Fynn Holm

Fynn Holm, Dr.

Research Fellow and Lecturer

Phone: +41 44 634 31 87

Telfax: +41 44 634 49 21

Room number: ZUB 3-325


Student advisory by arrangement


Since 2020 Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
2019 Ph.D. in History, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program „Asia and Europe,” University of Zurich
2017–2018 Visiting Researcher at Tōhoku University, Sendai (funded by Canon Foundation)
2015–2019 Teaching and Research Assistant at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
2013–2014 Exchange Year at Meiji University, Tokyo
2011–2015 M.A. History and Japanese Studies at University of Zurich
2008–2011 B.A. History and Law at University of Basel

Research areas

  • Japanese History

  • Modern Japan
  • Environmental History
  • Human-Animal History
  • Whaling


Holm, Fynn. 2020. “The Whales and the Tsunami: The Reconstruction and Reinvention of the ‘Whaling Town’ Ayukawa,” in Land, Natur, Nation. Japans Regionen zwischen Idylle, Verfall und Revitalisierung, eds. Ludgera Lewerich; Theresa Sieland and Timo Thelen (Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf University Press), in print.

Holm, Fynn. 2020. “Living with the Gods of the Sea: Anti-Whaling Movements in Northeast Japan, 1600-1912.” Ph.D. Thesis.

Holm, Fynn. 2019. “After Withdrawal from the IWC: The Future of Japanese Whaling” The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, vol. 17, issue 4, no. 4, p. 1-16.

Holm, Fynn. 2019. “Kujira no reiko no tame no matsuri” Trans: Koji Kato, Historical Institute of the Culture of Asian River Basins, no. 5, March 2019, p. 41-46.

Holm, Fynn. 2019. “Japans Walfangpolitik: Die Gründe für den Austritt aus der Internationalen Walfangkommission,” in Japan 2019: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, eds. David Chiavacci and Iris Wieczorek (München: Iudicium), p. 126-151.

Holm, Fynn. 2019. Tagungsbericht: Drugs and the Politics of Consumption in Japan, 22.08.2019-24.08.2019 Zürich, in: H-Soz-Kult, 13.09.2019.

Holm, Fynn. 2017. “Humans as Biological Agents” Asia & Europe Bulletin, no. 6, p. 28.

Holm, Patricia; Fynn J. Holm and Jürgen Holm. 2016. “Wal und Mensch: Jagen – beobachten – vergöttern” Biologie in unserer Zeit, vol. 46, issue 5, p. 300-307.


  • Introductory Course “Japanese History 1” (Spring 2020, Fall 2018/16)
  • Master Seminar “Socio-political Conflicts between Center and Periphery in Japan” (Fall 2019)
  • Basic Course “Fundamentals of Japanese Studies: Sociology” (Fall 2019, co-teaching with Nora Gilgen)
  • Master Seminar “Environmental Movements in Japan” (Spring 2019)
  • Introductory Course “Introduction to Japanese Sociology” (Spring 2019/18/17/16, co-teaching with Nora Gilgen in Spring 2019 and Spring 2018)
  • Bachelor Seminar “The Japanese Constitution” (Fall 2018, co-teaching with Nora Gilgen)
  • Proseminar “Environmental History of Japan” (Spring 2017)
  • Master Course “Reading Course Social Science” (Fall 2016)
  • Proseminar “Development of Japan from an Economic and Historical Viewpoint” (Spring 2016, co-teaching with Dr. Georg D. Blind)
  • Proseminar “Nationalism in Japan” (Fall 2015)