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Tsukasa Mizushima
Professor, Department of the Orient History, The University of Tokyo
E-mail: zushima2010@gmail.com

Dr. T. Mizushima has been working on the socio-economic history of India from the late 18th century till today. Transformation of rural society, social reproduction system or mirasi system, caste system, migration, agricultural development and demographic change are some of the subjects that have been investigated in the past four decades or so. A number of field studies in Tamil villages/Nilgiri and Malayan plantations/Malay villages/Petaling Jaya as well as archival studies in Madras, Delhi, London, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have been conducted.  

More recently he has been leading groups working on GIS-based global history from Asian perspectives. A large number of village-level sources from the 18th century onwards have been digitized and socio-economic changes of Tamilnadu in the past 250 years are analyzed to produce new perspectives of Asian historical development.

1992 Tokyo University, Ph. D.
1976 - 1979 Tokyo University, M.A. in History
1971 - 1976 Tokyo University, B.A. in History

Occupational Experience
1997 - Present Professor, Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo
1995 - 1997 Professor, ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
1988 - 1995 Associate Professor, ILCAA, Tokyo Univ. of Foreign Studies
1979 - 1988 Research Fellow, ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Current Activities and Positions
In addition to a number of Japanese and English publications, Dr. Mizushima has organized quite a few research projects, including those on Indian diasporas, agrarian history of Tamil villages, ecological change, GIS, and global history. Currently he is engaged in the following activities /positions:
  • Project Director of "Historical Maps of Asia" sponsored by JSPS
  • Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary India at The University of Tokyo
    (TINDAS) sponsored by the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU)
  • President of the Japanese Association of South Asian Studies (JASAS)
  • Project leader of GIS-based Global History from Asian Perspectives, Topic-Setting Program to Advance Cutting-Edge Humanities and Social Sciences Research, sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promption of Science (JSPS)
  • Project leader of “Studies of Urban Formation in India: Madras, Coimbatore, and Kanchipuram” sponsored by JSPS
  • Project leader of “Comparative Studies of Two Iron Cities in Asia: Yawata in Japan and Jamshedhpur in India” sponsored by JSPS

Recent English Publications (the full list of publication is available in the pull-down menu of “Publication List”)
  • “Did India experience Rapid Population Growth in the Pre-Census Period? – A Village-level Study from South India –,” Journal of the Japanese Association of South Asian Studies, Vol. 6, 2013, pp.13-46. •
  • “Transformation of South Indian Local Society in the Late Pre-colonial Period,” Journal of Asian Network for GIS-based Historical Studies, Vol. 1, 2013, pp.12-16 •
  • “Development of Market Economy; Asian and European Market Relation; Political and
    Economic Subordination,” “Mirasidars and Colonial Land Systems,” “Landholders in the Nineteenth century,” A Concise History of South India: Issues and Interpretations, Noboru Karashima (ed.), Oxford University Press, OUP India, 2014, pp. 260-265, 266-273, 278-281. •
  • “Linking Hinterlands with Colonial Port Towns: Madras and Pondicherry in Early Modern India,” Place, Space, and Time: Asian Hinterlands and Political Economic Development in the Long Eighteenth Century, (Tsukasa Mizushima, George Bryan Souza, and Dennis O. Flynn eds.), Brill, 2015, pp.126-144.