Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and East Asian Languages & Civilizations, will receive the College Art Association’s distinguished scholar award at its annual conference in February 2018.   The award honors Prof. Wu's contributions to the development of contemporary Chinese art history as a field of study.  Go here for more information.

JAPAN LIBRARY recently exhibited at the 15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS). The triennial event saw over 1,200 researchers and academics gather from all over the world for three and a half days of presentations, exhibitions, and social events. The conference was held at Universidade NOVA and hosted by the Portuguese Centre for Humanities from August 30th to Sept. 2nd in the capital city of Lisbon. Through this opportunity, we were able to talk with many people and introduce them to the JAPAN LIBRARY series. 

In other news, Japan's Wooden Heritage: A Journey Through a Thousand Years of Architecture was recently featured in the 2017 Autumn / Winter issue of KATEIGAHO INTERNATIONAL Japan EDITION. For more information, click the link below. 



Graduate Students

Emily Yoon is receiving acclaim for her first book of poetry, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, which focuses on the experiences of Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during WWII.  For more information go here.

Brian White received a Fulbright IIE fellowship to do research at Keio University in Tokyo

Alex Murphy was awarded a Fulbright-IIE U.S. Student Grant for research in Japan during the 2018-2019 year. Through an affiliation with the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Alex  will pursue archival materials related to Alex’s dissertation project, "The Era of the Voice: Performance, Technology, and Politics in Japan , 1918-1942."

Yuanxie Shi coauthored a book chapter with Kendall, Laurel, Curator at the American Museum of Natural History. "Who Miniaturises China? Treaty Port Souvenirs from Ningbo." In Life in Treaty Port China and Japan, edited by Donna Brunero and Stephanie Villalta Puig, 217-245. USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

David Lebovitz will do research work in China and Hong Kong for the 2018=10 academic year under a Fulbright Hays award.


Internal Awards: 

Both Naixi Feng and Boqun Zhou were awarded Mellon Humanities Dissertation Fellowships for 2018-19.

Sabine Schulz received a 2017-18 Nippon Foundation Fellowship to study in Yokohama, Japan.

Philomena Mazza-Hilway will do dissertation and archival work in Osaka, Japan during the 2018-19 year under a Toyota Dissertation Fellowship.



Kyle Peters published an article in Philosophy East-West. 68.2, April, 2018, titled “Artistic Production and the Making of the Artist: Applying Nishida Kitarō to Discussions of Authorship.” Kyle also presented a paper at the International Association for Japanese Philosophy, in March, 2018, titled “On the Importance of Thinking in Smaller Scales: On the Exclusion of Nakai Masakazu and the Rethinking of the Kyoto School as a Small Collective (shūdan).”



Alumnus George Sipos will start an exciting new job in March 2019. To read full article click link