European Association for Japanese Studies

Prof. Dr. Rebecca SUTER

Prof. Dr. Rebecca SUTER After twenty years researching and teaching in Japan, the United States, and Australia, I have recently relocated to European academia. The election as member of the EAJS Council is an excellent opportunity to contribute the substantial experience I have acquired in research administration and outreach to the promotion of Japanese Studies […]


Prof. Dr. Kristina IWATA-WEICKGENANNT My name is Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, and I teach Japanese modern literature in the Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies Program at Nagoya University. My work has focused on geographies of marginality and marginalization in contemporary Japanese literature. Specifically, I have published on Zainichi Korean literature, literary representations of precarity, and cultural responses to the […]

Dr. Barbara GEILHORN

Dr. Barbara Geilhorn I feel honoured to have been re-elected as a member of the EAJS council. Currently based in Japan, I am a mid-career scholar with a strong focus on interdisciplinary research. Relying on my work and research experiences in various academic environments, including Germany, Japan and the UK, I hope to contribute to […]

Prof. Dr. Andrea DE ANTONI

Prof. Dr. Andrea DE ANTONI I am an anthropologist born in Venice, but I have lived in Kyoto for more than twelve years. In the picture, I am the one on the left. I have been an EAJS Member since 2008, when I took part in my first EAJS Conference and in the TIFO Recipients […]

Prof. Dr. David CHIAVACCI

Prof. Dr. David CHIAVACCI It is a great honor for me to have been re-elected as EAJS Council member. For over two decades, I have been a member of the EAJS and participant in its conferences. Besides being a EAJS council member (2020-2023), I could contribute in the past to the EAJS as section convenor […]

Prof. Dr. Edward BOYLE

Prof. Dr. Edward BOYLE It is a tremendous honour to have been elected as EAJS Council member. I only attended my first EAJS conference in Lisbon in 2017, but I am driven by the desire that every subsequent event I attend be characterized by the vibrancy and collegiality which distinguished this wonderful conference. The EAJS […]

Dr. Till WEINGÄRTNER (Secretary)

Dr. Till WEINGÄRTNER Secretary After almost fifteen years since attending my first EAJS conference in Lecce, it is with immense pride that I have been elected for the position of EAJS Secretary. For the past six years, I have been fortunate to have served as a member of the extended council. One of the highlights […]

Prof. Dr. Urs Matthias ZACHMANN (Treasurer)

Prof. Dr. Urs Matthias ZACHMANN Treasurer The European Association of Japanese Studies is one of the key professional organisations in the field of Japanese Studies. This applies to Europe, of course, but increasingly so also to academic communities in Japan, or the US. Being a member of the council since 2014 and holding the office […]

Prof. Dr. Andreas Niehaus (President)

Prof. Dr. Andreas NIEHAUS President I am very honored and grateful having been elected for the position of President of the EAJS. As local organizer, I was instrumental in organizing the 2021 online and 2023 hybrid international EAJS conferences in Ghent, and as member of the extended Council, I have contributed to the general work […]

Prof. Dr. Verena BLECHINGER-TALCOTT (Immediate Past President)

Prof. Dr. Verena BLECHINGER-TALCOTT Immediate Past President The EAJS has grown to become the largest academic association in the field of Japanese Studies outside of Japan. It plays an important role linking national associations of Japanese studies in Europe and, at the same time, forms a nexus between Japan specialists in Europe and those in […]