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  • On the Contributors

Adrian Favell is Professor of Sociology, Sciences Po, Paris and will become Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at the University of Leeds in August 2015. A 2006-7 Japan Foundation Abe Fellow, he is the author of Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011 (Blue Kingfisher, 2012), and has also published essays in Art in America, Bijutsu techō (Art Notebook), Impressions, Artforum, and ART-iT online. His book Immigration, Integration and Mobility: New Agendas in Migration Studies is forthcoming (ECPR Press, 2015). He is currently working on a book about “post-growth” art and architecture in Japan with Julian Worrall. (

Karen M. Fraser is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University. Her research focuses on modern Japanese visual culture, particularly Japanese photography from ca. 1860 through the 1930s. Her recent publications include the monograph Photography and Japan (Reaktion, 2011). Fraser’s current research looks at issues of global modernism in the images and activities of Fukuhara Shinzō and the Photography Art Group (Shashin Geijutsusha). She is also developing a book manuscript that examines conceptualizations of photography in Meiji-era Japan. (

Hayashi Michio is Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University and specializes in art history and visual culture. He obtained his Ph.D. at Columbia University. His publications include Painting Dies Twice, or Never, vols. 1-7 (Art Trace, 2003-9), Natsuyuki Nakanishi (Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, 2014), Tadaaki Kuwayama (Edition Axel Menges, 2014), “Tracing the Graphic in Postwar Japanese Art,” in Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde (The Museum of Modern Art, New [End Page 366] York, 2012). He recently co-edited From Postwar to Postmodern: Art in Japan 1945-1989 (The Museum of Modern Art, 2012), a volume on postwar Japanese art criticism. He co-curated the international exhibition Cubism in Asia in 2005 (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, and Singapore Art Museum). (

Inaga Shigemi is Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto. Since obtaining his Ph.D. in Paris (L’Université Paris VII, 1988), where he studied French nineteenth-century art history, comparative literature, and culture, he has extended his field of research to encompass cultural anthropology, and intercultural ethics. He is co-founder of Transcultura with Umberto Eco, Alain Ray, and Alain le Pichon. His books include: Kaiga no Tōhō (The Orient of Painting, From Orientalism to Japonisme; Nagoya Daigaku Shuppankai, 1999), Kaiga no rinkai (Images on the Edge, A Historical Survey of East Asian Trans-cultural Modernities; Nagoya Daigaku Shuppankai, 2014). He is editor of: Crossing Cultural Borders: Beyond Reciprocal Anthropology (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 1999), Traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts in the 21st Century (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2005), and Questioning Oriental Aesthetics and Thinking (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2010). (

Yuko Kikuchi is a Reader at TrAIN (Research Centre for Transnational Art Identity and Nation) and the CCW graduate school at the University of the Arts London. Her key works include: Mingei Theory and Japanese Modernisation: Cultural Nationalism and “Oriental Orientalism” (RoutlegeCurzon, 2004), Refracted Modernity: Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007), and special issues: “Transnational Modern Design Histories in East Asia,” The Journal of Design History, 27-4 (2014) and “Negotiating Histories: Traditions in Modern and Contemporary Asia-Pacific Art,” World Art, 5-1 (2015). Awarded the Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2015, she is currently working on a book about Russel Wright and the U.S. intervention in Asian design during the Cold War, and compiling a critical reader of East Asian design. (

Kinoshita Nagahiro was a Professor of Art History at Yokohama National University before his retirement. He has published and edited numerous volumes on art history, including several studies of Vincent Van Gogh and Okakura Kakuzō. His 1992 Shisōshi to shite no Gohho (Van Gogh as Intellectual History, Gakugei Shorin) received the Geijutsu Sensho Award for New...