Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo

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Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo (* 30th August 1956 in Baja , Hungary as Viktoria Szabo ) is a Hungarian Japanologist and linguist. She teaches as a professor of Japanese studies at the Asia-Orient Institute of the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen .


From 1975 to 1980 she studied German , Slavic , Sinology and Japanese studies at Loránd Eötvös University , from which she graduated with a master's degree. In 1984 she received her doctorate from the Ruhr University Bochum . From 1983 to 1990 Eschbach-Szabo worked there on the Philipp Franz von Siebold project. From 1990 she taught for three semesters at the University of Trier and was appointed professor for contemporary Japanese studies. Since 1992 she has held a professorship for Japanese Studies at the Asia-Orient Institute at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen . Since 1994 she has been working at the Tübingen Center for Japanese Language and Culture at the Dōshisha University in Kyoto . From 2005 to 2008 she was President of the European Association for Japanese Studies .

She is married to the Essen semiotic Achim Eschbach and has two daughters.


Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo is one of the few Japanese linguists in the European language area. In addition to her teaching and research activities in East Asian Studies, she worked for many years as the organizer of the linguistic section and most recently as President of the European Association for Japanese Studies . As part of this work, she was able to develop new ways of communicating between European institutions by creating databases and networks, promoting young scholars in Japanese studies and promoting Japanese teaching in Europe. As part of her professorship for Japanese linguistics at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, she has set herself the goal of making knowledge about Japanese culture, society and language accessible to a wider audience.

Works (selection)

as an author
  • Temporality in Japanese . Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1986, ISBN 3-447-02621-9 (publications of the East Asia Institute of the Ruhr University Bochum; Vol. 36).
  • People and names in Japanese. Changes in modernization and globalization . LIT Verlag, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-8258-8758-2 .
as editor
  • Ibunka to no deai. Sekai no naka no Nihon to Doitsu. Language and culture. Japan and Germany facing the intercultural challenge (Bunka. Tübingen Intercultural and Linguistic Studies on Japan. Tübingen Intercultural and Linguistic Studies on Japan; Vol. 11). Lit Verlag, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-8258-8299-3 (together with Yoko Koyama-Siebert and Martina Ebi; in German and Japanese).
  • Japanese Linguistics. The European Chapter . Kuroshio, Tōkyō 2007, ISBN 978-4-87424-319-0 (together with Andre Wlodarczyk and Yoshihiko Ikegami ).

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