Professor Carolyn Stevens

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Professor of Japanese Studies, and the Director of the Japanese Studies Centre

Carolyn joined Monash in July 2012. She is currently involved with teaching into the Asian Studies and International Studies programs as well as the Japanese language program.  She has a long standing research interest in social problems in Japan, including topics such as disability and poverty.  She is also published in the area of popular music and consumerism in postwar Japan, and enjoys teaching on these topics. Current projects include the ARC funded research project ‘Sonic Politics in Japan’ with colleagues at the University of Melbourne, Harvard, UC San Diego and Nichibunken, and the cultural politics of the Beatles’ 1966 concert series at the Tokyo Budokan.

Carolyn serves on the Japanese Studies Association of Australia Executive as the current Editor in Chief of the interdisciplinary journal Japanese Studies, a fully refereed, international, interdisciplinary journal which publishes scholarly articles on various aspects of Japan, as well as book and film reviews. In addition to general non-thematic editions, the journal regularly publishes guest-edited thematic issues on such themes as postwar politics, environmental issues, literature, citizenship, the legal system, modern technology, management, Japanese language teacher education, and popular culture. These thematic issues are particularly valuable for university teachers and students who use up-to-date studies of Japan contained in the journal to supplement course readings. Contributions are invited from scholars around the world.