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Hidefumi Nishiyama



I am currently an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study and a part-time teacher of World Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PaIS) at the University of Warwick. I had submitted my PhD thesis in September 2015, which is entitled Race, Biometrics, and Security in Modern Japan: A History of Racial Government (funded by an East Asia Postgraduate Fellowship). I passed my viva voce examination in November 2015, examined by Professor Michael Dillon (Lancaster) and Professor Stuart Elden (PaIS). I have BA in Sociology and Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and MSc Sociology (Research) from London School of Economics.

Doctoral thesis

My doctoral thesis scrutinises the historical relations between racism and biometrics in Japan from the colonial period to the present. Adopting Foucault's historical method, it analyses the interplay between discourses on race and practices of biometric identification, and articulates historical transformations of the biopolitical strategy of control-subjectification of race.

Research interests

Biopolitics, colonialism, critical security studies, Foucault, Japan, race and racism.


Nishiyama, H. (2015) 'Towards a global genealogy of biopolitics: race, colonialism, and biometrics beyond Europe', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(2): 331-346.

Nishiyama, H. (2014) 'Maritime Borders and Territories: A Topoligical Space of Exception and the Suspicious Vessel Case In Japan', in J.C.H. Liu and N. Vaughan-Williams (eds) European-East Asian Borders in Translation, Routledge (abstract available here).

Conference papers (selected)

'From a question of the technical to a question of the political: a case of Japanese biometric border controls', BISA Annual Conference, July 2013, Birmingham (BISA Postgrad Conference Bursaries awarded).

'Bordering bodies in Imperial Japan and beyond', Decoder la Frontiere: Biometrie, Drones, Flux de Donnee, 13-4th February 2013, Aix en Provence (invited).

Organising event

'Politics, Spaces and Imaginations', Warwick Graduate Conference in Political Geography, 28-29th November 2013, University of Warwick (CfP poster) (provisional programme).


World Politics, PaIS, Warwick (2013- the present)


Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, PaIS, Warwick

Professor Christopher W. Hughes, PaIS, Warwick


Early Career Fellowship, IAS, Warwick (2015-16)

East Asia Research Fellowship, PaIS, Warwick (2011-2014)


Japanese [spoken: fluent, written: fluent]


Hidefumi Nishiyama

H dot Nishiyama at warwick dot ac dot uk


PO131 World Politics

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