Nicola Liscutin is professor of Japanese Studies and GLP-GEfIL Program Director at the Center for the Development of Global Leadership Education, the University of Tokyo. She received her MA from Hamburg University, and her PhD in Japanese Studies at Cambridge University, UK, and spent a couple of years on research at Kyoto University and Waseda University. Prior to coming to the University of Tokyo in 2013, she was for ten years the Head of the Japanese Department at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she built up the department and its various BA, MA and PhD degree programs in Japanese Cultural Studies. She also held positions as Guest Professor at the Institute for the Study of Global Issues of Hitotsubashi University; as a Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo (DIJ); as Lecturer in Japanese Studies at SOAS, University of London, and as a guest lecturer at Jissen Women’s University and Waseda University.
While she started her teaching career as a specialist for classical Japanese literature and performing arts, her research and teaching interests since the late 1990s have focused on ‘memory cultures’ and their ‘gendering’ in a range of media, especially film and manga.