
Education
  • 1984
    B.A. in Japanese Historiography, Shizuoka University
  • 1990
    M.A. in Religious Studies, The University of Tokyo
Professional Experience
  • 1988
    Research Associate, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
  • 1991
    Assistant, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Tokyo
  • 1995
    Instructor, Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo
  • 1997
    Instructor, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Methodology for Investigation of Religious Ruins)
  • 1997
    Associate Professor, Department of Historiography, Japan Women's University
  • 1998
    Research Associate, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo
  • 2003
    Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • 2003
    Visiting Professor, Institut für Japanologie, Tübingen Universität
  • 2003
    Visiting Scholar, The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
  • 2007
    Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • 2008
    Visiting Professor, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Monotheistic Religions, Doshisha University
  • 2010
    Research Fellow, Consortium “Dynamics of History of Religions”, Ruhr-University Bochum(-2013)
  • 2011
    Visiting Professor, URPP Asia and Europe, University of Zurich
  • 2012
    Ph. D. Tutorial (Literature Review on Religious Studies and Postcolonial Studies) , Fuller Theological Seminary
  • 2012
    Visiting Professor, Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2012
    Visiting Professor, East Asian Department, University of Zurich,
  • 2015
    Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Degree(s)
  • 1990
    M.A., University of Tokyo
  • 2010
    Ph.D., University of Tokyo
Achievements
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Books
Co-authored Books
Articles
  • “POINT OF VIEW/Time to form solidarity to link memories of disasters,” AJW Asia and Japan Watch, The Asahi Shimbun, 25 March 2015
  • “Discurcive Formation around 'Shinto' in Colonial Korea,” The Religion and Culture Web Forum, Divinity School at Umiversity of Chicago, September 2012
  • “Fukushima hat den Kaiserkult noch verstärt,” Tages Anzelger, Janur. (German) 25, Janur, 2012
  • (“Fukushima hat den Kaiserkult noch verstärt,” Tages Anzelger, Janur. (German) 25, Janur, 2012)
Presentations, Symposiums, Lectures etc.
  • “After Fukushima: Colonization and the Dead in Contemporary Japan,” Central Europe University, Budapest, Hungary, 4 March 2015
  • “After Fukushima: Colonization and the Dead in Contemporary Japan,” Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest, Hungary, 4 March 2015
  • “After Fukushima: Colonization and the Dead in Contemporary Japan,” International Symposium on Japanese Studies ‘Contemporary Japan – Problems and Challenges’, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Buchares, Bucharest, Hungary, 28 February 2015
  • “Haruki Murakami and the Question of Democracy in Post-Fukushima Japan,” The Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture Series in Japanese Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago, 21 April 2014
Academic Society Membership
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • North American Association for Study of Religion
  • Japanese Association for Religious Studies