Carol Hayes specialises Japanese cultural production including literature, film and popular culture, such as anime and manga. Her research interests include modern Japanese poetry and the portrayal of social/cultural issues in literature and film. Carol’s research also includes Japanese language teaching methodologies and practice, particularly e-Teaching and e-Learning with a focus on flexible, online learning, student motivation and Japanese language acquisition.
Dr. Hannah Gould (The University of Melbourne)
Hannah Gould is a cultural anthropologist working in the areas of death, religion, and material culture. Her research is focused processes of disposal and divestment, in regard to both the human dead and material artefacts. Hannah is Research Fellow with the DeathTech Research Team, working on the ARC funded project “Disposal of the dead: beyond burial and cremation”. Her doctoral research investigated transformations to the spiritual economy of domestic Buddhist Altars or butsudan and associated mourning rituals in contemporary Japan.
Dr. Laura Emily Clark (The University of Queensland)
Dr Laura Emily Clark is a Japan studies and gender issues scholar, specialising in contemporary Japanese literature and gender norms, marriage, and ageing. She received her PhD from the University of Queensland for her research on gender ideals in the writing of Haruki Murakami — where she has also taught Japanese language and culture topics. Through her research she explores how mainstream Japanese perceptions of appropriate male and female adulthood in Murakami’s works have shifted over the past 50 years, and how this shapes character self-narrativization, life choices, and performances of gender within male homosocial spaces. She has previously published on masculinity in Murakami, gender in Japanese literature, and the reception of Japanese authors within international literary spheres. She spent 2020 as a Mariko Bando Fellowship recipient at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, researching contemporary Japanese women’s fiction and discourses of normality. Laura is also a trained freelance editor.
Professor David H. Slater (Sophia University)
David has worked on youth and labor, capitalism and urban space. Since 2011, he has been working on oral narrative, first of disaster and survival in Voices from Tohoku, then of mothers displaced from Fukushima, of youth activists and of homeless men in Tokyo. Currently, he is working on a related project, Voices from Japan, focusing on foreign refugees seeking asylum in Tokyo through the collection of oral narratives and support efforts through the Sophia Refugee Support Group.
Dr. Rebecca Corbett, Japan Studies Librarian (University of Southern California)
Rebecca received her PhD from the University of Sydney and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Her book Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) analyses privately circulated and commercially published texts to show how chanoyu tea practice for women was understood, articulated, and promoted from the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. Dr. Corbett’s work at USC includes selecting and managing print and digital collections in Japanese; and providing reference and liaison services to support research, teaching, and learning in Japanese Studies. She is a member of the North American Council on East Asian Libraries Committee on Japanese Materials (2020-2023) and Librarian Representative to the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (2020-2023).
Dr. Paula R. Curtis (Yale University)
Paula’s research focuses on metal caster organizations from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries and their relationships with elite institutions. She also works on documentary forgery production and socioeconomic networks during Japan’s late medieval period. Paula is interested in digital humanities and the use of digital tools to analyze premodern historical sources. She manages and collaborates in several online projects, including the Digital Humanities Japan initiative; an online database for resources related to East Asia; the blog What can I do with a B.A. in Japanese Studies; and the digital archive Carving Community: The Landis-Hiroi Collection.
Kaitlyn Ugoretz, PhD Candidate (UC Santa Barbara)
Kaitlyn’s research interests lie at the intersection of religion, digital media, transnational studies, and popular culture. With the support of a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, she is currently conducting a multi-sited digital ethnography of transnational, online communities of Shinto practitioners on social media entitled World-Wide Shinto. Kaitlyn also works to adapt traditional and innovate natively digital ethnographic methods and theory to best navigate, archive, analyze, and contribute back to online field sites. As part of her commitment to public scholarship, she hosts the educational YouTube channel Eat Pray Anime and writes about East Asian religions for the Religion For Breakfast channel.
Dr. Laura Dales (University of Western Australia)
Laura Dales (PhD, UWA) is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her main research interests include agency, sexuality, friendship and dating across Asia, as well as singlehood and marriage in contemporary Japan. Recent publications include the edited collection (with Romit Dasgupta and Tomoko Aoyama) Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2015), as well as chapters in the books Intimate Japan (Alexy & Cook eds., University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) and Happiness and the Good Life in Japan (Manzenreiter & Holthus eds., Routledge, 2017). She is currently writing a book based on an ARC-funded project examining intimacy beyond the family in contemporary Japan.
Associate Professor Carol Hayes (Australian National University)