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Julie Valk

Postdoctoral Research Associate
King's College Business School

 
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I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King's College London, working with Professor Alexandru Preda and Dr Ruowen Xu. Our ESRC-funded project investigates collaborations between software engineers and finance professionals in cryptoasset and blockchain firms in the UK, US, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. We aim to investigate if and how transfers of expertise happen under various regulatory regimes and collaborative practices, and what the consequences are for cryptoasset and blockchain firms.


I am a social anthropologist with a broad range of interests in finance, software engineering, economic anthropology, textile and material culture. My PhD (Anthropology, University of Oxford 2018) focused on the kimono retail industry in Japan.

I have written a book, Selling the Kimono: an Ethnography of Crisis, Creativity and Hope, forthcoming with Routledge in 2021, about the challenges faced by the kimono industry in the face of ongoing recession and declining sales.

 

Publications

BOOK: Selling the Kimono: An Ethnography of Crisis, Creativity and Hope in 'Advances in Ethnography' with Routledge

Forthcoming in 2021

‘The Alienating Inalienable: Rethinking Inalienable Wealth through Japan’s “Sleeping Kimono”’ in HAU: the Journal of Ethnographic Theory 10 (1): 147–165

2020

‘The smell of Shōwa: time, materiality and regimes of value in Japan’s secondhand kimono industry’ in Journal of Material Culture 25(2): 240–256

2020

Book review: ‘Costume in Performance: Materiality, Culture, and the Body by Donatella Barbieri’ in Visual Anthropology Review 35(1): 115-117

2019

‘From Duty to Fashion: The Changing Role of the Kimono in the Twenty-First Century’ in Fashion Theory 22(3): 309-340

2018

‘The “Kimono Wednesday” Protests: Identity Politics and How the Kimono Became More Than Japanese’ in Asian Ethnology 74(2): 379–399

2015

 

CV

Postdoctoral Research Associate
King's College London
King's Business School

January 2021 to present

Together with Professor Alexandru Preda (PI) and Dr Ruowen Xu, we investigate collaborations between software engineers and finance professionals in cryptoasset and blockchain firms in the UK, US, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. We aim to investigate if and how transfers of expertise happen under various regulatory regimes and collaborative practices, and what the consequences are for cryptoasset and blockchain firms.

ESRC Postdoctoral Researcher
University College London

October 2019 to December 2020

As an ESRC post-doctoral researcher, I built on the results of my DPhil in anthropology, published journal articles, and set up a research group on clothing at UCL. I also wrote a book, Selling the Kimono: an Ethnography of Crisis, Creativity and Hope, forthcoming in 2021.

Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan
Oxford Brookes University

September 2018 to June 2019 (fixed term)

As a Lecturer in the Anthropology of Japan, I was module Leader for two modules: ‘Introduction to Japanese Society and Culture’ and ‘Japan at Play’, and additional teaching on two modules: ‘Introduction to Social Anthropology’ and ‘Minorities and Marginality in Japan’. Additionally I also supervised eight undergraduate dissertations.

DPhil Researcher

University of Oxford

October 2014 to November 2018

I conducted twelve months of anthropological fieldwork with craftspeople, retailers and wholesalers in the kimono retail industry, as well as writers, bloggers and members of government, in order to produce an investigation into the current state of the kimono retail industry, culminating in my thesis 'Survival or Success? The Kimono Retail Industry in Contemporary Japan'.

Co-teacher on the Japanese Society option paper
University of Oxford

January to June 2017

Teaching on this course involved lecturing, seminar style teaching and the moderation of student presentations as well as tutorial teaching and giving students detailed feedback on their essays. This course covered topics as varied as minorities, popular culture, art, religion, education and gender to name a few.

College Tutor in Anthropology

Hertford College, University of Oxford

April to June 2018

April to June 2017

I have delivered two full courses of tutorial teaching at Hertford College in 2017 and 2018 for first year students on the course ‘Introduction to Anthropological Theory’, providing comprehensive and supportive feedback on essays as well as stimulating my students to think critically and preparing them fully for their exams.

Coordinator for International Relations

Kanazawa, Japan

July 2012 to July 2014

Specifically assigned to facilitating sister city relations between Kanazawa and Nancy in France, I spearheaded a number of collaborative projects and brokered agreements for exchanges with a view to strengthening intercultural ties between the two cities.

 

Teaching

Japan-related teaching

At Oxford Brookes University, I taught three Japan-related modules: 'Introduction to Japanese Society and Culture', 'Minorities and Marginality in Japan' and 'Japan at Play'. These courses involved a breadth of topics and themes, from introductory topics such as the family to specialised topics such as contemporary Japanese popular culture and the question of race, ethnicity and marginality in Japan.

At the University of Oxford, I co-taught the 'Japanese Society' option course with Professor Roger Goodman. This course, aimed at both undergraduates and graduates, examined themes as broad as law, art, popular culture, economic life, family life, gender and sexuality in Japan.

Social Anthropology

At Oxford Brookes University, I taught on the ‘Introduction to Social Anthropology’ course for 1st year undergraduates, on the topics of economic anthropology, ritual, kinship and gender. I gave lectures to classes of over a hundred students, marked essay papers and moderated student-led seminar presentations.

As a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, I regularly taught 1st year social anthropology tutorials at Hertford College in addition to 2nd year tutorials at St Peter's College, covering kinship, gender, personhood, religion, material culture, and exchange.

 

Get in Touch

King's College Business School
Bush House
30 Aldwych

London

WC2B 4BG

 

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