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Sven Kramer Last modified date:2020.03.18

Assistant Professor / Faculty of Humanities




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Academic Degree
Doctor of Literature
Field of Specialization
Modern Japanese history, history of Japanese local government
Outline Activities
Major interests and research topics in my studies of modern Japanese history:
-- Municipal mergers and dissolutions, especially the "great municipal merger of the Showa era" of the 1950s
-- Local identity and other forms of residents' identities of affiliation and how they influenced the opinion towards municipal mergers
-- Municipal mergers in Mizuma district, Fukuoka prefecture, during the 1950s
-- Municipalities and other local governments in the colonies of Imperial Japan, especially in Colonial Korea
Research
Research Interests
  • Municipal mergers and dissolutions, especially the "great municipal merger of the Showa era" of the 1950s
    Local identity and other forms of residents' identities of affiliation and how they influenced the opinion towards municipal mergers
    keyword : local government, municipal merger, local politics
    2011.04.
  • Municipal mergers in Mizuma district, Fukuoka prefecture, during the 1950s
    keyword : Municipal merger, Fukuoka Prefecture, Mizuma District
    2016.04.
  • Municipalities and other local governments in the colonies of Imperial Japan, especially in Colonial Korea
    keyword : Local politics in the former colonies of Japan, Imperial Japan
    2019.04.
Academic Activities
Books
1. The "Great Municipal Merger of the Showa Era" and the Local Identity of Residents, Fukuoka: Kyūshū University Press, 2020 (in Japanese), [URL].
Reports
1. "Historical Studies in Japan, 2018, Modern Japanese History, Section 13: Urban and Regional History," in Shigaku Zasshi, vol. 128, no. 5, May 2019, pp. 178-180 (in Japanese).
Papers
1. "How 'Northern European' is Japan's Municipal Merger Policy?", in: The Shi-en, no. 157, March 2020, [URL].
2. "The "Great Municipal Merger of the Shōwa Era" in Northern Mizuma County, Fukuoka Prefecture: With Focus on Chikuhō Town and Nishimuta Town", in: Shindai Shigaku, no. 43, December 2018, pp. 30-57 (in Japanese).
3. "The birth of Tenri City, the "City of Religion": Its problems and Its meaning in the history of Japanese municipal mergers and dissolutions", in: Shigaku Zasshi, vol. 126, no. 8, August 2017, pp. 54-76 (in Japanese), [URL].
4. Historical Studies of Municipal Mergers and Identity of Inhabitants: With Focus on the "Great Municipal Merger of the Showa Era" (Graduate School of Humanities, Kyushu University, Ph.D. thesis) (in Japanese).
5. "The Municipal Merger and Property Disposal Problem of Nishiawakura Village: With Focus on its "Period of Considering Merger"", in: Nihon Rekishi, no. 823, December 2016, pp. 40-55 (in Japanese).
6. "Municipal Merger Opposition and City Separation Movement during the "Great Municipal Merger of the Showa Era" and Identity", in: Nihonshi Kenkyū, no. 636, August 2015, pp. 26-53 (in Japanese).
Presentations
1. "Cooperation with Municipal and Prefectural Archives in Rural Japan: An Experience Report", held at the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University of Bochum in June 2019 (in German), [URL].
2. "The Birth of a "City of Religion": The Municipal Merger of Tenri City, Nara Prefecture", held at the 113th annual conference of The Historical Society of Japan in November 2015 (in Japanese), [URL].
3. "Rejection of Municipal Merger and Municipal Forest: With Focus on the Village Council of Nishiawakura Village, Aida District, Okayama Prefecture", held at the annual conference of The Historical Society of Kyushu in December 2014 (in Japanese), [URL].
4. "Identity of Inhabitants and the "Great Municipal Merger of the Shōwa Era": A Thought on the Acceptance and Non-Acceptance of Municipal Mergers", held at the annual conference of the The Historical Society of Kyushu in December 2013 (in Japanese), [URL].
Membership in Academic Society
  • The Historical Society of Japan
  • The Society of Japanese History
  • The Japanese Society for Historical Studies
  • European Association for Japanese Studies
  • Kyushu Society of Historical Research
Educational
Educational Activities
- I taught the course "Japan: A History to 1600" at the Graduate School of Humanities, Kyushu University in fall/winter 2018/19. It was a comprehensive course on Japanese history taught in English. Each class had a lecture part and a presentation/discussion part, which was designed to let the participating students engage proactively with the contents of this course.
- In fall/winter 2019/20 I co-administered the course "Introduction to Japanese Studies" of the Graduate School of Humanities, Kyushu University. This class aimed to teach about Japanese history and culture in English to foreign students who were majoring in sciences.
- In fall/winter 2019/20 I taught the two lectures "Nihon no kindai shisō [Modern Thoughts of Japan]" and "Nihon no toshi bunka [Urban Culture of Japan]" at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Kitakyushu. I taught both lectures completely in Japanese.