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Academic interests

Modern societies of Japan, Taiwan, and East Asia. Interactions between Asian societies, as well as historical and present-day Euro-Japanese connections. Postcolonialism in East Asia. Uses of history and present-day instrumentalizations of the past. Japanese mass media, news narratives, and public and political rhetoric. Museum exhibitions, objects, and architecture. Critical approaches to Asia and Asian studies. Representation and narratives. 

Courses taught

  • JAP1501: Modern Japan
  • JAP2503: Japanese History
  • JAP4520: Traditional Culture in Modern Japan
  • JAP4530: Modern & Contemporary Japanese Politics and International Relations
  • Individual supervision


Jens Sejrup holds a Ph.D. in Asian Studies as well as an M.A. in Japanese Studies (Univ. of Copenhagen), and, alongside his work at IKOS, is an associated researcher at University of Copenhagen's Dept. of Anthropology. There, he is a team member in the research project Global Europe: Constituting Europe from the Outside In through Artefacts. He has previously worked as a research fellow at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

Jens has authored a number of research publications, including articles in Pacific Affairs, Public Relations Inquiry, Social Science Japan Journal, Museum History Journal, and Berliner China-Hefte/Chinese History and Society, and a book chapter in Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and its Contested Legacy (ed. Andrew Morris, Bloomsbury, 2015). In addition, Jens engages very actively in outreach activities. Besides giving public presentations and introductions, he is a frequently used commentator and analyst of Japanese and East Asian current affairs in national Danish television and radio as well as in various print media.


  • EastAsiaNet Award for best academic article, 2014
  • Young Scholar Award 2012 (1st place), European Association for Taiwan Studies


  • Member of the national corps of external examiners for Japanese Studies under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
  • Member of the steering committee of the Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS).

Positions held

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University


Tags: Japan, News media, Taiwan, Political communication, Rhetoric, Museums, Representation, Narratives


Peer-reviewed research:

Sejrup, Jens (2018), "A Proper Prime Minister: Appointive Responsibility in Japanese Cabinet Scandals", Social Science Japan Journal, vol. 21, No. 2, p. 1-20.

Sejrup, Jens (2018), "Japanese dreams: Kurokawa Kishō's annex to the Van Gogh Museum and its later re-appropriation", Museum History Journal, vol. 11, No. 1, p. 76-93.

Sejrup, Jens (2016), “One or the Other: Synecdoche and Representation in Japan-Taiwan Controversies”, Berliner China-Hefte/Chinese History and Society, vol. 47, p. 85-104.

Sejrup, Jens (2016), “Mediebegivenheden Fukushima – en introduktion til de japanske massemedier” [Fukushima as a Media Event: An Introduction to the Japanese Mass Media] in Jørn Borup et al. (eds.), Japan i bevægelse [Japan in Motion] (Aarhus: Univers), p. 125-143.

Sejrup, Jens (2015), “Reliving the Past: The Narrative Themes of Repetition and Continuity in Japan-Taiwan News Coverage” in Andrew Morris (ed.), Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and Its Contested Legacy (London: Bloomsbury Academic), p. 185-200.

Sejrup, Jens (2014), “Awakening the Sufferers: Reflections on Public Relations, Activism, and Subalternity in Postcolonial Controversies between Taiwan and Japan”, Public Relations Inquiry, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 51-68.

Sejrup, Jens (2012), “Instrumentalized History and the Motif of Repetition in News Coverage of Japan-Taiwan Relations”, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 4, p. 745-765.

Reviews and features:

Sejrup, Jens (2015), “Conference Report: Media Studies”, JAWS – Japan Anthropology Workshop Newsletter, No. 50, p. 20-22.

Sejrup, Jens (2014) “A Foot in Two Camps: Taiwan and Japanese Studies”, EATS News – Newsletter of the European Association of Taiwan Studies, vol. 4, p. 18-20.

Sejrup, Jens (2013), review of Daqing Yang et al (eds.), Toward a History Beyond Borders: Contentious Issues in Sino-Japanese Relations (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2012), Pacific Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 4, p. 881-883.

Sejrup, Jens (2013), “Celebrating the 2012 Young Scholar Award – 1st Prize: Jens Sejrup”, EATS News – Newsletter of the European Association of Taiwan Studies, vol. 1, p. 23-25.

Outreach articles:

Sejrup, Jens (2016), “Nyheder i Japan: Anonymitet styrker troværdigheden” [Japanese News: Anonymity Increases Credibility], RetorikMagasinet, vol. 102, p. 22-24.

Sejrup, Jens (2013), “Valg i Japan: Jordskredssejr uden vælgerbegejstring” [Japan Election: Landslide Victory without Voter Enthusiasm], RÆSONs netmagasin, online article, publ. 13 Jan. 2013.

Sejrup, Jens (2012), “Japan betaler fortsat prisen for katastrofen” [Japan Still Paying the Price for the Disasters], RÆSONs netmagasin, online article, publ. 7 Feb. 2012

Sejrup, Jens (2011), “Japans nye mand” [Japan’s New Man], RÆSON, 02:11

Sejrup, Jens (2010), “Alliancer består – premierministre forgår” [Alliances Remain, Prime Ministers Perish], RÆSONs netmagasin, online article, publ. 12 May 2010

Published July 7, 2017 4:57 PM - Last modified Apr. 23, 2018 6:37 PM