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Romit Dasgupta

Assoc/Prof Romit Dasgupta

Discipline Chair
Asian Studies

Contact details
Asian Studies
The University of Western Australia (M211)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2897
Personal homepage
Room G16, Social Sciences Building, Perth campus
BEc MJS W.Aust., PhD Curtin
Romit was awarded his PhD in 2005. His thesis, on corporate masculinity in Japan, received a university Chancellor's Commendation and Best Thesis Award from the Asian Studies Romit teaches courses in Japanese language, Japanese society and culture, as well as popular culture in Asia. I have also teach courses in Japanese Studies and Asian Studies in UWA offshore programs in Hong Kong and Singapore, and have taught in programs at the National University of Singapore and Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Key research
My primary research focus until recently has been:
* gender (specifically, corporate masculinities) in Japan
* expressions of gender and sexuality-based identities through popular and visual culture in Japan and across Asia
* popular and visual culture and regional East Asian identity
However, more recently I have moved into a new area of research on cultural and human interactions between Japan and Turkey. This is part of a larger multi-disciplinary project with researchers from Turkey, Japan and Australia, considering conceptualizations of "Asia" and "Asian Studies" from the fringes of the continent - specifically from Turkey, Japan, and Australia.
His key research areas in recent years have been:
* The Japanese white-collar 'salaryman' as a gendered construct
* Representations of non-conventional family relationships in popular culture in Japan and Asia
* Articulations of queer identity through popular culture (especially visual culture) in Asia
Re-reading the Salaryman in Japan: Crafting Masculinities (London, Routledge: 2013).

Edited Volume:
(with Mark McLelland) Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Modern Japan ( London, Routledge: 2005).

(with Tomoko Aoyama and Laura Dales) Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan (London, Routledge Nissan Japanese Studies Series, 2014).

Journal Articles:
“Performing Masculinities? The ‘Salaryman’ at Work and Play”, Japanese Studies, 20(2), 2000. 189 - 200.

“‘The Lost Decade’ of the 1990s and Shifting Masculinities in Japan”, Culture, Society & Masculinity, 1(1), 2009. 79 – 95.

“The Queer Family in Asia”, Inter-Asia Roundtable: Gender Relations in the 21st Century Asian Family”, Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore, ARI Working Paper Series, 2009. 115-145.

“Globalisation and the Bodily Performance of ‘Cool’ and ‘Uncool’ Masculinities in Corporate Japan”, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Issue 23, January 2009: Special Issue: ‘Performing Globalization: Asia-Pacific Perspectives.

“Emotional Spaces and Places of Salaryman Anxiety in Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s Tokyo Sonata”, Japanese Studies, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2011. 373-386.
Chapters in Edited Books:
“Cybermasculinities: Masculinities and the Internet in Japan”, in Nanette Gottlieb and Mark McLelland (Eds.) Japanese Cybercultures (London, Routledge: 2003.) 109 - 125.

“Creating Corporate Warriors: The ‘Salaryman’ and Masculinity in Japan”, in Kam Louie and Morris Low (Eds.) Asian Masculinities: The Meaning and Practice of Manhood in China and Japan (London, RoutledgeCurzon: 2003). 118-134.

“Salarymen Doing ‘Straight’: Heterosexual Men and the Dynamics of Gender Conformity”, in Mark McLelland and Romit Dasgupta (Eds.) Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Modern Japan ( London, Routledge: 2005). 1681-82.

“The Film Bishônen and Queer(N)Asia Through Japanese Popular Culture”, in Matt Allen and Rumi Sakamoto (Eds.) Popular Culture, Globalisation and Japan (London, Routledge: 2006). 56-74.
“Conversations about Otokorashisa (Masculinity/ ‘Manliness’): Insider/Outsider Dynamics in Masculinities Research in Japan”, in Bob Pease and Barbara Pini (Eds), Men, Masculinities and Methodologies ( Houndsmill, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). 103-114.

“Romancing Urban Modernity in Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai: The Film About Love and the Shaping of a Discursive East Asian Popular Culture”, in Lorna Fitzsimmons and John A. Lent (Eds), Popular Culture in Asia: Memory, City, Celebrity (Houndsmill, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). 116-141.

“Re-imagining the ‘Post-Bubble’ Family in Tokyo Sonata and Hush!’, in Tomoko Aoyama, Laura Dales, and Romit Dasgupta (Eds), Configurations of Family in Japan (Routledge/Nissan Japanese Studies Series, 2014).

“Salaryman Anxieties in Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s Tokyo Sonata: Shifting Discourses of State, Family and Masculinity in Post-Bubble Japan”, in Andrea Germer, Vera Mackie, and Ulrike Woehr (Eds) Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan (London, Routledge: 2014).

“Queer Imaginings and Travellings of ‘Family’ Across Asia”, in Hugo Cordova Quero, Joseph N. Goh, and Michael Sepidoza Campos (Eds), Trans/Pacific Affairs: Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

“Kazuo Ishiguro and ‘Imagining’ Japan” in Hulya Yildiz and Cynthia Wong (Eds), Contemporary World Insights: Kazuo Ishiguro (Ashgate, April 2015)

Other Publications 2005 ~ (Collected Working Papers, Book Reviews in Academic Journals, etc.)
‘The End of the Japanese Salaryman?’, Asian Currents {Asian Studies Association of Australia Electronic Newsletter}, February 2013.

"Pushing Boundaries: Turkey and the Reframing of Asia and Asian Studies", Asian Currents, February 2015.
Review of Robin LeBlanc, The Art of Gut: Manhood, Power, and Ethics in Japanese Politics (Berkeley, University of California Press: 2010, Japanese Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1: 2011. 132-134.

“The Queer Family in Asia”, Inter-Asia Roundtable: Gender Relations in the 21st Century Asian Family”, Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore, ARI Working Paper Series, 2009. 115-145. {proceedings of Invited Roundtable}

“From ‘Japan Inc.’ to ‘Japan Cool’: Shifting Contours of Japanese Studies from the 1970s into the 2000s’, in David Black and Sachiko Sone (Eds.) An Enduring Friendship – Western Australia and Japan: Past, Present and Future (Crawley, Westerley Centre, UWA: 2009). 211-213. {Volume translated into Japanese and published by The Center for Australian Studies, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan, in 2012}

Review of Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires: Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures (Durham and London, Duke University Press: 2005), in Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context, Issue 14, November 2006.

“Karôshi” in Michael Flood, et al (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (Routledge: 2007). 357.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
*Roles & Responsibilities*

Unit Coordinator:
JAPN1401/2: Japanese 1 and 2
ASIA3002: Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
ASIA2004: Popular Culture in Asia
Coordinator of Japan Incountry Exchange Program

- Aspects of Japanese, Asian & diasporic Asian popular and visual culture
- Socio-cultural shifts in post-1990s Japan
- Masculinities in Japan
- Representation of alternative sexualities in Asian film

Future research
In the short- to medium-term the focus of my research will be on expanding out the current Turkey-Japan and Turkey-Asia research project
Funding received
2007 National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Staff Research Support Grant
2008 UWA Research Grant
2011 UWA-University of Queensland Bilateral Research Collaboration Award
2015: Asian Studies Association of Australia Events Funding Grant for Workshop on "Bringing Turkey into 'Asia' and Asian Studies in Australia" in July 2015
Japanese, Turkish
Japanese Studies Association of Australia, Asian Studies Association of Australia
Honours and awards
- Asian Studies Association of Australia Presidents' Prize and DK Award for the best PhD thesis in Asian Studies in 2005.
- Chancellor’s Commendation for PhD thesis, Curtin University of Technology, 2005
- UWA, Excellence in Teaching Award (individual Teaching – Division A), 2005
Previous positions
2007: Visiting Fellow, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
2014, 2015: Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Romit coordinates and teaches in the following units:
Level 1 Japanese language
ASIA3002: Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
ASIA2004: Popular Culture in Asia
Japanese Incountry Exchange

Current external positions
Currently (Feb ~ Jul 2015): Visiting Fellow, Asian Studies, Graduate School of Social Sciences, MIddle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Useful links
Current projects
*Turkey-Japan Interactions
* Re-thinking 'Asia' and Asian Studies from the Edges: Turkey, Japan, Australia
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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