Centre for Japanese Research

The Centre for Japanese Research (CJR) at UBC is actively engaged in promotion of research on a wide variety of topics dealing with Japan and its place in the world community. As part of its research activities, the CJR presents a series of seminars  and lectures featuring speakers from around the world, as well as UBC-based scholars and faculty. The CJR is also engaged in various activities which encourage personal and organizational interaction between Canada and Japan, including accepting visiting researchers, and co-sponsoring programs, which aims at facilitating greater understanding between people of Japan and Canada.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Dierkes, Julian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sociology, n.e.c.; All other social sciences, n.e.c.; Sociology of education; Public Policy; Mongolia; policy communication; contemporary Japan; digital diplomacy; supplementary education; mining policy; Japanese education; Democratization
Laffin, Christina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Humanities and the arts; premodern Japanese literature; medieval Japanese history; women's writing; Japanese women's history; travel writing; autobiography; Japanese poetry; Literacy; socialization; wet nursing; narratology
McCormick, Kelly Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian history; Visual theory, visual culture and visual literacy; Modern Japan; History of Visual and Material Culture/Photography; History of Technology; History of Gender and Sexuality
Nakamura, Fuyubi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social and cultural anthropology; Museum studies (Museology); Visual theory, visual culture and visual literacy; Globalization and culture; Environment, space and place; Anthropology of art; museum studies (working as curator at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC); material and visual culture; Contemporary Japanese calligraphy; Indigenous cultures, especially Ainu; disaster and memory, especially in the context of the Great East Japan Earthquake (3.11).; contemporary Asian art and culture