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Stefan Dixius

Stefan Dixius
IRTG Diversity
University of Trier
DM 241
Phone +49 651 201 3292
E-Mail s3stdixi@uni-trier.de
 

Dissertation

Japan für Kinder. Perzeption und Repräsentation von Wissensbeständen über Japan in deutschsprachigen katholischen und protestantischen Kindermissionszeitschriften, 1842–1918.

(Supervisor: Ursula Lehmkuhl, Trier)

In my dissertation I analyze the perception of Japan in 19th century German-speaking Catholic and Protestant missionary periodicals for children. Thereby I wish to contribute to the controversial discussion about representations of Japan in Germany.
Due to their far-ranging circulation and expansive readership, missionary periodicals for children provide a rich source for research on the representation of Japan in a broader context: How was Japan portrayed in those periodicals from the 1840s (starting with the “Missionsblatt für Kinder” from the Calwer Missionsverein in 1842) to the end of World War I.? To what extent did early modern reports from Japan shape the image of Japan before the start of the Christian mission in 1859? How did the presentation change after 1859 and again after 1885, when German missionaries send their reports? To what extent were the publishers of the missionary magazines connected? What influence did the Kulturkampf have on the narratives?
My dissertation approaches this complex temporal structure with the help of specific research approaches: the history of mission and knowledge, the history of perception and representation as well as the history of nations and denominations, which structure the analysis as historiographic guiding perspectives and brings them together from a perspective of entangled history.

Education

2013-2017
University of Trier, Master of Arts / Master of Education in History and Philosophy
Title of Master’s Thesis: “Japans Begegnung mit dem Christentum. Versuche der christlichen Missionierung im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert (Supervisor: Helga Schnabel-Schüle)
2009-2013
University of Trier, Bachelor of Education in History and Philosophy
Bachelor’s Thesis: “Film im Philosophieunterricht? Zu den didaktischen Möglichkeiten in Fritz Langs „M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder“ (Supervisor: Sebastian Gäb)

Work Experience

2013-2018
Student research assistant at the IRTG Diversity (University of Trier)

Awards and Fellowships

2019-2021
Promotionsstipendium der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
2013
Auszeichnung im Rahmen des Essaywettbewerbs „Was ist ein Weltbürger?“ des DAAD

Publications

2019
"Die Erfindung des japanischen Christentums: Konzeptuelle Übersetzungen im Kontakt zwischen Jesuiten und Japanern im 16. Jahrhundert", in: Ursula Lehmkuhl und Lutz Schowalter (eds.), Translating Diversity. Concepts, Practices, and Politics, Münster: Waxmann, 81-114.

2018
"Leonard Cohen", in: Ursula Lehmkuhl (ed.), Länderbericht Kanada, Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 185-186.