I first became interested in Japan while embarking on a doctoral thesis at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra back in 1960. My initial topic had been Soviet foreign policy in Asia, as I had Russian from an army course during British national service in the mid-1950s. For various reasons, however, that topic did not work out, but in pre-researching it I discovered Japan and switched to a topic in Japanese politics and foreign policy. This meant starting to study Japanese.
As often happened many decades ago in the USA, I drifted into Japanese Studies rather than pursuing a long-held curiosity about Japan or following a coherent, career-minded plan while at university. Had it not been for the Security Treaty demonstrations in Tokyo in 1960, which figured prominently in the American media, and a professor (Thomas C. Smith) running the required historiography seminar for Stanford history majors I attended in my third year, I might have ended up doing something completely different with my life.
This brochure provides a brief history of Japanese studies at Oxford University, an explanation of the origins of the Nissan Institute and an introduction to the current fellows working here and their research interests.
Since the 1980s the Institute has been responsible for the publication of two series about Japan. The Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series began in 1986 and now has published very nearly 100 volumes making it the largest single series of academic work on Japan anywhere in the world. Many volumes are now available in paperback editions.
I am based at the Oriental Institute in Pusey Lane. I have been at Oxford since 2000 and from 2012-2015 I was Chair of the Faculty of Oriental Studies. My research interests include the history of the Japanese language and general historical linguistics. He is the Director of the University’s Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics and of the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese.
I am based at the Oriental Institue, Pusey Lane, Oxford. My research interests include Proletarian Literature, Women’s Writing, Gender Theory, Comparative Literature, and Atomic Bomb Literature. My contribution to the masters programme will be a course on Modern Japanese Literature, with a focus on the post war. More information can be found here.
I am a Faculty Tutor at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford and one of your language instructors, who closely collaborates with Kaori Nishizawa to help you achieve the required level of Japanese.
I am a senior instructor in Japanese at the Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane, Oxford. My main responsibility is for the Japanese language courses on the undergraduate’s programmes taught at the Oriental Institute but I also teach on the masters programme. More information can be found here.