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Susanne Formaneck

Vienne University
Susanne Formanek got her M.A. and PhD in Japanese Studies from University of Vienna in 1987 and 2001 respectively. She is a researcher at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 1987 and lecturer at the Institute for East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna since 1989. In 2006, she was Visiting Professor at Tōhoku University, Sendai, Japan. Her field of research is the social and cultural history of pre-modern Japan, with special emphasis on the social construction of the life stages and of gender, on popular religious beliefs and practices, and on leisure activities such as travel and play. She is the author of Denn dem Alter kann keiner entfliehen. Altern und Alter im Japan der Nara- und Heian-Zeit (Wien 1994) on old age in the Nara and Heian periods, and of Die „böse Alte“ in der japanischen Populärkultur der Edo-Zeit. Die Feindvalenz und ihr soziales Umfeld (Wien 2005) on figures of wicked crones in Edo-period popular culture, which won the book prize of the European Association for Japanese Studies in 2008, and co-editor (with Sepp Linhart) of Written Texts – Visual Texts. Woodblock-printed Media in Early Modern Japan (Amsterdam 2005) and (with William LaFleur) of Practicing the Afterlife: Perspectives from Japan (Wien 2004). 

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