Professorial Academic Associates
Adrian Favell is a sociologist, recently appointed to the position of Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at the University of Leeds. After spending a year as a Japan Foundation-SSRC Abe Fellow in Tokyo 2006-7, he developed a series of works on the sociology of the contemporary Japanese art world, contributing to the yet-to-be-written art history of Japan since the Bubble of the 1980s.
He is the author of the book Before and After Superflat, published by DAP/Blue Kingfisher in 2012, as well as essays published in Art in America, Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society, New York, Artforum online and, in Japanese, in the leading review of Japanese contemporary art, Bijutsu Techo. He has also written for artists’ catalogues, and published a very widely read blog about the Japanese art scene from 2009-2013 in the online journal Art-iT.
At the Sainsbury Institute, he is working on a book manuscript that looks at the relation of socially engaged art and architectural practices in Japan to the demographic, social and natural crises it has faced in an era of “post-growth” shrinkage and growing urban/rural divides. Notably, there are the extraordinary rural festivals of art producer Kitagawa Fram (Echigo-Tsumari), who will be invited to Norwich to speak about his life and work at a conference in December 2015 on “Contemporary Art, Activism and Social Crisis in Japan”, which Favell is organising. Favell has also recently published essays on rural revitalisation projects in Seto, the Japanese contemporary art market, and the diaspora of young Japanese artists living abroad. These and other writings can be found at his website.
Ilona Bausch | Visiting Associate Professor, Cultural Resources Studies, University of Tokyo
Oliver Craig | Reader, Archaeological Science, Univeristy of York
Ryan Homberg | Hakuho Fellow
Ryan Holmberg is an art and comics historian. After receiving his PhD in Japanese Art History from Yale University in 2007, he taught at the University of Chicago, City University of New York, and the University of Southern California. He is a frequent contributor to Art in America, Artforum, Yishu, and The Comics Journal. He has edited and translated a number of historically important Japanese comics, amongst them Tezuka Osamu’s The Mysterious Underground Men (PictureBox 2014), winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Asia. Ryan was a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures from January to July 2014 and is currently undertaking research that will lead to the publication of his book project Garo and the Birth of Alternative Manga.
Robert Hellyer | Associate Professor, Wake Forest University
Robert Hellyer teaches courses on Japan, East Asia, and world economic history. He grew up outside of Tacoma, Washington and first developed an interest in Japanese history while teaching in Yamaguchi prefecture as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. He later served on the faculty of the University of Tokyo, taught at Allegheny College, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University before coming to Wake Forest.
A historian of early modern and modern Japan, Professor Hellyer has explored foreign relations from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, research presented in a monograph, Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640-1868 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009), and in several journal articles and book chapters. He is currently researching Japan’s role in the global tea trade of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a project for which he received Smithsonian, Japan Foundation, and NEH fellowships to support research in Japan and the United States.
Professor Hellyer is also a co-organizer of a multi-year research project involving historians in North America, Europe, and Japan that is examining Japan’s Meiji Restoration in advance of the 150-year anniversary in 2018. In the Fall 2015 semester, he served as resident professor at Wake Forest’s Flow House in Vienna.
Meghen Jones | Assistant Professor, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
Meghen Jones is an historian of Japanese art with a focus on ceramics, modern craft, and art in transnational perspective. She holds an MA in Industrial, Interior, and Craft Design from Musashino Art University and a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the Japanese Ministry of Education and was Teaching Fellow in Japanese Studies at Earlham College and Visiting Researcher at the Crafts Gallery of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Meghen was a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures from September 2013 to August 2014 and is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at the New York State College of Ceramics of Alfred University. Her current projects include a book manuscript on the ceramics of Tomimoto Kenkichi as well as the publication of essays developed from the Sainsbury Institute workshop she organised, Ceramics, Art and Cultural Production in Modern Japan.
Matsuda Akira | Lecturer, University of Tokyo
Matsuda Akira’s research interests are in the meaning, (re)presentation, and use of the past in contemporary society. More specifically, he studies the relationship between archaeology – and more broadly cultural heritage – and the general public from anthropological and sociological points of view. He completed his PhD in public archaeology at University College London in 2009. Previously, he earned his first master degree in Cultural Heritage Studies at University College London, and the second master degree in Cultural Resources Studies at the University of Tokyo. He worked as a project-based consultant in UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Heritage in 2004 and 2005, and was a Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures from January 2009 to August 2011. He has been teaching at the School of World Art Studies and Museology, UEA, since 2010. Recently, he co-edited a book New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology (Springer, 2011) together with Okamura Katsuyuki, and published an article ‘When a local legend is (mis)appropriated in the interpretation of an archaeological site’ in Archaeologies (6(3), pp.447-467, 2010). He is the Membership Secretary of the World Archaeological Congress, and is now working on the publication of a book on cultural heritage in East Asia.
Oki Nakamura | Senior Researcher, Global Innovation Research Organisation, Ritsumeikan University
Shinya Shoda | Archaeologist, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
Shinya Shoda is a Japanese archaeologist affiliated with the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. He is currently based in BioArch in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York as a Marie Curie Incoming Fellow. He is working on a variety of topics but his main interests include redating the beginning of the agriculture and metallurgy in northeast Asia, pottery, metal and lithic technology, and innovations in diet and cooking technology. He completed his Ph.D at Chungnam University in Korea in 2007 after his BA, MA and first stages of Ph.D in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Tokyo. While he is engaged in international collaborative projects that further cultural comparative research on northeast Asia and more recently northwest Europe, he also collaborates with a number of natural scientists to develop archaeological scientific studies on northeast Asia. His new project, starting from 1st of September 2014, deals with the beginning and early development of pottery in East Asia, using lipid and stable isotope analysis.
Werner Steinhaus | Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, Hiroshima University
Werner Steinhaus studied Japanese archaeology at Osaka University Graduate School under the supervision of Professor Tsude Hiroshi from 1992 to 1996 after finishing his Magister Artium (M.A.) in modern, medieval history, prehistoric and early historic archaeology at Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany. He received a doctoral scholarship (Japanese Government Scholarship, Monbukagakusho; German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD) to research mainly about the Kofun period. During his time in Osaka he developed an archaeological exhibition project ‘Die Zeit der Morgenröte (The time of dawn)’, until now the biggest exhibition about Japanese archaeology outside Japan with 1600 objects, which were shown in the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany and the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall in Berlin in 2004 and 2005. He was the head of the scientific staff, the project manager, the German-Japanese coordinator as well as the editor of the two exhibition volumes. Thereafter, he published a dictionary of Japanese archaeological terms (Japanese-German) in 2010. At the Sainsbury Institute he is going to develop new projects, concerning the internationalisation of Japanese archaeology. Projects in cooperation with the Sainsbury Institute include a new multilingual dictionary of Japanese archaeological terms in an online version and an English textbook on Japanese archaeology.
Eriko Tomizawa-Kay | Lecturer in Japanese Language, University of East Anglia
Eriko Tomizawa-Kay obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, specializing in the Japanese style painting, Nihonga. Eriko was co-organizer of the International Japanese Modern Art History Symposium (JAMAHS) held at SOAS, June 2013. Following the completion of her doctorate, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where from September 2013 to August 2014, she focussed on the Museum’s collection of modern Japanese paintings and prints, and the Art Market of the United States during the late-19th to early-20th centuries.