Prof. Dr. Fabian Schäfer

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"

Home Institution: Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Erlangen

IKGF Visiting Fellow October 2015 – March 2016

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Socio-Philosophical and Science-Fictional Imaginations of a Predictable Future in Postwar Japan

Curriculum Vitae

Fabian Schäfer studied Japanese Studies, Philosophy, and Journalism (1997–2003) at the University of Leipzig. In 2008 he received his doctorate from the University of Leipzig with a dissertation on “The Origins of Media and Communication Studies in Prewar Japan: Early Theoretical Approaches to the Press, Journalism and Public Opinion, 1920–1937”. 2005–2012 he worked as a Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the East Asian Institute at the University of Leipzig. He was a doctoral fellow of the Japan Foundation at the University of Tokyo (2004–05), a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2008), and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leiden (2009-10). In 2012–2013 he was a Senior Researcher (Oberassistent) at the URPP Asia and Europe at the University of Zurich. Since 2013 Fabian Schäfer holds the Chair of Japanese Studies I at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Selected Publications


2012 Public Opinion, Propaganda, Ideology: Theories on the Press and its Social Function in Interwar Japan, 1918–1937. Leiden: Brill.
Nihon komyunikēshon kenkyū no kigen. (“The Origins of Communication Research in Japan.") Japanese translation of “Public Opinion, Propaganda, Ideology”, under contract with Serika Publishers. (In preparation.)

Books Edited

2014 (Co-edited with Martin Roth) Das Zwischen denken: Marx, Freud und Nishida. Für Toshiaki (Binmei) Kobayashi. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.
2013 (Co-edited with Ken Kawashima and Robert Stolz) Tosaka Jun. A Critical Reader. Ithaca (NY): Cornell East Asia Series (distributed by University of Hawai’i Press).
2011 Tosaka Jun. Ideologie – Medien – Alltag. Eine Auswahl ideologiekritischer, medientheoretischer und geschichtsphilosophischer Schriften (Edition and Translation). Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag.
(Co-edited with Viren Murthy and Max Ward) Confronting Capital: Rethinking Kyoto School Philosophy in History. Leiden: Brill. (In Preparation.)