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『只野真葛論 : 男のように考える女』ベティーナ・グラムリヒ=オカ著 ; 上野未央訳(近世史研究叢書, 34)岩田書院, 2013.6。
(Translation of “Thinking Like a Man”)

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『日米欧からみた近世日本の経済思想』川口浩, ベティーナ・グラムリヒ=オカ編 ; 田中アユ子, 安野正士訳 岩田書院, 2013.2。
(Translation of “Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan”)

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“Nagasaki: A Thorn in the Eye of the Shogunate?” In Nanny Kim and Keiko Nagase-Reimer (eds.), Mining, Monies, and Culture in Early Modern Societies: East Asian and Global Perspectives. Leiden: Brill (Monies, Markets and Finance in China and East Asia, vol. 4, 2013)

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“Tales from the North.” In An Edo Anthology Literature from Japan’s Mega-City, 1750-1850. Sumie Jones and Watanabe Kenji (eds.). University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013.

(Includes the translation of some stories by Tadano Makuzu.)

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“Neo-Confucianism Reconsidered: Family Rituals in the Rai Household.” U.S.-Japan-Women’s Journal, 39: 7-37, 2011.

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“A Domain Doctor and Shogunal Policies.” In Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan, edited by Bettina Gramlich-Oka and Gregory Smits. (Monies, markets, and finance in East Asia, 1600-1900, v. 1, Brill, 2010)

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“A Father’s Piece of Advice: Confucian Cultivation for Women in the Late Eighteenth-Century.” In The Female as Subject: Reading and Writing in Early Modern Japan. P. F. Kornicki, Mara Patessio and G. G. Rowley (eds.). Michigan University Press, 2010.

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“The Body Economic: the Cholera Epidemic of 1858 in Popular Discourse.” East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, vol. 30, 32-72.

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“Kyōyō kara gakumon e: Rai Shizuko to chichi Inooka Gisai” 教養から学文へ:頼静子と父、飯岡義斎 (From Education to Cultivation: Rai Shizuko and Her Father Inooka Gisai). In Ekkyō suru Nihonbungaku kenkyū 越境する日本文学研究 (New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies). Edited with Introduction by Haruo Shirane ハルオ・シラネ. Bensei shuppan 勉誠出版.

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41XvxEAhDHL“Shogunal Administration of Copper in the Mid-Tokugawa Period (1670–1720).” In Thomas Hirzel and Nanny Kim (eds.). Metals, Monies, and Markets in Early Modern Societies: East Asian and Global Perspectives. Berlin: LIT (Monies, Markets and Finance in China and East Asia, vol. 1).

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Thinking Like a Man, Tadano Makuzu (1763-1825), by Bettina Gramlich-Oka. (Brill’s Japanese Studies, Vol.24, 2006)

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My interests in Japanese history concentrate on the early modern period, or Tokugawa period (1600-1868).

Main Projects:

  • With the beginning of the next academic year (2012-13) I am part of yet another project at Sophia that aims at innovation of our curriculum.  “Reacting to the Past”: New Approaches to Critical Thinking and Japanese History” will in the end bring the Reacting-to-the-Past-Pedagogy to our classrooms. I began working on this pedagogy in 2010, and applied it twice so far with much success (thanks to all the patient students), and hope to develop a textbook in the near future, which will be co-written by my collaborators Professors Mathew Thompson and James McKinley.
  • Since 2013 I participate in the research group JETTS  (a grant from JSPS based at Waseda University) Economic Thought

Other projects include:

  • The translation into Japanese of my book on Tadano Makuzu, published in 2013.
  • The translation into Japanese of the co-edited book on Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan, published in 2013.
  • East Asian Trade: Nagasaki Copper Trade and shogunal regulations
  • Epidemics (Cholera) in Early Modern Japan
  • Women’s History (Tadano Makuzu and Rai Shizuko)
  • Reacting to the Past Pedagogy
  • Participating in the research group: “Shaping of Japanese Culture and War Memories” at the Nichibunken (leader of the project: Theodore Cook) (ended 2013)
  • Participating in “Religion in the Public Sphere in Modern, Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives,” The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Religion & Culture
  • Participating in the “European Association for Edo Studies”