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Björn-Ole Kamm

Kyoto University




Before taking up his position as Senior Lecturer at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters Björn-Ole Kamm co-coordinated the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies at the Cluster “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Heidelberg University, Germany.

He studied Japanese Studies and Communication & Media Studies at Leipzig University, Germany, and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. His studies on Japanese and German users of the so-called boys’ love genre were published as a monograph, Uses and Gratifications of Boys’ Love Manga (Kovac, 2010), and in the journal Transformative Works and Cultures (2013). Supported by fellowships from the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo (DIJ), the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and Kyoto University, his doctoral dissertation focused on dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in networked communities of interest, the agency of stereotypes and of ‘cultural brokers’ within the transcultural sphere of roleplaying games (Playing with Uncertainty - Role-Playing Games and the Construction and Crossing of Boundaries between Japan, Germany and the U.S.).

His work on live action and tabletop role-playing in Japan saw publication in companion books to the international Knudepunkt conference (2011), an edited volume on gender and popular culture (Mae, Scherer, Hülsmann, 2015) and the Mittelpunkt volume of 2015. Alongside contributions from Japanese specialists, such as Ōtsuka Eiji and Okada Toshio, the results of his research on the stereotype “otaku” went into a volume about the discourse in Japan, which he co-edited together with colleagues from the US, Patrick W. Galbraith, and Singapore, Kam Thiam Huat (Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).

Björn-Ole Kamm’s current research deals with therapeutic and learning effects of fantasy role-playing and its connection to psychodrama with a focus on hikikomori treatment.

Under the aegis of the Super Global internationalisation funding line, he is assisting the preparation and establishment of a joint degree programme called “Asian and Transcultural Studies” with Heidelberg University.