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Osaka, Nakanoshima, 2017

Osaka, Nakanoshima, 2017

Wolfgang Schwentker is a historian and professor at Ōsaka University.

His research subjects include Japanese history, modern social and political thought, and the life and work of Max Weber.



WS will present a paper on “The Poverty of Others: Japanese Social Reformers in Europe, 1880-1930” at the Historical Institute of Regensburg University, Germany, on the 6th of November, 2018.

In November 2017 WS’s essay “Was heißt in Japan ‘Nachkriegszeit’?” [The Meaning of “Postwar” in Japan] has been published in “WestEnd (Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung”, No. 2, 2017, p.157-170

WS attended a symposium at the Werner Reimers Foundation in Bad Homburg, Germany, on 9 March 2017 where he spoke about "From Postwar to Post-postwar Japan: Parameters of Social and Political Change".


On the conference "Flows and Orders: A Tension of Global History", held at the University of Constance between 13 and 15 October 2016, WS presented a paper on "Exploring the Poverty of Others: Japanese Social Reformers in Europe, 1890-1930".


On 6 October 2016 WS attended a conference on "Constructing Communities - Below and Beyond the Nation" held at the university of Munich. His presentation was on "'Karisuma' in Japan? On Leadership and Followership in a Community-based Society".


On 17 September 2016 WS joined a symposium at Tôkyô University on "Civil Society in Comparison" where he spoke on "Emil Lederer and Kuwata Kumazô: German-Japanese Networks of Social Knowledge, 1900-1930".


In March 2016 WS attended an international conference on "Globalization from East Asian Perspectives", held at the Nakanoshima Center of Osaka University.


In February 2016 WS joined a new study group on Japan at the Werner-Reimers-Foundation in Bad Homburg, near Frankfurt, discussing various topics related to "Japan in East Asia: Tradition and Change".