Handa Art Historian Fellows

Masaaki Morishita

2005 - 2006

PhD, Open University, 2003

Project Coordinator, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Dr Morishita used his fellowship period to complete his manuscript on The Empty Museums: Western Cultures and the Artistic Field in Modern Japan, which was based on his Ph.D. thesis and subsequently published by Ashgate in 2010. In addition, he taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) an MA module on ‘Material Culture of Japan’ while he also lectured graduate students at Birkbeck College, the British Museum and Kings College. His research interests include the cultural history of museums, the sociology of art, cultural policy, and modern and contemporary art. He is currently developing a new research project on the increasing popularity of Asian contemporary art in the various fields of global art. Among his recent publications are: The Iemoto System and the Avant-gardes in the Japanese Artistic Field (The Sociological Review, 54:2, 2006) and Struggles between Curators and Artists (Museum and Society, 2007).