Julia Mariko Jacoby
My main research interests are historical disaster research and the globalization of knowledge. Furthermore, I’m specialized in the history of modern Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth century. I graduated with an MA from the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg in 2013, with my thesis focusing on the media coverage of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the rich history of telling disasters in a narrative form in Japan. Since 2014, I’ve been working on my PhD thesis on the history of disaster preparedness in Japan from the early 1900s until the establishment of a government-run disaster prevention system in the mid-1960s. I’m mainly interested in the global circulation of disaster knowledge and how it was adapted to the Japanese environment. In this context, the role of globally acting experts is very crucial. In addition to this, I’m also interested in the role of concrete for disaster prevention and its success as a building material in the twentieth century.