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Katrin Gengenbach

Associate Director

Academic management

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

Office hours

Available Mon-Thu 10 AM-6 PM via email and telephone as well as Webex. Please just send a message any time or stop by when the door is open (Open Door Policy). The Coordination Office is closed on Fridays.
2013 - GEAS Associate Director, Freie Universität Berlin
2012 - 2013 EAJS Office Representative (Council Assistant), Research Associate, Freie Universität Berlin
2011 PhD in Japanese Studies, Leipzig University (magna cum laude | opus laudabile)
2009 - 2011 Lecturer, Leipzig University, Japanese Studies
2009 - 2010 Lecturer, Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden), East Asian Center
2009 Visiting Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Humanities
2008 Junior Research Fellow, Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ Tokyo)
2006 - 2007 Visiting Researcher, Tokyo University, Interfaculty Initiative for Socioinformation Studies (DAAD fellowship)
1999 - 2005 MA (Magistra Artium) Japanese Studies/Spanish Studies, Leipzig University

Advanced Training and Staff Mobility (selection)

2022.11 Freie Universität Berlin, Intercultural Ticket Staff Week (Roundtable)
2022.05 Bologna University, Intercultural Ticket Staff Week (interculturalticket.eu), Erasmus+ Staff Mobility
2022.03-06. Diversity Management in International Context, Advanced Training, FUB-ContinuED
2019.07 National Chengchi University Taipei, Office of International Affairs (Job Shadowing), Erasmus+ Staff Mobility 
2018 - 2019 Mentor, Mentoringplus Program, University of Konstanz
2018 Career Advice for Junior Researchers (PhD and Postdoc), Advanced Training, ZWM Speyer
2015 Academic Management, Advanced Training Certificate, DFG and ZWM Speyer


2019 - Fire Safety Team (Villa Hittorfstr. 18)
2013 - Member of Joint Commission of Departments for GEAS (Gemeinsame Kommission der Fachbereiche)
2013 - Advisory Member of GEAS Selection Committee and several other selection committees in East Asian Studies
2022 - 2023 Working Group MA Global East Asia
2017 -2022* Member of Selection Committee for the Advancement of Women*'s Funding (History and Cultural Studies) (*paused during Covid)
2020 - 2021 Working Group " PhD"  for FUB Teaching and Education in 2030 Strategy process
2020 - 2021 Working Group "GEAS Regulations Update" for Joint Commission of Departments for GEAS


2022. (Dorothea Mladenova, Felix Jawinski and Katrin Gengenbach, ed.). Die Aufgabe der Japanologie. Beiträge zur kritischen Japanforschung. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.

2022. (Dorothea Mladenova, Felix Jawinski and Katrin Gengenbach): "Die Aufgabe der Japanologie. Eine Einleitung". Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag: 5-28.

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.

Panels, Discussions and Event Contributions

11.11.2022. Panellist, TICKET Multiplier Event, International Conference „Facilitating International Collaboration“, Freie Universität Berlin, 11 November 2022.

11.12.2021. Co-Organizer, UZH-FU (GEAS) Joint Dissertation and Publication Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, 11-12 November 2021.

01.27.2020. Co-Organizer and Discussant, UZH-FU (GEAS) Joint Dissertation and Publication Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, January 26-27, 2020.

07.17.2019. Panellist, Research in Germany Science Lunch, 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. Panellist, "Cinéma Klassenkampf" Opening Film Screening, Moviemiento, labournet.tv, Berlin.

08.28.2016. Co-organizer and 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. Panellist, "Love Hotel" Film Screening, NaTo, Cinemathèque Leipzig e.V., Leipzig.