Unknown artist. Published by Osaka Teikoku Shikō, c. 1942-45. East Asia Image Collection, Special Collections and College Archives, Skillman Library, Lafayette College

Panel on the Visual Culture of Imperial Japan


Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 4:30 pm

In conjunction with KANTEN 観展: The Limits of History

As a way to historically ground the works of contemporary artists in KANTEN, the curator included a selection of wartime postcards from the East Asia Image Collection (EAIC) at Lafayette College. Join her and three experts in the field of Japanese imperial visual culture and propaganda in their panel discussion on the thought process behind her selection. Professors Paul Barclay (Lafayette College), Asato Ikeda (Fordham University), and Chinghsin Wu (Rutgers University) will present their respective research on the topic, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Paul D. Barclay is Professor of History at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He is the general editor of the East Asia Image Collection and author of Outcasts of Empire: Japanese Rule on Taiwan's "Savage Border" 1874-1945 (University of California Press, 2018). He is currently researching Japanese military/police campaigns in Korea, China, Taiwan and the Soviet Union for a project called "Imperial Japan’s Forever Wars." Barclay’s research has received support from the National Endowment from the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the Japanese Council for the Promotion of Science, and the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Asato Ikeda is Associate Professor of Art History at Fordham University, NY. She is the author of The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2018), the curator of A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints (The Royal Ontario Museum, 2016; Japan Society, 2017), and the co-editor of Art and War in Japan and its Empire: 1931-1961 (Leiden, Brill, 2012). She is currently working on her second monograph Japan in Canadian History: The Art and Visual Culture of Transpacific Crossings.

Chinghsin Wu is Associate Teaching Professor at Rutgers University, Camden and the author of Parallel Modernism: Koga Harue and Avant-Garde Art in Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2019). Her research focuses on modern art in Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, and China, with an emphasis on transcultural and transnational artistic interactions. She has published scholarly articles on Surrealism, Watercolor, Impressionism, Cubism, Japanese-style painting, colonial art, and Buddhist art in a global context.