Arnaud Doglia is interested in contemporary Japan and East Asia. He received his MA in East Asian studies, and his PhD in Japanese studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he also taught contemporary Japanese history. He was then assistant professor at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he taught East Asian studies before joining the program.
He recently published his first book, Japanese Biological Warfare, 1880-2011: Historical Realities and the Anatomy of Memory, centered around three main ideas; the extent to which biological warfare and medical experiments were institutionalized in the Imperial Japanese Army, the continuous existence of a group of researchers working together before and after 1945, and the emergence since 1945 in Japanese society of narratives that created the memories of “Unit 731”.
Arnaud joined the program with a project called Japanese Medical Atrocities and Biological Warfare: Narratives of Reconversion of Former War Criminals in Postwar Japan. His research is a continuation of his doctoral dissertation, and it seeks to analyze in depth the network of scientists and physicians who participated in medical experiments until 1945, equally discussing their profile, reconversion and responsibility. Regardless of their deeds, all these individuals benefited from the fact that there was no hunt for war criminals in Japan within the scientific community until the 1980s, by which time most of them had died.
Other topics of interest include: The birth of bioethics in Japan, Japanese war crimes and their memories in East Asia, World War II and Cold War atrocities, as well as social history and popular culture during the Allied Occupation and in Postwar Japan.