Research Strengths

Our department has one the world’s largest programs wholly dedicated to Japanese studies and our scholars have a wide variety of research interests. To learn more about current research projects please visit the academic profiles of our faculty members found on the Department’s online academic staff page.

Research strengths in the Department of Japanese Studies:

  • The interconnections of modern Japanese social, cultural, and political history
  • Japanese premodern intellectual history and political philosophy
  • Pop and media culture and the literature-anime nexus
  • Modern Japanese poetry, comparative literature, and Australian literature
  • Modern and contemporary Japanese fiction and literary theory
  • Japanese cinema and mass culture
  • Japanese popular culture
  • Japanese and East Asian media, the government, media industry, and audience nexus
  • Japanese sociolinguistics and linguistics; complex verb constructions and transitivity in Asian languages
  • Japanese language and pedagogy
  • Chinese communities in Australia and Japan and linkages with the Chinese homeland
  • Comparative study of Asian societies; class, gender, ethnicity, community and globalization in Asian societies
  • Premodern Japanese urban history
  • Early temple and residential architecture
  • Spatial theory: “Spatial-Structural History”
  • Japan-Korea relations, historical and contemporary
  • Postcolonial studies and cross-cultural representations

The Inoue Yasushi Award

The Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature has been awarded annually, beginning in 2007, for the best refereed journal article or book chapter published in English by a researcher based in Australia or New Zealand during the previous year. The recipient will receive $1500 and a certificate of award.

See our Prizes and Scholarships page for more information.