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Dr. Julia Obinger

Curriculum Vitae

Ludwig- Maximilians- University

  • March 2008 – present: Ph.D. in Japanese Studies, tentative title: "Working Poor in Japanese Urban Areas: The Constitution of new Consumption Preferences in the Context of Precarity and Alternative Lifestyles", Prof. Dr. Evelyn Schulz
  • February 2007: M.A. in Japanese Studies; Thesis: “Homelessness in Urban Areas of Japan – Paths into Homelessness, Paths out of Homelessness”

Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan

  • October 2008 – present: Young Special Researcher at the Global Center of Excellence “Reinventing Cities for Cultural Creativity and Social Inclusion”, Prof. Toshio Mizuuchi

Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Oct. 2003 – Sep. 2004: One-year cultural and language studies with full scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education

Bavarian school of Marketing and Advertising (BAW), Munich

  • Aug. 1999 – Sep. 2001: Marketing – Economics diploma



  • May 2008: Obdachlosigkeit in Japan: Wege in die Obdachlosigkeit – Wege aus der Obdachlosigkeit? (Homelessness in Japan: Paths into Homelessness – Paths out of Homelessness) Saarbruecken: VDM Verlag

Workshop Presentation

  • March 2008: “Homelessness in Urban Centers of Japan and Creative Strategies to escape Homelessness” at the workshop: “Issues of Sustainability and Creativity of Urban Planning: Case Studies from Germany and Japan” at LMU Munich University

Workshop Paper

  • October 2008: “Homelessness in Urban Centers of Japan and Creative Strategies to escape Homelessness”, in Okano, Schulz (eds.); Published by URP GCOE Document Series, Osaka
  • February 2009: “Working on the Margins: Japan's Precariat and Working Poor”, in: Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/discussionpapers/2009/Obinger.html

Book Chapters

  • March 2009: “Working Poor in Japan. Atypische Beschäftigungsformen im aktuellen Diskurs“, in Goetz, Lemberger (eds.): Prekariat und Prekarisierung - Kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven; Munich: Campus Verlag
  • March 2009: “Zur Situation älterer Obdachloser in urbanen Räumen Japans: Hintergründe, Überlebensstrategien und Hilfsmaßnahmen“, in Japanstudien. Jahrbuch des Deutschen Instituts für Japanstudien; Munich: Iudicium (forthcoming)