Lyle De Souza

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Current research

Lyle De Souza is a Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at Kyoto Notre Dame University and a JSPS KAKENHI Researcher at The Institute for Research in Humanities which is affiliated with Kyoto University. His research is on literary fiction by Nikkei diaspora authors in English-speaking countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. He is interested in literary representations of Nikkei racialisations, identities, and belongings. His work aims to improve understanding of minorities within contemporary socio-political and cultural contexts, such as globalisation and multiculturalism. Lyle has also published related papers on the topic of Nikkei diaspora literature in peer-reviewed academic journals which are available on the publications page.

Academic interests

Lyle's research and teaching crosses the humanities (literary theory, cultural studies) and social sciences (Japanese Studies, sociology). He is interested in the topics of Nikkei literature, diaspora cultural identity, diversity and multiculturalism. His area focus is Japan and East Asia in their contemporary and transnational guises.

Lyle uses his varied disciplinary and cultural backgrounds to research the Nikkei diaspora. Nikkei cultural history is fascinating and is connected with equally fascinating cultural identities and belongings. He explores the imaginings of cultural identity in novels written by Nikkei authors using cutting-edge approaches to understanding contemporary minorities in multicultural societies.

Past research

Lyle was awarded his Ph.D. in Japanese at Birkbeck, University of London in 2015 for his study on 'Cultural Identity in Contemporary Canadian Nikkei Cultural Productions'. He completed his MA in Japanese Cultural Studies also at Birkbeck and his BA in Human Geography with Applied Computing at King's College London, University of London. He has held positions as an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia, and completed a summer course on English Literature at Harvard University.

Collaboration & supervision

Lyle welcomes collaborative research with other academics with similar interests, or graduate students seeking supervision on Nikkei related topics.