The research and teaching focus of Department 09 of Universität Frankfurt – Japanese Studies – focuses on pre-modern and modern/contemporary Japan. The department’s teaching is based on a solid repertoire of philology, literature, cultural history and the history of ideas, all of which emphasises the linguistic components and forms the foundation for thorough research into Japan.
The canon of classical research into philology, literature and the history of ideas is complemented by the contemporary spectrum of cultural sciences. Reflections on the temporal aspects of research approaches and precise reasons for the establishment of a new theoretical analysis toolbox for each of the relevant themes form part of the basic training in Japanese studies in Frankfurt.
The literary focus covers traditional modern and present-day literature up to the latest trends in Japan’s contemporary literary scene. In addition to individual authors, the programme also focuses on issues relating to the canonisation, the significance of Japanese literature within the literary world, the history of research, the development of theories in Japanese literary studies, the interpretation of literature and translation theory and practice.
References between literary topics and contemporary cultural discourse are also looked at; here, the discourse areas of “Asia”, “orientalism/self-orientalism” or present-day “seniority” or the “socially excluded” will be examined and evaluated. Literary history has many links to the history of ideas that open up interdisciplinary fields such as “religion and literature” or “modern Japanese ideology”.
Other research fields are "J-lifestyle", theatre and the so-called people’s arts (minzoku geinô) in Japan, tourism in Japan and the topic of “technology and innovation in Japan”, seen from the context of innovative Japanese cultural science and technical research.
The “Global Challenges and Cultural Perspectives” Master’s programme offers in-depth insights into the fascinating literary and intellectual worlds of Japan. The study programme uses historical and modern texts that reflect central topics of the Japanese culture, among them Japanese religious ideas and ideologies, aesthetical systems and intellectual rhetoric, concepts of man, value systems, ideological orientations, identity discourses, Japanese criticism of the Modern Age and the Japanese vision of the future in the 21st century.
The Masters` programme enables students to carry out research activities independently and at a high level. The methods taught in the Bachelor’s programme will be reflected in critically and theoretical concepts will be analysed and related to generally discussed theories and research developments. The Masters’ programme enables students to specialise in Japanese literature as well as cultural history and the history of ideas.
The Frankfurt study programme offers a rich academic life with lectures, excursions and the possibility to talk with experts from the cultural and literary scenes and from the creative industries. The theoretical cultural science content of the programme will be applied in practice at the Japanese cultural management seminar (KuMa).
- Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies, or equivalent study programme in Japanese studies or similar programme;
- admission can be granted on the basis of a temporary transcript of records, and subject to further conditions;
- proof that a particular focus has been selected;
- Letter of motivation (up to 3000 characters; showing your special fields of interest)
- Japanese language skills (level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test);
- proof of English language skills by certificates or other proof acknowledged as equivalent by the examination office
- Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills.
Mode of admission
Admission is not restricted. Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.
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Last updated March 12, 2018