Labour history in Japan and Korea; gender studies in Japan and Korea; Korean modern history ; the factory girl in Korean literature; literary translation; kisaeng and sex work; histories of bonded labour; socialist cultures; Red Love; Korea's Early Communist Women.
Modern and Contemporary Japanese performing arts, visual art and film; Political Aesthetics and War in the 20th century; Postcolonialism; Political philosophy; Memory and Embodiment theory; Nuclear histories
Religion in China and East Asia; Japanese media in Manchuria
Prehistoric ornamentation and identity in Northeast Asia and Japan; Material culture studies; Archaeological theory.
Modern and contemporary Japanese literature; the problem of subjectivity in the Japanese postwar literary left; literary translation; translation theory; Okinawan fiction
Japanese language; Taisho poet Hagiwara Sakutaro and the ‘modernist’ movement in Japan; Japanese postwar literature and film.
Japanese language, education, culture and society; comparative education in Asia, and socio-linguistics (language policy and planning)
Japanese modern and contemporary art; early Modern Japanese painting; cross-cultural and intercultural engagement; first encounters; diaspora and migration; transnational studies; identity building ·
Ageing in Japan and China; time banks and the aged in Japan
Contemporary Asian and Pacific Art (especially Japan and Indonesia); museum and museology; Art and human rights; cultural Diplomacy; Asian cultural studies and literature; Art theory, history and criticism
Cultural anthropology; religion, folk beliefs and Qigong practice;