STINT-Funded Short-term Project on Japanese Studies in Sweden, Swedish Studies in Japan: Collaborative research on limits and possibilities of Area Studies in the 21st Century, Stockholm Seminar.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Swedish-Japanese Relations the Japanese Division at Stockholm University has been granted STINT funding to examine the contents and conditions of a long-term partnership with the Swedish Division at Osaka University. This partnership is expected to stretch from specific comparative research, including mutual images of each other’s culture, to fundamental historical and theoretical issues related to (Japanese) Foreign Studies and (American/European) Area Studies. Following a seminar held at Osaka University in July 2018, which featured talks by Mitsuyo Kuwano Lidén, Gunnar Jinmei Linder, Ida Kirkegaard and Jaqueline Berndt, this workshop foregrounds the research by our Osaka U colleagues as well as the department’s PhD student Andreas Bengtsson.

The workshop will be held in Japanese. Colleagues are welcome but are kindly asked to preregister with the project leader Jaqueline Berndt (

10:00–12:00 Morning session on Area Studies
午前の部:地域研究 (chair: Jaqueline Berndt)

(1) Assoc. Prof. Daisuke Furuya
古谷大輔「日本における北欧史研究の回顧と展望」(Japanese research on Nordic history: Retrospection and prospects)
(2) Prof. Dr. Meiko Takahashi (New horizons for work life balance research, seen from a Japanese-Swedish comparative perspective)

13:30–17:30 Afternoon session on Linguistics/Language education
午後の部:言語学・言語教育 (chair: Mitsuyo Kuwano Lidén)

(3) Assistant Prof. Takayuki Tohno (On the possibility of contrastive studies of Japanese and Swedish)
(4) Aya Umetani (Swedish as life-long learning: Status quo and future challenges)