Klaus Antoni

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Klaus Antoni (born January 19, 1953 in Tübingen ) is a German Japanologist and cultural scientist .


After starting out in law , Antoni studied Japanese Studies, Sinology and Ethnology in Freiburg . In 1981 he received his doctorate and in the same year moved to the University of Munich, where he obtained his habilitation in the subject of Japanese Studies in 1985.

After chairs in Hamburg (1987) and Trier (1993), he took over the chair for Japanese Studies with a focus on cultural studies at the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Tübingen in 1998 .

Antoni stays regularly in Japan , for the first time as an exchange student in 1969/70, later for study and research purposes, etc. a. 1992/93 as visiting professor at Osaka City University . In 1991 he received the first international research award from the Tamaki Foundation at the University of Vienna . From October 2000 to 2004 Antoni was Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies, from 2004 to 2010 he was an elected member of the Senate of the University of Tübingen. In the summer of 2005 a research stay took place as a visiting scholar at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University .

Research priorities

Antoni's research focuses on the intellectual and religious history of Japan; in particular, he investigates the relationship between religion ( Shinto ) and ideology in Japan. The research focuses on the subject areas of the sacred writings of Japan (Kojiki), comparative research on myths (especially related to Izumo mythology) and Japanese narrative research (sagas, legends, setsuwa). In addition, he deals with Japanological cultural theory (including stereotype research) as well as the historical and cultural relations between Japan and Asia, with a regional focus on Ryûkyû (Okinawa). In general cultural studies, he is interested in intercultural communication.



  • The white rabbit by Inaba: from myth to fairy tale. Analysis of a Japanese “myth of the eternal return” against the background of ancient Chinese and Circumpacific thinking (= Munich East Asian Studies. Vol. 28). Steiner, Munich 1982, ISBN 3-515-03778-0 ( PDF file; 14 MB ).
  • Miwa - The Holy Drink. On the history and religious significance of the alcoholic drink (sake) in Japan (= Munich East Asian Studies. Volume 45). Steiner, Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-515-04837-5 ( PDF file; 43 MB ).
  • The heavenly ruler and his state. Essays on the position of the Tennô in modern Japan (= Munich East Asian Studies. Volume 28). Iudicium, Munich 1991, ISBN 3-89129-283-X ( PDF file; 82 MB ).
  • Ceremony for Nelly Naumann (= communications from the Society for Nature and Ethnology of East Asia. Volume 119). Edited by Klaus Antoni & Maria-Verena Blümmel. OAG, Hamburg 1993, ISBN 3-928463-54-3 .
  • Rituals and their originators: Invented Traditions in Japanese Religious History (= East Asia-Pacific. Trier Studies on Politics, Economy, Society, Culture. Vol. 5). Edited by Klaus Antoni. Lit, Münster / Hamburg / London 1997, ISBN 3-8258-3043-8 .
  • Shintô and the conception of the Japanese nationality ( kokutai ). Religious traditionalism in modern times and modern Japan (= Handbook of Oriental Studies. Volume V / 8). Brill, Leiden 1998, ISBN 90-04-10316-3 .
  • Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context (= Bunka. Vol. 5). Edited by Klaus Antoni, Hiroshi Kubota, Johann Nawrocki, Michael Wachutka. Lit, Münster / Hamburg / London 2002, ISBN 3-8258-6043-4 .
  • The subtle language of culture. Intercultural communication in the field of German-Japanese company cooperation (= Bunka-Wenhua. Vol. 14). Edited by Klaus Antoni and Elisabeth Scherer. Lit, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-8258-0111-3 .
  • Kojiki : Record of old incidents. Translated from old Japanese and Chinese and edited by Klaus Antoni. Verlag der Welteligionen in Insel-Suhrkamp-Verlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-458-70036-4 .
  • Crossing boundaries: humans in the field of tension between biology, culture and technology . Edited by Alfred Nordheim and Klaus Antoni. Transcript, Bielefeld 2013, ISBN 978-3-8376-2260-7 .
  • Sources of Mythology. Ancient and Contemporary Myths . Edited by Klaus Antoni and David Weiß (Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Conference on Comparative Mythology, May 15-17, 2013, Tübingen). LIT, Vienna, Zurich 2014, ISBN 978-3-643-90475-1 .


For the scientific appreciation and international discussion of the complete works of Klaus Antoni cf. the monograph Religion, Politics and Ideology , published in early 2018 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/philosophische-fakultaet/fachbereich/aoi/japanologie/personal/klaus-antoni.html
  2. http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/philosophische-fakultaet/fachbereich/aoi/japanologie/personal/klaus-antoni/forschung/monographien.html
  3. Michael Wachutka, Monika Schrimpf, Birgit Staemmler (eds.): “Religion, Politics and Ideology. Contributions to a critical cultural studies. Festschrift for Klaus Antoni on his 65th birthday ”. Iudicium. Munich. ISBN 978-3-86205-517-3