Gramlich-Oka Bettina

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Gramlich-Oka Bettina
Sophia University
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Liberal Arts
Job title
Doctor der Philosophie(Tübingen University, Germany)
Research funding number


2005–2008: University of Tübingen, Japanologie, DFG research project: "Money and Monetary Policies of the Shogunate and Domains in Late Tokugawa Japan: Discourses and Practices." 

2008–2009: Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, New York (NY, USA), Postdoctoral Fellow: "Tadano Makuzu."

2009.5–2009.9: University of Tübingen, Japanologie, DFG research project: "Cholera: Health and Hygiene in Nineteenth Century Japan."

2010– : Network Studies in Japanese History, ICC project, Sophia University

2016– : Digitial Humanities and Japanese History, ICC and JSPS Research Grant (Kaken C)

2018– : Digital Humanities in the classroom, Educational Innovation Project, Sophia University

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Jan 2004
Jun 2004
Visiting Ass. Prof., Wesleyan University
Aug 2004
Sep 2004
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sophia University
Jan 2005
Jun 2005
Visiting Ass. Prof., Wesleyan University
Oct 2005
Aug 2008
Research Associate, Tübingen University, Germany
Sep 2008
Jun 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

Published Papers

“Neo-Confucianism Reconsidered: Family Rituals in the Rai Household.”
U.S.-Japan women's journal : a journal for the international exchange of gender studies   (39) 7-37.   Dec 2010
The Body Economic: Japan’s Cholera Epidemic of 1858 in Popular Discourse
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine.   (30) 32-73   Nov 2009
Economic Thought and Copper during the Tanuma period.
Occasional Papers of Monies, Markets, and Finance in China and East Asia      Sep 2008
Trade Regulations for the VOC and Chinese Merchants during the Tokugawa Period.
Occasional Papers of Monies, Markets, and Finance in China and East Asia:      Apr 2008
Tokugawa Women and Spacing the Self.
Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal   14 51-67   Apr 2006


Book Review: Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in Eastern Japan, 1660-1950
Journal of Family History   40(2) 250-252   Feb 2015
Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in Early Modern Japan by Amy Stanley (review)
The Journal of Japanese Studies   40(2) 387-390   2014
Traditionen idealisierter Weiblichkeit: Die "Kostbare Sammlung von Vorbildern weiblicher Weisheit" (Joyō chie kagami takaraori) als Paradebeispiel edo-zeitlicher Frauenbildung (review)
Monumenta Nipponica   65(1) 217-221   2010
The Intra-Asian Trade in Japanese Copper by the Dutch East India Company during the Eighteenth Century (review)
Monumenta Nipponica   62(4) 490-492   2007

Books etc

Religion, Culture and the Public Sphere in China and Japan
Gramlich-Oka Bettina
Palgrave MacMillan   2017   ISBN:9789811024375
“‘Knowing the [Confucian] Way’ and the Political Sphere.”
Critical Readings on Christianity in Japan
Gramlich-Oka Bettina
Leiden, Brill   2015   ISBN:9789004235144
“Kirishitan Kō by Tadano Makuzu: A Late Tokugawa Woman’s Warnings”
Mining, Monies and Culture in Early Modern Societies: East Asian and Global Perspectives
Gramlich-Oka Bettina
Leiden: Brill   2013   ISBN:9004242821
“Nagasaki: A Thorn in the Eye of the Shogunate?”
An Edo Anthology Literature from Japan's Mega-City, 1750–1850
Gramlich-Oka Bettina
University of Hawai‘i Press   2013   ISBN:0824836294
“Tales from the North.”
The Female as Subject: Reading and Writing in Early Modern Japan
Gramlich-Oka Bettina
Michigan University Press   2010   ISBN:1929280645
“A Father’s Piece of Advice: Confucian Cultivation for Women in the Late Eighteenth-Century.”

Conference Activities & Talks

Localization in the Context of Japan of a Large-Scale Relational Biographical Database on the Model of the China Biographical Database
Michael Fuller
JADH   31 Aug 2019   JADH
Presentation of JBDB [Invited]
Kamigata Salon Culture Project   31 Jul 2019   Ritsumeikan, Kyoto; SOAS
Monumenta Nipponica
AAS in ASIA   1 Jul 2019   AAS in ASIA: Publishing Matters: Current Trends and Advice for Authors
Presentation of JBDB [Invited]
AAS   23 Mar 2019   Digital Technologies Expo of AAS
Monumenta Nipponica [Invited]
AAS   22 Mar 2019   AAS

Research Grants & Projects

Book chapter: Bettina Gramlich-Oka and Komuro Masamichi. “The Tokugawa Economy: Finance, Trade, and Manufacturing.” In The New Cambridge History of Japan, vol. 2, ed. David Howell. Cambridge University press, (forthcoming).
FLA Special Budget
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2020
Educational Innovation Program (Sophia University): Digital Humanities and Japanese History: New Approaches to Teaching History
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021
Kyōshokuin Innovation Program
Project Year: Jan 2018 - Sep 2018
Innovation Program Reacting to the Past: New Approaches to Critical Thinking and Japanese History
Sophia University: 
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): Gramlich-Oka
Sophia University, Universityーwide Collaborative Project Historical and spatial examination of networks in Asia
Sophia University: 
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2014    Investigator(s): Gramlich-Oka, Bettina


Apr 2016
Chief Editor of Monumenta Nipponica