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    Dr Rin Ushiyama

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    Research Fellow in Sociology

    Human Social and Political Science (HSPS)


    Murray Edwards is a vibrant, convivial, and intellectually stimulating environment for students and academics alike. I am delighted and honoured to be welcomed into the Fellowship.

    Degrees &  Honours:          

    BA, MPhil, PhD (all Cantab)

    Awards & Prizes:             

    2017: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, British Academy.

    2013: International PhD Studentship, Cambridge International Trust.

    2012: Santander Scholarship, Cambridge Overseas Trust & Santander.

    Research Interests:      

    I am a cultural and political sociologist with an expertise in the social struggles over representations of past mass violence, including war, colonialism, and terrorism.

    My regional expertise is in contemporary Japan and East Asia, but more recently I have become interested in war memory among East Asian diasporic communities around the world.


    I joined Murray Edwards in 2018 as a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow in Sociology. Before, I completed my PhD in Sociology (2017) at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.


    Journal articles:

    Ushiyama, R. (2019) Discursive opportunities and the transnational diffusion of ideas: ‘brainwashing’ and ‘mind control’ in Japan after the Aum Affair. The British Journal of Sociology. 70 (5), 1730–1753. DOI:10.1111/1468-4446.12705.

    Ushiyama, R. (2019) ‘Latency through uncertainty: the 1994 Matsumoto Sarin Incident as a delayed cultural trauma’. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society 32(1): 21-41. DOI: 10.1007/s10767-018-9282-1

    Ushiyama, R. and Patrick Baert. (2016) ‘Cultural trauma, counter-narratives and dialogical intellectuals: the works of Murakami Haruki and Mori Tatsuya in the context of the Aum Affair’. Theory and Society 45(6): 471–499. DOI: 10.1007/s11186-016-9279-6

    Ushiyama, R. (2014) ‘Richard Dawkins as a public intellectual after The God Delusion: a British study’. American Journal of Cultural Sociology 2(3): 300-326. DOI: 10.1057/ajcs.2014.7

    Book chapters in edited collections:

    Ushiyama, R. (2021) Reactions to legal challenges by Aum Shinrikyō and its successor organisations. In: Eileen Barker & James T. Richardson (eds.). Reactions to the Law by Minority Religions. Abingdon, Routledge. pp. 169–187.

    Ushiyama, R. (2019) Commemorating violence in and beyond liberal democracies. In: Violence and Democracy. London, British Academy. pp. 13–17.