Professor Nissim Otmazgin, (PhD, Kyoto University).
Chair of the Department of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Head of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.
The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, Chair of the Academic Committee.

 

Address, Telephone and Fax Numbers
 Telephone: 972(0)2-5880191
Fax: 972(0)2-5828076
E-mail: nissim.otmazgin@mail.huji.ac.il
Mt. Scopus 91905 Jerusalem, Israel.
Website: http://eastasia.huji.ac.il/en/links/1580

 

Higher Education

2002-2007 Ph.D. at Kyoto University: Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies. Ph.D. conferred in March 2007.
1997-2000 BA at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Political Science and East Asian Area Studies (with distinction).
1996-1997  Language and Culture Studies at Tōyō Language School, Tokyo.

 

Reserch Interest
Japanese history and politics
Japan-Southeast Asian relations
Cultural Industry and cultural policy in Japan and South KoreaPopular culture and regionalization in East and Southeast Asia

 

Prizes and Awards

June 2015 Selected to The Israel Young Academy.
June 2015 The Korea Foundation, grant for short-term research.
June 2014 The Japan Foundation, grant for short-term research
October 2012 Hebrew University’s Ben-Porath Presidential Award for Outstanding Young Researcher for the year 2012-2013.
January 2013 Selected twice as a member of Young Forum of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Sept. 2010 Sir Zelman Cowen University Fund, for academic exchange fellowship at The University of Sydney.
October 2007 The Sixth Iue Asia-Pacific Research Prize for outstanding dissertation written on society and culture in Asia.

 

Apoinments and Fellowships

April 2013 – Present Department of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor).
June 2015-Sept. 2014 Faculty of Liberal Arts, Korea University, Visiting Scholar.
February 2015 Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, Specially Appointed Associate Professor.
June 2014-October 2014 Graduate National Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Visiting Scholar.
March 2013-Oct. 2013 Faculty of Policy Studies, Dōshisha University, Research Fellow.
July 2008-March 2013 Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Lecturer (Assistant Professor).
December 2007-Present The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Research Fellow.
July-August 2012 Department of Japanese Studies, School of Culture and Languages, University of Sydney, Visiting Scholar.
October 2011 Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, Visiting Scholar.
June-September 2009; July-August 2011. East Asia Program, Cornell University, Visiting Scholar.
February-March 2010. Center for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po, Paris, Research Fellow.
April-September 2007 Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Research Affiliate.

 

Selected Publications:

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2013) Regionalizing Culture: the Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia, Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press.

     

    Edited Books

    1. Otmazgin, Nissm and Suter, Rebecca, eds. (2015) Stories for the Nation: Rewriting History in Manga. Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming.

     

    1. Ben-Rafael Galanti, Sigal, Otmazgin, Nissim, and Levkowicz, Alon, eds. (2014) Japan’s Multilayered Democracy. Lehman: Lexington Books.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim and Ben-Ari, Eyal, eds. (2013) Popular Culture Co-productions and Collaborations in East and Southeast Asia. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press and Kyoto University Press.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim and Ben-Ari, Eyal, eds. (2012) Popular Culture and the State in East and Southeast Asia. London: Routledge.

     

     

    Edited Special Issues

    1. Jin, Dal Yong and Otmazgin, Nissim, eds. The Emergence of Asian Cultural Industries: Policies, Strategies, and Trajectories (Special Issue). Pacific Affairs, 2014, Vol. 84, No.1.

     

    1. Grinshpun, Helena, Bejarano Shalmit, and Otmazgin Nissim. Japanese Studies in Israel as a Micro-Cosmos of Japanese Studies in Other Parts of the World, Israeli Association for Japanese Studies, 2012.

    Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Collections

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2015) “Staying Relevant: The Impact of the New Media on Asia’s Media Industries,” in The Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia, edited by Hjorth, Larissa and Khoo, Olivia. New York: Routledge.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2014) “Americanization and Democratization: Cultural Aspects of Japanese Democracy,” in Japan’s Multilayered Democracy, edited by Ben-Rafael Galanti, Sigal, Otmazgin, Nissim, and Levkowicz, Alon. Lehman: Lexington Books.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim, Ben-Rafael Galanti, and Levkowicz, Alon (2014) “Introduction: Japan as a Multilayered Democracy,” in Japan’s Multilayered Democracy, edited by Ben-Rafael Galanti, Sigal, Otmagin, Nissim, and Levkowicz, Alon. Lehman: Lexington Books.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2014) “Popular Culture and Political Psychology: Lessons from Asia,” in Culture and Political Psychology: A Societal Perspective, edited by Thalia Magioglou. Scottsdale: Information Age Publishing.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim and Ben Ari, Eyal (2014) “Popular Culture and Multiculturalism in East Asia: Market-led Visions of Incorporating Diversity?,” in Worlding Multiculturalism: The Politics of Inter-Asian Dwelling, edited by Daniel Goh. London: Routledge.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2013) “Meta-narratives of Japanese Popular Culture and of Japan in Different Regional Contexts: Perspectives from East Asia, Western Europe, and the Middle East,” in Representation of Japanese Contemporary Popular Culture in Europe, edited by Kyoko Koma. Vytautas: Vytautas Magnus University, pp. 83-94.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim and Ben Ari, Eyal (2013) “History and Theory in the Study of Cultural Collaboration,” Popular Culture Co-Productions and Collaborations in East and Southeast Asia, edited by Otmazgin Nissim and Ben Ari Eyal. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim and Ben Ari, Eyal (2012) “Cultural Industries and the State in East and Southeast Asia,” in Popular Culture and the State in East and Southeast Asia, edited by Otmazgin Nissim and Ben Ari Eyal. London: Routledge, pp. 3-26.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2008) “When Culture Meets the Market: Japanese Popular Culture Industries and the Regionalization of East and Southeast Asia,” in Middle Classes in Southeast Asia, edited by Shiraishi Takashi. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, pp. 257-281.

     

    Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2014) “Anime in the US: The Entrepreneurial Dimensions of Globalized Culture,” Pacific Affairs, 2014, Vol. 84, No. 1.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2014) “A Regional Gateway: Japanese Popular Culture in Hong Kong, 1990-2005,” Inner-Asia Cultural Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2.

     

    1. Jin, Dal Yong and Otmazgin, Nissim (2014) “Introduction: The Emergence of Asian Cultural Industries: Policies, Strategies, and Trajectories.” Pacific Affairs, 2014, Vol. 84, No.1.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim and Lyan Ira (2013) “Hallyu Across the Desert: K-pop Fandom in Israel and Palestine,” Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, No. 9, pp. 68-89.

     

    1. Otmazgin Nissim (2012) “Geopolitics and Soft Power: Japan’s Cultural Policy and Cultural Diplomacy in Asia,” Asia-Pacific Review, forthcoming.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2012) “Japan Imagined: Popular Culture, Soft Power, and Japan’s Changing Image in Northeast and Southeast Asia,” Contemporary Japan, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 1-19.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2011) “A Tail that Wags the Dog? Cultural Industry and Cultural Policy in Japan and South Korea,” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 307-325.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2011) “Commodifying Asian-ness: Entrepreneurship and the Making of East Asian Popular Culture,” Media, Society & Culture, Vo. 33, No. 2.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2008) “Contesting Soft Power: Japanese Popular Culture in East and Southeast Asia,” International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 73-101.

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2008) “Japanese Popular Culture in East and Southeast Asia: A Time for a Regional Paradigm?” Japan Focus, February 8.

    Available at: http://japanfocus.org/products/details/2660

     

    1. Otmazgin, Nissim (2005). “Cultural Commodities and Regionalism in East Asia,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 499-523.

    — An expanded and updated version of this article appears as a chapter in Otmazgin, Nissim and Ben-Ari, Eyal, Eds. (2013) Popular Culture Co-productions and Collaborations in East and Southeast Asia. Singapore: Singapore University Press, Chapter 2.

     

    Other Publications

    1. Shillony, Ben-Ami and Otmazgin, Nissim. “Japanese Studies in Israel as a Micro-cosmos of Japanese Studies in the World,” Wochi Kochi Magazine, 2012, Japan Foundation (Summer), online publication.
    2. Otmazgin, Nissim (2011) “Does Popular Culture Matter to the Southeast Asian Region? Possible Implications and Methodological Challenges,” Newsletter of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Kyoto University, No. 64 (Autumn), pp. 7-10.
    3. Otmazgin, Nissim (2011) Review of China and the Global Politics of Reginalization, edited by Emilian Kavalski. Ashgate. 2009. In Asian Politics and Policy, 2011, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 142-145.
    4. Otmazgin, Nissim (2007) 「東・東南アジアにおける日本の大衆文化」 [Japanese Mass Culture in East and Southeast Asia], Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Vol. 8. [in Japanese].
    5. Otmazgin, Nissim (2003) “Japanese Government Support for Cultural Export,” Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Vol. 4.

     

    Invited Speaker (International Conferences)

    1. “Staying Relevant: The Impact of the New Media on Asia’s Media Industries,” International Hallyu Conference on Content Innovation for Hallyu 3.0, Pusan, August 2, 2014.
    2. “Does Popular Culture Matter to the Asian Region? Possible Implications and Methodological Challenges,” Symposium on Interdisciplinary Perspectives for the Asia-Pacific Region, Osaka University, Osaka, February 14-16, 2014.
    3. “Meta-Narratives of Korea and of Korean Culture: Hallyu and the Re-making of Korea’s Image in the World,” The Institute of Korean Studies International Conference on “Rising Korea: Accomplishments and Chaallenges, The Plaza Hotel, Seoul, October 29, 2013.
    4. “Stories for the Nation: Rewriting History in Manga,” EFEO-ISEA Kyoto Lectures, Kyoto University, Kyoto, May 28, 2013.
    5. 「クールジャパンからリアルジャパンへー ポップ・カルチャー、国家イメージと日本研究」[From Cool Japan to Real Japan: Pop Culture, State Image, and Japanese Studies], NCC (North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources) Summit on Global Access to Japan at the 14th Library Fair & Forum, Pacifico Yokohama, November 20, 2012.
    6. “Popular Culture, State Image, and Japanese Studies: Perspective from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East,” Symposium on “Representation of Japanese Popular Culture in Europe,” Vytautas Magnus University, Asian Studies Center, Kaunas, Lithuania, October 26, 2012.
    7. “Manga: A New Medium for Political Debate?” International Conference on Manga and Anime: Manga Worlds—Subculture, Japan, Japanology, Kobe University, Kobe, June 1-3, 2012.
    8. “From Colonial Power to Soft Power: Japan’s Cultural Policy in Southeast Asia in Historical Perspective,” National University of Singapore, Department of Japanese Studies, International Conference on Japanese Culture in Southeast Asia, October 13, 2011.
    9. “Japan Imagined: Popular Culture and the Changing Perception of Japan in East and Southeast Asia,” VSJF Annual Conference, “Cultural Power Japan—Impact and International Dimensions,” Goethe-University, Frankfurt, November 27, 2010.
    10. “Popular Culture and the Making of Southeast Asia,” The 33rd Kyoto Conference on “‘Region’ and Regional Perspectives on/from Southeast Asia,” Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, September 8, 2009.
    11. “Japan’s Soft Power in Southeast Asia,” The Forum on ASEAN–Japan Cultural Relations, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, ASEAN Studies Center, Singapore, July 24, 2009.
    12. “A Regional Gateway: Japanese Popular Culture in Hong Kong,” The Conference on Popular Culture Flows in Northeast Asia, University of British Columbia, Institute of Asian Research, Vancouver, February 22, 2008.
    13. (2007) “Popular Culture, Soft Power, and Regionalism in East and Southeast Asia,” Harvard Project for Asian and International Studies, Hyatt Hotel, Beijing, August 14, 2007.

     

    Selected papers in International Conferences

    1. “Fans as Agents of Cultural Diplomacy: Hallyu in Israel and Palestine,” Paper presented in the international conference “Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, November 24, 2014.
    2. “Hallyu and the Re-making of Korea’s Image in the Middle East,” Paper presented in the international conference “The ‘Miracle’ Narrative of the Korean Cultural Industries: Perspectives from the Middle East,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 7-9, 2013.
    3. “Stories for the Nation: Manga as Banal Memory,” Paper presented in the International Symposium “Rewriting History in Manga: A New Medium for Debate?” University of Sydney, Sydney, August 17, 2012.
    4. “Popular Culture and Soft Power in East and Southeast Asia: Empirical Findings and Theoretical Implications,” Paper presented at the European Association for Japanese Studies Conference, Tallinn University, Tallinn, August 25, 2011.
    5. “Cities in the Making of Southeast Asia,” Paper presented at the 10th Israeli Association of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 25, 2011.
    6. “Does Popular Culture Matter to the Southeast Asian Region? Southeast Asia as Seen from the Perspective of Popular Culture,” Paper presented at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 31, 2011.
    7. “Japan’s Regional Cultural Policy in Historical Perspective,” Paper presented at the Asian Culture Industries Conference, CIDASIA Research Program, Center for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore, December 22, 2010.
    8. “Entrepreneurship in the Making of Popular Culture: Cases from East Asia,” Paper presented at the 8th International Crossroads Conference in Cultural Studies, Lingnam University, Hong Kong, June 18, 2010.
    9. “The Making of East Asian Popular Culture,” Paper presented at the 9th Israeli Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, University of Haifa, April 27, 2010 [in Hebrew].
    10. “A Tail that Wags the Dog: Cultural Industry and Cultural Policy in East Asia,” Paper presented at the International Conference on Popular Culture, Cultural Policy and Cultural Industry in East and Southeast Asia, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 1, 2009.
    11. “Popular Culture and the Making of a Region in East Asia,” Paper presented at the International Workshop on Popular Culture Co-productions and Collaborations in East and Southeast Asia, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, December 10, 2008.
    12. “‘Culture is Money’: The Economic Side of Japan’s Cultural Export”, Paper presented at the 8th Israeli Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 22, 2008 [in Hebrew].
    13. “From Soft Power to Agenda Setting: Japanese Popular Culture in East Asia”, Paper presented at the 6th Israeli Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Tel Aviv University, June 11, 2006 [in Hebrew].
    14. “Cultural Commodities and Regionalization in East Asia”, Paper presented in the East West Center 5th International Graduate Students Conference, Hawaii University, Honolulu, February 17, 2006.
    15. “The Expansion of Japanese Cultural Industries to Markets in East Asia”, Paper presented at the 5th Israeli Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 30, 2005 [in Hebrew].
    16. “The Role of Popular Culture in Young Urban East Asians’ Imagery of Japan”, Paper presented at the Cultural Typhoon Conference, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, July 2, 2005.
    17. “’The Flying Poke’mons’: Japanese Popular Culture Industries in East Asia”, Paper presented at the Core University Program Conference, organized by the Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, October 7, 2004.
    18. “Japanese Popular Culture and Asian Regionalization”, Paper presented at the Asian Political and International Association (APISA) First Congress, Singapore, November 28, 2003.

 

Research Grants 

June-September 2015 The Korea Foundation Project: Korea’s Multiple Images in the Middle East.
2010-2013 Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Project: Fusion Japanese-American Anime: The Global Economy of Trans-cultural Production (NIS 157,500 per year for 3 years).
2008-2012 FP7 Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, EU Project: Popular Culture and Regionalization in East Asia (Euro 100,000 for 4 years).
2007 The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace (20,000 NIS).
2006 Hoso Bunka Foundation, Japan (JPY 800,000) for conducting fieldwork in Seoul and Busan, South Korea.
2004-2005 Kyoto Foundation (JPY 1,400,000) for conducting fieldwork in 3 Cities in East and Southeast Asia.
2003, 2005. The COE Program for the Promotion of Science (JPY 710,000) for conducting fieldwork in Southeast Asia.

 

Memberships in Professional Associations
Association for Asian Studies
European Association for Japanese Studies
International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum
World Association for Hallyu Studies (Regional President)
Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (founding member and chair, 2012-2015)

 

Member of the Editorial Board in Academic Journals
Asian Communication Research
Asiascape: Digital Asia
Innovative Research in Japanese Studies
Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia
Mutual Images

 

Other Activities
I have reviewed papers for the following journals: International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Journal of Journalism and mass communication, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Innovative Research in Japanese Studies, Japan Focus, Korea Journal, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Politics & Policy, Illinoi University Press, and Routldge.

 

Courses Taught at the Hebrew University
Introduction to Japan’s Modern History (undergraduate course); Japanese Politics and Foreign Relations (undergraduate course); Japan-Southeast Asian Relation since WWII (undergraduate seminar); Research Methods in Japanese Politics and Society (graduate seminar), Global Cities and Middle Classes in East Asia (graduate seminar)

* For five consecutive years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) listed in the Outstanding Teachers List, based on students’ annual evaluation survey.

 

Contribution to the Community
Over the past seven years I have been involved in about half a dozen social activities. I am a member of the Managing Board of the Israel-Japan Friendship Association in Jerusalem, I frequently volunteer to give lectures on Japan at various public events and at special forums, and I am occasionally invited to talk about Japan and East Asia in the media.

One interesting project that I founded involves sending outstanding students from the Department of Asian Studies at The Hebrew University to teach introductory classes on Japan (and recently China) in high schools in Jerusalem. The purpose of this project is to reach out to new layers of Israeli society and to invigorate the interest of high school students to learn more about Japan and more generally pursue academic studies through interactive presentations given by university students. This project has been successfully running since 2009, and currently involves eleven high schools in Jerusalem.