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Visiting Researcher is Awarded the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Hitomi Omata Rappo, a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, has been awarded the Swiss National Science Foundation’s postdoctoral fellowship.

She received doctorate degrees in history from École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris as well as from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). She also holds a M.A. in asian studies and B.A. in art history from the University of Tokyo.

In her thesis, she analyzed how the images of Japanese “martyrs,” recorded first in missionaries’ reports, were reproduced in the hagiographic literature in Europe, and diffused as a popular theme of the Jesuit school drama in Italy, Germany, Spain, France and Switzerland. Currently, she is working on a book called “From the distant Indies to the scenes of colleges: the reflections of the Japanese Martyrs in Europe (16th - 18th century)”, which will be published by Cerf (Paris) and Aschendorff (Münster).