Katsuhiko Suganuma

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Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma

Katsuhiko Suganuma

Lecturer, Japanese
Global Cultures & Languages

Room 327, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2360 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7847 (fax)

Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma is Lecturer in Japanese, Global Cultures & Languages in the School of Humanities. His area of interest includes Queer Studies, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, and Japanese Studies.


Prior to his current position at the University of Tasmania, Katsuhiko was Assistant Professor at Oita University in Japan, upon his return from PhD studies at the University of Melbourne

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD University of MelbourneAustralia2010
MA State University of New York Albany USA2004
BA State University of New York AlbanyUSA2002
BA Kansai Gaidai University Japan2002

Languages (other than English)



Queer Studies, Gender Studies, Japanese Studies, Cultural Studies

Teaching responsibility



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  • Contemporary queer cultures and politics
  • Japanese gender and sexuality
  • Studies of pornography
  • Cultural studies in Asia

Research Themes

Katsuhiko's work relates to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. His current research interests include understanding how gender and sexuality are increasingly becoming a primary tool deployed in reshaping our mode of living and consumption culture in recent neo-liberal conditions. He looks at popular media texts (cinema, performance, music, TV programs, literature, and magazines) and creative industries (art museums, art enterprises) to examine how these materials and spaces can be sources of both gender liberation and containment.

Fields of Research

  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)


Book Cover | Contact Moments Katsuhiko is an author of Contact Moments: The Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures (Hong Kong University Press 2012), and a co-editor of Queer Voices from Japan (Lexington Books 2007), and Boys Love Manga and Beyond (University Press of Mississippi 2015).

Total publications


Journal Article

(10 outputs)
2016Suganuma K, 'Off-genre: notes on (dis)-locating Oshima Nagisa's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)', Reconstruction, 16, (2) ISSN 1547-4348 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015Suganuma K, 'Queer Cooking And Dining: Expanding Queerness In Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday?', Culture, Society and Masculinities, 7, (2) pp. 87-101. ISSN 1941-5591 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2013Nagaike K, Suganuma K, 'Transformative Works and Cultures', 12 ISSN 1941-2258 (2013) [Edited Journal]

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2013Suganuma K, ''Queer' Runner: On the ways of constructing one marathon runner's subjectivity', Journal of Queer Studies Japan, 6 pp. 58-79. ISSN 1883-2164 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2012Paquin J, Suganuma K, 'Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific', 12 ISSN 1440-9151 (2012) [Edited Journal]

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2011Suganuma K, 'Ways of speaking about queer space in Tokyo: disorientated knowledge and counter-public space', Japanese Studies, 31, (3) pp. 345-358. ISSN 1037-1397 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10371397.2011.619168 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3


2010Suganuma K, 'The (Dis)embodied Swimsuit on the Beach', Intersections, (23) ISSN 1440-9151 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2009McLelland M, Suganuma K, 'Sexual minorities and human rights in Japan: an historical perspective', The International Journal of Human Rights, 13, (2-3) pp. 329-343. ISSN 1364-2987 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13642980902758176 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8


2007Suganuma K, 'Associative identity politics: unmasking the multi-layered formation of queer male selves in 1990s Japan', Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 8, (4) pp. 485-502. ISSN 1464-9373 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14649370701567955 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6


2006Suganuma K, 'Enduring Voices: Fushimi Noriaki and Kakefuda Hiroko's Continuing Relevance to Japanese Lesbian and Gay Studies and Activism', Intersections, (14) ISSN 1440-9151 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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(3 outputs)
2015McLelland M, Nagaike K, Suganuma K, Welker J, 'Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan', The University Press of Mississippi, United States, pp. 211. ISBN 9781628461190 (2015) [Edited Book]

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2012Suganuma K, 'Contact Moments: The Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures', Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 211. ISBN 9789888083701 (2012) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.001.0001 [eCite] [Details]


2007McLelland M, Suganuma K, Welker J, 'Queer Voices from Japan: First Person Narratives from Japan's Sexual Minorities (AsiaWorld)', Lexington Books, United States, pp. 372. ISBN 978-0739121597 (2007) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2018Suganuma K, 'Queering mainstream media: Matsuko Deluxe as modern-day kuroko', Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media, Routledge, F Darling-Wolf (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 169-179. ISBN 9781138917415 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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2018Suganuma K, Otomo R, Hartley B, 'Unsettling nostalgia through irony: cinematic war memory and gender', Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basin Reconciliation: Wounds, Scars and Healing, Routledge, Y Claremont (ed), London, pp. 183-197. ISBN 9781138055018 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Hartley B


2015Suganuma K, 'Sexual Minority Studies on Japan', Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia, Routledge, M, McLelland and V, Mackie (ed), New York, pp. 244-254. ISBN 9780415639484 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Research Supervision

Katsuhiko is available of supervision to HDR candidates who are interested in queer studies, gender studies, and Japanese popular culture.




PhDBetween Reality and Representation: Photographic ambiguities of place and identity in Japans postwar modernity
Candidate: Ross Robert Tunney