Going Global, but How? – Japanese Grassroots-level Labour Activists as Strategic Agents in Cross-national Diffusion
Jan Niggemeier is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at Freie Universität Berlin since October 2014. Focusing on social movement activism in Japan, his thesis project, under the supervision of Verena Blechinger-Talcott, traces processes of advocacy movements’ transnationalisation. In particular, Jan attempts to find out about conditions and mechanisms, which explain varying degrees of transnationalisation of contemporary Japanese advocacy movements. During his second year of the PhD, he schedules a longer fieldwork stay in Tokyo to conduct interviews and participatory observation with a number of civil society groups ranging from the fields of antinuclear over Global Justice to LGBT activism.
Holding a B.A. in East Asian Politics and Economics from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, Jan completed a M.Sc. in Asian Studies at Lunds Universitet, Sweden and furthermore received a M.A. in Japanese Language at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany and Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. In the course of his Master’s research, Jan explored participants’ diversification within Japanese antinuclear activism since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. His further research interests include environmental policy and the institutionalisation of Green politics in East Asia.
Mobility Phase: Field Research as a Guest Researcher at the Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC), Sophia University February - October 2016