Professor Simon Kaner, CJS Director
Oliver Moxham, Research Project Coordinator and host of Beyond Japan
Professor Simon Kaner, CJS Director
Executive Director of Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Head of Centre for Archaeology and Heritage

Simon Kaner (MA, PhD Cantab, 2004) is Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies. He is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan.

Before joining the Sainsbury Institute he was Senior Archaeologist at Cambridgeshire County Council and retains his interest in the management of cultural heritage. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology and has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere. His publications include The Power of Dogu: Ceramic Figures from Ancient Japan (2009), which accompanies a major exhibition at the British Museum. Other works include Jomon Reflections: Forager Life and Culture in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago by Kobayashi Tatsuo (2005) which he adapted and edited with Nakamura Oki, as well as An Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology (2016).

Current Research

His research interests include: Japanese prehistory and the history of archaeology in Japan, Japanese cultural heritage and the international role of Japanese heritage management.

Further details about Simon including publications can be found on the Sainsbury Institute website.

Oliver Moxham, Research Project Coordinator

Oliver joined the Centre for Japanese Studies in October 2019 as he began studying a master’s part-time in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies at UEA. He has assisted Simon with coordinating the various activities and projects in which CJS is engaged, including the summer schools convened by CJS, as well as providing a point of contact for the day-to-day running of the centre. Oliver also organises the CJS Research Seminar series and is the host and editor of the Beyond Japan podcast.

Current Research

Oliver’s research focus is on the role of language at war heritage sites in Japan and East Asia, particularly in relation to the impact they have on war memory and contemporary international relations. He has written a chapter on memorials to the Asia-Pacific War in Kyoto, examining access to differing narratives of war by language and nationality. It is due to be published as part of an edited text in 2022.

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