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Dr. David M. Malitz

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Dr. David M. Malitz

Guest Lecturer

Office Hours: Please e-mail Dr. Malitz to make an appointment.

Email: malitz@dijtokyo.org


David M. Malitz joined the DIJ as Senior Research Fellow in September 2021. In addition, he has joined the Chair of East Asian History at Freiburg University as a guest lecturer in winter term 2021/22. He obtained a dual master’s degree in Business Administration and Japanese Studies from the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg and a doctoral degree in Japanese Studies from Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich. He conducted his doctoral research on the history of Japanese-Thai relations at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies with a JSPS fellowship and at Thammasat and Chulalongkorn Universities in Bangkok. In between he briefly worked in finance in London and Düsseldorf. 

From January 2015 to July 2021, David held teaching positions in Bangkok, first in Business Administration at Assumption University, since 2017 in Global Studies at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Arts. In Bangkok, David pursued research on Japanese-Thai relations and the modern history of Thailand. 

At the DIJ, David is working on the project ‘Health Infrastructures, Networks and Diplomacy’ focusing on Japan and Southeast Asia.


Research Interests

  • Modern History of Japan and Thailand
  • Global Studies

Education and Employment History

  • 01/2021 – present: Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies,  Tokyo. 
    • Fall Semester 2021/22: Adjunct lecturer University of Freiburg. 
  • 08/2017 – 07/2021: Lecturer in Global Studies with the international program (BALAC) of  the Faculty of Arts of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. 
  • 01/2015 – 07/2017: Lecturer at the Martin de Tours School of Management and Economics,  Assumption University of Thailand, Bangkok. 
  • 06/2010 – 06/2014: Doctoral Student in Japanese Studies (Japanologie) at the Japan Center of  Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (degree formally completed with the publication of the  dissertation in 2016).  
    • July 2013–June 2014: Visiting Researcher at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University  in Bangkok. 
    • February 2012–January 2013: JSPS Fellow at the Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto  University. 
    • January 2011–January 2012: Visiting Researcher at the Faculty of Political Science,  Thammasat University in Bangkok. 
  • 8/2008 – 10/2010: Positions in the private sector (finance) in London and Düsseldorf. 
  • 10/2002 – 06/2008: Student of the dual degree program “Diplomstudiengang  Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit interkultureller Qualifikation Japanisch“ at the Universities of  Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany: 2002–2008. 
    • Exchange student at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and Hitotsubashi University  (Tokyo).


Academic Events Organized

  • International conference Health Infrastructure and Asia’s Epidemiological Transitions: Historical  Perspectives, 13–14 April 2022 at ARI, Singapore. Co-organized with Dr. Zhou Dongxin. 
  • Virtual Symposium at the Occasion of the 130th Anniversary of the Opening of the Imperial Diet,  26–27 November 2020 held at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo (jointly with the  Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University) 
  • Roundtable Global Intellectual History beyond Eurocentric Lenses: Connected Political  Vocabularies across South and Southeast Asia, ca. 1800-2018, 4 August 2018 at Ludwig- Maximilians-University, Munich. Co-organized with Milinda Banerjee at (supported by BALAC).


  • “‘Shinkoku’: Revisiting the Concept of Sentient Landscapes from Japan,” in: Simona Simona  Cotofana (Ed.) Xenophobic Landscapes: Sentience Reconsidered, Oxford: Berghahn, submitted. 
  • “‘Siegreich und gewillt dem Gesetz unterworfen zu sein‘: Kaiser Meiji als Vorbild für die  Monarchien des halbkolonialisierten Asiens im Vorfeld deren konstitutionellen Revolutionen im  frühen 20. Jahrhundert,‘ in Daniel Schley (Ed.) Japans Moderne Monarchie – Eine  Bestandsaufnahme, Munich: Iudicum, forthcoming. 
  • “The Franco—Siamese War and the Russo-Japanese War: Two Colonial Wars and the Political  Discovery of the Idea of Race in Absolutist Siam,” in Farish A. Noor and Peter Carey (Eds.) ‘Race’  and the Colonial Wars in 19th Century Southeast Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press,  2021. 
  • “The Sacred and the Secular-Economic: A Cross-Country Comparison of the Regulation of the  Economic Activities of Religious Organizations – Perspectives from France, Germany, Japan,  Thailand, Turkey, and the United States,” in Jayeel Serrano Cornelio et al. (Eds), Routledge  International Handbook of Religion in Global Society. London: Routledge, 2021. 
  • “The Genesis of Dynastic Legitimacy in Absolutist Siam,” in Global Journal of Intellectual  History, special issue edited by Milind Banerjee and Ilya Afanasyev, 5/2020. 
  • “The Nation as a Ritual Community: Royal Nation-Building in Imperial Japan and Post-War  Thailand,” In Elena Woodacre et al. (Eds.), The Routledge History of Monarchy (213–228).  Abingdon: Routledge, 2019. 
  • “The Monarchs’ New Clothes: Transnational Flows and the Fashioning of the Modern Japanese  and Siamese Monarchies,” in M. Banerjee et al. (Eds.), The Royal Nation: Transnational Histories  (155–176). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Japanese-Siamese Relations from the Meiji Restoration to the End of World War II. Bochum and  Freiburg: Projektverlag (Münchner Schriftenreihe Japanfoschung), 2016. 
  • “Japanese Views of Siam/Thailand from the Tokugawa-Period to the end of World War II,” in  Catching up with Southeast Asia’s New Body: States, Markets and Public Spheres. Joint  International Symposium by Chulalongkorn University, Kyoto University, Nottingham University,  IRASEC on 25-29 September 2013 in Phuket. Bangkok: Institute for Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn  University, 2014. 
  • “An Angel Rising in the East” – Japan in the Early Twentieth-Century Siamese Nationalist  Discourse,” In Trans-national Southeast Asia: Paradigms, Histories, Vectors: Proceedings of the  Kyoto-Cornell Joint International Workshop on 11-12 January 2013, Rayuku Kaikan, Kyoto.  Kyoto: Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 2013. 
  • “Japan in the Siamese Press - From the Russo-Japanese War to 1932,” in International Conference  on Asian Studies 2012 on 26-27 July 2012 in Negombo, Official Conference Proceedings.  Thalangama North (Sri Lanka): International Center for Research and Development, 2013. 

Conference Papers and Guest Lectures

  • Conference paper “Japan in Southeast Asia/Southeast Asia in Japan – Transnational Perspectives  from Thailand and Japan,” presented at the conference Japanese Studies and Transnationalism  organized by the Consortium for Global Studies and the Centre Européen d’Études Japonaises  d’Alsace, 29–31 October 2021.  September 2021 
  • Conference paper “Thai Fascism? Locating Thai Far-Right Thought Past and Present”, presented  at the online-workshop Online Workshop “Fascism in Motion: Concepts, Agents and Global  Experiences” organized by Kwansei Gakuin University and German Institute for Japanese Studies,  7–9 October 2021.
  • Conference paper “Framing a Scandal: Thai Reporting about Mori Yoshinori’s Resignation as  Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee,” presented at the research workshop  Internationalisation Interupted at the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia  and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, 1–2 July 2021 
  • Conference paper “Two Additional Observations about the Feudal Nature of the early 17th  Century Japanocentric World Order,” presented at the AUA-CU Conference on The Asian Melting  Pot: Asian History through the Multicultural Perspective, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,  15–16 May 2021 
  • Conference paper “Culture and Cons: Changing Perceptions of Financial Success and Ponzi  Schemes in Contemporary Thailand,” presented at the 2nd East Asian Popular Culture Conference,  Kyushu University, Fukuoka, 10–11 January 2021. 
  • Conference paper “’What is Good about the Japanese System of Governance’: Imperial Japanese  Constitutionalism in Thai Political Thought, 1880s – 1940s” presented at the International  Symposium at the Occasion of the 130th Anniversary of the Opening of the Imperial Diet, 26–27  November 2020 held at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo (jointly with the  Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University). 
  • Panelist at the roundtable 3rd Japan-ASEAN Relations: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic,  organized by Asia Centre, Bangkok, 19 November 2020. 
  • Lecture Japanese-Siamese Relations During the Absolute Monarchy presented online for the  lecture series by the Hamburger Gesellschaft für Thaiistik, Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of  Hamburg, 17 September 2020. 
  • Panelist at the roundtable 2nd Japan-ASEAN Relations: Competing for Influence in Southeast Asia,  organized by Asia Centre, Bangkok, 4 October 2019. 
  • “Exceptional Japan, Japanese Universality,” paper presented at the 5th International Symposium  Japan in the World, the World in Japan: A Methodological Approach. Chulalongkorn University,  Bangkok, 16–17 September 2019 
  • An Archeology of the Trope of the Devarāja, guest lecture at the seminar on Thai society, Osaka  University, 23 July 2019. 
  • The Aggañña Sutta as the Meta-Narrative of Thai Political Culture, guest lecture at the seminar on  Southeast Asian Area Studies, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, 17  July 2019. 
  • “Standing in the Emperor’s Light: ‘Weak’ Political Leaders and Strong Results,” paper presented  at the AAS in-Asia Conference 2019. Bangkok, 1–3 July 2019. 
  • Picture-Book Democracy: Teaching Authoritarian Values in Thai 'Democracy-Picture-Books' for  Preschool Children, guest lecture at the Südostasien-Kolloquium, Universität Freiburg (Germany),  5 June 2019. 
  • “The Good vs. the Bad: Theravada Ideas in the Thai Political Discourse and the Use and Power of  Character Assassinations in Present-Day Thailand,” virtual presentation of a paper at the  conference Character Assassination and Populism: Challenges and Responses, George Mason  University, 15–17 March 2019. 
  • “The Franco-Siamese War and the Political Discovery of ‘Race’ in Absolutist Siam (1893),” paper  presented at the workshop Racial Difference and the Colonial Wars of 19th Century Southeast  Asia, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and School of History at the Department of  Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 10 March 2019.  September 2021 
  • “Remembering the Japanese-Thai Alliance during World War II: Writing History, Making History,  Consuming History,” virtual presentation of a paper at the 6th JSA ASEAN Conference Jakarta, 5–7  December 2018. 
  • “Imperial Nation: Japanese National Identity and Banal State Shintō,” paper presented at  Conference on InterAsian Connections VI: Hanoi, 4–7 December 2018. 
  • “The Pursuit of Sukha: The Theravada Foundations of the Thai Political Discourse,” paper  presented at the roundtable Global Intellectual History beyond Eurocentric Lenses: Connected  Political Vocabularies across South and Southeast Asia, ca. 1800-2018, co-organized with Milinda  Banerjee, Ludwig-Maximilians-University. Munich, 4 August 2018.  
  • “American Monarchism and Monarchical Anti-Communism: The Japanese and Thai Monarchies  and the Beginning Cold War,” paper presented at the Monarchy and Sovereignty in Twentieth- Century Asia: A Symposium, Duke University, 13 April 2018.
  • Die Metamorphosen des Yamada Nizaemon Nagamasa im Spiegelbild der Japanisch-  Thailändischen Beziehungen, guest lecture at the Center of Japanese Studies, University of  Heidelberg, 20 December 2017. 
  • “Performing Kingship in (pre-)Modern Siam,” paper presented at The Modern Invention of  Dynasty: A Global Intellectual History, 1500-2000. University of Birmingham, 21–23 September  2017 (virtual participation). 
  • The 1895 Foundation of the Heian Shrine in Kyoto: Local and National Identity in Imperial  Japan, guest lecture at the Department of History of Chulalongkorn Univesity, 6 March 2017. 
  • “Discipline and Progress: Thai-Buddhist Modernity and its Imagination of the Japanese,” paper  presented at the Second European Association of Japanese Studies Conference in Japan. Kobe  University, 24 September 2016. 
  • “A Fishy Business: A Rational Choice Approach to Solving the Crisis of Thailand's Fishery  Industry,” paper presented at the Asian Conference on Business and Public Policy 2015, Kobe, 6  November 2015. 
  • The Invisible and the Third Hand: Conspiracism and Thai Politics, guest lecture at the Center for  Southeast Asian Studies, University of Kyoto, 4 November 2015.  
  • “Relationship Status: It’s Complicated – The Village in the Thai Nation,” paper presented at the  First Ateneo Center for Asian Studies Graduate Student’s Symposium: “The Asia Village:  Challenges, Innovations & Reforms in East and Southeast Asia from Below”, Ateneo de Manila  University, Manila, 7 July 2015. 
  • “A Short History of Thai Political Ideas,” guest lecture at the Southeast Asia Studies Program,  University of Freiburg, 25 June 2014. 
  • “Japanese Views of Siam/Thailand from the Tokugawa-Period to the end of World War II,” paper  presented at the Chulalongkorn-Kyoto-Nottingham-IRASEC Joint International Symposium:  “Catching up with Southeast Asia’s New Body: States, Markets and Public Spheres”. Phuket, 27  September 2013. 
  • “An Angel Rising in the East” – Japan in the Early Twentieth-Century Siamese Nationalist  Discourse,” paper presented at the Kyoto-Cornell Joint International Workshop: “Trans-National  Southeast Asia: Paradigms, Histories, Vectors”. Kyoto University, 11 January 2012. 
  • 「1932年以前のタイのナショナリズムと日本」[Pre-1932 Thai Nationalism and Japan],  paper presented at the Meeting of the Western Japan Southeast Asian Studies Association, Center  for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, 13 October 2012. 
  • “Japan in the Siamese Press - From the Russo-Japanese War to 1932,” paper presented at the  International Conference on Asian Studies, Negombo, Sri Lanka, 27 July 2012. 
  • “The Monarch, Religion and the Formation of the Modern Nation-State in Japan and Thailand,”  paper presented at the workshop Nationizing the Dynasty – Dynastizing the Nation, University of California in Los Angeles, 13 April 2012.

Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships

  •  Postponed: July 2020: Short-term Fellowship (1 months) by the Japan Foundation to conduct  research on the history of Thai Studies in Japan at the Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto  University (Host: Prof. Junko Koizumi). 
  • February 2012–February 2013, JSPS-Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University  of Kyoto. 
  • February 2006–February 2007: DAAD-Scholarship to spend one year at Hitotsubashi University,  Tokyo. 
  • March 2004–August 2004: Scholarship by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg to spend one  semester at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.

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