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last modified:2022/08/15

Associate Professor WATANABE, Atsuko


Faculty, Affiliation

Institute of Liberal Arts and Science
Associate Professor

College and School Educational Field


Academic Background

【Academic background(Doctoral/Master's Degree)】
The University of Warwick Doctor Department of Politics and International Stucdies Completed
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Master Completed
PhD (International Studies)


Hosei University Associate Professor(2019/04/01-2021/03/31)
Internatonal Chrisitian University (2018/04/01-2021/03/31)
Soka University(2019/04/01-)
Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo(2018/02/01-2019/03/31)
International University of Health and Welfare
The Sankei Shimbun Writer(1990/04/01-2006/12/31)

Year & Month of Birth

Academic Society

International Studies Association
European International Studies Association
International Political Science Association



International relations、History of thought、y Human geography

Speciality Keywords

Research Themes


  •  Atsuko Watanabe  Japanese Geopolitics and the Western Imagination Palgrave and Macmillan 2019
  •  Kosuke Shimizu (ed.) Critical International Relations Theories in East Asia Routledge 2019
  •  Felix Rösch and Atsuko Watanabe (eds.) Modern Japanese Political Thought and International Relations Rowman & Littlefield  2018
  •  Marijn Nieuwenhuis, David Crouch (eds.) The Question of Space: Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines Rowman & Littlefield 2017


  •  Searching for a Global Solidarity: A Collective Auto-ethnography of Early-career Women Researchers in the Asia-Pacific Atsuko Watanabe, Ching-Chang Chen, Amya Agarwal et.al International Studies Perspectives 2022
  •  Un(COIL)ing the Pandemic: Active and Affective Learning in Times of COVID-19 Violeta Cotoman,Annabel Davies,Nanako Kawagoe,Hana Niihashi,Aisha Rahman,Yuki Tomita,Atsuko Watanabe,Felix Roesch PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS 55 1 188 2022/01
  •  Greater East Asia Geopolitics and its geopolitical imagination of a borderless world: A neglected tradition? Atsuko Watanabe POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY 67 23 2018/11
  •  Approaching the unsynthesizable in international politics: Giving substance to security discourses through basso ostinato? Felix Rosch,Atsuko Watanabe EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 23 3 609 2017/09

Conference Presentations

  • The Enigmatic Raison d’Etat: the International and the Multiple Contextualisations of the Reason of State in Japan(conference:9th European Workshop in International Studies 2022)(2022/07/06)
  • Plenary Roundtable: The Interconnected Worlds of the Past and the Present: Co-constituting the International(conference:9th European Workshop in International Studies 2022)(2022/07/06)
  • The Expansion of What? A Conceptual History of Empire in Japan(conference:Historical Encounters in International relations: Thinking beyond 1942)(2022/06/07)
  • The Expansion of What? A Conceptual History of Empire in Japan(conference:International Studies Associtation Annual Convention 2022)(2022/03/29)
  • How East Asians Incorporated Western Geographic-legal Concepts: A Case Study (conference:26th IPSA Virtual World Congress of Political Science)(2021/07/15)

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  • Are Boundaries Surmountable? Rethinking History for a Global IR(conference:Pan-European Conference on International Relations )(2021/09/13)
  • How East Asians Incorporated Western Geographic-legal Concepts: A Case Study(conference:Pan-European Conference on International Relations )(2021/09/13)
  • Masao Maruyama and the Limit of Historicisation(conference:Ryukoku RIISC GARC Symposium)(2021/12/17)


Arts and Fieldwork


Theme to the desired joint research

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research

○「Promotion of democracy and geopolitics 」(2019-2022) 
○「The Expansion of Territorialism」(2019-2022) 
○「The Expansion of Territorialism. How Japan Became Part of the Modern World」(2022-2025) 

Competitive research funding,Contribution

Collaborative research,Consignment study

Classes (Bachelors)

Classes (Graduate Schools)

International Project

International Students

Lecture themes

Others (Social Activities)

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