MEMEAC congratulates alumna Aleksandra Majstorac-Kobiljski (History, 2010) who is currently a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and director of Centre de Recherches sur le Japon (CRJ) in Paris for receiving the European Research Council Grant.
Japan was the first Asian nation to industrialise. Unlike England or France, for example, Japan transformed from a relatively isolated agrarian economy to an industrialised power in only a few decades. Dr Aleksandra Kobiljski aims to challenge the current understanding of how Japan became a global industrial power. Instead of considering innovation as a distinct moment of disruption, Kobiljski seeks to focus on technologies at work to redefine it as a result of long-term process of accumulation.
With the Starting Grant, Kobiljski’s research team will study Japan’s technological landscape between 1800 and 1885, a period that is acknowledged as crucial for the country’s development but has remained empirically poorly understood. The team will analyse previously unexamined archives to bring depth and nuance to the specific case of Japanese industrialisation but also to more broad innovative processes in human history.
Project: Beyond Eureka: The Foundations of Japan’s Industrialization, 1800-1885 (J-INNOVATECH)
Researcher: Aleksandra Kobiljski
Host Institution: National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
ERC Funding: € 1.37 million for five years
For more information, please visit https://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-starting-grant-2018-examples