Diploma in Fashion Studies, ESMOD Berlin
BA Marketing Communication, design akademie Berlin
MA Cultural and Creative Industries, King’s College London
Thesis Title: National Identity, Popular Culture and the Role of National Dress in Contemporary Japanese Society
Academic Supervisors: Dr. Kate Taylor-Jones, Dr. Mark Pendleton
The objective of this study is to assess how national identity is mediated and negotiated through representations and portrayals within popular media culture. I aim to do this by focusing on the role of traditional clothing within a contemporary setting, more specifically on the role of kimono in contemporary Japanese society. I will explore how representations of kimono engage with, challenge and/or confirm a specific vision of a national identity. My research will be guided by the following questions: How are (elements of) kimono used within the realms of popular culture, and what are the associations and images attached to it? How are these perceptions and views articulated? What are some of the assumptions behind it?
Research and Teaching Activity
- Part of teaching team on EAS6208 Media, Culture and Society in East Asia (2017-18)
- Teaching assistant on EAS110 East Asian Cinema (Spring 2016-17)
Research related activity
- National Identity, Popular Culture and the Role of National Dress in Contemporary Japanese Society, 4th TLLP: Joint seminar and workshop between the Universities of Helsinki, Hokkaido and Sheffield, 11 - 14 September 2017, University of Helsinki.
- 'Akihabara to all over the world!' - Musical, textual and visual narratives in Dempagumi.inc's 'W.W.D', 8th Annual Postgraduate Symposium: Authenticity, Performance, and ('Post')Truth in Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media, 22 June 2017, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York.
- Becke, C (2017) 'Akihabara to all over the world!' - Musical, textual and visual narratives in Dempagumi.inc's 'W.W.D'. The Sheffield Student Journal for Sociology, Vol. 1, October 2017 (forthcoming).
Funding and Awards
- Great British Sasakawa Foundation Studenship 2016-2018
- British Association of Japanese Studies Studentship 2017-2018