Dr Tets Kimura

Academic Level B

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (SSS104)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Tets Kimura is an interdisciplinary researcher in art/cultural history, fashion, and Asian studies. He is Fellow at the National Library of Australia (2023), and Visiting Professor at Fukuoka Women's University (2023), Japanese Studies Fellow (Japan Foundation, 2022), Visiting Professor at Taiwan’s National Chengchi University (2022), and Visiting Curator at Showa no Kurashi Museum (Japan, 2022). He held David Philips Travelling Fellowship (Australian Academy of the Humanities), and had a residency at the National Library of Australia as an Asia Study Grant recipient (2021). He is a graduate of Flinders University and University of South Australia, and also completed courses internationally at the University of East Anglia (UK) and Pukyong National University (South Korea). He has received research grants, awards, scholarships, and fellowships from nine countries; Australia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (International Relations, Flinders University, 2019)
  • Master of Arts (Journalism, University of South Australia, 2010)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Philosophy, Flinders University, 2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & Australian Studies, Flinders University, 2000)
Honours, awards and grants


  • National Library of Australia Fellowship (2023-24)
  • Japanese Studies Fellowship (Japan Foundation 2021-22)
  • Toshiba International Foundation Grant (2021)
  • Asia Study Grant (National Library of Australia, 2021)
  • East Asian Popular Culture Association Conference Grant (European Association of Taiwan Studies, 2021)
  • South Australian History Fund (History Trust of South Australia, 2020)
  • Research grant to host the Open Conference on Taiwanese Studies "Unpacking Taiwan" (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan, 2020)
  • ECR Bursary (Oceanic Conference on International Studies, ANU, 2020)
  • International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference Grant (International Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands, 2019)
  • AUSIT scholarship for International Japanese-English Translation Conference (Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators, 2019)
  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (Flinders University, 2017-2018)
  • Flinders University 2018 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Best Higher Degree by Research Student Publication
  • Flinders Academic Internship Program (2017)
  • Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge (Embassy of France, Australian Academy of Science, 2017)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Flinders University, 2013-2016)
  • Paul Varley Award (Japan Studies Association, USA, 2016)
  • Japan Foundation Mini Grant (2016)
  • Photo Exhibition "People in the Himalayas" (Flinders Asia Centre and School of International Studies, 2012)
  • Travel grant and bursary support for the British Centre for Literary Translation Summer School (University of East Anglia, UK, and Nippon Foundation, Japan, 2012)
  • Japan Foundation Travel Support Grant (2010)
  • Scholarship for Pukyong Exchange Program (Pukyong National University, South Korea, and University of South Australia, 2009)
  • In addition, Kimura received conference/research scholarships/grants from various organisations including Australian universities (Flinders, Monash, Sydney) and academic organisations (Australian Political Studies Association, Asian Studies Association of Australia, and Japanese Studies Association of Australia) in the 2010s.
Key responsibilities
  • He has been a committee member of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (SA Branch) since 2014.

  • He was a board member of Flinders' Faculty of Social and Behaviour Sciences as PhD representative (2012 - 2014).

Teaching interests
  • Creative Arts (Eg, Fashion and Drama)
  • International Relations
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
Topic coordinator
INTR2100 Reimagining the Global South
Topic lecturer
INTR2100 Reimagining the Global South
DRAM2104 Asian Dramatic Traditions
Supervisory interests
Asian regionalism
Asian studies
Australian cultural history, performing arts/popular
Creative arts
Creative cultures
Geography and Media
History, international relations
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Creative industries and religion (1)
Expert for media contact
International relations
Australia-Japan Relations
Fashion Studies
Soft Power
Taiwanese Identity
Available for contact via
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Asia
  • Culture
  • International relations
  • Japan
  • Media
  • Australia-Japan Relations
  • Fashion Studies
  • Soft Power
  • Taiwanese Identity
Further information

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3271-3542

He chaired the 2018 Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) National Conference, and the 2021 Open Conference on Taiwanese Studies "Unpacking Taiwan: Exploring Taiwanese Studies, Culture and Identity" which was the first academic event held in South Australia on Taiwan. Together with A/Prod Richard Bullen, he is running a symposium on Japanese war art in 2022 (see https://events.flinders.edu.au/events/symposium-on-japanese-war-art-in-person-event).

He represented South Australia in two different sports, ultimate frisbee (2003), and judo (1999, 2000). He was the judo state champion (U60) in 2000.