Taku Shinohara

Affiliated Researcher
Academic Rank: 
Research Fellow

Taku SHINOHARA is Professor at the department for Central European Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies since 2009.  He graduated from the Faculty of Arts of The Tokyo University of Tokyo (MA in European history), and Faculty of Arts of Charles University, Prague with Ph.D. (History).  He is specialized in the history of Central Europe of the 19th and 20th century, especially in the history of Bohemian lands.

He is also a core faculty member in the master program "History in the Public Sphere", maintained by the consortium partners CEU, TUFS, NOVA/Lisbon, and University of Florence. The program is co-funded for the 2019-2025 period through a partnership between Erasmus Mundus and the Inter-University Exchange Project (IUEP) of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Past Fellowships
1999-2000: Research fellow at Institute of Czech history, Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague
2012- 2013: Research fellow at Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences
2019: Thesaurus Poloniae, research fellow at the International Cultural Center (Krakow, Poland)
2020: Fernand Braudel Fellowship, research fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy)

Joint research projects with CEU
2013-2016: Constructing a new concept of European history. From the perspective of historical experiences of borderland (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Central European University, European University Institute): Head of the project

Since 2020: Research fellow at Pasts Inc., with a project on Central European memory cultures

1. “Defining the Public Sphere through Cultural Boundaries: Creating a ‘Czech’ National Society in Nineteenth Century Bohemia”, in: Yoko Aoshima (ed.), Entangled Interactions between Religion and National Consciousness in Central and Eastern Europe, Academic Studies Press, 2020, pp. 130-149.
2. "'Země bez jména' -Rule over Subcarpathian Rus.  Czechoslovakia as a little empire", in: A. Otsuru (ed.), Illusions of National Self-determination.  Collapse of Habsburg Monarchy and building of New Successor States, Showado, Kyoto, 2020. pp.109-146.
(「『名前のないくに』–『小さな帝国』チェコスロヴァキアの辺境支配」、大津留厚(編著)、『民族自決という幻影 ハプスブルク帝国の崩壊と新生諸国家の成立』)
3. Political culture of Habsburg Monarchy: Inherited Legitimacy from Early Modern Composite State to Modern Empire, Showa-do, Kyoto, 2012 (co-editor). (『ハプスブルク帝国政治文化史――継承される正統性』)
4. “Tolerant patent of Josef II. and so-called renegade (odpadlici)“, in: K. Fukazawa(ed.), Fraternity and secrets in socio-cultural history of Europe, Tokyo U.P., 2010.(「ヨーゼフ寛容令と『狂信者』、深澤編、『友愛と秘密のヨーロッパ社会文化史』)
5. Nation state and citizenship: Its Inclusive and Exclusive Aspects, Yamakawa-publishers, Tokyo, 2009.  (『国民国家と市民―包摂と排除の諸相』、山川出版社)
6. “Passionate age of festivities: to the invented Czechness“, in: K. Kondo (ed.), Political society of historical Europe, Yamakawa publishers, Tokyo,
7.  “Historical Consciousness and Civil Ethics: Debating the 'Painful Past' and Reviving 'Central Europe' among Dissident Circles”, Regions in Central andEastern Europe - Past and Present, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, 2007.
8.  “Communal Autonomy as a Base of Civil Society: Local Autonomy and the Building of National Culture in Bohemia in the 19th. Century”, in:HAYASHI Tadayuki (ed.), The Construction and Deconstruction of National Histories in Slavic Eurasia, Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, 2003.
Unpublished Dissertation
“Vytváření národně politické kultury v Čechách v letech 1848-1868–Pokus o přemostění mezi sociální a kulturní historií –“ , Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague.


MA, European History, Tokyo University
PhD, History, Charles University, Prague