Call for Papers: Panel at EAAA (Zurich, August 24-27, 2017)

call for papers [150-2]Call for Papers for Panel (Terms and Conditions: Words and Realise Art and its Histories) at the Second Conference of EAAA

Organised by Maki Fukuoka and Mingyuan Hu, University of Leeds

The Second Conference of European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology
University of Zurich, Switzerland, August 24-27, 2017

Terms and Conditions: Words that Realise Art and its Histories

Papers in this panel take, as a starting point, art historical terms which have travelled between languages, and examine issues of translation and transculturation through the conditions under which these terms have functioned and have been expected to function. Inspired by the methodologies and findings in Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon (edited by Carol Gluck and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Duke University Press, 2009), and by recent research on the constructions of art historical discourses in the cultures of East Asia, this panel assumes the position that the conditions under which concepts – such as period and style – came to be deployed in the studies of art in East Asia are neither neutral nor homogenous. Rather, we want to explore the means and processes through which words have been used and received. While studies on the discursive formations of the discipline of art history have given us invaluable insights into its social and political interventions, this panel seeks to present papers focusing on a single term that served (or could not serve) as a building block to realise them. Investigations of terms translated between East Asian languages, and of those of European origins that have been brought into East Asian contexts and vice versa, would all be considered. The panel welcomes also critical analyses of mistranslation or of failed attempts that illuminate unscripted backs and forths.

Scholars may refer to for full details of the conference, and submit a 250-word abstract with a short CV (2 pages maximum) in PDF format by September 30, 2016 to Maki Fukuoka ( and Mingyuan Hu (

Successful applicants will be notified via email by October 15, 2016.

Maki Fukuoka
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University Road
University of Leeds

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Resource: Asian Historical Architecture


Today we introduce a somewhat unusual resource, the site Asian Historical Architecture. This collection of user-donated materials provides a photographic survey of architectural heritage across Asia, taking “Asia” in a refreshingly broad interpretation. Background information and virtual tours are available for cities in twenty-one different countries from Japan and China to Afghanistan and Bhutan. Over 25,000 photos are available for almost 1,000 locations, which one can access from a simple drop-drown menu on the left-hand side of the site.

Once you have selected a country and a city within that country, a thumbnail list of important architectural sites appears with a short description of the location and the century of which it is representative. The page often provides a brief summary of the historical and geographical background of that city, including maps and bibliographic references for the information. From there, you can click on the site you are interested in.


An example of entries for Shiragawa, Japan.

For Japan, the well-known areas such as Nara, Kyoto, Tokyo, etc., are of course well-represented, but you’ll also find less common locations, such as Takayama, which features fascinating sites such as early nineteenth-century merchant homes and eighth-century temples. Explanations and photos of each location are included, and in some cases there are even floor plans so that one can explore the architecture visually in a number of ways.


The site offers an advanced keyword search option if you are looking for a particular type of architectural feature or historical term across countries, an interactive map if you wish to explore each country’s sites with their physical geography in mind, and a separate bibliographical page organized by country for convenience. Anyone can contribute to the site’s information, so it may be wise to use these materials with this open-source approach in mind as a starting point for further exploration, but many of those listed on the contributors page are quite reputable professors and professionals. Those interested in researching architecture across Asia or just taking a visual journey to a new place through photography will likely get a lot out of this site! Enjoy!

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Job Opening: East Asian History, Salisbury University

job opening - 5Institution: Salisbury University
Location: Maryland, United States
Position: Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of History for East Asian History
The Department of History at Salisbury University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of History for East Asian History.

Primary Job Duties: Field of specialization is open, but ideal candidates will complement existing strengths of the department. Teaching load is 3-3 to include World Civilizations, upper division undergraduate, including Chinese and Japanese History, and graduate courses for our M.A. in History program. Salisbury University faculty members are expected to engage in appropriate levels of scholarly activity, student advisement, and service as well as utilize an effective teaching style that supports a diverse student body.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. or ABD in History or a pertinent related field. If ABD, would be hired at the rank of Instructor, with the requirement that candidate complete doctoral degree within six months of the date of hire).

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Emily Story at

Applications received by October 15, 2016 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment will be contingent upon verification of eligibility to work in the U.S. and is expected to begin August 2017.

Applications are accepted only via Salisbury University’s online employment application system. Visit our website to apply online.

To be considered an applicant, you must apply online and submit the following: 1.) a letter of interest; 2.) curriculum vitae; 3.) a transcript (a copy of sufficient); 4.) three blind letters of recommendation provided directly from your professional references or by an online credential service provider, sent directly to Emily Story via email at Please do not send any other documents via email. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Emily Story at

This position is based in Salisbury, MD. Salisbury University is a member of the University System of Maryland. It is a regionally accredited four-year comprehensive institution offering 58 distinct graduate and undergraduate programs. Founded in 1925, Salisbury University features a beautiful campus close to ocean beaches and the Chesapeake Bay and 2-3 hours from the metropolitan areas of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Norfolk. SU is consistently ranked among the nation’s top colleges and ‘best values’ by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and other publications. SU has 416 full-time faculty members serving a student population of approximately 8700.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Salisbury University. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our University community to include students, faculty, and staff, today and in the future. To this end, the University recruits exceptional and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across Maryland, the United States, and around the world, supporting all members of the University community as they work together to achieve institutional goals and vision. To learn more about the University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus, please visit

Salisbury University has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities to all qualified people. To that end, the University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to: Humberto Aristizabal, Associate Vice President, Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator, 100 Holloway Hall; Tel. (410) 548-3508.

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Job Opening: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

job opening - 5Institution: University of Wisconsin – Madison, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Mellon Postdoctoral Program invites recent PhDs to apply for its three two-year postdoctoral fellowships.

The theme for 2017-2019 applicants is “Translation, Adaptation, Transplantation.” We seek applications from scholars across the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose research addresses theories and practices of translation in intercultural and transcultural contact zones and transnational circulations. Projects may focus on any medium, historical period, or area of the world, including analyses that work across different media or regions of the world. They can treat human or nonhuman communications. Projects might consider the extent to which translation—linguistic, aesthetic, and cultural—is possible, as well as the conditions of its possibility, whether understood as a movement across languages or between language and other modes of representation. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the movement of works across aesthetic genres and modes; coding and code-switching; the robotic and the manual; signification; vernacularization and nativization; circulation and interruption; transculturation and appropriation; remixing and recycling. Projects might take up or work beyond recent scholarship devoted to contact zones, borderlands, cosmopolitanism, and interpellation.

Complete information about the fellowship, the competition theme, qualifications, and application requirements is available at our website. Applicants should complete the application at All application materials must be submitted by November 1, 2016 to receive full consideration.


Questions can be directed to:

Megan Massino
Assistant Director of Scholarly and Academic Programs
Center for the Humanities
University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Job Opening: East Asian History, Loyola Marymount University

job opening - 5Institution: Loyola Marymount University
Location: California, United States
Position: Tenure Track Faculty

The Department of History at Loyola Marymount University invites applications for a full time, tenure-track position in East Asian History at the rank of assistant professor beginning August 2017.   The successful candidate will be expected to teach lower-division courses in Asian and World history, as well as upper-division courses in Asian history, including courses in his or her area of specialization.  Ability to offer courses that contribute to the Asian and Pacific Studies Program on campus is welcome.  Applicants should email a letter of application, a current C.V., graduate school transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Please address your letter of application to Dr. Anthony Perron, Chair, Asian History Search Committee. The application deadline is November 1, 2016. PhD in History required by August 2017.

Loyola Marymount, founded in 1911, is a comprehensive university in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education. Located on the west side of Los Angeles overlooking the Pacific, LMU is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and five Marymount institutions. It serves 5400 undergraduates and over 2500 graduate students in the Colleges/Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Film and Television, Education, and Law.

Loyola Marymount seeks professionally outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity institution actively working to promote an intercultural learning community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Visit for more information.

Contact: Applicants should email a letter of application, a current C.V., graduate school transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Please address your letter of application to Dr. Anthony Perron, Chair, Asian History Search Committee. The application deadline is November 1, 2016. PhD in History required by August 2017.

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Job Opening: Curator of Asian Art, MFA Houston

(reposted from Japan Art History Forum)
Title: Curator, Asian Art
Reports To: Director of MFAH
Pay Type: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, 35 hrs/week
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Work Location: Law Building, a non-smoking facility

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is looking to hire a Curator of Asian Art.

Description of Position
Reporting to the Director of MFAH, the Curator of Asian Art is responsible for the care, research, and interpretation of the museum’s collection of Asian Art, including objects from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia. The Curator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Asian Art Department, and will be a key collaborative agent within the museum who will actively foster interdepartmental, project-based relationships. As a specialist, s/he will manage the Asian collections, developing research and conservation assessments, and contributing to the field by generating MFAH-based exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Enhancement of the Asian Art collection will be a major role of the Curator. S/he will play an important role in the cultivation of donors, building relationships with art collectors, and recommending significant objects for acquisition through thoroughly researched proposals based on quality and provenance of objects.

The Curator will also play a key role in transforming Asian Art at MFAH into a 21st-century institutional program with global resonances. The Curator must be a recognized scholar and skilled communicator, who will serve as the Museum’s chief ambassador for Asian Art to specialist and general audiences. S/he must have a record of experience with the development and implementation of original, major exhibitions that can travel to peer institutions across the world.

Key Responsibilities
Collection, Asian Art
*Oversight and care of the Asian Art Collection
*Scholarly research and publication of the permanent collection
*Development of surveys and assessments aimed at identifying the strengths and lacunae in the collection
*Collaboration with Registrar to maintain accurate records of the collection
*Advise museum Library on acquiring research materials on Asian art

Exhibitions and Interpretation
*Development of a strategic acquisition and exhibition plan, including identification of
potential long-term loans to augment gallery presentation of the permanent collection
*Development of temporary special exhibitions and regular in-gallery rotations of the
permanent collection
*Oversight of the installation of the collection, coordinating with the conservation, design
and preparations departments
*Preparation of information and materials relating to Asian art programs for other museum
departments including public information, publications, and development
*Consultation with Director and Trustees to define the focus, outlook and collection policies
of the museum’s Asian art holdings
*Collaboration with Education department to expand and enhance Asian art programming

Management, Administration, and Outreach
*Supervision of the Asian Art Department
*Serves as staff liaision on the Asian Art Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees.
*Collaboration and outreach with peer institutions and colleagues in Texas, across the
USA, and internationally, aimed at making MFAH a hub for Asian Art and eliciting interest
in the Museum’s activities and collection
*Develop an active Asian arts and culture outreach strategy for local Houston community
*Outreach to the Houston community, potential collectors, and museum marketing
department to generate local interest in Asian art

Donor Cultivation
*Work with the Development Office to cultivate financial support of the Asian Art
Department and MFAH
*Solicitation of gifts of important examples of Asian art to the museum
*Development of a strategic plan for the future of the FAA (Friends of Asian Art)

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
*In-depth knowledge of Asian art
*Record of established relationships with the broader Asian art community
*Demonstrated ability to write and lecture on Asian art to a wide array of audiences
*Strong communication, presentation, and administrative skills
*Knowledge and experience in museum best practices
*Collegiality and teamsmanship

Education and Experience
*PhD or equivalent in Art History with specialization in one or more area(s) of Asian art
*Proficiency in one or more Asian language(s)
*Five or more years experience as a museum curator
*Established record of acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications

How to Apply:
Send resume to Human Resources, Job 17-015CUR, P.O. Box 6826, Houston TX 77265-6826;
Fax 713-639-7597 or email: or apply at

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collection, exhibition, and education. The museum’s permanent collection of more than 62,000 works ranks as the largest and most outstanding in the Southwest, including over 1000 works of Asian art. The museum has a strong commitment to public service and programming that provides the visitor opportunities to enjoy and appreciate art. The museum’s goal is to interpret works of art from perspectives that explore the uniqueness of specific cultures while underscoring the common bonds of humanity.

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Fun Link Friday: ‘Tokyo-ized’ Cities

As I wrap up my two years of research here in Tokyo (and miss Fun Link Fridays in my haste, sorry!), I’m left thinking about how one of the biggest culture shocks will simply be the change in urban scenery. Even traveling to different areas of Japan, like Kanazawa or Sendai, I am always struck by the wider streets, the reduced visual noise, the smaller number of people. Recently Spoon & Tamago posted on an artistic project by Daigo Ishii that envisions what cities around the world would look like if they were “Tokyo-ized” with the same scenery we see every day here in Japan’s modern capital. Neon signs, kiosks, and cherry blossoms remind us just how particular our urban landscapes can be. For more, see this article at Design Boom, which also features of video on the gradual addition to these visual elements from photoshop.


“Tokyo-ized” Copenhagen

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