Curriculum Vitae

Mika Arisaka

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I am currently living in Hannover, a capital city of Lower Saxony in northern Germany.  From 2009 to 2011 I was a fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover, where I continue to be a guest researcher.  I am also a lecturer at the Insitut für Philosophie at Universität Hildesheim, where I teach one seminar per semester in English.  Otherwise, I teach courses in Japanese language (in German) at a community college in Hannover (Volkshochschule Hannover). Sometimes I also do private sushi catering and make comfort food for those who are sick or recovering (or, on a happier note, just had a baby and too tired to cook, or breastfeeding). During 2012 I lead a philosophy seminar (in Japanese) at Kira Japan in Second Life. 

From 1996 to 2007 (1996-2001 as Assistant Professor, 2001-2007 as Associate Professor), I was a member of the Philosophy Department and Graduate Faculty at the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco.  I was born and raised in Kamakura, Japan.  After my AFS high school exchange student year in 1980 in Del Mar, CA, I moved to the United States in 1982.   I received my B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University and Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California at Riverside in 1996.  During Fall 97 I was a CNRS research associate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.  My field of research and interest include modern Japanese philosophy, Chinese philosophy, 19th and 20th Century European philosophy (emphasis in phenomenology), philosophy of consciousness, ethics, feminism, political philosophy, and philosophy of race. Other activities I have participated in the past are:  a working group for phenomenology and the cognitive sciences and on the Advisory Board for the Association for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences; the U.S.-Japan Sustainability Research Team, a collaborative project consisting of scholars, organizers of Environmental NGO's, and environmental engineers from Japan and the U.S.  In January 2003, I have also taught at Kobe University as an adjunct professor.

List of publications include:

New! Prophetischer Pragmatismus: Eine Einführung in das Denken von Cornel West, (With an interview with Cornel West and Eduardo Mendieta), by Jürgen Manemann, Yoko Arisaka, Volker Drell, Anna Maria Hauk. Fink Verlag: 2012.

New! Kitaro Nishida in der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts. Rolf Elberfeld and Yoko Arisaka, eds. Alber Verlag: 2014.


Please note that some of the papers above are not identical to the published versions.

Courses taught at the University of San Francisco (some syllabi from the past):

Courses taught at the University of Hildesheim:

            Diversity and Global Justice (Summer 2010)

            Philosophy of Race (Winter 2010/11)

            Feminist Philosophy (Summer 2011)

            Philosophy of Technology (Winter 2011/12)

            Philosophy of Emotion (Summer 2012)

            Reading Cornel West: From Prophetic Pragmatism to Hip Hop (Winter 2012/13)

Nussbaum and the Capabilities Approach (Summer 2013)
            Global Justice and Race: Reading Race, Empire, and the Idea of Human Development

            (Summer 2013)

            Culture and Globalization: Contemporary Debates (Winter 2013/14)

            Postcolonial Philosophy (Summer 2014)