What's the Humanities Center?

What's the Humanities Center?

Since its establishment, the University of Tokyo has contributed greatly to scholarship in Japan and the world across many disciplines in the humanities as in other fields. As a way to respond to the rapid social transformations now underway on a global scale, there is a real need to create a new academic domain with the humanities at its core. In addition, as the University of Tokyo New Library Plan brings new research resources to light, there is a growing enthusiasm for having the outstanding researchers who are dispersed throughout the university come together and interact with one other.

To meet these needs, and with financial support provided by the LIXIL Group Corporation and its chairman, Mr. Yoichiro Ushioda, the Humanities Center (HMC) was established on July 1, 2017 as a University of Tokyo collaborative research consortium between eight university departments including the Graduate Schools of Law and Politics, the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the Historiographical Institute, and the General Library. The HMC aims to become a platform for new cross-departmental research collaboration among outstanding researchers in the humanities and adjacent fields including philosophy, history, language, literature, education, art, architecture, and the culture of everyday life.

Fellows* Steering Committee Member

Director, HMC

Name Mareshi Saito *
Academic position Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology

Graduate Schools of Law and Politics

Name Yoshiaki Morozumi *
Academic position Professor

Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology

Name Daigo Isshiki
Academic position Project Assistant Professor
Name Yasunori Kasai
Academic position Professor
Name Naoyuki Kinoshita *
Academic position Professor
Name Kenji Sato
Academic position Professor
Name Jun Suzuki
Academic position Professor
Name Masahiko Abe
Academic position Professor

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Name Shiji Kajitani *
Academic position Professor
Name Takumi Moriyama *
Academic position Professor
Name Teruomi yamaguchi
Academic position Associate Professor
Name Maki Sato
Academic position Project Assistant Professor
Name Kumiko Nagai
Academic position Associate Professor
Name Ai Kihara-Hunt
Academic position Associate Professor
Name Kiyohiko Sugiyama
Academic position Associate Professor
Name Taihei Okada
Academic position Associate Professor
Name Masaaki Takeda
Academic position Associate Professor

Graduate School of Education

Name Toshihiko Endo *
Academic position Professor
Name Yoshihiro Kokuni
Academic position Professor

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

Name Kaori Hayashi *
Academic position Professor
Name Shunya Yoshimi
Academic position Professor
Name Aya Ikegame
Academic position Associate Professor

Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia

Name Takahiro Nakajima *
Academic position Professor

Historiographical Institute

Name Motoo Endo *
Academic position Associate Professor
Name Yosuke Onoe
Academic position Professor
Name Fuyuko Matsukata
Academic position Associate Professor

General Library

Name Katsuya Sugawara
Academic position Professor