SJSF Grants in Contemporary Japanese Studies

A call for applications for the Lectureship Grants and PhD Research Grants in Contemporary Japanese Studies went out in the summer of 2018, open to Nordic universities and PhD students enrolled at Nordic universities. In November 2018, the SJSF Board approved the selection of the following nine Nordic universities or institutions for the Lectureship Grants, and three PhD candidates for the PhD Research Grants. The new lectureship positions were appointed during 2019 – 2020.


SJSF Lectureship Grants in Contemporary Japanese Studies 2019 – 2024

Denmark:

  • Aarhus University, Department of Global Studies: appointed Assistant Professor Shinya Uekusa between 2020-03-01 – 2021-07-31.
  • Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics, Government and Business: appointed Assistant Professor Tine Walravens as of 2019-09-01.
  • University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies: appointed Assistant Professor Jens Sejrup as of 2020-02-01.

Finland:

  • University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures: appointed University Lecturer Sara Park as of 2020-02-01.
  • University of Turku, Centre for East Asian Studies: appointed University Lecturer Kamila Szczepanska as of 2019-08-01.

Iceland:

  • University of Iceland, Department of Asian Studies and Russian: appointed Assistant Professor Kristín Ingvarsdóttir as of 2019-07-01.

Norway:

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Architecture and Technology: appointed Assistant Professor Bunji Izumi as of 2020-03-15.
  • University of Bergen, Department of Foreign Languages: appointed Associate Professor Misuzu Shimotori as of 2019-11-01.

Sweden:

  • Stockholm School of Economics, The European Institute of Japanese Studies: appointed Associate Professor Patrik Ström as of 2019-12-01.

SJSF PhD/Master Research Grants in Contemporary Japanese Studies 2022

  • Nökkvi Bjarnason, PhD student, University of Iceland, research stay at Ritsumeikan University for his project “Japan and the Rise of National Game Studies”.
  • Matti Huotari, PhD student, Aalto University, joint research project with Tokyo City University for his dissertation project “Artificial intelligence for smart building applications”.
  • Kristina Kazuhara, PhD student, Copenhagen Business School, further data collection while based at Hitotsubashi University for her study “Differentiating culture and language – A multi-sited ethnographic study of how biculturals and bilinguals contribute to knowledge transfer in the Japanese pharmaceutical industry”.
  • Jenny Fausa Torvik, Master student, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, for her Master project to be conducted at the University of Tokyo, “Real scale timber structure”.
  • Tomohiro Ishikawa, Master student, University of Oslo, data collection at WAM while based at Sophia University for his study “Efforts of Japanese NGOs to solve the Japanese military ‘comfort women’ issue: educational roles Women’s Active Museum (WAM) has played and the challenges”.
  • Jani Rolamo, Master student, University of Helsinki, data collection via interviews for his project “Japanese castle reconstructions and their role in Reiwa era Japan”.
  • Karolina Shi, Master student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, field studies based at University of Tsukuba for her thesis project “Enhancing Museum Experiences Through Augmented Reality for The Deaf and Hard of Hearing”.
  • Maya Taneda, Master student, University of Copenhagen, data collection at the National Diet Library for her project “The experience of homosexual love and heterosexual marriage – living as Otake Kōkichi and Tomimoto Kazue (1893-1966)”.
  • Tino Turunen, Master student, University of Turku, data collection interviewing farmers in Japan, for his study “Organic Farming in Japan”.
  • Aske Bang Vogelius, Master student, University of Copenhagen, field study at Aomori Akenohoshi High School for his study “Japanese Youth & Democracy – a qualitative study”.

SJSF PhD Research Grants in Contemporary Japanese Studies 2021

  • Kenta Okuyama, Lund University, collecting data in Unnan City, Japan for his research topic “Has the nationwide Kayoinoba program reduced dementia and its risk factors among rural elderly people in Unnan City, Japan?”
  • Peter Popovics, Stockholm School of Economics, data collection while based at Waseda University on his project “Recovering ‘False-negative’ New Product Development Projects”.
  • Jonathan Puntervold, Aarhus University, research stay at Nagoya University for his research on “kokugogaku” or the native Japanese linguistic tradition.
  • Saana Santalahti, University of Helsinki, further data collection while based at Hokkaido University on her topic “Tourism and the Ainu Language Revitalization”.

SJSF PhD Research Grants in Contemporary Japanese Studies 2020

  • Steinar Hillerséy Dyvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, doing data collection while based at University of Tokyo on his topic “Aluminium Nodes in Free Form Gridshell Structures–Traditional Japanese wood joinery and re-interpretation to aluminium to timber nodes”.
  • Kristina Holst Kazuhara, Copenhagen Business School, doing data collection while based at Keioon her topic “Differentiating Culture and Language–An empirical study of how biculturals and bilinguals contribute to knowledge transfer at Danish pharmaceutical companies in Japan”.
  • Saana Santalahti, University of Helsinki, doing data collection while based at Hokkaido University on her topic “Tourism and the Ainu Language Revitalization”.

SJSF PhD Research Grants in Contemporary Japanese Studies 2019

  • Kristina Holst Kazuhara, Copenhagen Business School, doing fieldwork and data collection at Keio Business School, on her topic “Bicultural talent in global organizations: HR management in Denmark vs Japan”.
  • Oshie Nishimura-Sahi, University of Tampere, doing research at Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education, on her topic “The Japanese approach to Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR”.
  • Wrenn Yennie Lindgren, Stockholm University and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, doing research and data collection at Tama University on her topic “Elevating Japan-Norway Cooperation Spanning the Arctic, the Ocean and the SDGs”.