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MemberThomas Baudinette

…Lecturer In Japanese Studies…

Thomas Baudinette is Lecturer in Japanese Studies in the Department of International Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Thomas’s scholarly research focuses upon the construction of desire within the Japanese gay media landscape, particularly focusing upon the role stereotypical identity categories played in promoting heteronormative masculinity as desirable within this media landscape. In 2016, he received his PhD in Japanese Studies from Monash University’s School of Social and Political Sciences. He is currently drafting a monograph based upon his PhD dissertation. More details about Thomas’s research projects can be found here. A list of his publications can be found here. Details about his teaching philosophy can be found here. Thomas’ institutional homepage may be accessed here.

MemberHenry Johnson

My primary field of research is the study of people making music. My research outputs mainly have a social focus, with much work crossing other disciplinary fields (e.g., Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Island Studies, Diaspora Studies, Performance Studies and Cultural Studies). The ethnographic component of my research methods includes original field research in diverse contexts, including Japan, small island cultures (e.g., Japanese small islands, and the Channel Islands), and New Zealand.

MemberMasahiro Morioka

Masahiro Morioka, Ph.D., is a professor at Waseda University, Japan. He teaches philosophy and ethics. His specialties include philosophy of life, bioethics, gender studies, and civilization studies. He was born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, in 1958. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and worked for the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and Osaka Prefecture University before he came to Waseda. He is considered by many to be one of the leading philosophers in the current Japanese philosophical community. He is the director of the Tokyo Philosophy Project, and the editor-in-chief of Journal of Philosophy of Life ( http://www.philosophyoflife.org/ ). Although his books and a majority of his papers have been published only in Japanese, you can read his English papers, essays, and some translated excerpts from his books on his website, http://www.lifestudies.org , and/or on Humanities Commons. Current Positions: 2015- Professor of philosophy and ethics, School of Human Sciences, Waseda University, Japan. Previous Positions: 2005-2015 Professor of philosophy and ethics at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan 1998-2004 Professor of philosophy and ethics at the College of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan 2001-2003 Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo 1997-1998 Associate Professor at Osaka Prefecture University 1988-1997 Research Associate at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan 1991 Visiting Scholar at Wesleyan University, U.S.A. 1988 Research Associate at the University of Tokyo

MemberDerek DiMatteo

PhD Candidate and Associate Instructor in English at Indiana University Bloomington. My dissertation research is at the intersection of literary/cultural studies and critical university studies, and examines higher education protest literature. I teach literature (L204, L260) and composition courses (W131, W170, W231, W270). My general field is C20/C21 American literature and culture, with additional interests in ethnic literatures, the transnational, critical pedagogy, and Japanese studies.
Prior to Indiana, I lived and taught in Japan and the United States at the high school and college levels. In Japan, I was very active in the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), and my research interests centered on EFL pedagogy, authentic materials and activities development, and using literature in EFL. I presented on these topics at local and national conferences in Japan, as well as organized professional development at my institution. 

MemberMolly Des Jardin

Molly is the Japanese Studies Librarian and liaison for Korean Studies at University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Penn’s East Asian Languages & Civilizations department. In addition to her work as a librarian, she taught the seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (EALC111/511) (work-in-progress, updated syllabus PDF at mollydesjardin.com) at Penn in Spring 2018. In 2014, along with Katie Rawson, Molly co-founded WORD LAB, the Penn Libraries text analysis learning community, still going strong with current co-organizer Scott Enderle. Molly is a historian of the book in modern Japan, ranging from Meiji (1868-1912) publishing to 21st-century urban exploration publications, and has a particular focus on theories and practices of authorship. Her article “Inventing Saikaku: Collectors, Provenance, and the Social Creation of an Author” appeared in Book History v.20 (2017) and she co-authored a chapter in ACRL’s forthcoming The Globalized Library with Michael P. Williams, Penn’s Coordinator of Area Studies Technical Services (and formerly library specialist for the Japanese and Korean collections).