Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Prof. Dr. Gesine Foljanty-Jost


Institut für Politikwissenschaft und Japanologie

room 2.33
Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 26/27
06108 Halle

phone: (0345) - 5524330

Academic profil

1970-1974 Student of political science, sociology and Japanese studies at the universities of Bonn, Tokyo (University of Tokyo) and Berlin (Free University)

1975 MA at Free University Berlin (Political science, sociology and Japanese studies)

1976-1977 Lecturer at the institute for East Asian Studies (Ostasiatisches Seminar) of Free University Berlin

1978-1983 Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin) at the institute for East Asian Studies, Berlin

1986 Dissertation (Dr. phil.) in political science, Free University Berlin

1987-1989 Lecturer at the institute for East Asian Studies (Ostasiatisches Seminar) of Free University Berlin

1987-1989 postdoc scholarship from DFG for a research project on the ecological impact of industrial change in Japan (political science, Free University Berlin)

1989-1991 Assistant professor at the department of political science at Free University Berlin, environmental research unit

1990-1991 Member of the EU-sponsored tempus-project for the development of environmental education at the polytechnicum of Gdansk (Poland)

1991-1992 Visiting professor (C4), University of Trier,

Director of the Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Trier

1992 Professor in charge of establishing Japanese studies at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

since 1992 Professor (C4) for society, economy, and politics of modern Japan, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

1996 Visiting Professor at the University of Niigata

1996 Establishment of university partnership agreement with Senshu University Tokyo

1997 Director of the ecological summerschool for European and Japanese Students in Wittenberg (DAAD)

1997 Guest professor at Nagoya City University

1999 Guest professor at Tokyo University

2001 Ruf from Ruhr University Bochum, declined

2006 Visiting professor, Waseda University Tokyo (JSPS)

2007 Establishment of university partnership agreement with Tokyo University

2010 Guest professor Tokyo University

2011 Coordinator of university partnership with Dokkyo University, Soga

2012 Renewal of university partnership agreement with Tsukuba University

University-political activities

2010-2014 Vice president for research, promotion of young scientists and internationalisation, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle- Wittenberg

Focus of research

The Japanese civil society in international comparison; cultural and political impact of social movements in Germany and Japan

Research activities since 2000

1999-2002 Member of the Special Research Project: „Climate change networks in Japan and international comparison” (JSPS), Tsukuba University, Japan

2003-2009 Member of the Special Research Project „Civil Society, the State and Culture in Comparative Perspective“, Project 2: Public Policy and Policy Networks in Global Civil Society, (JSPS), Tsukuba University, Japan

2006-2011 Research Project: local partnerships in Japan – potential for democratization? (DFG)

2007-2016 German-Japanese Graduate School Halle University- Tokyo University: Formenwandel der Bürgergesellschaft: Japan und Deutschland im Vergleich (DFG/ JSPS) (2007-2012 co-speaker)

2008-2019  Member of the research cluster „society and culture in motion“, Martin-Luther-university Halle- Wittenberg funded by Ministry of economy and science Saxony- Anhalt

2010-2013 Member of the center for social intelligence joint project „social capital in East Asia“, section „civil culture“, Senshu University Tokyo/ Japan (MEXT)

Other Scientific Activities

1978-1983 Co-editor of "Berliner Beiträge zur sozial- und wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Japanforschung" (Free University of Berlin); Editor of the Occasional Papers Series of "Berliner Beiträge zur Sozial- und wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Japanforschung".

1989-1991 Member of the Board of Vereinigung für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (Association of environmental economic research)

1988-1997 Co-founder of the Association on Social Science Research on Japan (Vereinigung für  Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung) and member of the board

1994-1997 Chairwoman of the Association on Social Science Research on Japan and member of the board (Vereinigung für Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung)

1996-2000 Chairwoman of the European Japan Experts Association

1996-1998 President of the German-Japan-Society Halle/Saalkreis, member of the board

1997- 2006 Member of the scientific board to the German Society for Asian Studies, deputy chairwoman

2002-2005 Member of the board to the Society for Japanese Studies (Gesellschaft für Japan-Forschung)

2001-2008 Member of the advisory board: Center for educational research, Martin-Luther-University

2005-2018 Member of the scientific board: Center for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (ZIRS), Martin-Luther-University

2003-2005 Member of the Federal Government´s commission for the preparation of the „Germany in Japan year 20005/06“- project (DFG/ DAAD)

2006- 2008 Member of the editorial board: "Japan aktuell"

2006-2018 Member of the Akademischer Senat, University Halle-Wittenberg

Since 2008 Member of the Foundation Council of the Japanese-German Center Berlin; Member of the German-Japan-Forum

2006-2008 Member of the editorial board Japan Aktuell

2007-2010 Advisory professor of Heinrich Böll Foundation

2008-2018 Member of Japan-German Forum (federal foreign ministry)

2008-2016 Member of the scientific board Deutsches Institut für Japan-Studien, Tokyo, 2012-2016 Chairperson

Since 2011 Member of the scientific board interdisciplinary center of East Asian Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main


2014 The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, Japan

2015 Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize, German Research Foundation

2016 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

2019 guest professor, Shandong University of Finance and Economics, Jinan

Member of associations