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MA MAS Clara Momoko Geber


Institute of East Asian Studies

Japanese Studies


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14195 Berlin
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Clara Momoko Geber joined the Institute of Japanese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in August 2019 as a lecturer and doctoral candidate. Her academic background includes Cultural Management at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Master of Advanced Studies, 2020) and Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna (Bachelor of Arts, 2017/Master of Arts, 2019). Besides her work, she has been enrolled as a master’s student in East Asian Art History at Freie Universität Berlin since October 2020 and aims to graduate at the end of August 2022. During her studies, she was active as an academic tutor (University of Vienna), Japanese language teacher (Nihongo Gakuen Vienna), student representative (University of Vienna), and freelance translator. She gained work experience abroad through internships in interpreting/cultural mediation at the Arakawa District Office in Tokyo (Japan) and journalism at Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung in Almaty (Kazakhstan).

Her activities have been supported by the Deutschlandstipendium (10.2021–08.2022), the Laura Bassi Scholarship (2021), the DAAD Research Fellowship for Doctoral Students (2020, cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the University of Vienna Short-Term Research Abroad Scholarship (2019), and several scholarships for excellence of the University of Vienna (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019).

  • SS 2022: Seminar “Music and Propaganda in Japan during World War II”
  • WS 2021/22: Seminar “(Healing) War Trauma in Postwar Japan”
  • SS 2021: Seminar “War and Peace: Japanese War Remembrance in Museums”
  • WS 2020/21: Seminar “Tell Us About War: Reconstructing the Pacific War Using Oral History and Written Sources”
  • SS 2020: Seminar “Japan in World War II: Representation in Art Objects”
  • WS 2019/20: Seminar “Translation in its Professional Practice: Japanese-German”

Clara Momoko Geber’s dissertation focuses on art and cultural activities of Japanese soldiers in Soviet captivity. This work incorporates her knowledge from the three fields of Japanese studies (wartime and postwar history), cultural management (cultural economics, cultural policy, cultural theory), and East Asian art history (object analysis, art theory).


“Songs of Japanese Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union after World War II,” Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies 11/1, 179–211.

„Japanische Kriegsgefangene in Kasachstan nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg: Eine historische Rekonstruktion mit Feldforschung in Almaty und Karaganda“, MinikomiAustrian Journal of Japanese Studies 87, 33–43.

Eight-part series of articles on Japanese prisoners of war in the Soviet Union in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung Kazakhstan (in German)

Academic Presentations

  • 16th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies,
    24–28 August 2021
  • International History of East Asia Seminar, Oxford University, Michaelmas Term 2021