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Doctoral Researcher, Centre for East Asian Studies
Ongoing doctoral dissertation work: "Commemorating Defeat: Remembering the Boshin War in Aizuwakamatsu City in Japan".


Areas of expertise

Asian studies
contemporary history


I am a doctoral researcher focusing on contemporary history of Japan, specifically the Meiji period and how it is remembered and discussed in contemporary Japan. I graduated as Master of Social Sciences from Centre for East Asian Studies' Master's Degree Program in 2021. I also completed my Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary History at the University of Turku in 2017.


The focus of my doctoral dissertation project is on the portrayal and memory of Japan's Boshin War (1868-1869) in Aizuwakamatsu, the political center of the former Aizu domain that fought on the losing Tokugawa shogunate's side. Based on pre-existing Japanese and English research on Boshin War, works on collective memory as well as case studies from other civil wars from the perspectives of the defeated, it will bring more awareness to the multiple narratives that exist on the creation of the modern Japanese nation state within Japan, as well as their influence on the local identity in Aizuwakamatsu.


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