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Seriu, Naoko

Associate Professor

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2008/2009

Ph.D. Institution

École des hautes études en sciences sociales, France


My research interest is experiences and identities of common people and their relationship with various institutions and authorities of the Ancien Régime.
I received my Ph.D. in history from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in winter 2005 defending a thesis on soldiers experience in 18th century France. It focuses on what happened to the individuals enrolled in the military institution. This work analyzes the condition of soldiers' body and emotion, and their confrontation with military norms and values, in peace-time.
I especially published on the topic of military discourses and gender construction, as well as hygiene and army.
I am currently working on other categories of precarious population moving out of their community, and their strategy of self-presentation. At EUI, I hope to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on this subject.
In addition, I am interested in the methodology and epistemology of history, especially in using judiciary archives, and I built a project of common reflexion on this type of source resulting in a seminar for young researchers. I hope to continue these discussions about historical sources in the European framework.
I obtained my MA degree at the University of Tokyo. and managed to lead my research in France with fellowships from French government, from the Society for the promotion of sciences (Japan), and from the CEHD (Centre for Historical study of the defence, Vincennes). I also held a teaching position at University of Lille III and University of Paris III.

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