Amin Ghadimi

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Osaka University *Profile is at the time of the award.

2023Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
The Shinpuren Rebellion: A Global Intellectual History of Samurai Rebellions
What intellectual forces precipitate social and political disorder? My research uses rebellions by former samurai in the first decade of the Meiji era to consider this question. Were these “samurai rebellions” but rebellions by disgruntled men against their government, or might they be better understood as rebellions against the emerging global condition of the late nineteenth century, against the intellectual and spiritual disequilibrium wrought by a ferociously globalizing world?


To work on the humanities and on Japanese history at a university is to be forced to confront, every day, the deepest, most essential questions of human existence: who are we? why are we? how do we know? what does it matter? One can hardly imagine a happier (and at times a more absolutely maddening) calling.

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