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(updated July 2016)


John Nilsson-Wright, ed. The Politics and International Relations of Modern Korea (in 4 volumes) (London: Routledge), pp. 1-1288.

John Nilsson-Wright, “Navigating Historical Tensions: Pragmatic Leadership, Empathy, and the United States Factor in Japan-South Korea Relations,” The Asan Forum, March-April 2016, Vol. 4, No. 2. 

Brigitte Steger and Lodewijk Brunt,  ‘Introduction: Into the Night and the World of Sleep’, in Hsu (ed.), Sleep: Critical Concepts in Sociology (Volume II: Pioneering Sleep Research), London and Routledge, pp. 18-42

Brigitte Steger,  ‘Getting Away with Sleep. Social and Cultural Aspects of Dozing in Parliament’, Eric Hsu (ed.): Sleep. Critical Concepts. (Vol. IV: Sleep Across the Worlds and Ages), London: Routledge, 277-298.

Brigitte Steger,  ‘Landschaften der Zeit: Tages- und Nachtstunden im vormodernen Japan’, Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft (eds): Zeit in den Wissenschaften. Wien: Böhlau, 45-83.

Brigitte Steger, ‘Nihonjin wa naze, densha de inemuri suru no? Sekai kara mita Nihon no nemuri’, NPO hōjin suimin bunka kenkyūkai (eds) Nemuri-ten. Nemureru mono no bunkashi, Kyōto: Shōkadō shoten, 40-41.

Brigitte Steger, ‘The Japanese art of (not) sleeping’, BBC Future, 6 May 2016

Brigitte Steger, ‘Entschleunigung als Zeichen von Depression oder Gewinn von Lebensqualität?’, Informationen des Akademischen Arbeitskreises. Minikomi 85, 11-14.



Mickey Adolphson,  Lovable Losers: The Heike in Action and Memory. Eds., Mikael Adolphson and Anne Commons. (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press) Featuring eleven scholars from across the world, this edited volume offers the first multi-disciplinary treatment of the Heike, an aristocratic warrior family in the twelfth century, and later representations of it and its members. 

Mickey Adolphson, “Blurred Lines: Repositioning the Heike,” co-authored with Anne Commons, and “Fukuhara: Kiyomori’s Lost Capital,” both in Lovable Losers: The Heike in Action and Memory. Eds, Mikael Adolphson and Anne Commons.

Barak Kushner, Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice (Harvard University Press).

Barak Kushner and Yocihi Funabashi, eds. Examining Japan's Lost Decades (Routledge).

Barak Kushner (translator), Asashi Shimbun company, Media, Propaganda and Politics in 20th Century Japan (London: Bloomsbury).

Barak Kushner, "Heroes, victims, and the quest for peace: war monuments and the contradictions of Japan's post-imperial commemoration," Dominik Goeppert and Frank Mueller, eds. Sites of Imperial Memory: Commemorating colonial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

John Nilsson-Wright, with Xenia Wickett and Tim Summers “The Asia-Pacific Power Balance: Beyond the US-China Narrative,” Chatham House, US Project and Asia Program, Research Paper, September 2015, 1-80. 

John Nilsson-Wright and Kiichi Fujiwara, “Japan’s Abe Administration: Steering a course between pragmatism and extremism,” Chatham House, Asia Program, Research Paper, September, 2015, 1-20. 

John Nilsson-Wright (formerly Swenson-Wright), “Park Geun-hye, Foreign Policy Innovation and Risk on the Korean Peninsula,” in Andrew T.H. Tan, ed., Security and Conflict in East Asia, (London: Routledge), 181-190. 

John Nilsson-Wright (formerly Swenson-Wright), “国際的影響力の衰えが促した英国のAIIB参加” in Chuo Koron, July 2015. 

Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger and David Slater, eds: Japan copes with calamities. Oxford: Peter Lang,  2nd edition.

Brigitte Steger, ‘Clocks and timescapes in premodern Japan’, Canon Foundation in Europe – Bulletin 20.



Mickey Adolphson, “Warrior Monk Traditions,” in Oxford Bibliographies: Buddhism, edited by Richard Payne. (Annotated bibliography of Western language works on Buddhism and violence in Asia.) Available online at

Barak Kushner, 'Chinese War Crimes Trials of Japanese, 1945-1956: a Historical Summary,' in Morten Bergsmo, Chea Wui Ling, Yi Ping, eds. The Historical Origins of International Criminal Law, vol. 2 (Brussels: Torkel Opsahl Academic Publisher).

Barak Kushner, 'Empire's Little Helpers: Juvenile Delinquents and the State in East Asia, 1880-1945,' in Heather Ellis, ed. Juvenile Delinquency and the Limits of Western Influence, 1850-2000 (London: Palsgrave Macmillan), pp. 145-170.

Michael Shin, ed. Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century. Lee Injae, Owen Miller, Park Jinhoon, Yi Hyundai, contributors (Cambridge University Press). (Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award 2015.

Michael Shin, ed. Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea: Economy and Society, by the Organisation of Korean Historians, translated by Edward Park and Michael D. Shin (Brill). (Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award).



Mickey Adolphson, “The Doshu: Clerics at Work in Early Medieval Japanese Monasteries,” Monumenta Nipponica 67:2 (2012), 263-282.

Rebekah Clements, ‘Cross-dressing as Lady Murasaki: Metaphors for translation in the Tokugawa period’, Testo a Fronte, (special edition celebrating the completion of the Italian translation of Genji monogatari), 2013.

Philip Garrett, 'Holy vows and realpolitik: Preliminary notes on Kōyasan's early medieval kishōmon', e-Journal of East and Central Asian Religions, University of Edinburgh, 2013.

Peter Kornicki, ‘Korean books in Japan: from the 1590s to the end of the Edo period’, Journal of the American Oriental Society 133 (2013): 71-92.

Peter Kornicki, ‘Recent work on the history of the book in Japan’, in Jaarboek voor Nederlandse boekgeschiedenis 20 (2013), pp. 125-139.

Peter Kornicki, ‘The history of the book in Japan’ (originally in The Oxford companion to the book [2010]), in Michael F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen, eds, The book: a global history (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 605-621.

Barak Kushner, ‘Ghosts of the Japanese Imperial Army: The “White Group” (Baituan) and early Post-war Sino-Japanese relations’,Past and Present, 218, suppl. 8 (Transnationalism and Contemporary Global History), (2013), pp. 117-150.

Barak Kushner, ‘Unwarranted attention: the image of Japan in twentieth century Chinese humour’, in Jessica Davis and Jocelyn Chey, eds., Humour in Chinese Life and Culture: Resistance and Control in Modern Times (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013), p. 47-80.

Gerhard Leinss, ‘“Erläuterung der Kalenderreform” (Kaireki ben) von Fukuzawa Yukichi’, in Michael Kinski et al., eds, En Nexus. Japanische Episoden übersetzt für die Ökumene, Klaus Kracht zu Ehren aus Anlaß seiner Emeritierung (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013), pp. 127−138. (‘Translation of Fukuzawa Yukichi’s ‘Explanations about the calendar reform’ (Kairekiben 改暦弁)’).

Laura Moretti, ‘The Distribution and circulation of erotic prints and books in the Edo period’, in Timothy Clark (ed.), Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art. London: The British Museum, 2013, pp. 290-93.

Laura Moretti, ‘Onna enshi kyōkun kagami and Onna genji kyōkun kagami: sexual education through entertaining parody’, Japan Review, 26 (2013), special issue Shunga: sex and humor in Japanese art and literature (edited by Andrew Gerstle and Timothy Clark), pp. 195-212.

Mark Morris, ‘War horror and anti-Communism: from Piagol to Rainy Days’, in Alison Peirse and Daniel Martin, eds, Korean horror cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), pp. 48-59. 

Mark Morris, ‘A genealogy of the Korean action “Star”’, in Leung Wing-Fai and Andy 
Willis, eds, East Asian Film Stars (2013).

Michael Shin, ‘The intimate past: an introduction to the Joseon period’, in M. Shin, ed., Everyday life in Joseon-era Korea: economy and society (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger and David H. Slater (eds): Japan Copes with Calamities: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011. (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013).

Brigitte Steger: 'Negotiating Gendered Space on Japanese Commuter Trains', Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies13/3.

Brigitte Steger and Angelika Koch (eds): Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge (LIT, 2013).

Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger and David Slater (eds), 東日本大震災の人類学ーー津波、原発事故と被災者たちの「その後」Higashi-Nihon daishinsai no jinruigaku: Tsunami, genpatsu jiko to hisaishatachi no 'sono go' (Anthropology of the great earthquake disasters in East Japan: The victims and the 'aftermath' of the tsunami and nuclear accident). (Jinbun Shoin 2013).

Brigitte Steger世界が認めたニッポンの居眠りーー通勤電車のウトウトにも意味があったSekai ga mitometa Nippon no inemuri: Tsūkin densha no utouto ni mo imi ga atta!. (The world has recognised Japanese inemuri. Napping on the train had a meaning!) (Hankyu Communications).

John Swenson-Wright and Chung-in Moon, eds. Crisis of Peace and New Leadership in Korea: Lessons of Kim Dae-jung’s Legacies (Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2013), pp. 1-245. 

John Swenson-Wright, 'Introduction: Crisis of Peace and Humanitarian Development in North Korea: Reflections on Life in North Korea During the MB Government,' in Chung-in Moon and John Swenson-Wright, eds. Crisis of Peace and New Leadership in Korea: Lessons of Kim Dae-jung’s Legacies (Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2013), pp. 51-81. 

John Swenson-Wright, ‘Inter-Korean relations and the challenge of northeast Asian security’, in Andrew Tan, add, East and Southeast Asia: international relations and security perspectives (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013) 

John Swenson-Wright, ‘Is Japan truly “back?: prospects for a more proactive security policy’, Chatham House Briefing Paper, June 2013.

John Swenson-Wright, “North Korea’s Artful Long Game,” Prospect, April, 2013, available in print and online at:

John Swenson-Wright, “New Faces, Old Tensions: the leaders who could mean a fresh beginning for East Asia,” The World Today, Volume 69, No. 1, 2013.




Mickey Adolphson,  “The Coin Conundrum in Twelfth Century Japan,” in Lin Liqun, ed., Kuayue haiyang: Haishang sichou zhi lu yu shijie wenming jincheng guoji xueshu luntan wenxuan. (Traversing The Sea: The Maritime Silk Road and the Progress of International Civilization. Selected Essays from the 2011 International Forum on Ningbo, China.) Zhejiang: Zhejiang University Press, 122-141.

Mickey Adolphson,  “Oligarchy, Shared Rulership, and Power Blocs,” and “Aristocratic Buddhism,” in Karl Friday, ed., Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850. Westview Press.

Peter Kornicki, ‘The Hyakumantō Darani and the origins of printing in eighth-century Japan’, International Journal of Asian Studies 9: 1-28 2012

Peter Kornicki, ‘Towards a history of the Tangut book: some recent publications’, East Asian Publishing and Society 2:83-91.

Peter Kornicki,  ‘Il Buddhismo, la lingua e il Giappone’, in Asiatica Ambrosiana 4: 315-322.

Barak Kushner,  'Slurp!  A culinary and social history of ramen - Japan's favourite noodle soup' (Brill, 2012).


Laura Moretti, ‘The Japanese early-modern publishing market unveiled: a survey of Edo-period booksellers’ catalogues’, East Asian Publishing and Society 2:2, pp. 199-308.

Laura Moretti, Critical edition of Chikusai ryōji no hyōban 竹斎療治之評判 (1685), in Fukasawa Akio (ed.), Kanazōshi shūsei 仮名草子集成, vol. 48, Tōkyō, Tōkyōdō shuppan.

Mark Morris 'Northerners on Southern Screens: From Shiri (1999) to The Yellow Sea (2010)', in Rüdiger Frank (ed.), Korea 2012 : Politics, economy and society (Brill, 2012).

Matthew Shores, 'Jippensha Ikku, Hizakurige and Comic Storytelling,' Early Modern Japan: an Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 20: 46-75.

Michael D. Shin, "Yi Kwang-su: The Collaborator as Modernist against Modernity," Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 71, no. 1 (Feb. 2012).

Brigitte Steger, ‘“We were all in this together”. Challenges to and practices of cleanliness in tsunami evacuation shelters in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, 2011’, Japan Focus, 17 September.

Brigitte Steger  ‘Cultures of sleep’, in: Sleep: Multi-professional perspectives, ed. by Andrew Green and Alex Westcombe. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 68–85.

Rudiger Frank and John Swenson-Wright (eds.), Korea and East Asia: The Stony Road to Collective Security (Brill, 2012).

John Swenson-Wright, ‘The role of Japan in the international relations of East Asia’, in Frank Rüdiger and Swenson-Wright, eds, Korea and East Asia: the stony road to collective security (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 105-125.



Rebekah Clements, “Suematsu Kenchō and the First Translation of Genji monogatari into English: Translation, tactics and ‘The Women’s Question.” Japan Forum, vol.23(1), 2011, 25-47.

Rebekah Clements, “Mō hitotsu no chūshakusho? Edo jidai ni okeru Genji monogatari no shokizokugoyaku no igi” もう一つの注釈書?――江戸時代における『源氏物語』の初期俗語訳の意義 (Another kind of commentary – Early vernacular translations of the Tale of Genjiduring the Edo period). In Jinno, H., and Yokomizo, H., eds., Heian bungaku no kochūshaku to jūyō 平安文学の古注釈と受容 (Heian-period Literature – reception and commentary), no.3, Tokyo: Musashino Shoin, 2011, 39-55.

Peter Kornicki, ‘A transnational approach to East Asian book history’, in Swapan Chakravorty and Abhijit Gupta, eds, New word order: transnational themes in book history (Delhi: Worldview), pp. 65-79.

Peter KornickiCatalogue of pre-modern Japanese maps held in the British Library (published as a pdf on the British Library website and in book form for distribution), pp. vii + 110.

Peter KornickiF. V. Dickins’ letters to Ernest M. Satow, Kumagusu Minakata and others, transcribed, edited and annotated with Haruko Iwakami (Tokyo: Edition Synapse, 2011).

Barak Kushner, ‘Going for the gold - health and sports in Japan’s quest for modernity’, in William Tsutsui and Michael Baskett, eds., The East Asian Olympiads, 1934–2008: Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China (Folkestone: Global Oriental, 2011), p. 34-48.

Barak Kushner, ‘Sweetness and empire: sugar consumption in imperial Japan’, in Janet 
Hunter and Penelope Francks, eds., The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, p. 127-150.

Laura Moretti‘Kanazōshi revisited: reconsidering the beginnings of Japanese popular literature in print’, Monumenta Nipponica, 65/2, pp. 297-356.

Michael D. Shin, "Towards a Political Economy of the Early Modern Print Industry in Joseon," East Asian Publishing and Society, vol. 1, no. 2 (2011), pp. 145-175.

Michael D. Shin, "Pyeongan Province and the Origins of Modern Society," Papers of the British Association of Korean Studies 13 (2011).

Brigitte Steger   ‘Secrets in a tsunami evacuation center’, Anthropology News (14 November) 52(8), 2 pp.

Brigitte Steger,  ‘Kulturkreis’ with Andre Gingrich, in: Lexikon der Globalisierung, ed. by Fernand Kreff, Eva-Maria Knoll and Andre Gingrich([transcript]), 217–220.

John Swenson-Wright, ‘The limits to “normalcy”: Japanese-Korean post-Cold War interactions’, 
in Japan as a ‘Normal country’? A nation in search of its place in the world (University of Toronto Press, 2011), 146-192.

John Swenson-Wright, “Resurgent Trilateralism in Northeast Asia,” Chatham House, Asia Programme Paper, February 2011, pp. 1-15. Available at:

John Swenson-Wright, “Korea: a glimmer of hope,” The World Today, Vol. 67, No. 2, February, 2011. Available at:



Barak Kushner, ‘Treacherous Allies: The Cold War in East Asia and American Postwar anxiety’, Journal of Contemporary History, October 2010, pp. 1-34.

Peter Kornicki, The female as subject: Women and the book in Japan, edited with Mara Patessio and Gaye Rowley (Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan), pp. x + 279.

Peter KornickiCatalogue of the Japanese coin collection (pre-Meiji) in the British Museum, compiled with Shin’ichi Sakuraki and Helen Wang (London: British Museum Publications), pp. vi + 218.

Peter Kornicki,‘European interest in Japanese coins before 1853’, in Catalogue of the Japanese coin collection (pre-Meiji) in the British Museum, edited with Shin’ichi Sakuraki and Helen Wang (London: British Museum Publications), pp. 27-32.

Peter Kornicki, ‘A note on Sino-Japanese: a question of terminology’, Sino-Japanese Studies 17: 1-17.

Gerhard Leinss “Sechs Fragen an den Kalendermeister. Ein Zwiegespräch über die Wahl günstiger Tage und Richtungen aus einer Enzyklopädie für divinatorische Zwecke (ôzassho) der späten Tokugawa-Zeit ”, Japonica Humboldtiana, Vol. 13, 2010, p. 27−46. (Downlaod:

Laura Moretti, ‘Kinsei bungaku to Ise monogatari – Ise monogatari no mojiri to tsūzokuteki bungaku e no shintō’ 近世文学と『伊勢物語』―『伊勢物語』のもじりと通俗的文学への浸透 (‘Edo-period literature and Ise monogatari – minimal parodies of Ise monogatari and its appropriation in popular literature’), in Yamamoto Tokurō 山本登朗, Ise monogatari kyōju no tenkai 伊勢物語―享受の展開 (‘Ise monogatari. Reception and evolution’), Tokyo, Chikurin, pp. 342-352.

Laura Moretti, ‘Un rebus di sapienti bugie: Ono no Bakamura uso ji zukushi e la ‘parodia globale’ nella letteratura di periodo Edo’ (Ono no Bakamura uso ji zukushi and the global parody in Edo-period literature), in Un’isola in Levante. Saggio in onore di Adriana Boscaro, ScriptaWeb.

Laura Moretti, 近世初期・前期の散文文学における『伊勢物語』の書き直し、パロディーおよび新展開 (‘Kinsei shoki – zenki no sanbun bungaku ni okeru Ise monogatari no kakinaoshi, parodi oyobi shin tenkai), in Yamamoto Tokurō e Joshua Mostow (eds.), 伊勢物語創造と変容 (Ise monogatari sōzō to hen’yō), Osaka, Izumi shoin, pp. 269-301.

Mark Morris, ‘On the trail of the Manchurian western’, in Frank Rüdiger et al., eds, Korea 2010 (Leiden: Brill, 2010), pp. 217-246. 

Mark Morris, ‘South Korea’s Kwangju uprising: fiction and film’, (with Ch’oe Yun) The Asia-Pacific journal: Japan focus (2010) .

Mark Morris, ‘The New Korean Cinema, Kwangju and the art of political violence’ The Asia-Pacific journal: Japan focus (2010).

Brigitte Steger,  ‘Comment on Galinier and Becquelin eds. et al.: “Anthropology of the Night: Cross-Disciplinary investigations”,’  Current Anthropology 51/6, 840–841. 

John Swenson-Wright, “East Asia: Consistency and Sensitivity Needed in a Strategically Vital Region,” in Robin Niblet, ed., America and A Changed World: a Question of Leadership (London: WileyBlackwell, 2010), pp. 71-89.

John Swenson-Wright, “Sasakawa Ryouichi: Unravelling an Enigma,” in Ryoichi Sasakawa and Ken Hijino (trans), Sugamo Diary, (London: Hurst/Columbia, 2010),

John Swenson-Wright, “Contending with Regional Uncertainty: Japan’s Response to Contemporary East Asian Security Challenges,” in Patricia Nelson and Marie Sodeberg, eds, Perspectives on Change in Japanese Politics and Economics, (Routledge, 2010), pp. 21-46.

John Swenson-Wright, “Auditing Engagement: Human Security, Economic Contact and the DPRK – Past Initiatives and Future Opportunities,” Dealing with North Korean Instabilities and the Future of the Korean Peninsula, (Seoul, Republic of Korea: Center for International Studies, Seoul National University, 2010)



Mickey Adolphson,  “Benkei’s Ancestors: Monastic Warriors in Heian Japan,” in Currents in Medieval Japanese History: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey P. Mass. Eds., Gordon Berger, Andrew Goble, Lorraine Harrington & G. Cameron Hurst III. Los Angeles: Figueroa Press, 2009, 87-128.

Mickey Adolphson, Property Rights in Medieval Japan: The Role of Buddhist Temples and Monasteries.” Co-authored with J. Mark Ramseyer. In Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2009). See

Mickey Adolphson,  “Heian koki, Kamakura jidai ni okeru kenryoku no takyoku ka: sono gen’in to kekka (“The Multi-Polarization of Power in Late Heian and Kamakura Japan: Its Effects and Causes,”) in Chosei Nihon to sei?: Takyoku to bunken no jidai (The Middle Ages in Japan and Western Europe: An Age of Multi-polarity and Decentralization), eds., Kond? Shigekazu, Kojita Yasunao and Detlev Taranczewski. Tokyo: Yoshikawa kobunkan, 162-180.

Mickey Adolphson, “Warrior-Monks in Japanese History,” in Religion Compass 4 (March, 2009), a refereed journal published online by Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, England. Pp. 225-240. See also

Gerhard Leinss, “Ōbei ni okeru Nihon no rekibunka 欧米における日本の暦文化”, in: 第二回天文学史研究会集録  (“Proceedings of the Second Symposium on the History of Astronomy”), ed. by National Observatory of Japan国立天文台編, 2009, p. 7-9.

Laura Moretti, ‘On the edge of narrative: towards a new view of the 17th-century popular prose in print', Japan Forum 21 (3), pp. 325-345.

Laura Moretti, ‘Blurred boundaries: narrativity and fictionality in Edo-period prose literature’, introduction to the special issue of Japan Forum 21 (3), pp. 299-305.

Matthew Shores, 'Laughter after Wars: Rakugo under the American Occupations,' in Samuel L. Leiter, ed. Rising from the Flames: The Rebirth of Theatre in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952 (Lexington Books), pp. 231-55.

Brigitte Steger,  ‘Wie man sich bettet, so schläft man – Der Futon’, in: Reise nach Japan. Edited by Francoise Hauser. (Unionsverlag), 184-189.

Brigitte Steger, ‘Schlafen – Zwischen Geistesblitz und Zeitverschwendung’, in: Entschleunigung: Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit. Edited by Globart Academy. (Springer), 39-49.

John Swenson-Wright, “Understanding Human Security in East Asia,” Proceedings of the 5th Jeju Peace Forum. Shaping New Regional Governance in East Asia (Jeju, South Korea: Jeju Peace Forum 2009).