Art & Design

Symposium on Japanese Modern Art and its History

19 - 20 June 2013, London

New Boundaries in the Study of Modern Japanese Art: Extending Geographical, Temporal and Generic Paradigms


The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London 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 Naoyuki Kinoshita (University of Tokyo), Noriaki Kitazawa (Joshibi University of Art and Design), Tamaki Maeda (University of Washington), D?shin Sat? (Tokyo University of the Arts), Christine Guth (Royal College of Art), Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine).


Five other experts will talk about their research on 19th and early 20th century art. They are: Gen Adachi (The Tokyo University of the Arts), Rosina Buckland (National Museums Scotland), Maki Fukuoka (University of Leeds), Younjung Oh (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures), Rhiannon Paget (University of Sydney).


The symposium will be organised by the School of Oriental and African Studies, with support from the Japan Foundation, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


19 June 2013, 9.15 – 16.40
Brunei Lecture Theatre (SOAS)


20 June 2013, 9.20 – 18.25
Venue: Khalili Theatre (SOAS)


FREE, Booking recommended

19 - 20 June 2013
 SOAS : Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (19 June) and Khalili Theatre (20 June) Thornhaugh Street  Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG



The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)