Angelika Koch

Dr. Angelika Koch broadly specialises in the cultural history of early modern Japan, with a particular focus on the history of sexuality and gender, as well as the history of medicine and science. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014 and is in the process of publishing her first monograph Sexual Healing. Sexuality, Health and the Male Body in Early Modern Japan (1600-1868), a cultural history tracing medical views of sex as a health and disease concept in the Edo period. Moreover, she is also part of the collaborative project Timing Day and Night: ‘Timescapes’ in Pre-modern Japan, which explores time as a set of social practices prior to the introduction of the Western time system. Beyond this, her academic interests extend to modern and contemporary Japan, and she has been involved in editing and publishing a series of cutting-edge student research on genders and sexualities (Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy. Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge, LIT 2013). For her new BOF-funded project at Ghent she aims to produce a cultural history of the healthy and ailing body in early modern Japan (1600-1868), as seen through the lens of popular vernacular literature, as well as its concomitant visual culture.