20th Century Japan Research Awards
The application deadline has been extended to February 1, 2019.
The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply.
The application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 1, 2019. The grant must be used by December 14, 2019. Grant funds will be disbursed in the form of reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, reproductions, and related research expenses. Such costs as computers or software are not eligible. NOTE TO NON-U.S. CITIZENS: approximately 30% of the total award may be withheld for tax purposes, depending upon the recipient’s country of origin. The withholding may be reimbursed to the recipient after filing a tax form with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
All applications must be submitted electronically by attachment to email@example.com with “Twentieth-Century Japan Research Awards” in the subject line. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a two-to three-page description (double-spaced) of the research project. Applications from graduate students must be accompanied by a letter from the principal faculty advisor attesting to the significance of the dissertation project and to the student’s completion of all other degree requirements.
Materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection include virtually all Japanese-language newspapers, news agency releases, magazines, pamphlets, and books dating from the period of Allied censorship, 1945-1949, in addition to over 10,000 newspaper photos. There are also materials published by Chinese and Korean residents, most of which are written in Japanese. Related collections in English include the personal papers of Charles Kades and Justin Williams. Office correspondence documenting policies and decisions of the Publications, Pictorial, and Broadcast Division, Civil Censorship Detachment (Civil Intelligence Section), Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Japan, are complementary to official Occupation records housed at the National Archives, College Park. Japanese newspapers and magazines from the Prange Collection are available for research on microform. The East Asia Collection contains Japanese-language books published during the wartime period, scholarly monographs on Occupied Japan, and a wide variety of reference works.
During the campus visit, the award recipient will give an informal talk on her/his research. At the conclusion of the visit, the recipient will submit a blog post reflecting on her/his research experience that will appear on Prange Collection social media sites. Reimbursements will be made after the blog post has been submitted to the Prange Collection staff.
|2017-2018||Emily Cole||University of Oregon||Ph.D. Candidate||"Life in the Ruins: Photography during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952"|
|2017-2018||W. Evan Young||Dickinson College||Professor||“Health and Home in Occupation-Era Japan: Women’s Magazines and Domestic Medical Care”|
|2016-2017||Jonathan Bull||Hokkaido University||Professor||"Settling the unsettled: history and memory in the construction of the Karafuto repatriate"|
|2016-2017||Robert Hegwood||University of Pennsylvania||Ph.D. Candidate||"Diasporic Diplomacy: The intermediary role that Japanese Americans (Nikkei) played in a grassroots campaign to change American perceptions of postwar Japan"|
|2015-2016||Anastasia Fedorova||Hokkaido University||Postdoctoral Fellow||"Marxist Thought and Soviet Culture in Early Cold War Japan"|
|2015-2016||Miriam Kingsberg||University of Colorado||Professor||"The Objectivity Generation: Japanese Human Scientists in the Transwar World"|
|2015-2016||Lauri Kitsnik||University of Cambridge||Ph.D. Candidate||"The Theory and Practice of Scriptwriting during the Allied Occupation"|
|2014-2015||Vanessa Ward||University of Otago||Professor||"Publishing Progressive Thought in Occupied Japan"|
|2014-2015||Shota Ogawa||University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Professor||"Imagining Natural Color: Impact of Color Film on Occupation-era Paper Media"|
|2013-2014||Julia Bullock||Emory University||Professor||"Coeducation in Japan under Allied Occupation"|
|2013-2014||Deokhyo Choi||University of Cambridge||Postdoctoral Fellow||"Crucible of the Post-Empire: Decolonization, Race, and Cold War Politics in U.S.-Japan-Korea Relations, 1945-1952"|
|2013-2014||Emer O'Dwyer||Oberlin College||Professor||"Searching for 'Truth' in Occupation-Era Magazines"|
|2012-2013||Jessamyn Abel||Pennsylvania State University||Senior Lecturer||"Locomotives of Postwar Recovery: Development of the Bullet Train"|
|2011-2012||Charlotte Eubanks||Pennsylvania State University||Professor||"Archival Memory: The Marukis and the Politics of Visual Culture in Trans-War Japan"|
|2011-2012||Ryan Holmberg||Gakushuin University||Postdoctoral Fellow||"Ten Cent Manga: American Comics and the Rise of Gekiga"|
|2011-2012||Jolyon Thomas||Princeton University||Ph.D. Candidate||"Japan's Preoccupation with Religious Freedom, 1890-1947"|
|2010-2011||Justin Jesty||University of Chicago||Ph.D. Candidate||"Art and Social Movements in Postwar Japan, 1945-1960"|
|2009-2010||No awards were given.|
|2008-2009||Franziska Seraphim||Boston College||Professor||"Public Responses to the Allied War Crimes Program and SCAP's Purge"|
|2008-2009||Aiko Takeuchi||Brown University||Ph.D. Candidate||"Social Discussions over Female Reproduction in Postwar Japan"|
|2007-2008||Erik Esselstrom||University of Vermont||Professor||"The Politics of Thought Crime in Wartime and Occupied Japan"|
|2007-2008||Ann Sherif||Oberlin College||Professor||"The Influence of Progressive, Leftist, Religious and Regional Publishers on Art, Activism and Academia During the Occupation"|
|2006-2007||Kyoko Omori||Hamilton College||Professor||"The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism, 1920-1950"|
|2006-2007||Maki Umemura||London School of Economics||Ph.D. Candidate||"The Pharmaceutical Industry in Japan since 1945"|
|2005-2006||Takashi Nishiyama||MIT||Postdoctoral Fellow||"Former Military Scientists and Engineers, 1919-1964," and "Labor Activism in the Japan National Railways, 1945-1955"|
|2005-2006||Alicia Volk||University of London||Postdoctoral Fellow||"Democratizing Japanese Art, 1945-1960"|
|2004-2005||Julia Adeney Thomas||Notre Dame University||Professor||"Photography and Democracy: Between History and Sex in Occupied Japan"|
|2004-2005||Lee Pennington||Columbia University||Ph.D. Candidate||"Wartorn Japan: Disabled Veterans and Society, 1931-1952"|
|2003-2004||Vera Mackie||Curtain University of Technology||Professor||"A Cultural History of the Body in Modern Japan"|
|2003-2004||Kenji Ito||Tokyo University||Postdoctoral Fellow||"Popular Perception of Science and Technology in Postwar Japan"|
|2002-2003||Helen Macnaughtan||London School of Economics||Postdoctoral Fellow||"Female Labor and the Allied Occupation of Japan"|
|2002-2003||Miho Matsugu||University of Chicago||Ph.D. Candidate||"Kawabata Yasunari's Snow Country as a National Narrative of the Occupation: 1945-1948|
|2002-2003||Aaron Skabelund||Columbia University||Ph.D. Candidate||"Japan's Postwar Military, 1945-1989."|
|2001-2002||Sonia Ryang||Johns Hopkins University||Professor||"Japan's Emergence as an Anthropological Field"|
|2001-2002||Sayuri Shimizu||Michigan State University||Professor||"Japanese Baseball under U.S. Occupation, 1945-1952|
|2000-2001||Michael Molasky||Connecticut College||Professor||"Reading Jazz in Postwar Japan"|
|2000-2001||Lori Watt||Columbia University||Ph.D. Candidate||"Post-World War Two Repatriation in Japan, 1945-1958"|
|1999-2000||Kristine Dennehy||UCLA||Ph.D. Candidate||"Memories of Colonial Korea in Postwar Japan"|
|1999-2000||Ben Dorfman||Australia National University||Ph.D. Candidate||"Local Religious Organizations in Postwar Japan"|
|1999-2000||Joanne Izbicki||Wake Forest University||Professor||"Orphans in Postwar Japan"|