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Prof. Dr. Elena Giannoulis

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Institute of East Asian Studies

Japanese Studies

Assistant Professor

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Hittorfstr. 18
Room 1.15
14195 Berlin
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030 - 838-452749

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Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2009

PhD Japanese Studies, Faculty of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2007

Studies in Japanese Studies, German Literature, Comparative Literature and Religious Studies; Master's degree in Japanese Studies (Major) and German Literature (Second Major), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2001-2003

BA (Zwischenprüfung), in Japanese Studies (Major) and Modern Germany Literature (Second Major), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

CURRENT POSTITION(S)

2013-present

Junior Professor for Japanese Literature, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2017

Visiting Researcher, Department of Literature, University of Tokyo, Japan

2015 Visiting Researcher, Department of Literature, University of Tokyo, Japan
2014-2015

Visiting Researcher, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, USA

2007-2013

Research Assistant in Japanese Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2010-2012 Post-Doctoral Fellow, “Languages of Emotion” Cluster of Excellence, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2005-2007 Researcher, Nihon Keizai Newspaper, Federal Press House Berlin, Germany
2003-2004 Research Student, Department of Japanese Literature, Keio University, Japan
2002-2003

Researcher and Editor, Asahi Newspaper, DahlemerPublishing, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2016

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant:

Emotional Machines: The Technological Transformation of Intimacy in Japan

2015 Starting Grant for Assistant Professors, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2012

Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Rutgers University, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany

2009

JaDe Foundation grant, Germany

2003-2004 Exchange Service study abroad fellowship, Germany
1998

Scholarship for overseas study (Tamagawa Gakuen Kotobu), Japan

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

2012-2016 3 PhD Students (co-supervisor), 20 Master Students (supervisor), 45 BA students (supervisor) Institute for Japanese Studies and Friedrich-Schlegel Graduate School, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

ORGANIZATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

2016 Conference organizer, Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji: The Transformation of Communication in the Digital Age, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  Workshop organizer, Transgressive Writing - Two Unorthodox Authors from Tokyo, Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule/ Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2015 Workshop organizer, Exploring Space in Japanese Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2012

Conference co-organizer, Self-Narratives in Japanese Studies: Literature and History, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2011 Conference co-organizer, MISHIMA! Worldwide impact and Multi-Cultural Roots, Japanese-German Center Berlin, Germany
2010 Conference co-organizer, Coolness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Freie Universität Berlin/Languages of Emotion, Germany
2009 Workshop co-organizer, Food and Gender in Japan, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

2015 Deputy Master and Bachelor Representative, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2015 PhD-committee member (Dr. Oliver Hartmann), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2014-

Work-group leader, “Contemporary Japanese Literature,” Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2014 Appointment committee member, Prof. Urs Matthias Zachmann, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2013 Habilitation committee member, Prof. Susanne Klien, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2013 Doctoral and Postdoctoral search committee member, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2011-2012

DFG-research group member “Self-narratives in Transnational Perspective”, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2011 Professional Skills Representative, East Asian Seminar, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2011 Honour Doctorial Committee member, Prof. Mishima Ken’ichi, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2011 PhD-committee member (Dr. Rebecca Mak), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2009/2011 Organizer, “All Night of Sciences” (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2009 Extraordinary professorship committee member, Prof. Matthew Königsberg, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2008- Student fellowship for Japan study committee member, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2008- Faculty search committee, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

2014-present Review Board for the Journal Bunron (Literary Theory), Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg, Germany
2015-present Review Board for German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany
2011 Reviewer for Suhrkamp Publisher, Germany

MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

German Association for Research on Japan (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Japanforschung) (GJF)
European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS)

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

Japanese Society for German Studies (JGG)

German-Japanese Society (Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft) (DJG)

Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)

Invited Presentations and Panels (sample)

2017. Participation in the Tateshina Symposium for German Studies in Tokyo: Surrealismus in Unica Zürns Literatur (Surrealism in Unica Zürn's Literature)

2017. Guest lecture at the Chūō University in Tokyo, Invitation by Prof. Dr. Hane Reika

December 8th, 2017. “Technological Transformations of Intimacy in Japan and their Implications for Emotional AI Research”, International Workshop AI LOVE YOU, University of Potsdam, Germany

November 29th, 2017. „Emotionale Maschinen: Auf dem Weg zu einer Affektgeschichte der Technologie in Japan" (Emotional Machines: Towards an affective history of technology in Japan), Euskirchener Gespräche: „Der Neue Mensch - Soziale Emotionen und Empathie in digitaler Welt" (The new human being - social emotions and empathy in the digital world), Euskirchen, Germany.

September 1st 2017. „Uneasiness with the Present Time: Nostalgia in Japanese Literature of the Heisei Period",15th EAJS International Conference 2017, Panel „Reconstructing the Past" (S3a_15), Lisbon, Portugal.

June 20th 2017. „Emotional Machines: The Technological Transformation of Intimacy in Japan", Hauptstadtkongress 2017 Medizin und Gesundheit, Panel „Pflege innovativ: Wie Sensorik, Robotik und das Internet die Pflege verändern" (Innovative care: How sensors, robots and the internet change the face of medical care), Berlin, Germany.

2016. "The Impact of Emoticons on (Japanese) Literature,” Association of Japanese Literary Studies Conference 2016, Pennsylvania State University, USA.

2016. „Forms and Functions of Kaomoji in Japanese Literature,” 2nd European Association Studies Conference, Kōbe, Japan.

2016. Organization and moderation of the international conference "Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji: The Transformation of Communication in the Digital Age," Freie Universität Berlin.

2015. “Heterotopian Spaces in Contemporary Japanese Literature,” Workshop, Exploring Space in Japanese Literature, Freie Universität Berlin.

2014. “Auto-mutilation and Amok: Dimensions of Violence in Contemporary Japanese Literature,” New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences to Further our Understanding of how Ongoing Economic, Social and Political Transformations, New York.

2014. “Das Spiel mit literarischen Authentizitätskonventionen in der apanischen Gegenwartsliteratur (Playing with Conventions of Authenticity in Contemporary Japanese Literature),” Japan-Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, within the “Forum für literaturwissenschaftliche Japanforschung” (Forum for Literary Research in Japanese Studies).

2014. “Dimensionen von Gewalt in der zeitgenössischen Japanischen Literatur (Dimensions of Violence in Japanese Literature),” Institute of Japanese Studies, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.

2013. “Graduate Education at Freie Universität Berlin,” Fifth Forum for the Euro-Japan Academic Networking for Humanities Project: Europe-East Asia Partnership in Action, Venice.

2013. “Japan’s Identity Construction in the 1930s: Kuki Shūzō’s Aesthetic Concept Iki as a Marker of Japanese ‘Entity’,” 3rd Forum for the Euro-Japan Academic Networking for the Humanities Projects, Culture & Identity – Peace & Human Security,” Kyoto.

2012. “Playing with Authenticity: Functions and Effects of Contemporary Shishōsetsu,” Workshop, “Self-Narratives in Japanese Studies – Literature and History,” Freie Universität Berlin.

2011. “Nihon ni okeru kūrunesu (The Concept of Coolness in Japan),” Workshop, “Bunka no eikkyō to honyaku (Cultural Influence and Translation),” Border-Crossing of Culture and Translation, Europa-Center Nagoya University, Freiburg.

2010. “Iki: A Japanese Concept of Coolness,” Conference, Coolness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, FreieUniversität Berlin/Languages of Emotion.

2010. “Die Figur des sensei in der Japanischen Literatur (The ‘Sensei’ Figure in Japanese Literature),”Lecture Series, “Master and Pupils: Tradition – Transfer – Transformation, Freie Universität Berlin.

2010. “Trostlose Perspektiven? Sex, Drogen und (Auto-)aggression in der Literatur japanischer Jungautorinnen (Desolate Perspectives? Sex, Drugs and Auto-Aggression in Literature of Young Female Authors),” Mori Ōgai Memorial, Berlin.

2010. “Zum Transfer von Gattungskonzepten (The Transfer of Genre Concepts),” Workshop, “Travel: Human Beings and Concepts in Motion,” Freie Universität Berlin.

2009. “Ruling the Body: Food and Self-Destruction in Kanehara Hitomi's literature,” Workshop, “Food and Gender,” Nagoya University/Freie Universität Berlin.

2009. “Sex, Drugs and Violence? Kanehara Hitomi’s Bad Girls,” Japan Society for the Promotion of Science-Club, Berlin.

2009. “Die Affinität des Internets zurjapanischen Gegenwartsliteratur (The Affinity of the Internet for Contemporary Japanese Literature),” 14. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag at Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg.

2009. “Bad girls Die Diskursivierung von Identitätskrisen in aktueller Japanischer Literatur (Bad girls? Discourses of Identity Crises in Recent Japanese Literature),” Workshop, “Zwischenbestimmungen von Geschlecht und Identität jenseits der Fixierbarkeit” (Between Gender and Identity beyond Fixibility), Freie Universität Berlin.

2009. “Kunstgriffe der Authentizität im zeitgenössischen shishōsetsu (Artifices of Authenticity in Contemporary Shishōsetsu),” Institute of Japanese Studies, Ruprecht Karls Universität, Heidelberg.

2008. “Forms and Functions of Contemporary Shishōsetsu,” 5th PhD Workshop EAJS, Salento University, Lecce.
2008. “Diskursivierungsstrategien von Sexualität in der Japanischen Gegenwartsliteratur (Discourses on Sexuality in Japanese Literature),” Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft Berlin (DJG).
2008-present

PhD courses: Research Design for Cultural Studies and Literary Studies (with Cordula Lemke); Research Colloquium

MA courses: Nostalgia/natsukashisa in Japanese Culture and Literature,Robots and other Emotional Machines in Japan; Emoji, Emoticons and Kaiomoji in Japanese Literature, Culture and Communication; The Literary Market in Japan; Heterotopia and Non-Places in Japanese Literature; Theories and Discourses in Cultural Studies/Sociology and Literary Studies

BA courses: Emotional Management: Cultural and Literary Shaping of Emotions; Facets of “Coolness” in Japanese Culture and Literature; Emotions in Japanese Literature and Culture; Sex, Drugs and Violence? – Recent Literature of Japanese Female Writers; Introduction to Japanese Culture and Literature (premodern to present); Introduction to Japanese Cultural and Literary History (premodern to present)

Focus areas

Modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, self-narratives, affective sciences, spatial studies, genre- and literary theory, sociology of literature, translation theory, Japans encounter with the West in the Meiji-Period

 

Publications

Books

Giannoulis, Elena; Wilde, Lukas R.A. (Eds.) (2019). Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji: The Transformation of Communication in the Digital Age. Routledge Research in Language and Communication. New York, London: Routledge. 

Giannoulis, Elena (2018) (Ed.). Von Katzentötern, schwebenden Rauchern und der Suche nach Nilpferden. Kurzgeschichten aus Japan. With an afterword by Elena Giannoulis. Berlin: be.bra Verlag.

2013. The Cultural Career of Coolness. Discourses and Practices of Affect Control in European Antiquity, the United States, and Japan, edited by Elena Giannoulis, Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Ulla Haselstein, and Catrin Gersdorf. Lanham: Lexington.

2010. Blut als Tinte: Wirkungs-und Funktionsmechanismen zeitgenössischer shishōsetsu (Blood as Ink: Mechanisms of Effects and Functions of Contemporary I-Novels). München: Iudicium. Vol. 22.

Translations

2012. Kometani, Fumiko. Wasabi zum Frühstück. Erzählungen: Aus dem Japanischen übersetzt und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Elena Giannoulis (Wasabi for Breakfast: Short Stories, Translated from the Japanese with an Afterword by Elena Giannoulis). Berlin: be.bra Verlag (orig. Famirī Bijinesu [Family Business], 1998).


Journal Articles (selection)

2015. “Ogawa Yōko.” In Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur (KLfG) (Critical Dictionary of Foreign Contemporary Literature), edited by Sebastian Domsch, Annegret Heitmann, Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Wolfgang Kissel, Thomas Klinkert, and Barbara Winckler. München: Edition Text + Kritik.

2014. “Doitsu ni okeru shishōsetsu kenkyū (I-Novel Research in Germany).” In Shishōsetsu handobukku (The I-Novel Handbook), edited by Akiyama Shun and Katsumata Hiroshi. Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan.

2014. Co-authored with Till Weingärtner. “Japanese Culture and Subculture.” Länderbericht Japan (Country Report). Informationen zur politischen Bildung. Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

2013. “Iki: A Japanese Concept of Coolness.” In The Cultural Career of Coolness, edited by Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Elena Giannoulis, Ulla Haselstein, and Catrin Gersdorf. United Kingdom: Lexington.

2013. "Banana Yoshimoto". In Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur (KLfG) (Critical Dictionary of Foreign Contemporary Literature), edited by Sebastian Domsch, Annegret Heitmann, Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Wolfgang Kissel, Thomas Klinkert, and Barbara Winckler. München: Edition Text + Kritik.

2012. “Die Figur des Sensei in der modernen Japanischen Literatur (The Sensei Figure in Modern Japanese Literature).” Meister und Schüler: Tradition, Transfer und Transformation (Master and Pupils: Tradition, Transfer and Transformation). Weimar: VDG, pp. 138-153.

2012. “Japanese Blog-Literature in the Context of Autobiographical Writing in Japan (Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens).” Nr. 183-184 Jg. 78. Bochum: NOAG, pp. 54-68.

2012. "Murakami Ryū". In Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur (KLfG) (Critical Dictionary of Foreign Contemporary Literature), edited by Sebastian Domsch, Annegret Heitmann, Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Wolfgang Kissel, Thomas Klinkert, and Barbara Winckler. München: Edition Text + Kritik.

2010. “Japanologische Gattungsforschung (Research on Literary Genres in Japanese Studies).” In Handbuch Gattungstheorie (Handbook Genre Theory), edited by Dymner Rüdiger Stuttgart. Weimar: Metzler, pp. 263-266.


Reviews

2012. “Rezension zu ‘Nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit’: Zeitgenössische japanische Literatur im Zeichen des Prekären von Lisette Gebhardt (Review of Lisette Gehardt's ‘After Dawn’: Contemporary Japanese Literature in the Wake of Precarity).” In Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung. Bochum: Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften der Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Public relations work

Interview with heute.de (ZDF, public TV station) April 29 2017: "Sprechen Sie 'emojisch'?" (Do you speak "emoji"?) by Maria Ugoljew

Interview with Tagesspiegel (daily newspaper) November 16 2016: "Metallische Gefühle" (Metallic feelings) by Astrid Herbold

Interview with Die Zeit (weekly newspaper) October 13 2016: "Die Vermessung der Gefühle" (The measuring of feelings)  by Ulrich Schnabel

Forthcoming

Edited Volumes

2018. (Est. publication date/in preparation). Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji: The Transformation of Communication in the Digital Age.

2017. (Est. publication date/in preparation). Emotion Management in Japanese Culture and Literature. (To be submitted to Berghahn Books).

2018. Contemporary Japanese Literature in German Translation, edited by Elena Giannoulis. (Accepted for publication).

Articles

2018. (Est. publication date/in preparation). "Kaomoji in Japanese Literature". In Emoticons, Emoji and Kaomoji: The Transformation of Communication in the Digital Age, edited by Elena Giannoulis.

2017. “Techniques of Media Transgression in the Contemporary I-Novel.” Journal of Japanese Studies. (Accepted for publication).

Translations

2018. (Est. publication date/in preparation). Kawakami, Mieko. "Eiscremefieber" (Icecream fever). In Contemporary Japanese Literature in German Translation, edited by Elena Giannoulis. Wien: Septime Verlag. (Accepted for publication).

2018. (Est. publication date/in preparation). Kawakami, Hiromi. "Der Fluss" (The River). In Contemporary Japanese Literature in German Translation, edited by Elena Giannoulis. Wien: Septime Verlag. (Accepted for publication).