Julia Mariko Jacoby

Predoctoral Fellow (Aug 2019-Oct 2019)

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 and global transfer of knowledge from 1890 to 1970. 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.


Anthropocene Knowledge: Earth History in the Making


Disaster Preparedness in Japan and Global Transfer of Knowledge 1890–1970


IV. Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene


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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Tsunami, Typhoons and Total War. Mobilizing Japan against Human and Natural Enemies in the 1930s

University of Oxford

Industrialiszation, Groundwater-related Land Subsidence and Typhoons in 20th Century Osaka

5th European Network in Universal and Global History, Budapest, Hungary

Globalizing Earthquake Knowledge. Translation and Circulation of Japanese Seismology in the First Decades of the 20th Century

25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Bōsai” ni kansuru kokusaikyōryoku no seiritsu. Tsunami ni kansuru senmonchishiki no fukyū to “Tsunami” no kokusaika [The Establishment of International Disaster Prevention. The Circulation of Expert Knowledge and the Globalisation of the “Tsunami“]

Shigakkai, University of Tokyo, Japan

Erdbeben und andere Naturkatastrophen im neuzeitlichen Asien, Amerika und Europa

University of Freiburg

Das Ende der Samurai und der Aufbruch zur modernen Industrienation. Japan und die Meiji-Restauration im 19. Jahrhundert

University of Freiburg

Taishō-Shōwa zenki no Nihon no Bōsai-shi. Saigai Kyōiku wo Chūshin ni [The History of Disaster Preparedness in Japan in Taisho and Early Showa Times, with Emphasis on Disaster Education]

University of Kyushu, Fukuoka, Japan

The International Entanglement of Japanese Seismology and Global Translation of Knowledge in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

Global History Student Conference, Free University of Berlin

Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit dem Großen Kantô-Erdbeben 1923. Wissenskulturen und Expertentum in Japan

University of Munich