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‘Contesting good taste, shaping Japanese bodies: The department store MITSUKOSHI and modern identities’

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Steffi Richter is Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Leipzig. She was first trained in philosophy at Lomonossov-University in Moscow with a specialization in the philosophy of science. In 1982 she won a Ph.D. scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education that resulted in her 1985 dissertation on Nishida Kitaro. Before taking up the chair in Leipzig in 1996, Steffi Richter was an Associate Professor for Comparative Cultural Studies at Tôkyô University. Her present research focuses on nationalism and historical revisionism in East Asia as well as on the relationship between consumer culture and identity formation in modern and contemporary Japan. Her publications include a book on scientific thought in Japan (Ent-Zweiung. Wissenschaftliches Denken in Japan zwischen Tradition und Moderne; Berlin, 1994) and numerous articles in German. Her English articles include “Staging Good Taste, Staging ‘Japaneseness’: Consumer Culture, the Department Store Mitsukoshi and Performance of Modern Identities in Japan” (Asiatische Studien LVIII , 3/2004) and “The History Textbook Controversy as an indicator of National Self-Reflection” (In: Gesine Foljanty-Jost, ed., Japan in the 1990s: Crisis as an Impetus for Change [Münster, 2004]). She also has co-edited a volume on Reading Manga: Local and Global Perceptions of Japanese Comics (Leipzig, 2006).

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