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Dr. Klaus J. Friese

Dr. Klaus J. Friese

Teaching Assignment

Areas of research and interest

Economic anthropology, especially anthropology of finance; material culture and museum anthropology; social aesthetics.

Focus region: Asia, especially Japan


Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
LMU Munich
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Office hours:
On appointment.

Research project “Aesthetics of War”

Material culture plays an important role in the creation of a social aesthetics which influences society. With a focus on the times of war, research into this field is done by studying textiles, objects of everyday use but also art created in Japan between c. 1894 and 1945.

Academic Career

  • since April 2017: Lecturer at LMU
  • October 2016 – February 2021: PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU and East Asian Art History at University of Zurich. Thesis “Aesthetics of War: Japanese War Motif Kimonos".
  • October 2014 – July 2016: Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU.
  • October 2011 – July 2014: Bachelor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU.


  • Winter semester 2019/2020: Seminar “Japan in Germany – Germany in Japan”
  • Summer semester 2018: Seminar “Anthropology of Finance”
  • Summer semester 2017: Seminar “From Gulliver’s Travels to Anime – Ethnography of Japan” 


  • University Bonn, 11/2020, 35. Tagung der Initiative zur historischen Japanforschung, “Japanische Kriegsmotiv-Kimonos: Spiegel einer nationalen Identität?”
  • UCLA Los Angeles, 10/2019, 24th Annual Japan Studies Graduate Conference, "Poetics Of War: War Motif Kimonos".
  • Lindenmuseum Stuttgart, 09/2019, "Krieg als Mode? Über die Bedeutung von japanischen Kriegsmotiv-Kimonos".
  • Völkerkundemuseum Heidelberg, 05/2019, "Trompeten und Textilien - Japanische Kimonos als Teil einer Ästhetik des Krieges".
  • University Zurich, 05/2019, "Trumpets and Textiles - War in the Japanese material culture from 1931 to 1945", Guest lecture as part of the lecture series "War and Peace in East Asian Art".
  • 14th EAJS PhD Workshop, University Belgrad, 10/2018, "Aesthetics of War: Japanese War Motif Kimonos".
  • 9th Annual EU Workshop of Kansai University, Zurich, 10/2017, "Aesthetics of War - Material Culture from the Shōwa Period".
  • 2nd conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology, Zurich, 08/2017: "Japanese War Kimonos: History, Connectivities and Meanings".