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International Japanese Modern Art History Symposium (JAMAHS): New Boundaries in Modern Japanese Art History: Extending Geographical, Temporal and Generic Paradigms


Date: 19 June 2013Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 20 June 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre/ KLT

Type of Event: Symposium

SOAS, University will hold an international symposium on Japanese Modern Art and its History on June 19-20, 2013. The aim is to give insights into the changing boundaries and concepts of Japanese and wider East Asian art in the 19th century. In particular, we hope to review prevailing assumptions such as the caesura between Edo and Meiji, the birth of Modern Art and the Historiography of Japanese Art as a whole, and the fragmentation of Japanese from East Asian Art in the 19th century. We will also address questions of what kind of methodology should be used to re-construct an Asian art history.  

Six lead speakers will be:

  • Christine Guth (Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum)
  • Naoyuki Kinoshita (University of Tokyo)
  • Noriaki Kitazawa (Joshibi University of Art and Design)
  • Tamaki Maeda (University of Washington)
  • Dōshin Satō (Tokyo University of the Arts)
  • Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine).

Five other experts will talk about their research on 19th and early 20th century art, namely:

  • Gen Adachi
  • Rosina Buckland (National Museums Scotland)
  • Maki Fukuoka (University of Leeds)
  • Younjung Oh (SISJAC)
  • Rhiannon Paget (University of Sydney).
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
09:20 - 09:50Registration
9:50-10:00Opening by Timon Screech (SOAS, University of London)
 Casualties of Modern Art History: A New Look at Concepts of Modernity
Discussant: Timothy Clark (The British Museum)
10:00 – 11:15Naoyuki Kinoshita (University of Tokyo), The Fig Leaf that Fluttered in from Europe: the Male Nude in Japanese Art
11:15 - 11:45Q&A
11:45 – 12:00Break
 Modernity and International Nationalism
Discussant: Timothy Clark The British Museum)
12:00 – 12:45Christine Guth (Royal College of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum), Hokusai, “The Great Wave,” and International Nationalism 1880s-1910s
12:45 – 13:05Q&A
 Individual Papers
Chair: Akira Matsuda (SISJAC)
14:00-14:45Rosina Buckland (National Museum of Scotland), The Meiji Noughties (Meiji zero-nendai): Japanese Art History's Blind Spot
14:45 – 15:30Maki Fukuoka (University of Leeds), Re-thinking the 'For Whom' of 19th Century Visual Culture  
15:50-16:30Rhiannon Paget (Doctoral candidate, University of Sydney), Consummating the ideal: nanga artists' travels in China and Korea, 1912-1944
Thursday, 20 June 2013 in the Khalili Lecture Theatre
09:10 - 09:40Registration
 Questioning Geo-cultural Boundaries in Modern East Asian Art History
Discussant: Timon Screech (SOAS, University of London)
09:45-11:00Dōshin Satō (University of Tokyo of the Arts), Is it possible to talk of an Eastern Asian Art History?
11:45 – 12:30Bert Wither-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine), The Benefits of Comparability:  Modern Art in India, Japan, and Mexico
12:30 – 12:50  Q&A
12:50 – 13:40Lunch break
 New Approaches, New Genres: The Changing History of Modern Japanese Applied Arts
Discussant: Rosina Buckland
13:40 – 14:55Noriaki Kitazawa (Joshibi University of Art and Design), Art and the artistic genre: A consideration of the relationship between painting (Kaiga) and applied arts (Kōgei)
 Geo-cultural Boundaries in Modern Times
Discussant: Rosina Buckland
15:40–16:25Tamaki Maeda (University of Washington), Is Post National Art History Possible? From the Wu Liang Shrine to Hirafuku Hyakusui
 Individual Papers
Chair: Eriko Tomizawa-Kay
16:55-17:35Gen Adachi (Independent scholar), Skulls, Bombs and Chains: representations of revolution in modern Japan
17:35-18:15Younjung Oh (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures), Marketing the Orient: Department Stores and Toyo Shumi of Imperial Japan
18:15-18:30Announcement by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Organiser: SOAS JRC in collaboration with Japan Foundation, SISJAC and JSPS

Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk

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