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Ryota Nishino
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Dr. Ryota Nishino
BA (Hons) Rhodes, Grad. Dip. Teaching & Learning (Cantabury, NZ), PhD (West. Aust.)

I teach courses on world history and East Asian history. USP could not be more rewarding, because I enjoy teaching and interacting with students from all walks of life and from diverse backgrounds.

My research interests are interdisciplinary but grounded in History. I have worked on South African history and a comparative history of history textbooks in Japan and South Africa. I have been working on a history of Japanese travel-writing on southern Pacific. I see it as an emergent field that crosses numerous disciplinary boundaries, amongst which History takes an important place.

I welcome opportunities to supervise postgraduate students who are interested in histories of (East) Asia and Pacific Island countries relations, social and cultural history (esp. of education), and travel-writing.

Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

Postgraduate Supervision:

Allison Ramsay, Challenges to a House of Treasures: A Cultural History of the Fiji Museum, MA, Completed. (2014)

Changing Histories: Japanese and South African Textbooks in Comparison (1945–1995), Göttingen, Germany, V&R Unipress: June, 2011.

Peer-reviewed journal articles    

  • “Political economy of History textbook publishing: Towards a historical enquiry of commercial imperatives”, Yesterday and Today. (forthcoming, 2015). By journal editors’ invitation
  • “Talking past each other? A comparative study of the descriptions of the Russo-Japanes War in Japanese and Russian history textbooks, ca. 1997-2010”, Aoyama Journal of International Studies, no. 2, (2015), pp. 5-39. Co-authored with Elena Kolesova, revised edition of conference proceeding below. 
  • “Tales of two Fijis: Early 1960s’ Japanese travel-writing by Kanetaka Kaoru and Kita Morio”, Journal of Pacific History, 49, no.4 (2014), 440-456.
  • “Pacific Islands women in the eyes of the travel journalist Kanetaka Kaoru: Impressions from her first journey to the Pacific Islands in 1961”, Pacific Asia Inquiry, 5, no. 1 (2014), 130-144.
  • “Dialogues with Shadows: Reflections on Identity, History and Travel”, Life Writing, 2014, 1-11.
  • “Ukiya Tôjirô and his motorcycle journey in August 1957: Crystallising ambitions and identity”, Studies in Travel Writing, 17, no. 4 (2013): 384-97.
  • “Narrative Strategies of Japanese Middle-School History Textbooks Regarding Japanese Ethnic Origins and Cultural Identity”, in The Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society, 2, no. 1 (2010): 97-112.
  • “The Political Economy of the Textbook in Japan: With particular focus on  middle-school history textbooks, ca. 1945-1995” in Internasionale Schulbuchforschung (International Textbook Research), 30, no. 1 (2008): 487-514.
  • “An Oral History Project: Recording recollections of the school boycotts c. 1984 -1987 in Grahamstown, South Africa” in The Australasian Review of African Studies, 24, no. 1 (2002): 38-50.

Book chapter

"George McCall Theal and South African history textbooks: Enduring influence of settler historiography in descriptions of the fifth ‘Frontier War’ 1818-19” in Orb and Sceptre: Studies in British imperialism and its legacies, in Honour of Norman Etherington, Peter Limb, ed. (Melbourne, Monash University ePress, 2008), 06.01-06.15.

Conference Proceedings
Co-authored with Elena Kolesova.
“White-washing and brain-washing: A comparative study of the narrative strategies and descriptions of the Russo-Japanese War in Japanese and Russian history textbooks, ca. 1997-2010”, The 19th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference, 2011. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 2 – 4 July 2011. (December, 2011)

Publication for general public

  • “Shogun and Samurai” and “Warriors and Emperors” in Historical Atlas, Geoffrey Warwo, chief consultant, (Sydney: Simon and Schuster Australia, 2008), 132-133 and 254-255 respectively.

Book reviews

  • Review of Japan's Motorcycle Wars, by Jeffrey Alexander. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, vol. 8, no. 2 (Fall), 2012,
  • June A. Gordon, Hidenori Fujita, Takehiko Kariya and Gerald LeTendre (eds.), Challenges to Japanese Education: Economics, Reform, and Human Rights. (New York, 2010). Pacific Affairs, vol. 84, no. 1 (2011): 161-163.
  • Yoshiko Nozaki. War, Memory, Nationalism and Education in Postwar Japan, 1945-2007: The Japanese history textbook controversy and Ienaga Saburo’s court challenges. (Abingdon, 2008). The Japanese Studies, 30, no. 2 (2010): 305-306.
  • Linda K. Menton, Noren W. Lush, Eileen H. Tamura and Chance I. Gusukuma. The Rise of Modern Japan (Honolulu, 2003), Japanese Studies, 26, no. 1 (2006): 116-117.
  • Frank J. Schwartz and Susan J. Pharr (eds.). The State of Civil Society in Japan. (Cambridge, 2003), Japanese Studies, 26, no. 2 (2006): 247-249.
  • Mari Yamamoto. Grassroots Pacifism in Post-War Japan: The rebirth of a nation (London, 2004), Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, 4, no. 1 (2006): 109-111.
  • Saleem Badat, Nico Cloete, Teboho Moja and Pundy Pillay. National Policy and a Regional Response in South African Higher Education (Oxford, 2004), The Australasian Review of African Studies, 25, no. 1 (2005): 89-91.
  • Various Contributors. Kyôkasho kara kesareru ‘Sensô’ (‘Wars That Get Deleted From Textbooks) (Tokyo, 2004) and Christopher Barnard, Language, Ideology and Japanese History Textbooks (London, 2003), Internasionale Schulbuchforschung (International Textbook Research), 27 (2005): 1-6.
  • Richard J. Samuels. Machiavelli’s Children: Leaders and their legacies in Italy and Japan (Ithaca, 2003), Japanese Studies, 25, no. 3 (2005): 315-317.

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