Robo Sapiens Japanicus: U-M Professor Jennifer Robertson’s Recent Publications

Book: ROBO SAPIENS JAPANICUS: ROBOTS, GENDER, FAMILY AND THE JAPANESE NATION (University of California Press) was published and became available November 2017. A Japanese translation is forthcoming from Shueisha.


2018 “Gotai: Corporeal Aesthetics and Robotic Exoskeletons in Japan and Beyond.” Invited chapter, Designing Humans, Designing Robots. Cathrine Hasse and Dorte Marie Søndergaard, eds., London & New York:  Routledge. In press.

2018 “Robot Reincarnation: Garbage, Artefacts, and Mortuary Rituals,” pp. 153-173. Consuming Post-Bubble Japan. Ewa Machotka and Katarzyna Cwiertka, eds., Amsterdam University Press. Also available online:

Outreach, Podcasts:

2018 Interview with Elizabeth Fernandez (recorded podcast) on Japanese robotics, robot gender, and social technologies, SparkDialog, 20 August.

PDFs of published work can be found on Prof. Robertson’s website: