This is the website of Oleg Benesch, a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in East Asian History at the University of York in the UK. My research focuses on the historical exchange and development of ideas and concepts across societies, with a focus on interactions between Japan, China, and the West. My educational backgrounds in both history and philosophy inform my major research interests, as well as my interest in interdisciplinary work. My research tends to take a comparative approach, and my work examines themes including nationalism, identity, nostalgia, masculinity, memory, and authenticity.
I am currently working on several ongoing projects related to the study of Japanese castles, transnational conceptions of martial identity, as well as new projects concerning conceptions of civil society and alternative education movements. I present my work in English, German, and Japanese at conferences and invited talks in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I am also an avid promoter of the study of East Asia, and am a co-founder and Deputy Director of the York Asia Research Network (YARN).