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Margaret Dorothea Mehl

Margaret Dorothea Mehl

Associate Professor

Degrees

2005 Dr. Phil. (equivalent to German Habilitation), University of Copenhagen
1991 Dr. Phil. (Ph.D.), University of Bonn (Japanese Studies with History)
1987 M.A., University of Bonn (Japanese Studies with History)

Previous Appointments

2000 (Summer Semester) Guest Professor, Free University of Berlin
1995 to 2000 Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Stirling
1994 to 1995 Japan Foundation Lecturer in Japanese Studies, University of Edinburgh
1991 to 1993 Yasuda Trust and Banking Fellow in the Faculty of Oriental Studies,University of Cambridge

Most Recent Fellowships and Research Grants

2013 Japan Foundation fellowship; guest researcher, Waseda University

2009 Edward T. Cone Member in Music Studies, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

2007 Rektorkollegiet (Danish Universities’ Rectors’ Conference) and JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science); guest researcher, Waseda University

2003 Rektorkollegiet (Danish Universities’ Rectors’ Conference) and JSPS; guest researcher, Waseda University

1999 Canon Foundation Europe; guest researcher, Waseda University

Membership of Formal International Research Networks

Founding Member of Society for Cultural Interaction in East Asia (Based at Kansai University, Japan), 2009
BAJS (British Association of Japanese Studies)
OAG (Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens)
GJF (Gesellschaft für Japanforschung)
EAJS (European Association of Japanese Studies)

Bloghttp://www.violinist.com/blog/Ku92me/20123/13246/

Homepage: http://www.notbylovealone.com

 

Primary fields of research

• History and culture of Japan in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in a global context
• Japan’s relations with other countries in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially China and Germany
• History of education in Japan
• History as an academic discipline, historiography in Japan in comparative perspective
• Biography and the intersection between individual lives and historical circumstances, including the role of personal relationships in international relations; individual responses in times of discontinuous change (such as the Meiji period, 1868-1912)
• History and memory and the role of heroes for individuals and groups.
• Western music in Japan.

Current research

  • History as an academic discipline, historiography in Japan in comparative perspective (second edition of Historiography and the State with new preface)
  • Individual Book project: Sounds of Modern Times: Japan’s Changing Musical Culture, 1850-1950 (working title)
  •  Collaborative Project: Musical Modernity in (East) Asia (tentative title, in preparation)

Teaching

• History and culture of Japan from the beginnings to the present day
• History of Japan from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century in an East Asian and global context
• History of Japanese studies
• Theories and methods of Japanese studies, area studies and of the humanities in general
• Reading Japanese texts (especially non-fiction)

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