College of Humanities & Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr Griseldis Kirsch

Key information

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Admissions Tutor Japan Research Centre Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies Member Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies Member
MA, PhD (Trier)
Russell Square, College Buildings
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020 7898 4288
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Griseldis gained her MA and PhD degrees in Contemporary Japanese Studies at the University of Trier, Germany.

She is a specialist on Japanese media, particularly television and cinema in the present day. Before coming to SOAS, she taught at the University of Trier and the University of Würzburg, and held a PhD scholarship at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo.

Her PhD on Representations of China was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. She has published widely in the field of Japanese media with particular respect to Otherness and war memory. Griseldis has also acted as a consultant for the Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle (seasons 1 and 2) and the BBC/Netflix production Giri/Haji.

Research interests

Japanese Media, Television drama

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Dr Lois Barnett An Investigation of Audience Responses To and Motivations for the Use of Western-Inspired Costume in Japanese Cinema (1923-39)
Elaine Chung Transnational Korean Stardom in Chinese Screen Media, 2000-2016
Mr Laurence Green From score to song - The rise of the ‘star composer’ and the role of music in contemporary anime
Emma Horsley-Heather NHK's children's broadcasting and its effect on Japanese identity and homogeneity
Lewis Hyde Japanese Lucifer: An Analysis of the Abrahamic Devil in Contemporary Japanese Media and Culture, and a Cross-cultural Comparison with the Western Devil.
Declan John Prout "I'm still me": Hauntologies of the hyogaki sedai in Sci-Fi Anime of the 1990s and 2000s
Akiko Nagata An Analysis of Family and Gender Roles in Japanese Television Drama
Luca Proietti A noisy engagement: An analysis on the conscious awareness in Japanese noise music
Ms Michiko Suzuki History of Disaster, Recovery, and Humanitarianism: The Japanese Red Cross Society in the Modern World, 1877-1945


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