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MemberIrene Vogel Chevroulet

Dr es Sciences specialized in Theory and History of Architecture 19th – 20th c. particularly in Western architects, garden and landscape designers, writers and poets’ writings and drawings on Japan. Researches focused on how architectural and landscape devices and notions circulate between Japan and the West. Lecturer at the College of Humanities EPFL on Contemporary Japan: Culture and Thought as mirrored in Architecture, Cinema and Anime. Architect’s diploma at Geneva University School of Architecture (1991). Master of Arts at Norwich University UK (1995) and PhD at EPFL (2010) thank to Swiss National Science Foundation young researcher and MHV scholarships.

MemberSemiha Karaoğlu

MA Student in Asian Studies at Boğaziçi University with a specialization in Japan & Japanese Studies. Project Coordinator at the Asian Studies Center of Boğaziçi University, Project Coordinator at the Japanese Studies Association (Japonya Araştırmaları Derneği) of Turkey, and Program Coordinator at the Master of Arts Program in Asian Studies (MAAS) of Boğaziçi University. Contributor at asiapowerwatch.com. Fluent in Turkish, English, French; learning Japanese and German. Researching the role of Bunka Gaikō (Cultural Diplomacy) in Japan’s international relations & foreign policy and how it repositioned Japan’s soft power in the post-war Asia-Pacific with a better mutual understanding of the Japanese cultural diplomacy in the light of cosmopolitan constructivist theory.

MemberYalın Akçevin

I am currently a Master’s student at Bogazici University, in Istanbul, Turkey, and my field is Asian Studies. Primarily within this field, I am more focused on political sociology – with a particular interest in the theories set forth by Michels, Pareto, and Mosca. I study Japan and South Korea as my countries of primary concern. With regards to Japan, my interests are concentrated on elite theories and party politics, while for South Korea my interests are primarily on Korean identity and nationalism, and Hallyu. I am also interested in urban sociology, especially focusing on how the socio-political finds its reflections on the city. My master’s research focuses on LDP factions as structures through which a circulation of elites occurs in the political circles of Japan, with an eye towards both a better understanding of LDP’s factions within the context of Japan’s ruling class and to add to the existing literature on elite theory as well. During my undergraduate studies, I was a Dual Diploma Program student, majoring in Global and International Affairs at Middle East Technical University and Binghamton University (which is a part of the SUNY system). I hold a BSc. in Global and International Affairs from both colleges, with separate GPAs and complementary transcripts, as well as a double major BA in Sociology from Binghamton University. I have taken courses in Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, and History, which has accustomed to me to multidisciplinary studies and approaches to research. If you would like to see a CV, please do kindly ask.