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    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Masafumi Monden is an emerging fashion and cultural studies scholar specializing in Japanese culture. He has been invited to speak at national and international symposiums including The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology Annual Symposium, New York and The Asian Art Museum's Global Impact of Japanese Fashion public seminar, San Francisco. 

He regularly publishes in high quality presses such as the Yale University Press in the areas of men's and women's clothing, Japan, art, youth and popular culture. His first book, Japanese Fashion Cultures is released from Bloomsbury Academic (2015). The book investigates the complexities of dress and gender, and demonstrates the flexible nature of contemporary fashion and style exchange in an increasingly global context.

Masafumi has also served on the PhD Committee, and serves as a peer-reviewer on academic journals and manuscripts, including Bloomsbury Academic, Fashion Theory, Business History, US- Japan Women's Journal, Japanese Studies, Men and Masculinities, and Asian Studies Review.

Current projects

Masafumi is currently working on two book-length projects: one on cultural imagination of Japanese girlhood (shoujo) and boyhood (shounen), and another on cultural history of fashion, consumerism, aesthetics and the body in modern Japan.

Funding overview

Masafumi is a recent receipient of the Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (2016) and The National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies (2017).

Teaching overview

Masafumi has taught international relations, world history, Japanese literature, culture and history, and Asian popular culture at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney.


In addition to the presentation of his work in academic contexts, Masafumi's expertise and knowledge in gender, culture, fashion and Japanese youth studies have attracted attention in a variety of non-academic settings, including in media appearances such as ABC Radio National (Canberra, July 2017) and the New York Times (January 2017).

Community engagement

Masafumi has taught Japanese at Saturday Japanese language school for children in Sydney, NSW (2014 - 2015) and often helps high school students with their school projects concerning Japan, Asia, gender and culture. 

He enjoys giving public lecture on Japanese culture (e.g. the National Library of Australia, 2017) and Japanese fashion (e.g. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2019) to communicate his research outside of academia. 

Previous positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Design, University of Technology Sydney, 2017 - 2019.

International Researcher

Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo, 2016 - 2017.




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Research Output 2008 2020

Magical Bird Maidens: Reconsidering Romantic Fairy Tales in Japanese Popular Culture

Monden, M., Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Re-Orienting the Fairy Tale: Contemporary Adaptations Across Cultures. Murai, M. & Cardi, L. (eds.). Wayne State University Press, (Series in Fairy-Tale Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

A Dream Dress for Girls: Milk, Fashion and Shōjo Identity

Monden, M., 22 Feb 2019, Shōjo Across Media: Exploring "Girl" Practices in Contemporary Japan. Berndt, J., Nagaik, K. & Ogi, F. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 209-231 23 p. (East Asian Popular Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Fashion Brand

Boys at the Barre: Boys, Men and the Ballet in Japan

Monden, M., 29 May 2019, In : Japanese Studies. 39, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

virtual community

Boys dance too - and in Japan they are celebrated

Monden, M., 29 Aug 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Ice Princess: Asada Mao the Demure Diva

Monden, M., 24 Jan 2019, Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History. Miller, L. & Copeland, R. (eds.). USA: University of California Press, p. 185-202 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Public Eye
Risk Taking


National Library of Australia Fellows

Masafumi Monden (Recipient), 15 May 2017

Prize: Fellowship

popular culture
Japanese studies

Activities 2016 2019

  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Textile: the journal of cloth and culture (Journal)

Masafumi Monden (Reviewer)
7 Oct 2019 → …

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

University of Tokyo

Masafumi Monden (Visiting researcher)
29 Jul 201631 Mar 2017

Activity: External visitsVisiting an external academic institution