Dr Natsuko Akagawa is a lecturer in the Japanese Discipline in the School of Languages and Cultures.

During her Fellowship, Natsuko will finalise her contracted co-authored book manuscript, Central Sulawesi in the Shadow of Empire: Development, Religion and Identity, for which she has completed extensive archival work. The book examines twentieth century Japanese and Dutch colonial development policies and ethnic heritage in eastern Indonesia.

Natsuko will also make advances on a new project, developing a book proposal and sample chapters for a new monograph on ‘difficult heritage’ and memory of the wartime destruction of Japanese cities. This proposed book will bring together recent scholarship on issues of memory, emotion, trauma and dark heritage, and will have implications for current research on memory studies and commemoration. The project links with the theme of 'Narrating Trauma' that Natsuko has been developing as a Strategic Research Initiative with colleagues in the School of Languages and Cultures and will build on and extend her internationally recognised scholarship on heritage, identity and politics. 

Researcher biography