About

Professor in Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University
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Office: Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, SE-106 91 Stockholm (visiting address: Kräftriket 4A, room 254), E-mail: jberndt@su.se
Please address registered mail to: Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies (Prof. Jaqueline Berndt), Stockholm University, Kräftriket 4, SE-114 19 Stockholm, Sweden — otherwise it is likely to be returned to sender in my absence.


I am holding a first degree in Japanese Studies and a PhD in Aesthetics/Art Studies [Kunstwissenschaft], obtained from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1987 and 1991 respectively. Between 1991 and 2017 I was teaching courses in art and media studies with a special focus on manga and anime at Japanese universities, mainly in Japanese, but also in English.

My research and teaching has been primarily within the field of visuals arts and media cultures with a special focus on manga and anime as serial narratives. If it has been  concerned with Japan, although less with “what” Japan is, but “how.”  Methodologically I am engaged in visual culture, media aesthetics, and museum/exhibition studies.

For The Japan Foundation I directed the world-traveling exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics (2016-); for the Kyoto International Manga Museum I co-curated the exhibition 『愛すべき無理難題』 (Crossing Borders: Mahler’s Manga Park), which was realized in collaboration with the Caricature Museum Krems, Austria, and the Austrian Embassy in Japan in 2014-2015.


Current international collaboration:

  1. Japan_MEXT Grant-in-Aid project (JSPS KAKENHI Grant/ B, headed by Fujimoto Yukari (Meiji University, April 2015 – March 2019) on Manga Style’: Spread Abroad and Change; final symposium scheduled for March 2019.
  2. Spain_Universida de Vigo, Faculty of Fine Arts, dx5 – digital & graphic art research group, headed by Dr. Ana Soler Baena, project title Exploring new graphic territories from a transdisciplinary perspective: Expanded-field comics, artist hyper-books and contemporary animetic theories, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competetiveness, State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation (December 2016 – December 2019)
  3. STINT Sweden-Japan 150 Anniversary Grants, Establishment of new partnership between Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies (Division of Japanese Language and Culture), Stockholm University, and Department of Foreign Languages and Graduate School of Language and Culture (Swedish-Language Division), Osaka University, project title Collaborative research on limits and possibilities of Area Studies and the related Language Education — phase 1: workshop and lectures at Osaka University, 9 – 11 July 2018; phase 2: workshop and lectures at Stockholm University, 10 – 12 September 2018.

Employment History: [FY = Japanese fiscal/academic year, from April to March]

  • FY2009–16 Professor in Manga/Comics Theory, Kyoto Seika University (KSU), Graduate School of Manga Studies
  • FY2001–09 Associate Professor in Art and Media Studies [tenured], Yokohama National University, Japan, Faculty of Education and Human Sciences]
  • FY1995-2001 Associate Professor in Art Sociology [tenured], Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, College of Social Sciences
  • FY1994-95 Associate Professor in German [tenured], Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, College of Law
  • FY1991-94 Full-time Instructor of German Language, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, College of Science and Technology

Guest Professorships: 2012 National University of Singapore, Department of Japanese Studies, The Japan Foundation Visiting Professorship Grant; 2008 Bridgestone Foundation guest professor at the Insitute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University; 2005 DAAD guest professor at Leipzig University, Japanese Studies.

Memberships:
European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS, intermittently since 1991; council member since 2017);
Nordic Network for Comics Research (NNCORE)
founding member of the Japan Society for the Study of Cartoons and Comics (Nihon manga gakkai, board member 2001-2005, 2010-2014),
Japan Society for Animation Studies (JSAS; member of editorial board, 2012-2017)

Expert Reviewing for Journals and Academic Institutions (2017–):
Journal of Comics and Graphic NovelsLibri & Liberi: Journal of Research on Children’s LiteratureCurator: The Museum JournalCulture, Theory and Critique; ARTS

IPODI (International Post-Doc Initiative)/Marie Curie Actions, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik; Israel Science Foundation, Research Grant Application


2017–2019_Career Mentoring III Program, Universities of Linz-Salzburg-Krems, Austria (mentor of post-doc researcher Dr. Barbara Margarethe Eggert)