search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Hitomi TONOMURA

DF (1982), RF (1993), RF (2002)

Fellow Information:
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Middle Name
Last Name
The University of Michigan
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
Department of History
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1029 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor
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United States
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: History

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I was a graduate student when I first received the Japan Foundation Fellowship. I am Professor of History and Women's Studies Program at the University of Michigan. I continue my research on issues of gender in the medieval period, especially those pertaining to warrior families.

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (The University of Tokyo, for historical documents)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1986
Field: History
University: Stanford University

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: I have received Japan Foundation Fellowships three times and each one has been essential for my research and writing. The fellowships have sustained my scholarly activities and, more importantly, allowed me to expand the scope of my research into new and challenging areas.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: I write as one of the few historians of premodern Japan. I would like to be able to share the following questions. 1) In what ways can we present "Japan" to undergraduates, who no longer seem to be interested in reading books, and what is the meaning of "education" in this context? 2) What do scholars of modern Japanese history and society wish they had if they were to include something about premodern Japanese history in their teaching? What kind of published works would be helpful for them? In terms of networking, it might be convenient to have a site where we can search possible co-panelists for AAS, for example. Also, when we organize conferences, we tend to invite people we happen to know. If we could have the information on fellows' past research topics, we may be able to expand our possible roster of participants.