Romit Dasgupta

Associate Professor, BEc MJS W.Aust., PhD Curtin

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Personal profile


Romit was awarded his PhD in 2005. His thesis, on corporate masculinity in Japan, received a university Chancellor's Commendation and Best Thesis Award from the Asian Studies Romit teaches courses in Japanese language, Japanese society and culture, as well as popular culture in Asia. I have also teach courses in Japanese Studies and Asian Studies in UWA offshore programs in Hong Kong and Singapore, and have taught in programs at the National University of Singapore and Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Roles and responsibilities

*Roles & Responsibilities*

Unit Coordinator:
JAPN1401/2: Japanese 1 and 2
ASIA3002: Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
ASIA2004: Popular Culture in Asia
Coordinator of Japan Incountry Exchange Program

- Aspects of Japanese, Asian & diasporic Asian popular and visual culture
- Socio-cultural shifts in post-1990s Japan
- Masculinities in Japan
- Representation of alternative sexualities in Asian film

Future research

In the short- to medium-term the focus of my research will be on expanding out the current Turkey-Japan and Turkey-Asia research project

Funding overview

2007 National University of Singapore Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Staff Research Support Grant
2008 UWA Research Grant
2011 UWA-University of Queensland Bilateral Research Collaboration Award
2015: Asian Studies Association of Australia Events Funding Grant for Workshop on "Bringing Turkey into 'Asia' and Asian Studies in Australia" in July 2015

Previous positions

2007: Visiting Fellow, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
2014, 2015: Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Current projects

*Turkey-Japan Interactions
* Re-thinking 'Asia' and Asian Studies from the Edges: Turkey, Japan, Australia

Teaching overview

Romit coordinates and teaches in the following units:
Level 1 Japanese language
ASIA3002: Issues in Japanese Society and Culture
ASIA2004: Popular Culture in Asia
Japanese Incountry Exchange


My primary research focus until recently has been:
* gender (specifically, corporate masculinities) in Japan
* expressions of gender and sexuality-based identities through popular and visual culture in Japan and across Asia
* popular and visual culture and regional East Asian identity

However, more recently I have moved into a new area of research on cultural and human interactions between Japan and Turkey. This is part of a larger multi-disciplinary project with researchers from Turkey, Japan and Australia, considering conceptualizations of "Asia" and "Asian Studies" from the fringes of the continent - specifically from Turkey, Japan, and Australia.

His key research areas in recent years have been:
* The Japanese white-collar 'salaryman' as a gendered construct
* Representations of non-conventional family relationships in popular culture in Japan and Asia
* Articulations of queer identity through popular culture (especially visual culture) in Asia




  • Gender and sexuality in Japan and Asia
  • Masculinities in Japan and Asia
  • Popular and visual culture in Japan and Asia
  • Transnational/diasporic/mixed identities

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Research Output 2000 2017

Acting straight? Non-heterosexual salarymen working with heteronormativity in the Japanese workplace

Dasgupta, R., 2017, East Asian men: masculinity, sexuality and desire. Lin, X., Haywood, C. & Mac an Ghaill, M. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 31 - 50 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Kazuo Ishiguro and 'Imagining Japan'

Dasgupta, R., 2015, Kazuo Ishiguro in a Global Context. Wong, C. F. & Yildiz, H. (eds.). UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, p. 11-22

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Re-imagining the 'post-bubble' family in Tokyo Sonata and Hush!

Dasgupta, R., 2015, Configurations of Family in Contemporary Japan. Aoyama, T., Dales, L. & Dasgupta, R. (eds.). UK: Routledge, p. 9-20

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Queer Imaginings and Traveling of "Family" Across Asia

Dasgupta, R., 2014, Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia. Quero, H. C., Goh, J. N. & Campos, M. S. (eds.). USA: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 99-121

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Salaryman anxieties in Tokyo Sonata: Shifting discourses of state, family and masculinity in post-bubble Japan

Dasgupta, R., 2014, Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan. Germer, A., Mackie, V. & Wohr, U. (eds.). UK: Routledge, p. 255-272 (ASAA Women in Asia).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 2008 2011