December 17, 2020/ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Japanese Art History in a Global Context

New Perspectives on Japan: UCLA Terasaki Center Junior Faculty Roundtable Series #1

As the discipline of art history increasingly embraces more global, inclusive, and transcultural models and methodologies, how will this change the field of Japanese art history? Likewise, what is (and has been) the role of Japanese art history in this disciplinary turn? This roundtable brings together scholars working across the full chronological span of the archipelago's history in order to discuss the future of Japanese art history in the context of the global.


Mimi Yiengpruksawan (Yale University)
Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke University)
Gregory Levine (UC Berkeley)
Matthew McKelway (Columbia University)


 Kristopher W. Kersey (UCLA, Department of Art History)

Kristopher W. Kersey’s research focuses on the intersecting histories of Japanese art, design, and aesthetics. His most advanced project is Facing Images, a book manuscript that investigates the issues of materiality, layering, and montage in the secular and Buddhist manuscripts of the long twelfth century. Further research and teaching interests include gender, narrative scrolls (emaki), photography, historiography, and theory. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (predoctoral) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) as well as the Anne van Biema Fellowship at the National Museum of Asian Art (Smithsonian Institution).

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