Art & Design

International Workshop on Reflective Transitions of Politics in Japanese Art

24 August 2017, Norwich

This workshop will kick-off a research-based investigation into how contemporary Japanese arts have been shaped by political forces, from wartime militarism to the ‘neoliberal world order’. In so doing, we will look to identify the processes of atomization of society through art forms. Our focus is on empirical examples of internalized art productions and art currents, in juxtaposition to art expressing national/regional politics – focusing on the presence of political notions in Japanese fine arts, popular cultures such as manga and anime, and visual arts, and on the reflections/intersections between Western arts and representations of Japanese politics. The aim is to provide insights into the changing boundaries and concepts of Japanese/Far Eastern Art History in the 19th 21st centuries, as seen by the contemporary scholars of both the West and East.

Some of the key themes to be discussed are: Politics of Art in Japan; Regional, National and International Issues; Popular Culture an Political Art in Japan; Expressions of Atomization an Internalization, and Political Processes in Japanese Art; Expressions of Continuity and Change.

Keynote speaker: Professor Atsushi Miura (The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
The Politics of Contemporary Japanese Paintings: From the history paintings of former Number 1 High School to the war paintings of Tsuguharu Fujita.

Other speakers:
Dr Rayna Denison (University of East Anglia)
Dr Manuel Hemandez-Perez (University of Hull)
Mr Yoshimasa Kamiya (former Itoman City Office)
Dr Ra Mason (University of East Anglia)
Ms Zhiyuan Pan (University of Cambridge)
Dr Marco Pellitteri (Kobe University)
Ms Minjong Shin (University of Tokyo),
Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay (University of East Anglia)
Dr Marie Yasunaga (University of Tokyo),

Prof. Toshio Watanabe (Sainsbury Institute and TrAIN, University of the Arts London )
Dr Shiro Yoshioka (University of Newcastle)
Dr Simon Kaner (Sainsbury Institute and and University of East Anglia)

The workshop is free to attend and open to all.
Registration is mandatory. Please register at the link below:

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay,
Lecturer, School of Politics, Philosophy. Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia


Ra Mason,
Lecturer, School of Politics, Philosophy. Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia


Supported by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Japan Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia.
24 August 2017
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