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Katrin Gengenbach

Associate Director

Academic management

Hittorfstr. 18
Raum 110
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 51596


We are working remotely and are available during the day via email and telephone as well as Webex.
since 5/2013 Associate Director, Graduate School of East Asian Sudies, Freie Universität Berlin
Committees and Commissions
since 2017
Member of Selection Committee - Frauenfördermittel FB GeschKult (Funding for the advancement of women* at Dept. History and Cultural Studes), Freie Universität Berlin
since 2013 Member of Joint Commission of Departments for Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Training Experience
11/2018 - 11/2019 Mentor in the mentoring programme MentoringPlus Konstanz, Konstanz University
07/2019 Erasmus plus Staff Mobility Exchange, National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan (OIC and IDAS) (7d)
11/2019 Quality Management in Doctoral Programmes (7h), evalag Mannheim
5/2019 Complexity Reduction in porject mamangament (8h), Freie Universität Berlin
11/2018 Career Advice for junior researchers (11h), ZWM Speyer
3/2018 Labour law for management (8h), Freie Universität Berlin
4-9/2015 Certificate in Science Management, Advanced Training Course (ZWM Speyer/ DFG)
Research and Work Experience
9/2012-4/2013 Research Fellow, EAJS e.V. Office Representative (Council Assistant), FU Berlin
11/2011 Dr phil in Japanese Studies (University of Leipzig)

Lecturer, Centre for East Asian Studies (OAZ), TU Dresden

2009-2010 Associate PhD fellow, DFG-Graduate Program "Critical Junctures of Globalization" (Research Academy Leipzig)

Visiting Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)


Research Fellow, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ Tokyo)

10/2006-9/2007 Visiting Researcher, Interfaculty Inititative for Information Studies, Tokyo University (DAAD fellowship)
since 2006 freelance layout designer (publications)
2005-2011 Graduate Assistant (Japanese Studies; SFB 586 "Difference and Integration"; Research Academy Leipzig (RAL)), University of Leipzig
1999-2005 M.A. Japanese Studies/ Hispanic Studies, University of Leipzig

Social and protest movements

Consumerism, Cultural Studies


EAJS    European Association for Japanese Studies

VSJF    Vereinigung für Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung

IPB     Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung



2013.  (w/ Dorothea Mladenova and Felix Jawinski). "Politik, Energie und Kultur in Wechselwirkung: Wie sich Atomkraft in Japan durchsetzte". [The interdependence of politics, energy and culture: How nuclear energy was accepted in Japan]. In: Gebhardt, Lisette/ Richter, Steffi (ed.): Lesebuch Fukushima [Fukushima Reader]. Berlin, EBV: 32-53.

2013. Between Extremes of Poverty and Luxury: Sociocultural Dynamics of Consumption in Early Postwar Japan (1945-1959). Dissertation. Leipzig/Dresden, Qucosa electronic publication.

2012  (w/ Maria Trunk). "Vor und nach "Fukushima" - soziale Bewegungen in Japan nach der Jahrtausendwende." [Before and after Fukushima - social movements in Japan after the turn of the century]. In: Chiavacci, David/Wieczorek, Iris (ed): Japan-Jahrbuch 2012, München, iudicium.

2012. "Luxuskonsum in Japan. Herausforderung und Katalysator von Nationalisierung in der frühen Nachkriegszeit." [Consuming luxury in Japan. Challenges of nationalisation in early postwar Japan]. In: Kühschelm, Oliver/ Siegrist, Hannes/ Eder, Franz.X. (ed.): Konsum und Nation [Consumerism and the Nation]. Bielefeld, transcript.

2010. "Iwabuchi Kôichi". In: Middell, Matthias/ Engel, Ulf (ed.): Theoretiker der Globalisierung [Theorists on globalisation]. Leipzig, Universitätsverlag: 232-287.

Conference and Event Contributions

07.17.2019. Research in Germany Science Lunch panelist (PhD opportunities in Germany), International Convention of Asian Studies (ICAS 11), Leiden University, the Netherlands, July 15-19, 2019.

03.19-20.2018. Conference Co-Organizer and Panel Chair, 4th Annual Network of EXcellent Doctoral Training in Germany (NEXT), Freie Universität Berlin, March 19-20, 2018.

09.22.2017. Panel Chair/Discussant: Urban Futurologies. Cultural Typhoon in Europe Conference 2017, Nürnberg, September 21-23, 2017.

03.06.2017. "Cinéma Klassenkampf" Opening Film Screening: Talk and Discussion at Moviemiento, labournet.tv, Berlin.

08.28.2016.Discussant, UFSP-GEAS Publication Workshop, Freie Unviersität Berlin, October 27-28, 2016.

12.15.2015. Discussant, GEAS-UFSP Publication Workshop, University of Zurich, Switzerland, December 14-15, 2015.

06.16.2015. "Love Hotel" Film Screening: Talk and Discussion at NaTo, Cinemathèque Leipzig e.V., Leipzig.