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Katrin Gengenbach

Image Credit: Marcus Reichmann

Associate Director

Academic management

Graduate School House, Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 18
Room 110
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 51596

Office hours

Available during the day 10 AM-6 PM via email and telephone as well as Webex. Please just send a message any time (Open Door Policy)

Availability in presence (in summer semester 2021): Monday, Wednesday (and Friday occasionally)

Summer Vacation: 21 August - 13 September

since 5/2013 Associate Director, Graduate School of East Asian Sudies, Freie Universität Berlin
Committees and Commissions
11/2020-05/2021 Working Group: Early Career Researchers "Zukunft Lehre 2030/Future Visions of Teaching 2030"
since 2019 Fire Protection Assistant (Hittorfstr. 18, old building (villa))
2019 Working Group Women*'s Advancement Plans, Dept. History and Cultural Studies
since 2017
Selection Committee - Funding for Women*'s Advancement History and Cultural Studies (Frauenfördermittel FB GeschKult)
since 2013 Member of Joint Commission of Departments for Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Training Experience
03/2021 TICKET Virtual Staff training Week (intercultural mobility), Erasmus+ 
11/2018 - 11/2019 Mentor in the mentoring programme MentoringPlus, Konstanz University
07/2019 Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Exchange, Office of International Cooperation/ IDAS, National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan
11/2019 Quality Management in Doctoral Programmes (7h), evalag Mannheim (training course)
5/2019 Complexity Reduction in Project Management (8h), Freie Universität Berlin (training course)
11/2018 Career Advice for Junior Researchers (11h), ZWM Speyer (training course)
3/2018 Labour Law (8h), Freie Universität Berlin (training course)
4-9/2015 Certificate in Academic Management, Advanced Training (Lehrgang) (ZWM Speyer/ DFG)
Research and Work Experience
9/2012-4/2013 Researcher, Office Representative (Council Assistant), EAJS e.V., FU Berlin
11/2011 Dr phil in Japanese Studies, University of Leipzig

Lecturer, Centre for East Asian Studies (OAZ), Technical University Dresden

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

Visiting Researcher, Global Area Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies


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

10/2006-9/2007 Visiting Researcher, Interfaculty Initiative 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, Gender Studies


NEXT - Network of Excellent Doctoral Training

EAJS - European Association for Japanese Studies

VSJF - Vereinigung für Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung

GJF - Gesellschaft für Japanforschung

IPB - Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung

Nippon Connection e.V. 



Conference Panels, Discussions and Event Contributions

01.27.2020. Discussant, UZH-GEAS Joint Dissertation and Publication Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, January 26-27, 2020.

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. Panelist, "Cinéma Klassenkampf" Opening Film Screening, Moviemiento, labournet.tv, Berlin.

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

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

06.16.2015. Panelist, "Love Hotel" Film Screening, NaTo, Cinemathèque Leipzig e.V., Leipzig.


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.