Prof. Rotem Kowner
Department of Asian Studies

Email: kowner@research.haifa.ac.il
Tel: +972-4-824-8501
Fax: +972-
4-828-8539
Room 1106, Eshkol Tower


Rotem Kowner is professor of Japanese history and culture at the Department of Asian Studies. His research interests include wartime behavior and attitudes in modern Japan, psychological aspects of intercultural encounters, race and racism in East Asia, Asian Jewish communities, learning methods of Japanese scripts, etc. His books include The Forgotten Campaign (2005), Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War (2006), The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War (editor, 2007), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia (co-editor with Walter Demel, 2013), and From White to Yellow (2014). Professor Kowner has received numerous fellowships, prizes, and research grants. He is the co-founder of the Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel and the Israeli Association of Japanese Studies (IAJS), and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals. Currently he is the director of the liberal arts program at the University of Haifa and member of the university’s Senate, Board of Governors, and Executive Committee.

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Japanese Civilization
  • Japanese Modern History
  • Japanese Interpersonal Communication
  • Individual and Society in Japan: Patterns of Behavior and Personality
  • East Asian Languages, Scripts, and Their Learning
  • Economy and Business in Contemporary Japan

    Seminars:
  • War and Memory in Modern Japan
  • Key Elements in the Japanese Personality: Childhood, Family and Education
  • The ‘Other’ in the Japanese Society: Ideology and Attitudes
  • Seminars - general info (check list,  Assessment sheet);


Research Areas

Interdisciplinary research on Japanese history and collective behavior:

  • Perceptions of race and body in the nexus between Japan/East Asia and Europe
  • Conduct and images in Japan’s modern wars; treatment of POWs
  • Japanese identity, nationalism and attitudes towards non-Japanese
  • Behavior, personality and communication style in Japan
    (research report)

Education

B.A.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Departments of East Asian Studies and Psychology
Research Studies
Freie Universität Berlin,Germany
(Hebew University exchange program)
The University of Tsukuba, Japan
(Monbusho scholarship)
M.A.
The University of Tsukuba, Japan
Department of Psychology
Ph.D.
The University of Tsukuba, Japan
Department of Psychology
Postdoctoral Studies
Stanford University, U.S.A.
The Center for East Asian Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Department of Psychology (Lady Davis fellowship).


Academic Publications


JAPAN'S MODERN WARS / THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR
- BEHAVIOR, IMAGES AND LEGACY

Books

  • 2005. Kowner, R. The Russo-Japanese War: The Conflict that Shaped the Twentieth Century. Tel Aviv: Israel Defense Ministry Press. 639 pp.
  • 2006. Kowner, R. Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. 620 pp.
    _____2009. Kowner, R. The A to Z of the Russo-Japanese War. 620 pp. Paperback and eBook ed.
  • 2007. Kowner, R. (ed.). The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War. London and New York: Routledge. 368 pp.
  • 2007. Kowner, R. (ed.). Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05: Centennial Perspectives. Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental \ Brill. 539 pp.


    Articles

  • 1998. Kowner, R. Nicholas II and the Japanese Body: Images and decision making on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War. The Psychohistory Review, 26, 211-252.
  • 2000. Kowner, R. “Japan’s enlightened war: Japanese military conduct and attitudes to the enemy during the Russo-Japanese War.” In B. Edström (ed.), The Japanese and Europe: Images and Perceptions. (pp. 134-151). Sandgate: The Japan Library.
  • 2001. Kowner, R. Becoming an honorary civilized nation: Remaking Japan’s military image during the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05. The Historian, 64, 19-38.
  • 2007. Kowner, R. “Between a colonial War and World War Zero: The impact of the Russo-Japanese War in a global perspective.” In R. Kowner (ed.), The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War (pp. 1-25). London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2007. Kowner, R. “A turning point in Japanese modern history?” In R. Kowner (ed.), The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War (pp. 29-46). London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2007. Kowner, R. “The impact of the war on naval warfare.” In R. Kowner (ed.), The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War (pp. 269-289). London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2007. Shillony, B-A. and R. Kowner. “The memory and significance of the Russo-Japanese War from a centennial perspective.” In R. Kowner (ed.), Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05: Centennial Perspectives (pp. 1-9). Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental.
  • 2007. Inaba, C. and R. Kowner. “The secret factor: Japanese network of intelligence gathering on Russia during the war.” In R. Kowner (ed.), Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05: Centennial Perspective (pp. 78-92). Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental.
  • 2007. Kowner, R. “The high road to World War I? Europe and the outcomes of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-14.” In J. Chapman and C. Inaba (eds.), Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War: Regional Issues and Diplomacy, Economics and Image (pp. 293-314). Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental.
  • 2008. Kowner, R. “Japan’s ’fifteen minutes of glory’: Managing world opinion during the war with Russia, 1904-5.” In Y. Mikhailova and W. M. Steele (eds.), Japan and Russia: Three Centuries of Mutual Images (pp. 47-70). Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental.
  • 2009. Kowner, R. “The conflict that determined the fate of a continent.” Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly, 105, 36-41.
    2009. Kowner, R. “In attempt to comprehend the 'Masscare of Nanjing': The big questions.” Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly, 105, 76-91.
  • 2009. Kowner, R. “Imperial Japan and its POWs: The dilemma of humaneness and national identity.” In G. Podoler (ed.), War and Militarism in Modern Japan: Issues of History and Identity (pp. 80-110). Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental.
  • 2010. Kowner, R. The Japanese internment of Jews in wartime Indonesia and its causes. Indonesia and the Malay World 38, 349-371.
  • 2014. Kowner, R. Passing the baton: The Asian theater of World War II and the coming of age of the aircraft carrier. Education About Asia 19 (2), 68-73.
  • 2014. Kowner, R. Hiroshima as a personal and national allegory: Revisiting Hiroshima mon amour and H Story. In Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (ed.), Broken Narratives: Post-Cold War History and Identity in Europe and East Asia (pp. 38-56). Leiden: Brill.

    Other publications

  • 2002. Kowner, R. “Hiroshima.” In M. Ember and C. Ember (eds.), Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures, 4 vols. (II: pp. 341-348). Danbury (CT): Grolier.
  • 2008. Kowner, R. “Lobanov-Yamagata Agreement (1896).” In M. F. Whitters, M. E. Ackermann, J.-H. Upshur, M. J. Schroeder, and J. J. Terry (eds.), Encyclopedia of World History, 7 vols. New York: Fact on File, IV: 245-246.
  • 2008. Kowner, R. Book review: Evgeny Sergeev - 'Russian Military Intelligence in the War with Japan, 1904-05'. The Russian Review, 67 (2), 346-347.
  • 2011. Kowner, R. “Meiji Japan's new army and navy”; "The Revolution of 1905 in Russia"; "Nogi Maresuke"; "Bloody Sunday." In J. H. Overfield (ed.), ABC-Clio Encyclopedia of World History, 21 vols. Santa Barbara (CA): ABC-Clio, XVI: 822-823.
  • 2012. Kowner, R. Book review: Peter Berton - ‘Russo-Japanese Relations, 1905-1917’. Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 6, 175-177.
  • 2012. Kowner, R. Book review: Saya Makito - ‘The Sino-Japanese War and the Birth of Japanese Nationalism’. Journal of Asian Studies 71, 1153-1155.
  • 2013. Kowner, R. Stuart D. Goldman: ‘Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army’s Victory that Shaped World War II’. Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 7, 177-180.


    RACE AND BODY
    IN JAPAN AND EAST ASIA

Books

  • 2013. Kowner, R. and W. Demel (eds.). Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Western and Eastern Constructions. Leiden: Brill (an inaugural volume of the series Modern East Asia in a Global Historical Perspective). 618 pp.
  • 2014. Kowner, R. From White to Yellow: vol. I. The Japanese in European Racial Thought, 1300-1735 (part of the McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Ideas Series). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. 700 pp.
  • 2015. Kowner, R. and W. Demel (eds.). Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: vol. II. Interactions, Nationalism, Gender and Lineage. Leiden: Brill. c. 650 pp. In press.
  • Articles

  • 1996. Kowner, R. Effect of group status on physical attractiveness preference: From the Japanese case to a general cognitive perspective. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 122, 215-248.
  • 2000. Kowner, R. Lighter than yellow, but not enough: Western discourse on the Japanese ‘race’, 1854-1904. The Historical Journal, 43, 103-131.
  • 2002. Kowner, R. The Other as Ideal: Japanese corporality and the West. Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly, 75, 65-81. [In Hebrew].
  • 2002. Kowner, R. Japanese body esteem: Structure and esteem scores in a cross-cultural perspective. International Journal of Psychology, 37, 149-159.
  • 2004. Kowner, R. The skin as a Metaphor: early European racial perspectives on Japan, 1548-1853. Ethnohistory, 51, 751-778.
  • 2004. Kowner, R. When ideals are too ‘far-off’: Body dissatisfaction and physical self-ideal discrepancy in Japan. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 130, 333-361.
  • 2006. Kowner, R. European Aborigines in Japan? Physiognomy and Racial Affinity in the Western Discourse on the Ainu, 1548-2000. Historia 18, 5-31.
  • 2013. Kowner, R. and W. Demel. Modern East Asia and the rise of racial thought: Possible Links, unique features, and unsettled issues. In R. Kowner and W. Demel (eds.), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Western Constructions and Eastern Reactions (pp. 1-37). Leiden: Brill.
  • 2013. Demel, W. and R. Kowner. Early modern European divisions of mankind and East Asians, 1500-1750. In R. Kowner and W. Demel (eds.), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Western Constructions and Eastern Reactions (pp. 41-57). Leiden: Brill.
  • 2013. Kowner, R. Between contempt and fear: Western racial constructions of East Asians since 1800. In R. Kowner and W. Demel (eds.), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Western Constructions and Eastern Reaction (pp. 87-125). Leiden: Brill.
  • 2015. Kowner, R. and W. Demel. The synthesis of foreign and indigenous constructions of race in modern East Asia. In R. Kowner and W. Demel (eds.), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Interactions, Nationalism, Gender and Lineage. Leiden: Brill.
  • 2015. Kowner, R. and Christina Skott. East Asians in the Linnaean Taxonomy: Sources and implications of a racial image. In R. Kowner and W. Demel (eds.), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Interactions, Nationalism, Gender and Lineage. Leiden: Brill.
  • 2015. Kowner, R. and Harumi Befu. Ethnic nationalism in postwar Japan: Nihonjinron and its racial facets. In R. Kowner and W. Demel (eds.), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia: Interactions, Nationalism, Gender and Lineage. Leiden: Brill.

    See also
    * 1998. Kowner, R. Nicholas II and the Japanese Body (above).


JAPANESE PERSONALITY, BEHAVIOR, INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AND IDENTITY

Articles

  • 1997. Shobo, H. and R. Kowner. Waruteggu byôga tesuto no hannô naiyô no tokuchô ni kan suru kenkyû [A study on the characteristics of the content of drawings of Wartegg-Zeichentest in Japan]. The Journal of Arts and Sciences [Meikai University, Japan], 9, 49-61
  • 1999. Kowner, R., H. Befu, and K. Manabe. The human profile of Japanese nationalism: A study of nihonjinron followers. Journal Komunikasi, 15, 73-95.
  • 1999. Kowner, R. Homogeneous society with exceptions: Prejudice and its ideology in Japan. In O. Feldman (ed.), Political Psychology in Japan. (pp. 233-255). New York: Nova Science Publications.
  • 2002. Kowner, R. Japanese communication in intercultural encounters: The barrier of status-related behavior. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 26, 339-361.
  • 2002. Kowner, R. Deconstructing the Japanese national discourse: Laymen's beliefs and ideology. In R. Donahue (ed.), Exploring Japaneseness: Japanese Enactments of Culture and Consciousness (pp. 169-182). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood.
  • 2003. Kowner, R. & R. Wiseman. Cultural patterns of status-related behavior: Japanese and American perceptions of behavior in asymmetric dyadic interaction. Cross-Cultural Research, 37, 178-210.
  • 2003. Kowner, R. Japanese miscommunication with foreigners: In search for valid accounts and effective remedies. Japanstudien, 15, 113-147.
  • 2005. Kowner, R. Universal truth or unique legal culture: Law and justice in Japan according to Rashomon. Bar-Ilan Law Studies, 22, 139-157.
  • 2007. Kowner, R. “The power of silence: Hierarchy, status and the right to talk in Japan.” In M. Ephratt (ed.), Silences: On the Place of Silence in Culture and Interpersonal Relations (pp. 69-82). Tel Aviv: Resling].
  • 2008. Kowner, R., and M. Daliot-Bul. English loanwords on Japanese grounds: The dialectic relationships between ‘Western-ness’ and ‘Japaneseness’. In J. Rosenhouse, and R. Kowner (eds.), Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages (pp. 250-275). Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.
  • 2014. Kowner, R. Disaster psychology: The routine of horror in Japan. Odyssey 22, 46-53.


    JEWS AND ANTISEMITISM IN JAPAN AND EAST ASIA

    Monographs

  • 1997. Kowner, R. On Ignorance, Respect, and Suspicion: Current Japanese Attitudes towards Jews. Monograph in the series ‘Analysis of Current Trends in Antisemitism’ (no. 11). Jerusalem: The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, the Hebrew University. 53 pp.
    2004. Reprinted in M. Weiner (ed.). Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Modern Japan. 3 vols. set. Vol. 3: Imagined and Imaginary Minorities (pp. 350-406). London: Routledge.
  • 2006. Kowner, R. On Symbolic Antisemitism: Motives for the Success of the Protocols in Japan and Its Consequences. Monograph in the series ‘Posen Papers’ (no. 3.). Jerusalem: The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, the Hebrew University. 20 pp.

    Articles
  • 2001. Kowner, R. Tokyo recognizes Auschwitz: The rise and fall of Holocaust denial in Japan, 1989-1999. Journal of Genocide Research, 3, 257-272.
  • 2006. Kowner, R. The Protocols in a land without Jews: A reconsideration. International Antisemitism 3-4, 68-77.
  • 2012. Kowner, R. The strange case of Japanese “revisionism.” In R. Wistrich (ed.), Holocaust Denial: The Politics of Perfidy (pp. 181-194). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • 2012. Kowner, R. The strange case of Japanese “revisionism.” In R. Wistrich (ed.), Holocaust Denial: The Politics of Perfidy (pp. 181-194). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • 2014. Kowner, R. The end of a colonial community: Indonesian Jewry during and after World War II. Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly 127, 60-71.

    See also
    * 2010. Kowner, R. The Japanese internment of Jews in wartime Indonesia (above).


    Other publications
  • 1997. Kowner, R. The Jewish spot on the rising sun: Reconsidering current Japanese attitudes toward Jews. The Australian/Israel Review, 22 (15), 19-21.
  • 2011. Kowner, R. Indonesia's Jews. Inside Indonesia 104 [Australia].
  • 2011. Kowner, R. An Obscure History: The Prewar History of the Jews in Indonesia. Inside Indonesia 104 [Australia].


    JAPANESE / UNIVERSAL PERCEPTIONS OF PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS

    Articles
  • 1993. Kowner, R. and T. Ogawa. The contrast effect of physical attractiveness in Japan. Journal of Psychology, 127, 51-64.
  • 1993. Kowner, R.& T. Ogawa. Shintaiteki miryoku to sono kettei yôin: Konomi no rironteki kôsatsu [Toward a theory of the universal determinants of physical attractiveness preferences]. Tsukuba Psychological Research [Japan], 15, 219-224. [In Japanese].
  • 1994. Kowner, R., T. Ogawa, and T. Kikuchi. Evolutionary and cultural transmission of physical attractiveness perceptions. Tsukuba Psychological Research [Japan], 16, 221-232.
  • 1995. Kowner, R. Laterality in facial expressions and its effect on attributions of emotion and personality: A reconsideration. Neuropsychologia, 33, 539-559.
  • 1995. Kowner, R. The effect of physical attractiveness comparison on choice of partners. Journal of Social Psychology, 135, 153-165.
  • 1995. Kowner, R. and T. Ogawa. The role of raters’ sex, personality, and appearance in judgments of facial beauty. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 81, 339-349.
  • 1996. Kowner, R. Facial asymmetry and attractiveness judgment in developmental perspective. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 22, 662-675.
  • 1996. Kowner, R. An improved technique for creating hemifacial chimeras. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 28, 372-375.
  • 1996. Kowner, R. Susceptibility to physical attractiveness comparison: On the role of Attributions in protecting self-esteem. Psychologia, 39, 150-161.
  • 1997. Kowner, R. The perception and attribution of facial asymmetry in normal adults. Psychological Record, 47, 371-384.
  • 1998. Kowner, R. Human fluctuating asymmetry: What does it mean for psychologists? Symmetry, 9, 234-245
  • 1998. Kowner, R. Perceiving and attributing hemispheric width in faces of normal adults. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 87, 567-572.
  • 1998. Kowner, R. Effects of social deviance on judgment of facial attractiveness: A comparison of methods using Japanese samples. International Journal of Psychology, 33, 1-16.
  • 1999. Kowner, R. and R. Thornhill. The imperfect organism: On the concept of fluctuating asymmetry and its significance in humans, non-human animals, and plants. Symmetry, 10, 227-243.
  • 2001. Kowner R. Psychological perspective on human developmental stability and fluctuating asymmetry: Applications, sources and implications. British Journal of Psychology, 92, 447-469.
  • See also
    * 1996. Kowner, R. Effect of group status on physical attractive preference (above).


    JAPANESE LANGUAGE & GENERAL SOCIOLINGUISTICS

    Books

  • 2008. Rosenhouse, J. and R. Kowner (eds.). Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters. 354 pp.

    Articles
  • 2001. Kowner, R., and J. Rosenhouse. Cultural policy on loanword adoption in modern Japanese and Hebrew: A comparative study. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 7, 521-548.
  • 2004. Rosenhouse, J. and R. Kowner. Hebrew and Japanese are not related: A comparative linguistic Study. Helkat HaLashon, 35, 43-64.
  • 2008. Kowner, R. and J. Rosenhouse. The Hegemony of English and determinants of borrowing from its vocabulary. In J. Rosenhouse and R. Kowner (eds.), Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages (pp. 4-18). Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.
  • 2008. Rosenhouse, J. and R. Kowner. Features of borrowing from English in twelve languages. In J. Rosenhouse, and R. Kowner (eds.), Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages (pp. 276-296). Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.

    See also
    * 2008. Kowner, R. and M. Daliot-Bul. English loanwords on Japanese grounds (above).


    JAPANESE CULTURE AND CINEMA

    Articles
  • 2004. Kowner, R. Cinema, history, and in between: Rashomon and its contribution to the historical discourse. Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly, 86, 4-9.
  • 2004. Kowner, R. Kurosawa and the American Occupation of Japan: Rashomon in historical context. Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly, 86, 36-50.
  • 2013. R. Kowner. The games that weren't there: The 1940 Tokyo Olympiad. Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly 121, 50-57.
  • 2013. Kowner, R. (ed.), Dance Today 23 (special issue of ten articles and short essays devoted to the development and cultural impact of the Japanese avant-garde dance Butoh).
  • 2013. Kowner, R. Hijikata, Ohno and their successors: The genesis and development of Butoh in historical and social contexts. Dance Today [Mahol Ahshav] 23, 55-59.
  • 2014. Kowner, R. Hiroshima as a personal and national allegory: Revisiting Hiroshima mon amour and H Story. In Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (ed.), Broken Narratives: Post-Cold War History and Identity in Europe and East Asia (pp. 38-56). Leiden: Brill.


    See also
    * 2005. Kowner, R. Universal truth or unique legal culture (above)
    *
    2014. Kowner, R. Hiroshima as a personal and national allegory (above)


    INDONESIA

    Articles
  • 2014. Kowner, R. (ed.) Zmanim – Historical Quarterly 127 (special issue of seven articles devoted to modern Indonesia.
  • 2014. Eliraz, G. and R. Kowner. Indonesia: From islands in the stream to a multinational state. Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly 127, 6-19.
  • 2014. Kowner, R. The evil is still here: The Act of Killing and the memory of the 1965-66 massacre in Indonesia. Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly 127, 54-59.

    See also
    * 2010. Kowner, R. The Japanese internment of Jews in wartime Indonesia (above).
    * 2011. Kowner, R. Indonesia's Jews (above).
    * 2011. Kowner, R. An Obscure History: The Prewar History of the Jews in Indonesia (above).
    * 2014. Kowner, R. The end of a colonial community (above).

 

Publications in Hebrew

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