Visiting Scholars

The Center welcomes applications from scholars in any discipline working on East Asia to spend a period of three to twelve months as a Visiting Fellow of the East Asia Center (EAC). Visiting fellows will be provided with office space and a computer at the EAC and with UCSB library privileges. During their stay they will be invited to present a seminar on their work to the East Asian Studies Research Focus Group. The fellowships do not carry stipends and fellows will be responsible for providing their own health insurance and for finding housing in Santa Barbara. It is recommended that a contact is established with a faculty member whose work relates to or overlaps with that of the applicant.

Most UCSB departments are able to offer suitably qualified visitors temporary affiliate status during their stay, and applicants are encouraged to contact one or more UCSB faculty members working in related fields to explore the possibilities of such a sponsorship. Applicants might want to consult the list of EAC affiliates. Such affiliations do not include teaching responsibilities.

The EAC welcomes applications from university faculty and qualified independent scholars. In exceptional cases the EAC also will consider applications from ABD graduate students. UCSB is able to assist with visas for overseas scholars.

Deadlines for applications are 15 September and 25 February.

Current Visiting Fellows


Silke Werth, PhD  2016/17

Silke Werth is mainly interested in the analysis of the dynamic changes of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society in a global context, especially around the themes of emerging adulthood, migration, the social construction of place, space, gender and race, civil society and social sustainability. Engaged in interdisciplinary, transnational multi-method research, Dr. Werth is currently examining how a range of Japanese individuals address social, political and economic frictions in an effort to redirect their own life courses while also achieving social sustainability across national borders.

Silke Werth earned her PhD in East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2016). In her dissertation “Japan’s Generation Z on the Move: Moratorium, Maturity and Home-making” she analyzes how migration and cultural exchange impact notions of self, society, and decision making of emerging adults in search of a place to call home.

2Professor Michiko Mae

(University of Düsseldorf)

1 February – 31 March 2016

Michiko Mae is Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Düsseldorf. She specializes in Japan-related cultural studies and gender studies and will pursue these interests while at the EAC. Her main research fields include inter- and transculturality, cultural identity, the public and the private sphere, the Japanese modernization process and women’s movements; modern Japanese literature and popular culture. Most recently she published Japanische Populärkultur und Gender (Japanese Popular Culture and Gender, Springer VS 2016), Transkulturelle Genderforschung: Ein Studienbuch zum Verhältnis von Kultur und Geschlecht (Transcultural Gender Studies: A Study of Culture and Gender, ed. with Britta Saal. VS-Verlag 2007; 2014), in addition to numerous other publications.

Mae studied German literature at the University of Kanazawa (Japan) and at the University of Regensburg (Germany), and comparative literature and comparative cultural psychology at the University of Saarbrucken (Germany). Her dissertation on Robert Musil was awarded the best doctoral thesis of 1985. She has been a professor at the University of Düsseldorf since 1993. Mae has held visiting appointments at the University of Vienna (1993), Tokyo University (2004, 2007), Keio University (2006, 2007, 2008), Ochanomizu University (2004), and Kwansei Gakuin University (2012). In addition to many other accolates she has most recently been awarded the Prize of the Japanese Foreign Minister 2016 for her life work and her contributions to German-Japanese relations.


Applicants should:

  1. Complete the Application Form;
  2. Provide a specific and well-defined description of the research project of no more than 3 pages which is understandable to non-experts; and
  3. Provide a curriculum vitae together with the names and addresses of two external references

It is important to describes the research project, explain why UCSB is a suitable place to pursue it, specify the proposed dates of one’s stay, and provide the sources of financial support for one’s visit. Additionally, submitting a letter of support from a UCSB faculty member at the department that best represents the applicant’s discipline and/or research project would be recommended.