Till Weingartner

Lecturer In Contemporary East Asian Studies (Japan)
School of Asian Studies
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School of Asian Studies
O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork

T: +353 21 4902410
E: till.weingartner@ucc.ie

Dr Till Weingärtner joined the School of Asian Studies in September 2015 after having taught at the University of Manchester for 18 months and the Freie Universität Berlin for five years. He holds his M.A. and PhD in Japanese Studies, both from Freie Universität Berlin. Since his student days his research has primarily focused on Japanese comedy. During his postgraduate research on Japanese comedy at Kansai University (Osaka) he tried his hand at stand-up comedy even winning an award and hosting a local radio show with his Japanese comedy partner. These experiences in the Japanese entertainment industry had a big impact on his research interests and he remains interested in performance, not only from an academic position but also by organising performances for Japanese artists as well as at times still performing himself in Japanese, German and English.

Aside from performance and comedy Dr Weingärtner is interested in a variety of topics related to Japanese culture such as film & media, stardom, literature, gender issues, history, food culture and memory studies.

Dr Till Weingärtner has been recipient of several awards, including the Graduate Student Award from the International Society for Humor Studies and a Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese government. The Freie Universität Berlin awarded his PhD thesis with the Ernst-Reuter-Prize for the best PhD thesis of 2012/13 in Humanities. The thesis has been published by German publisher Iudicium in 2013. Dr. Weingärtner is currently preparing an English book on the same topic as well as focusing on a new research project examining the life, career and public image of Takamine Hideko, one of Japan’s star actresses of the 20th century. 

Dr Weingärtner joined the extended council of the European Association for Japanese Studies as an elected member in September 2017.  

Books

YearPublication
(2013)Comedy-Boom in Japan: Performative und mediale Rahmung von Humor in der aktuellen Populärkultur.
Weingärtner, Till (2013) Comedy-Boom in Japan: Performative und mediale Rahmung von Humor in der aktuellen Populärkultur. München: Iudicium. [Details]
(2006)Manzai: Eine japanische Form der Stand-up-Comedy.
Weingärtner, Till (2006) Manzai: Eine japanische Form der Stand-up-Comedy. München: Iudicium. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2016)'Black Cat Mansion'
Weingärtner, Till (2016) 'Black Cat Mansion' In: Salvador Murguia (eds). The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. [Details]
(2011)'Populärkultur'
Weingärtner, Till (2011) 'Populärkultur' In: Japan - Land und Leute. Geographie und Geschichte, Politik und Wirtschaft, Kultur und Gesellschaft. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag. [Details]
(2010)'Samurai Smiles? Unique Guiles? Reflections on Japanese Smiles, Laughter and Humor'
Weingaertner, Till (2010) 'Samurai Smiles? Unique Guiles? Reflections on Japanese Smiles, Laughter and Humor' In: Eastwards. Western Views on East Asian Culture. Bern et al: Peter Lang. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2016)'The The Gods of Rakugo: Commemoration in Japanese Comedy'
Weingärtner, Till (2016) 'The The Gods of Rakugo: Commemoration in Japanese Comedy'. The Irish Journal of Asian Studies, 2 :36-46 Globe icon [Details]
(2016)'How Japanese wallflowers turned into celebrities: self-mockery and self-revelation of the female comedy duo Harisenbon'
Weingärtner, Till (2016) 'How Japanese wallflowers turned into celebrities: self-mockery and self-revelation of the female comedy duo Harisenbon'. Social Semiotics, 26 (3):283-297 Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'Performative Aspekte des Rakugo-Theaters [Performative Aspects of Rakugo Theater]'
Weingärtner, Till (2014) 'Performative Aspekte des Rakugo-Theaters [Performative Aspects of Rakugo Theater]'. Bunron: Zeitschrift für literaturwissenschaftliche Japanforschung, 1 :131-143 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2016JaDe Prize JaDe Foundation, Germany
2013Ernst Reuter Prize Freie Universität Berlin
2010ISHS Graduate Student Award International Society for Humour Studies (ISHS)

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2017)15th European Association for Japanese Studies Conference,
Till Weingärtner (2017) Shunpūtei Shōta: A Rakugo Star and his Audiences. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 15th European Association for Japanese Studies Conference, Universidade NOVA, Lisbon , 30-AUG-17 - 02-SEP-17. [Details]
(2017)Warai no tozai [Humour: East and West],
Till Weingartner (2017) Rakugo no kokusaika [The Internationalisation of Rakugo]. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Warai no tozai [Humour: East and West], Kansai University, , 27-JUL-17. [Details]
(2017)The 2nd Annual Conference Irish Association for Asian Studies: ASIA: Transcultural Interactions – Past, Present and Future,
Till Weingartner (2017) Our Country, his Pyongyang – The Cinema of Zainichi Korean director Yang Yonghi. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The 2nd Annual Conference Irish Association for Asian Studies: ASIA: Transcultural Interactions – Past, Present and Future, University College Cork , 09-JUN-17 - 10-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017)Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland (JLTI) Workshop,
Till Weingärtner (2017) Seriously? Humour in the Classroom. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland (JLTI) Workshop, University College Cork , 27-MAY-17 - 27-MAY-17. [Details]
(2016)The Inaugral Conference of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies,
Till Weingartner (2016) Co-Organiser. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The Inaugral Conference of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies, UCC , 22-APR-16 - 23-APR-16. [Details]
(2016)The Inaugral Conference of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies,
Till Weingartner (2016) Translations and Transformations of Rakugo on the Global Stage. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Inaugral Conference of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies, UCC , 22-APR-16 - 23-APR-16. [Details]
(2016)Word as Performance: Oral Narratives, Poetry and Storytelling in Japan,
Weingärtner, Till (2016) Of Dry Flowers and Bananas: Rakugo on the Global Stage. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Word as Performance: Oral Narratives, Poetry and Storytelling in Japan, Istituto Italiano di Studi Orientali, Sapienza Università di Roma , 23-MAR-16 - 24-MAR-16. [Details]
(2016)The 1st Annual Conference Irish Association for Asian Studies,
Till Weingartner (2016) The Gods of Rakugo: Commemoration in Japanese Performing Arts. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The 1st Annual Conference Irish Association for Asian Studies, Dublin City University , 17-JUN-16 - 18-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016)Text and Film in Interaction,
Weingärtner, Till (2016) Acting Writer? Writing Actor? Takamine Hideko and Her Autobiographical Essays. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Text and Film in Interaction, Freie Universität Berlin , 25-FEB-16 - 26-MAR-16. [Details]
(2015)Naruse Mikio - Films of Women and Misery,
Weingärtner, Till (2015) The Director and his Star: Naruse and Takamine Hideko. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Naruse Mikio - Films of Women and Misery, Leiden University , 24-SEP-15 - 25-SEP-15. [Details]

Outreach Activities

 Description

Rakugo Performances (traditional Japanese comedy) for general audiences
  • St. Angela's College, Cork (12 March 2016)
  • UCC, Center for Advanced Studies in Lanauges and Cultures/Research Cluster Culture as Performance - Performance as Culture (16 March 2016)
  • Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (9 April 2016)

Teaching Interests

As the responsible lecturer for Japanese Studies at the School of Asian Studies I am teaching a wide range of topics including Japanese culture, history, politics and society. 

During the term 2015/16 I was the co-ordinator for the following modules:
AS1500 - Guided Study Project Japanese
AS2003 - Popular Culture in East Asia
AS2005 - Modern Japanese History
AS6205 - Religion, Society and Politics in Modern Japan

I have also contributed lectures and/or seminars to the following modules:
AS1001 - Introduction to Modern Asia
RG1001 - Religions in the Contemporary Worlds: An Introduction to the Study of Religions




Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018Japanese Language Level 3 AS1503Japanese Language Level 3
2018History of Japanese Culture AS2010History of Japanese Culture
2018Guided Study Project - Japanese AS1500Guided Study Project - Japanese