Mitsuda, Tatsuya



Faculty of Economics (Hiyoshi)


Associate Professor

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  • Tatsuya Mitsuda is Assistant Professor at Keio University, Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan.

    He was educated at Keio, Bonn and Cambridge, where he completed his PhD in History.

    His broad research and teaching interests span the intertwined social and cultural histories of food and animals, with particular reference to the German and Japanese experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    His most recent publications include: “Entangled Histories: Germany Veterinary Medicine, c. 1770-1900”, Medical History 61/1 (2017), 25-47 and “‘Sweets Reimagined’: The Construction of Confectionary Identities, 1890-1930”, in Andreas Niehaus and Tine Walvarens (eds), Feeding Japan: The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

    Dr Mitsuda is currently writing a book on the history of sweets and snacking in Japan and a monograph on the history of infectious animal diseases in modern Germany.

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  • <Research>
    I am involved in the following four research projects:

    1. Meat in Germany 1700-1900
    2. Infectious animal diseases in Germany, 1750-1930
    3. Sweets and snackig in Japan, 1850-1980
    4. Imperial dimensions of meat consumption in Japan, 1890-1930

    My teaching spans topics close to my research field and takes place in a variety of formats, from individual supervisions to lectures with 100-200 students. Third and fourth year students - as well as overseas students - with a research interest in either food or animals are welcome to discuss with me dissertation projects.

    1. Lecture: History of Food (Liberal Arts)
    2. Lecture: History of Animals (Liberal Arts)
    3. International Center: History of Animals in Japan (Overseas students)
    4. Seminar: History of Food (English)
    5. Seminar: History of Animals (English)
    6. Research Seminar: History of Food (Japanese)
    7. Academic Skills
    8. Thesis supervision (on topics related to the history of animals or food)

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  • 2007.10

    Research Associate, Clare College, Cambridge

  • 2009.04

    Keio University, Faculty of Economics, Assistant Professor

Academic Background 【 Display / hide

  • 1998.10

    Bonn University, Faculty of Philosophy, History

    Germany, University, Other, Master's course

  • 2000

    Keio University, Graduate School of Economics

    Graduate School, Other

  • 2000.09

    Keio University, Faculty of Laws, Department of Politics

    University, Graduated

  • 2002.09

    Cambridge University, Faculty of History

    Graduate School, Completed, Master's course

  • 2002.10

    Cambridge University, Faculty of History

    Graduate School, Other, Doctoral course

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Academic Degrees 【 Display / hide

  • BA (Politics), Keio University, 2000.09

  • MPhil, Cambridge University, National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, 2002.10

  • PhD, Cambridge University, National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, 2007.10


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  • Area studies

  • Japanese history

  • History of Europe and America

  • Modern European Social and Cultural History

Research Keywords 【 Display / hide

  • Europe Japan Germany Animals Food Meat Horses Confectionary


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  • "Snacking, Health, Modernity: Moralizing Confections in Japan, 1890-1930", in Angela Ki Che Leung and Melissa L. Caldwell (eds), Moral Foods: The Construction of Nutrition and Health in Modern Asia

    Tatsuya Mitsuda, University of Hawaii Press, 2019.09

  • "'Vegetarian Nationalism': Critiques of Meat Eating for Japanese Bodies, 1880-1938", in Michelle T. King (ed), Culinary Nationalism in Asia

    MITSUDA Tatsuya, Bloomsbury, 2019.07

  • 飼う―生命の教養学13

    光田 達矢, 慶應義塾大学出版会, 2018.07

    Scope: ペットしか見えない都市空間ができるまでー近代ヨーロッパにおける動物たちの行き(生き)場

  • "‘Sweets Reimagined’: The Construction of Confectionary Identities, 1890-1930" in Andreas Niehaus and Tine Walvarens (eds), Feeding Japan: The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk

    MITSUDA Tatsuya, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.05

  • "The Politics of Reproduction: Horse Breeding and State Studs in Prussia, 1750-1900" in Kristen Guest and Monica Mattfeld (eds), Equine Cultures: Horses, Human Society, and the Discourse of Modernity, 1700-Present

    MITSUDA Tatsuya, The University of Chicago Press, 2016

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  • Trichinosis revisited: scientific internventions in the assessment of meat and animals in Imperial Germany

    Tatsuya Mitsuda

    Food and Foodways (Food and Foodways)  27 ( 1-2 ) 49 - 73 2019.09

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Accepted,  ISSN  07409710

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    © 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This article examines the interplay of science, meat, and animals through a reappraisal of the trichinosis outbreaks during a critical period in the development of a meat inspection regime in Imperial Germany. Taking a more domestic approach than previous treatments, it questions why solutions to the problems of this parasitic disease moved from the hands of physicians, who initially called for a model of private protection carried out in the home, and into the hands of veterinarians, who established a model of public inspection centered on abattoirs. Building on previous scholarship, this article reveals how contrasting frameworks of medical and veterinary expertise shaped the debate; explains why self-protection was abandoned in favor of greater state intervention; questions why public slaughterhouses initially struggled to gain favor and then won acceptance; demonstrates why concerns about animal rather than human health were crucial in the establishment of abattoirs; and reveals why the contrasting focus on pork, on the one hand, and pigs, on the other, conditioned measures of prevention. Linking humans and animals, urban and rural society, as well as consumers and producers, this article provides a holistic and complex analysis of how German meat and animal inspection developed in the second half of the nineteenth century.

  • Incapacitated horses, traffic policing and spectator morals in late Victorian London

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    The Hiyoshi Review of the Humanities   33   263 - 288 2018.07

    Research paper (bulletin of university, research institution), Single Work, Except for reviews

    Mitsuda 2018 Fallen Horses London.pdf

  • Entangled histories: German veterinary medicine, c.1770–1900

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Medical History (Cambridge University Press)  61 ( 1 ) 25 - 47 2017.01

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work

  • Veterinary identities in late imperial Germany

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Veterinary History 19 ( 1 ) 66 - 86 2017

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work

  • The Shift from a Rider-centric to a Horse-centric View of Horse-racing in Modern Europe

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Japanese Journal of Human Animal Relations  ( 45 )  2016.12

    Research paper (research society, symposium materials, etc.), Single Work

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  • Towards a nation of beef eaters? Fears, tastes and the edibility of "fresh" meat in Japan, c. 1870-1930

    Tatsuya Mitsuda

    Making East Asian Foods: Technologies and Values, 19th - 20th Centuries, University of Hong Kong, 2019.05

  • Mapping New Technologies of Slaughter: the ‘Model’ Abattoir in Tsingtao Under German, Japanese, and Chinese Rule, 1898-1930

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Closing the Gap – How Technology Changes Spatial Relationships Between Humans and Animals (Shanghai) , 2018.03, Oral Presentation(general), Nordic Centre

  • Bovine imperialism: Japanese livestock, the threat of animal diseases, and the supply of ‘safe’ meat and cattle in East Asia, c. 1890-1940

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia (Cambridge, MA, USA) , 2017.05, Symposium, Workshop, Panelist (public offering), Harvard Law School

  • Imposing confectionary identities in Japan, 1890-1935

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Culinary Nationalism in Asia (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) , 2017.03, Oral Presentation(guest/special), Department of History, University of North Carolina

  • Children as Consumer: Sweets and Snacking in the Construction of Confectionary Consumer Culture in Modern Japan

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    History of Consumer Culture (Tokyo) , 2017.03, Oral Presentation(general), Gakushuin University

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Research Projects of Competitive Funds, etc. 【 Display / hide

  • A comparative history of meat in Germany and Japan: production, safety, society


    MEXT,JSPS, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 光田 達矢, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Principal Investigator

  • A comparative history of meat-based societies: production, security and diet in modern Germany and Japan


    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Tatsuya Mitsuda, Research grant

  • Medicalization of meat in modern Germany: animals, food, veterinarians


    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Principal Investigator

  • From adults to children: the production, popularization and consumption of chocolate in Japan


    Keio University, Keio Gijuku Academic Development Funds, Research grant, Principal Investigator

  • Household animals and veterinarians in twentieth-century Germany


    Japan Pet Care Association


Memberships in Academic Societies 【 Display / hide

  • Association for the Study of Food & Society (ASFS), 

  • Japanese Society for Veterinary History, 

  • Human Animal Relationship Society

  • Veterinary History Society

  • Social and Economic History Society (Japan)


Committee Experiences 【 Display / hide

  • 2017.05

    オブザーバー, 味の素食の文化センター 食の文化フォーラム

  • 2017.04

    評議員, 日本獣医史学会

  • 2016.03

    常任理事, ヒトと動物の関係学会