School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
I am a sociologist with Japan as the main field. My research is primarily in comparative sociology of youth and education, Asian philosophy, and popular culture.
My work on school bullying is internationally recognised: I served on Scientific Committees for UNESCO, the French Government, and the World Anti-Bullying Forum in 2020-2021.
My recent research explores human-nature relationships in the Anthropocene. My work on the relationship between animism and popular culture (manga & anime) is also internationally recognised. My 2021 article: ‘Miyazaki Hayao’s animism and the Anthropocene’, published in Theory, Culture & Society, discusses how Miyazaki’s anime disrupts the paradigm of social sciences. It is one of the most widely read articles in this leading journal.
I have published two single-authored books from Routledge: Japanese High School: Silence and Resistance, and Animism in Contemporary Japan: Voices for the Anthropocene from Post-Fukushima Japan. I have forty publications and have been invited to seven international conferences including three keynotes. I have supervised seven successful Higher Degree Researchers, including six PhDs and am currently supervising four.
I was awarded the Barbara Kidman 2020 Women’s Fellowship and received two teaching prizes in 2021 in collaboration with Danielle LeMieux: one from the University, the other from the Faculty of Arts, for promoting student wellbeing and transformative learning in an age of climate anxiety and pandemic blues.
My current leadership roles are Faculty Postgraduate Coordinator for five departments; School of Social Science Research Committee; and Program Coordinator for Bachelor of Languages and Diploma in Languages.
I especially welcome enquiries from prospective HDR candidates interested in animism and reimagining human-nature relationships.
For a quick introduction to my work on animism, see a short piece published in Global Dialogue (Issue 3, 2021), the magazine for the International Association of Sociology, 'Miyazaki Anime: Animism for the Anthropocene'
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As a sociologist, Dr Shoko Yoneyama is interested in how knowledge is created and may come to constitute the dominant discourse or method in a particular field. Her research critically interrogates dominant paradigms and foundations of knowledge, informed by her Japanese background and drawing on comparative perspectives (from Asia, in particular Japan).
Dr Yoneyama has worked extensively in the field of sociology of education. Her first book: The Japanese High School: Silence & Resistance (Routledge, London 1999, 289pp) presents a comparative and critical study of student alienation in Japan & Australia from the students’ perspective. It includes a chapter on bullying: ‘Ijime: The Price for Super-conformity’, and a chapter on school non-attendance: ‘Tokokyohi: Burnout or Resistance’.
Her most quoted work on bullying is: Yoneyama, Shoko & Naito, Asao (2003) 'Problems with the Paradigm: The School as a Factor in Understanding Bullying (with special reference to Japan)', British Journal of Sociology of Education, 24(3):315-330. As a sociologist, her analysis of school bullying covers a wide socio-cultural milieu as represented in: 'The Era of Bullying: Japan under Neoliberalism', The Asia-Pacific Journal - Japan Focus, 2008, 6(12). Her more theoretical work is: 'Theorizing School Bullying: Insights from Japan', Confero - Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics, 2015, 3(2):1-37.
Dr Yoneyama was one of the keynote speakers at the World Anti-Bullying Forum 2019 in Dublin. Her presentation: ‘Connecting the Dots: Insights from Sociology and Cross-Cultural Perspectives’ can be viewed here. A paper based on the presentation will be available in the the WABF2019 anthology, ‘Politics of School Bullying: Teachers Matter’, in Robert Thornberg & Björn Johansson (eds), Always Take Action: Researchers on Results and Children’s Voices on the Journey from Bullied to Acknowledged, Friends Foundation, WABF, Stockholm, to be published later this year.
In 2020, Dr Yoneyama was appointed by UNESCO and the French Government as one of four members of the International Scientific Committee, responsible for overseeing the preparation of a joint UNESCO/French Government conference on school bullying to mark the first UN International Day Against Violence and Bullying (including Cyberbullying) at School. She also serves on the Scientific Committee for the 2021 World Anti-Bullying Forum to be held in Stockholm (or online if necessary).
Shoko's research interests also include human-nature relationships in the age of the Anthropocene (marked by increasingly visible crises such as bushfires and the COVID-19 zoonotic pandemic, and the looming threat of climate change). Her second book: Animism in Contemporary Japan: Voices for the Anthropocene from Post-Fukushima Japan (2019, Routledge, Oxon & New York, 250pp) presents ‘postmodern animism’ as an effective way of addressing nature & spirituality, two blind-spots of social scientific knowledge, that are extremely important if we are to rethink human-nature relationships.
Dr Yoneyama has been invited as keynote speaker at various international conferences to speak on this topic, including the 2014 JAPAN UPDATE a flagship international conference of the Australian National University, Japan Institute. For further details about her keynote & invited speech, see Professional activities.
Her other publications on this topic include:
Date Position Institution name 2000 - ongoing Senior Lecturer (Level C) University of Adelaide 1997 - 1997 Visiting Fellow Australian National University 1990 - 1999 Lecturer (Level B) University of Adelaide 1989 - 1990 Lecturer (Level A) University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2021 Teaching Award 2021 Commendations for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning University of Adelaide Australia 1000 2021 Teaching Award Faculty of Arts Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2021 University of Adelaide Australia 1000 1996 Award Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching University of Adelaide Australia
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Japanese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title La Trobe Australia PhD (Sociology) Tsuda Japan DipEd Tsuda Japan BA
Date Title Institution Country PhD La Trobe University Melbourne
Year Citation 2019 Yoneyama, S. (2019). Animism in Contemporary Japan: Voices for the Anthropocene from Post-Fukushima Japan. London & New York: Routledge. 2007 Yoneyama, S. (2007). The Japanese High School. Taylor & Francis US. 1999 Yoneyama, S. (1999). The Japanese High School: Silence and Resistance. Routledge.
1995 Aoki, N., & Yoneyama, S. (1995). Reading Yoshio Sugimoto's 6000 Days in Australia (second edition ed.). Monash University Press. 1994 Aoki, N., & Yoneyama, S. (1994). Reading Yoshio Sugimoto's '6000 Days in Australia'. Japanese Studies Centre.
Year Citation 2010 Yoneyama, S. (2010). Spirituality in life stories in postmodernising Japan. In Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (pp. 1-13). www: ASAA. 2007 Yoneyama, S. (2007). 「越境する学習者のまなざし：オーストラリアの日本人留学生から見た日本の教育社会」 [A comparative assessment by border-crossing learners: Japan as education society seen from the perspective of Japanese international students in Australian schools]. In The Proceedings of 59th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Educational Sociology 日本教育社会学界第59回大会. Ibaraki University, 茨城大学、.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2006 Yoneyama, S. (2006). 「学び良ければすべてよし：生徒の学校観に見るシュタイナー学校の＜学習力＞」永田佳之代表『「公設民営」型学校に関する国際比較研究』科学研究費補助金基礎研究（B)研究課題番号15402047 'Student Perceptions of the School Learning Environment: A Comparative Study of Steiner and Mainstream Schools', In 'An International Comparative Study on Independent Schools with Public Subsidies', Research Report for Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS/Kaken) (15402047).
2020 University of Adelaide, Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship ($30,000)
2015 Australian Government, Asia Bound, Gateway Japan Study Tour
2014 Australian Governmenet, New Columbo Plan, Gateway Japan Study Tour
2011 University of Adelaide, HUMSS FRAGS
2010 University of Adelaide, HUMSS Faculty Research Grants
Courses currently taught
Introduction to Asian Cultures (Level 1, ASIA1104)
Asia: Cultures & Identities (Level 2, ASIA2007, Coordinator)
Beyond Asian Ecological Crises (Level 3, ASIA3007, Coordinator)
Japanese 2B (Level 2, JAPN2202, Coordinator)
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Principal Supervisor “Forgetting Agent Orange”: A sociological study of science, politics, law, spirituality, and Tran To Nga's ecological critique for the future Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ngoc Lan Tran 2020 Co-Supervisor The relations between the Chinese Party-state and urban intellectual churches Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhengying Shen 2014 Principal Supervisor Post Fukushima discourse of Japanese Modernisation through Michiko Ishimure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Maki Hammond
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Engaging the Angst of Unemployed Youth in Post-Industrial Japan: A Narrative Self-Help Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Rie Kido 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Melancholic Things Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Katherine Tamiko Arguile 2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Public participation in Japan's nuclear energy policy-forming process Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Philip Christopher White 2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor A Future to Pine for: Transmodernist Movement in Japan Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Steven Michael Attwood 2003 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Corporate Warriors or Company Animals?: An Investigation of Japanese Salaryman Masculinities Across Three Generations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Tomoko Hidaka 2003 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The Unexpected Transformations of Chinese International Students in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Glen Stafford 2002 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Reframing Futoko (School Non-Attendance) in Japan - A Social Movement Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss So Wong
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2015 - 2016 Council Asian Studies Association of Australia Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2002 - 2012 Editor Japanese Studies Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2022 - 2022 INVITED: Miyazaki Anime and Postmodern Animism for Translocal Alliances in the Anthropocene The Korea-China-Japan Peace Foundation Symposium Peace Foundation Korea, Republic of 2022 - 2022 INVITED: Whole Education Approach to Ending Violence in Schools 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Education Minister's Conference (APREMC II) Side Event: Recovering Learning and Addressing the Learning Crisis by Promoting Well-being and Addressing Violence in Asia and Pacific UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women, UNFPA, Safe to Learn Thailand 2019 - 2019 KEYNOTE presentation at the 2019 World Anti-Bullying Forum in Dublin. Title: Connecting the Dots: Insights on School Bullying from Sociology and Cross-cultural Perspectives Dublin City University UNESCO, FRIENDS (Sweden), Dublin City University Ireland 2016 - 2016 KEYNOTE presentation, Title: A Mysterious Connection between Totoro and Post-3.11 Japan Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of South Australia (JLTASA) Annual Conference Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of South Australia (JLTASA) Australia 2016 - 2016 PANEL ORGANISER: Post-3.11 Japan: Exploring a New Narrative, Presenters: Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Adam Broinowski, and Shoko Yoneyama: ‘Animism: A Grassroots Response to Socio-Environmental Crisis in Contemporary Japan’; Discussant: Kent Anderson Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference ANU Australia 2015 - 2015 KEYNOTE presentation: Animism: A grassroots Response to Socio-Environmental Crisis in Contemporary Japan Survival Politics in East Asia: Socio-Environmental Crises and Grassroots Responses, ANU Australian National University Australia 2014 - 2014 INVITED presentation: Civil Society Discourses on Life, Soul, and Nature: Re-thinking the Social Sciences for the Post-Fukushima Era JAPAN UPDATE. A flagship international conference for Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU Japan Institute, Australian National University Australia 2013 - 2013 INVITED presentation: Animism for Modernity: Lessons from Minamata for the Post-Fukushima World 183rd Nichibunken Evening Seminar on Japanese Studies, Nichibunken International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto Japan 2012 - 2012 INVITED presentation: Re-imagining Social Sciences for a New Modernity in Post-3/11 Japan Research School of Asia-Pacific Symposium, ANU: Experiencing Asia and the Pacific: New Visions of Region across Disciplinary Boundaries Australian National University (ANU) Australia 2011 - 2011 INVITED presentation at the keynote session (with Professor Roger Goodman, Dean of Social Sciences, Oxford University). ‘Japan’s Education Revolution: Local and Global Dimensions': Title: Knowledge Crisis and a Search for Hybrid Experts for Post-3.11 Japan Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) The University of Melbourne Australia
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