Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

Dr Mateja Kovacic

British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

My research on robots focuses on robots and automated systems in urban and social spaces. It includes the whole range of non-industrial robot experimenting, from autonomous vehicles and delivery drones, healthcare robots, to social and service robots. I currently work on three projects: the politics of humanoid robots in Japan, the urban living labs for robot experiments with focus on Dubai, Singapore, California and Japan, and medical delivery drones in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nissan Seminar: Writing an “International” Cuisine in Japan: Murai Gensai’s 1903 Culinary Novel Kuidōraku

Thursday, 1 March, 2018 -
14:00 to 15:30
Pavilion Room, 4th Floor, Gateway Building, St. Antony's College, Oxford
Eric C. Rath, Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan and Professor of the History Department, University of Kansas

Nissan Seminar: Making Films in Japan

Friday, 9 February, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Nissan Institute Lecture Theatre

Making Films in Japan – Writer, Director and Producer John Williams will talk about his experiences making three award-winning Japanese-language feature films, Firefly Dreams (Ichiban Utsukushii Natsu, 2001), Starfish Hotel (2007) and Sado Tempest

Dr Pia Jolliffe

Pia Jolliffe
Research and Teaching Associate

I am a Research and Teaching Associate at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and a Research Scholar at the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, Blackfriars Hall. I hold a DPhil in International Development (Oxford), an MA in Japanese Studies (University of Vienna) and a DESS in Asian Studies (University of Geneva). In Geneva I have also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and after my DPhil I have spent some time in a monastic community in Haifa before returning for post-doctoral work to Oxford.


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