Shin Takahashi

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Lecturer in Japanese School of Languages and Cultures


Teaching in 2020


BA (Chuo University), PhD (Australian National University).


Shinnosuke (Shin) Takahashi is a lecturer in Japanese Studies. He joined the School of Languages and Cultures in January 2019. He studied Politics and Government Studies at Chuo University in Tokyo and received his PhD in History and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Prior to his appointment at Victoria, Takahashi was a post-doctoral fellow at Kumamoto University’s Centre for Policy Studies (2016-2017), and assistant professor at Faculty of Global Human Sciences, Kobe University (2017-2018). Takahashi has also held a visiting fellowship from Area Research Institute, Okinawa University (2011-2013). Currently, Takahashi is a research associate for Research Centre for Promoting Intercultural Studies, Kobe University (2018-Present).

Takahashi’s research interests lie in national formation and cultural identities, state-society relations, memory of war and occupation in modern Japan, and the “post-colonial Cold War” in East Asia. His works primarily focus on social and cultural movements in the twentieth-century Okinawa, or the so-called Okinawan struggle, and its implications in regional and global contexts. While grounded in historical studies, he actively incorporates multidisciplinary approaches such as ethnography, translation, and media representations (literature, film, music).

Research Supervision

Takahashi welcomes MA and PhD proposals on topics related to:

  • Nineteenth and twentieth century Japanese history (political, intellectual, social and economic)
  • Japan in regional and global historical contexts
  • Urban-rural relations in modern Japan
  • Ethnic minorities, cultural diversity, social exclusion/inclusion in modern Japan
  • War memory and commemoration
  • Social movement studies

Major Achievements/Awards

  • ANU Japan Alumni PhD Scholarship, Australian National University (2010-2014)
  • Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists, Japan Society for Promotion of Science (2018-2022)

Selected Publications


With Pedro Iacobelli, Danton Leary, Transnational Japan as History: Empire, Migration and Social Movements (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Edited Special Issue

With Tessa Morris-Suzuki, A New Constitution for Japan?, Asia Pacific Journal/Japan Focus, 16.5.1, March 2018.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Memories of Struggles: Translocal Lives in Okinawan Anti-Base Activism”, PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Vol 16, Issue 1 (Sydney: University of Technology Sydney, forthcoming 2019).

“Mobilizing Places: Beyond the Politics of Essentialism in Okinawa Anti-Base Struggle”, in Yoshikazu Shiobara, Kohei Kawabata, Joel Matthews ed. Bridging Social Division: Cultural and Social Exclusionism in Contemporary Japan (Singapore: Routledge, forthcoming in 2019).

“The Postwar Okinawan History as the Catalyst: On Arasaki Moriteru’s ‘Contemporary Okinawan History and Me’”, PRIME, 42 (Tokyo: International Peace Research Institute of Meiji Gakuin University, forthcoming in March 2019). (In Japanese)

“Forest, Music and Farming: Anti-Helipad Movement in Okinawa Takae and Everyday Life as Political Space,” in Tom Cliff, Tessa Morris Suzuki, Shuge Wei ed. Living Politics of Self-Help Movement in East Asia (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 131-150.

“Beyond Minority History: Okinawa Korea People’s Solidarity and Internationalization of the Okinawa Struggle,” in Hiroko Matsuda and Pedro Iacobelli ed. Rethinking of Postwar Okinawa: Beyond American Occupation (Lanham: Lexington Press, 2017), pp. 81-101.

With Pedro Iacobelli, Danton Leary, “Framing Japan’s Historiography into Transnational Approach”, in Transnational Japan as History: Empire, Migration and Social Movements (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 1-20.

Published Translation

Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imagination (Arutā Poritikusu: Hihanteki Jinruigaku to Radikaru na Sōzōryoku) by Ghassan Hage (Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, forthcoming, 2019).

“Can Okinawa Be the ‘Catalyst’ for Peace of East Asia?” by Arasaki Moriteru in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 15.1, 2014, pp. 43-62.

“The Cold War and Gender: Home Economics Education in the US Occupied Okinawa (Reisen to jendā: Beigun Senryōka Okinawa ni okeru Kaseigaku Kyōiku)” by Mire Koikari, in Tanaka Yasuhiro ed. The Gazes of the Occupiers: Okinawa/Japan/the United States (Senryōsha no Manazashi: Okinawa/Nihon/Amerika) (Tokyo: Serika Shobō, 2013), pp. 86-109.

“’Moana Nui’ or the Great Ocean That Resist Militarism and Neo-liberalism (Gunjishugi to Shinjiyūshugi ni Teikō suru)” by Kyle Kajihiro, in Keishi Kaji, 73, December 201, pp. 34-49.


Teaching in 2020