Job Openings: Kanagawa University

The Dept of Cross-Cultural Studies, at Kanagawa University, is in the process of expanding and restructuring into a separate faculty, 国際日本学部, to be located in a new high-rise in Yokohama’s central Minatomirai district. We are seeking TWO new Japan scholars for positions in 国際日本学, starting in **April 2020**. I will be teaching in this stream within the restructured 国際文化交流学科.

The application deadline is August 5, 2018. (Documents must arrive by post by then). Details in English are below.


In addition, there are new positions for Japan scholars in the planned department of 日本文化学科 in 国語, 日本語学, 「表象文化論(現代日本文化), 「表象文化論(近世・明治期の日本文化)」, for which preference may be given to native speakers of Japanese.) Finally, there are positions in 観光学(観光文化史) for someone who is a native or near native speaker of English who has sufficient Japanese to conduct courses in Japanese too and in メディア論(特にメディアと言語との関連を研究するもの) in 国際文化交流学科 for someone who is a native or near native speaker of English who has sufficient Japanese to be a full member of the department (e.g., serving on committees).

Deadlines are late July or early August.

Follow this link to 国際日本学部(2020年4月設置構想中)の専任教員公募 for details on all positions:


Open-rank positions (2) in Japanese History, Japanese Art History, Japanese Religious Studies and/or Japanese Visual Media Studies

Kanagawa University in Yokohama, Japan, invites applications for two full-time, open-rank faculty positions in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, part of a new Faculty of International and Japan Studies that will be established in 2020. Appointments will begin April 1, 2020.

We seek applicants pursuing the following research specializations: 1) Japanese History; 2) Japanese Art History; 3) Japanese Religious Studies; 4) Japanese Visual Media Studies. Native- or near-native-level English ability is required.

Duties will include the teaching of an English-language course in the specialization area, as well as general English courses. Appointees will also be able to offer seminars related to their area of specialization.

Native-level speakers of a European language (other than English, French or German) or an Asian language (other than Japanese) who are able to instruct students in that language will be given priority. Japanese ability sufficient for carrying out administrative duties is required of all applicants.

Applicants must have completed the PhD by time of appointment, or be able to show evidence of equivalent research accomplishments.

For a detailed list of materials to be submitted when applying, the address to which applications should be sent, and further information regarding the positions, please view the Japanese-language announcement at

Materials must arrive by August 5, 2018.

Salary is competitive; precise salary level, which is linked to appointee experience, will be determined according to university guidelines.

In accordance with common practice at Japanese institutions, all ranks of these open-rank positions can be understood as tenured.

For more information, please contact Christian Ratcliff (

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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