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Rosa van Hensbergen


After reading English at Jesus College, I travelled to Japan on a Harper-Wood Studentship to write poetry. I subsequently spent two years in Japan on a Daiwa Scholarship studying Japanese and interning at the Hijikata Tatsumi Archive at Keio University. Following this, I completed an Msc in Modern Japanese Studies at Oxford.

Subject groups/Research projects

Japanese Studies:

Research Interests

My PhD looks at notational language and poetry, specifically in the work of butoh dance founder, Hijikata Tatsumi. It draws comparisons to contemporary choreographers like Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch, and the playwright Samuel Beckett. I work with Dr. Matthew Shores and Dr. Lucia Ruprecht.

Other Professional Activities

I also write and publish poetry, organise butoh events, and make performance works.


Key Publications

Translation: Mikami Kayo, The Body as a Vessel (Ozaru Books, 2016)

Other Publications

Latest poetry pamphlet: In Accident and Emergence (Veer Books, 2015)