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Wai Lau

Thesis working title - ‘The Japanese Civilising Process’.

PhD research

My research focuses on Norbert Elias’s theory of civilising processes and how it can be applied to Japan. This sociological theory will be applied mainly to the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1603), as this marks the transition from feudalism to early modernity. This short but spectacular epoch marked the creation of numerous early modern social, economic, political and cultural structures. These influenced the developments during the Tokugawa period (1603-1868) which in turn propelled Japan towards modernity in the Meiji period (1868-1912).

Academic supervisors

Education

  • BA (Hons) Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA (Hons) Sociology (Erasmus Exchange), University College Dublin
  • MA Sociology, The University of Manchester

Teaching experience

I am currently teaching the following Sociology course units:

  • SOCY10421 – Foundations of Social Thought (2017/18)

I have previously taught:

  • SOCY10421 – Foundations of Social Thought (2016/17)
  • SOCY10432 – Contemporary Social Thought (2016/17)

Conferences organised

  • Creative Intentions 2015, University of Manchester, 26 June 2015.
  • Trajectories 2016: A NWDTC Sociology Conference, University of Manchester, 1 July 2016.
  • 2017 Annual Manchester Postgraduate Conference: Sociology and Intellectual Craftsmanship, University of Manchester, 30 June 2017.

Conferences and invited presentations

  • “The Japanese Tea Ceremony: An Eliasian View and Some Lines of Research”, Creative Intentions 2015, University of Manchester, 26 June 2015.
  • Conference Organising for Creative Intentions 2015 Presentation, SOCY60510 – Sociology Postgraduate Research Workshop (2015/16), 21 October 2015, Guest Speaker.
  • Presentation for Conference Organising for Trajectories 2016, SOCY60510 – Sociology Postgraduate Research Workshop (2016/17), 24 October 2016, Guest Speaker.

Achievements

  • Best on Blackboard Awards 2014/15: Commended for SOCY10432 – From Modernity to Postmodernity II.

Academic membership

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Association for Japanese Studies
  • Norbert Elias Foundation

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