By Markus Heckel | In my field of research, which combines Economics and Japanese Studies (trained at the University of Bonn), it soon became clear that eventually I would have to deal with cross-country comparisons.
A ‘Conversation’ on Comparisons between Japanese Studies, Contemporary History and Medieval Art History
By Nora Kottmann | While studying political science at Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute, I was always told to refrain from making comparisons if and when I would become a researcher. Comparative research, it was said, is an extremely complex research methodology
By James D Sidaway and Franz Waldenberger | How and why do we compare in the social sciences and humanities? These are enduring questions. On 2nd and 3rd December 2019, a group of scholars affiliated with the Max Weber Research Group at the National University of Singapore and researchers from the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) met at the DIJ in Tokyo to compare notes on comparisons.
Als japanische Truppen im Herbst 1937 auf die chinesische Hauptstadt Nanking vorrückten, entschied sich der deutsche Siemens-Repräsentant John Rabe (1882-1950) nicht zu flüchten, sondern in Nanking zu bleiben und leitete für einige Monate die Flüchtlingszone der Stadt.
Nora Kottmann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Weber Foundation’s German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) since September 2018. At the DIJ she is currently working on her research project “(Re)Locating Intimacy – Spatial Perspectives on Personal Relationships in Contemporary Japan”.
By Torsten Weber China’s recent rediscovery of the Silk Road for its ‘One Belt-One Road’ initiative reaffirms the country’s claim to being acknowledged once again in its role as the...