Karl is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies since September 2011. He is also an associated researcher at the European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at the Stockholm School of Economics. Karl defended his doctoral dissertation in Political Science at Stockholm University in June 2011. The dissertation with the title Narratives and Bilateral Relations: Rethinking the “History Issue” in Sino-Japanese Relations was awarded the Stockholm University Association’s (Högskoleföreningen) award for best dissertation within the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2011. In 2011, 66 doctoral dissertations were defended at the Faculty of Social Sciences. From May 2009 until July 2010 Karl was a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo as a Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellow. He has also been a visiting researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) in Copenhagen and at the Faculty of Law, Keio University in Tokyo. He is a member of the research network Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS). He has studied Japanese at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka and Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University. He has conducted fieldwork in both Japan and China.
Karl has a broad and interdisciplinary research interest which covers and combines international relations theory, identity politics, discourse analysis and the politics of historical memory. Empirically, he is interested in international relations in East Asia, Sino-Japanese relations, Chinese and Japanese nationalism and war memory. He is especially interested in the nexus between international relations and collective memory.
Karl organizes the Focus Asia symposium, which is open to the general public, 6-7 November 2012. The theme of the event is "Collective Memory, Identity and International Relations in East Asia".
More information about the symposium can be found here: http://www.ace.lu.se/activities/focus-asia/november-2012