SHIMAZU Naoko - Tokyo College


Research interests global history, cultural history, global diplomacy Email shimazu.naoko[a]
01 Description of Research

I am a historian whose work has strong interdisciplinary foundations. My interest is to explore how history and historical methods can ‘converse’ meaningfully, not only with cognate disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, but with sciences, engineering, medicine, and creative arts. We need to go out of our comfort zones to engage with new thinking and, moreover, to engender new conversations through radical interdisciplinarity. ‘Knowledge and Practice’ is a basic framework through which to explore how we create knowledge and how we communicate our practice of creating that knowledge to others.

02 Short Biography
2023- The University of Tokyo, Tokyo College, Professor
2016-2023 National University of Singapore
  – Asia Research Institute, Research Cluster Leader (2021-2023)
  – Professor of Humanities (History), and Associate Dean of Faculty (2017-2021), Yale-NUS College
  – Honorary Professor, Department of History
2021- Mattingly Prize Committee, Diplomatica: Journal of Diplomacy and Society
2020-2023 Member, Max Weber Foundation Research Group on Borders, Mobility and New Infrastructures, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
2018, 2020 Remote Referee, European Research Council Advanced Grant
2019 Sciences Po Paris, Centre d’Histoire, Visiting Professor
2018-2021 Panel Judge, Board of Assessors, Bayly Prize, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland
2018 University of Sydney, Department of History, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellow
1996-2016 Birkbeck College, University of London, Department of History
  -Professor of History, 2011-2016
2015 European University Institute, Department of History and Civilizations, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship
2012-2016 Japan Research Centre, SOAS, Professorial Research Associate
2001-2002 The Japan Foundation Fellow, Waseda University
1999- Royal Historical Society, Fellow
1999 Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Visiting Research Fellow
1995 University of Oxford, DPhil in International Relations
1988-1991 S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd., London (merchant bank)
1987 University of Oxford, MPhil in International Relations
1985 University of Manitoba, BA (Hons) in Political Studies


03 Publications and Other Research Activities

Publications (select)


Cold War Asia: A Visual History of Global Diplomacy (edited with Matthew Phillips, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023). Editor and author.

Oxford Handbook on the Cultural History of Global Diplomacy, c.1750-2000 (Editor with Christian Goeschel, contracted, forthcoming 2024). Editor and author.

The Russian Revolution in Asia: From Baku to Batavia (edited with Sabine Dullin, Etienne Forestier-Peyrat, Yuexin Rachel Lin), (London: Routledge, 2022). Editor and co-author.

Postcard Impressions from Early 20th Century Singapore: Perspective from the Japanese Community, co-authored with Regina Hong and Ling Xi Min (Singapore: National Library Board, 2020). Co-author.

Imagining Japan in Postwar East Asia: Identity Politics, Schooling and Popular Culture (edited with Paul Morris and Edward Vickers), (London: Routledge, 2013). Editor and author.

 Japanese Society at War: Death, Memory, and the Russo-Japanese War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Single-authored.

 Nationalisms in Japan (editor) (London: Routledge, 2006). Editor and author.

 Japan, Race and Equality: The Racial Equality Proposal of 1919 (London: Routledge, 1998). Single-authored.


Articles and Book Chapters (select):

‘Epilogue: Afro-Asianism Revisited’, in Su Lin Lewis and C.M. Stolte eds., The Lives of Cold War Afro-Asianism (Leiden: Brill, 2022), pp. 327-331.

‘Globalising Captivity: “Little Germany in China” in Japan’, in Rotem Kowner and Iris Rachamimov, eds., OUT OF LINE, OUT OF PLACE: A Global and Local History of World War I Internments (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2022), pp. 181-201.

‘Theorising from the Belt and Road Initiative’ (co-authored with Shaun Lin and James D. Sidaway), Asia Pacific Viewpoint (26 October 2021),

‘A Historiographical Turn: Evolving Interpretations of Japan during World War I’ (co-authored with Jan Schmidt), in Christoph Cornelissen and Arndt Weinrich, eds., Writing the Great War: The Historiography of World War I from 1918 to the Present (Oxford: Berghahn, 2020), pp. 338-367.

‘Publicizing Colonies: Representations of “Korea” and “Koreans” in NIPPON’, Yong Chool Ha, ed., International Impact on Colonial Rule in Korea (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019), pp. 236-260.

‘What is Sociability in Diplomacy?’, Diplomatica: A Journal of Diplomacy and Society 1 (April 2019), 56-72.

‘A Cultural History of Diplomacy: Reassessing the Japanese “Performance” at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919’, in Urs Matthias Zachmann, ed., After Versailles: Asian Perspectives on the Paris Peace Conference and the Interwar Order, 1919-1933 (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2017), pp. 101-123.

‘Performing “Freedom”: The Bandung Conference as Symbolic Post-Colonial Diplomacy’, in J. Dittmer and F. McConnell, eds., Diplomatic Cultures: Translations, Spaces, and Alternatives (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 59-76.

‘Women “Performing” Diplomacy at the Bandung Conference of 1955’, in Darwis Khudori, ed., Bandung at 60: New Insights and Emerging Forces (Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar, 2015; Delhi: Aakar Books, 2016), pp. 34-49.

‘Diplomacy as Theatre: Staging the Bandung Conference of 1955’, Modern Asian Studies, (published online July 22, 2013), 1-28,; in print, 48:1 (January 2014), 225-252.

‘The Mentality of the Japanese Conscript and Manchuria as “Lieu de Mémoire”’, Francia: Research on Western European History, 40 (2013), 429-443.

‘Places in Diplomacy’, Guest Editorial, Political Geography, 31: 6 (2012), 335-336.

‘Patriotic and Despondent: Japanese Society at War, 1904-5’, Russian Review, 67:1 (January 2008), 34-49. (Special Issue)

‘Colonial Encounters: Japanese Travel Writing on Colonial Taiwan’, in Yuko Kikuchi, ed., Refracted Modernity: Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007), 21-37.

              -Nominated for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award 2009.

‘Jinshu sabetsu teppai an: Pari kōwa gaikō no hitomaku,’ [The Racial Equality Proposal: One Act from the Paris Peace Diplomacy] in M. Kobayashi, ed., Kensei no seijigaku: Banno Junji kinen ronbunshū [Political Study of Constitutionalism: Commemorative Collected Essays for Banno Junji] (Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2006), 149-170.

‘”Love thine Enemy”: Japanese Perceptions of Russia’, in J.W. Steinberg, B.W. Menning, D. Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, D. Wolff, and S. Yokote, eds., The Russo-Japanese War in Global Perspective: World War Zero (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005), 365-384.

              -Translated into Russian as an abridged version, <Vozliubi vraga Svoego>, Rodina (2005.10), 69-71.

‘The Making of a Heroic War Myth in the Russo-Japanese War’, Waseda Journal of Asian Studies 25 (2004), 83-96.

‘Popular Representations of the Past: The Case of Postwar Japan’, Journal of Contemporary History 38:1 (January 2003), 101-116.

‘The Myth of the Patriotic Soldier: Japanese Attitudes towards Death in the Russo-Japanese War’, War and Society 19:2 (October 2001), 69-89.

‘Reflections on the History of Japanese Diplomacy’, Diplomacy and Statecraft 10:1 (March 1999), 240-251.

‘The Japanese Attempt to Secure Racial Equality in 1919’, Japan Forum 1:1 (April 1989), 93-100.

04 Honors and Awards
2022-2024 Heritage Research Grant, National Heritage Board, Singapore
2016-2017 USPC-NUS Research Grant
2013 Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, Doctorat Honoris Causa (nominated)
2010-2013 The Leverhulme Trust (International Research Network Grant)
2010-2011 The British Academy, Research Development Award (BARDA)
2009-2010 The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (Research Seminar Grant)
2006 The Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (Research Grant)