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NVJS Alumni: Aoife Wilkinson, Rebeca Hausler, Haydn Trowell and Gwyn McClellandAugust 2, 2021: We love to watch our ever-fabulous #NVJSAlumni continue to shine as they build their profiles, achievements and contributions to their fields beyond their NVJS publications.

Today, we celebrate recent the projects and achievements of five NVJS authors (in alphabetical order).

1. Rebecca Hausler (NVJS11 author)

Rebecca is organising the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA)’s Postgraduate Workshop 2021 on September 28, together with Aoife Wilkinson (more on Aoife below). This year’s workshop will be held online, and Rebecca and Aoife have ensured broad accessibility by placing the focus on broader Asian Studies and making attendance free. Further, workshop participants who register before September 1 will be eligible to attend the JSAA 2021 conference for free as well. Great to see such collegiality and leadership with this project!

Rebecca Hausler is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland.

♦ Read her #NVJS11 publication:
“[REVIEW] Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History>>

2. Gwyn McClelland (NVJS11 author; NVJS13 Guest Editor)

In April this year, Gwyn’s monograph Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives was released in paperback. The book was first released by Routledge in 2020. The quick transition of this title from hardcover to paperback indicates a growing readership for his work, which he has worked hard to promote through public talks in both Australia and Japan, in addition to a growing publication record and other contributions to the field (including very kindly taking up the post of Guest Editor for our forthcoming Special Issue). Congratulations Gwyn!

Gwyn McClelland is a Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of New England.

♦ Read his #NVJS11 publication:
“[REVIEW] Japan: History and Culture from Classical to Cool>>

3. Masafumi Monden (NV2 author)

Masafumi’s research typically looks at the intersection of fashion and gender in Japan, and he is the author of one of our most popular NVJS articles ever. For his latest project, Masafumi shifts his focus to student mobility, which was an area of increasing importance for the higher education sector in the years prior to Covid and is likely to re-enter focus in the coming years. Masafumi is the project director of “Preparing for a Post-Covid World: Japanese and Asian Higher Education Student Experiences in Australia”, a knowledge-sharing initiative on student mobility from Asia to Australia, coming up on October 27-28. We’re excited to see Masafumi collaborating with Asian Studies colleagues and extending his reach into this area of broad significance to higher education regionally. All the best with this project Masafumi!

Masafumi Monden is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney.

♦ Read his #NV2 publication:
“Transcultural Flow of Demure Aesthetics: Examining Cultural Globalisation through Gothic & Lolita Fashion”>>

4. Haydn Trowell (NVJS12 author)

In June, we shared the exciting news that Haydn Trowell’s first book-length translation, Touring the Land of the Dead by Maki Kashimada, was published this year. Recently, we’ve also noticed that the novel is included in the list of submissions to the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2021, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on announcements and also keeping our fingers crossed. Congratulations to Haydn on this achievement!

Haydn Trowell is a professional literary translator and an instructor at Nagoya University.

♦ Read his #NVJS12 publication:
“The Aesthetics of Linked-Verse Poetry in Yasunari Kawabata’s The Lake’”>>

5. Aoife Wilkinson (NVJS 12 author)

Last but certainly not least, we’re celebrating with Aoife on two counts. On July 28, Aoife published her very first article in The Conversation, titled “Yes, Naomi Osaka is Japanese. And American. And Haitian”, critiquing public debates about Osaka’s identity. Five days on, the article has been shared over 4,800 times on social media and has also been cited by Japanese media (as kindly pointed out by Atsushi Yamagata, another of our wonderful #NVJSAlumni). Aoife’s keen sense of timing and ability to show how her research relates to real-world public debates are driving this research outreach and are creating a broader audience for her work. Way to go Aoife!

Also notably, Aoife is an organiser of the upcoming Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA)’s Postgraduate Workshop 2021, together with Rebecca Hausler (above).

Aoife Wilkinson is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland.

♦ Read her #NVJS12 publication:
“Forfeiting Citizenship, Forfeiting Identity? Multiethnic and Multiracial Japanese Youth in Australia and the Japanese Nationality Law”>>


As always, we’re #soproud to see our alumni continue to achieve beyond our virtual pages (see past #NVJSAlumni news via our News page or on Twitter). Thank you for reading and celebrating their work with us.

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