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David R. Ambaras is a professor in the Department of History at North Carolina State University. He is the author, most recently, of Japan's Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire (Cambridge, 2018), and he is codirector of the platform "Bodies and Structures: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History" (

Anna Andreeva is a research fellow at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg. She is author of Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan (Harvard Asia Center, 2017), and she is currently doing research on childbirth in medieval Japan and on Buddhism and women's health in premodern East Asia.

Sonja Arntzen is a professor emerita at the University of Toronto. She is cotranslator of The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan (Readers Edition) (Columbia, 2018), and she is now working on a translation of the tenth-century Ochikubo monogatari.

Anne Stefanie Aronsson is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Zurich. Her recent publications include "Contemporary Japanese Career Women: Reflections on Profession, Life, and Purpose," Qualitative Report (2020), and "Social Robots in Elderly Care: The Turn Toward Emotional Machines in Contemporary Japan," Japanese Review of Cultural Anthropology (2020). Her current research focuses on aging and robotic care.

Cemil Aydin is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His recent book, The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History (Harvard, 2017), was published in Italian in 2018, and his research focuses on the history of decolonization and on visions of world order.

Alexander R. Bay is an associate professor in and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. He is author of "Disciplining Shit," Japan Forum (2019), and is currently doing research on human waste management and disease prevention in modern Japan.

Erin L. Brightwell is an assistant professor of premodern Japanese literature at the University of Michigan. She is author of Reflecting the Past: Place, Language, and Principle in Japan's Medieval Mirror Genre (Harvard Asia Center, 2020), and her current research is on medieval Japanese narrative strategies and on text-based intercultural "encounters" of the 1930s and 1940s between Japan, Germany, and Taiwan.

Ilsoo Cho is a postdoctoral fellow at Korea University. His current book project focuses on Chosŏn Korea's interactions with late imperial China and early modern Japan.

Adam Clulow is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He has recently published Amboina, 1623: Conspiracy and Fear on the Edge of Empire (Columbia, 2019). His current research focuses on topics including the deerskin trade between Southeast Asia and Japan in the seventeenth century, claims to possession, East Asian slaveholders in the Dutch empire, corporate genocide in the Banda islands, European ambassadors to Mughal India, and the Cocos-Keeling islands.

Jenny Corbett is an emeritus professor at Australian National University and emeritus fellow at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Her most recent publications include "What a Network Measure Can Tell Us about Financial Interconnectedness and Output Volatility," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies (2021), and her research is on Japan's economic performance in the twenty-first century.

Erik Esselstrom is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Vermont. He is author of That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao's China (Hawai'i, 2019).

Sarah Frederick is an associate professor of Japanese and comparative literature at Boston University. Yellow Rose, her translation of Yoshiya Nobuko's "Kibara," was published as an E-book (Expanded Editions, 2015), and she is currently working on a book manuscript on Yoshiya and doing research on digital mapping and literature.

Yulia Frumer is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. She is author of Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan (Chicago, 2018) and "Cognition and Emotions in Japanese Humanoid Robotics," History and Technology (2018). Her research is on the history of Japanese humanoid robotics.

Ken Ishida is a professor...