Silke Werth

Ph.D. Candidate
Modern and Contemporary Japanese Culture and Society

Research Focus:

Silke Werth is specializing in the field of modern and contemporary Japan with a focus on the global mobility of young Japanese adults. Relying on traditional and virtual ethnographic research methods, she investigates how young “uncertain” Japanese migrants place themselves in today’s world and how they connect mobility with maturation. Silke is particularly interested in the global circulation of people, diaspora theory, changing work situations of youth, social structure, influence of natural and man-made disasters on people’s lives (3/11 and Fukushima), as well as questions of identity formation, maturity, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

Ph.D. Dissertation (tentative title):
Maturation Goes Global: On the Experience of Uncertainty among Japanese Young Adults


Academic History

  • M.A. Heidelberg University, Germany
      M.A. Thesis: NEET in Japan – Not in Education, Employment or Training: Young Adults Outside the Workforce as “New” Phenomena and the Role of the Media

Teaching Experience

Assistantships:

  • Winter 2012 – Japanese Language 2 – Dr. Shinagawa
  • Summer 2011 – Japanese Language 1 – Dr. Yamauchi
  • Fall 2010 – Japanese Language 4 – Dr. Shinagawa
  • Summer 2010 – Japanese Language 3 – Takara Nobutaka
  • Spring 2010 – Japan 40: Anthropology of Japan – Dr. lewallen
  • Winter 2010 – Japan 63: Sociology of Japan – Dr. Frühstück
  • Fall 2009 – Japanese Language 4 – Dr. Sugawara

Teaching Associate:

  • Summer 2014 – Japan 150: Globalizing Japan: Culture and Society
  • Summer 2013 – Japan 150: Globalizing Japan: Culture and Society

Awards

Honors and Awards:

  • Fall 2014: UCSB Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2/2014 – 6/2014: Japan Foundation Long-Term Research Fellowship
  • 1/2013 – 4/2013: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant
  • Spring 2012: UCSB Japan Foundation IPS Graduate Studies Fellowship
  • Spring 2011: UCSB Japan Foundation IPS Graduate Studies Fellowship
  • Winter 2011: UCSB Japan Foundation IPS Graduate Studies Fellowship
  • April 2011: UCSB Residence Hall Association Outstanding TA Award

Publications

Conference Papers (selection):

  • 10/4/2014 (forthcoming): “Questioning Traditional Education: Young Japanese Adults Going Global.” Paper to be presented at the Western Conference Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS). Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • 5/4/2014: “Glocalization of Lifestyle Sports: Californian Dreams of Japanese Skaters.” Paper presented at the Inter-Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). Chiba, Japan.
  • 6/8/2013: “Going global: An-, Ein-, und Aussichten junger Japaner im Ausland.” (Going global: Opinions, Insight and prospects of young Japanese abroad). Invited talk by the Heidelberg University Alumni Association, Germany.
  • 3/7 – 3/9/2012: “Self and Society Among Japanese Sojourners in Santa Barbara: On ‘Lifestyle Migrants,’ ‘Floaters,’ and ‘Subcultural Migrants.’” Paper presented at 9th EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies) Ph.D. Workshop. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 6/22/2012: “Maturation Goes Global: Self and Society Among Japanese Sojourners in Santa Barbara.” Paper presented at Japan Foundation Summer Institute 2012, University of California Santa Barbara.

Advisors

  • Dr. Sabine Frühstück, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Dr. Howard Winant, Department of Sociology
  • Dr. ann-elise lewallen, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies