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Dr Ruselle Meade

Dr Ruselle Meade

Lecturer in Japanese Studies

School of Modern Languages

+44 (0)29 2068 8488
1.10, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Available for postgraduate supervision

My primary area of research is modern Japanese history. I am particularly interested in the relationship between science and national identity in Japan since the mid-nineteenth century.

Before joining Cardiff University in September 2015, I was a lecturer in Japanese studies at the University of Manchester and then a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo. I was also awarded a D. Kim Foundation fellowship in the history of science in East Asia.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2013, and hold an MA from SOAS (London).

I originally trained as an engineer. After completing undergraduate studies, I moved to Tokyo where I worked for an intellectual property translation firm. This experience sparked my interest in history of technical translation – the focus of my doctoral research – and in the development of science and technology in Japan.





Module leaderships

  • ML1580 Japan in Context
  • ML5364 Memory & Symbols in Japan

Teaching contributions

  • ML8100 Introduction to Translation Methods
  • ML2201 Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • ML1360 Culture, Political Protest and Dissent in the 1960s
  • MLT401 Theory of Translation (postgraduate)
  • MLT412 Translation and Adaptation in the Arts (postgraduate)
  • MLT820 Culture, Creativity and Globalization (postgraduate)

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research centres on translation in modern Japan. To date, I have primarily focused on scientific and technical translation during the Meiji period (1868-1912). My work challenges the still-prevalent image of scientific translation as a value-free and straightforward process by revealing the diverse approaches taken by translators to render unfamiliar concepts comprehensible, and by investigating the various agendas that have motivated their activities. 

I am co-investigator on the ESRC/AHRC-funded project, The Japanese scientist in Japan and in the world: de-centering the history of science, which explores the emergence of the ‘scientist’ as a social and professional category in Japan, and which investigates the role of transnational networks in the development of Japanese scientists’ careers.

Another area of interest is memory of the Asia-Pacific War in post-war Japan. I am particularly interested in how representations of wartime technologies are mobilized in constructing and contesting such memories. I convene a final-year undergraduate module, Memories & Symbols in Japan, which explores some of the themes from this research.


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