Haruka Oba is a guest researcher at the research units Digital Historiography and Edition (project Digital scholarly edition of sources on Habsburg-Ottoman Diplomacy) and History of Art (project Psychagogische Medien der Jesuiten) and a co-worker of the international research project Archiving Project of the Estate of Margret Dietrich (1920-2004) at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theater History of the Austrian Academy of Science. She is also Associate Professor of the Faculty of Literature at the Kurume University in Japan.
Haruka Oba studied European History at the Kyushu University in Fukuoka (Japan) and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in Germany. In 2010 she got her PhD in History (Early Modern History) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. She collected her teaching experience at the University of Saarland and University of Erfurt in 2011 and at the Kyoto Prefectual University in 2014, while she continued to do research with different scholarships from Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Weimar Stiftung, DHI Rom, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Innsbruck) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). She belonged to the Austrian-Japanese Joint Projekt “Japan on the Jesuit Stage“ (04.2017-03.2019), supported by FWF and JSPS. Since April 2017 she is the Associate Professor of Kurume Universität in Japan.
Period: 16th to 18th centuries
Area: German-speaking Areas, Habsburg Monarchy
Topics: Depiction of “otherness” (Japanese/ Turks), Dramas and Arts of Jesuit order, Depiction of martyrs, representation of rulers, Catholic Reform, Confessional Conflicts.