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Dr Ian Rapley 

Education and Qualifications

1999, MMath, Mathematics, University of Oxford
2009, MPhil, Modern Japanese Studies, University of Oxford
2013, DPhil, Japanese Studies, University of Oxford, (Green Star Japan: Internationalism and Language in the Japanese Esperanto Movement, 1906-1944), AHRC funded
2013-14, Postdoctoral Teaching Associate, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford

Membership and External Activity

Member of: Association of Asian Studies, European Association of Japanese Studies, British Association of Asian Studies, American Historical Association

Production Editor, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies (


‘A Language for Asia: Transnational Esperanto Networks in pre-1945 Asia’, Inter-Asian Connections IV, Social Science Research Council, Koc University, Istanbul, October 2013

‘Imperial Internationalism: Esperanto in 1930s Japan’, British Joint East Asian Studies Conference, Nottingham University, September 2013

‘Tohoku Modern: Esperanto in a Rural Setting’, Oxford Japan History Workshop, November 2011

‘An Overview of Esperanto in Early Twentieth Century Japan’, British Association for Japanese Studies, Oxford, September 2011

‘Conceptualizing Esperanto in Prewar Japan’, European Association for Japanese Studies Doctoral Workshop, Tallinn, Estonia, August 2011

‘Esperanto in 1920s Japan’, 4th Workshop on the Encounters of Young Scholars on Asian Studies, Hong Kong/ Guangzhou, January 2011