Thursday, September 6, 2018

Visualizing Japanese Fascism (1931-1945)

Asia Policy Point sponsors a lunch discussion on the state sanctioned visual representation of Japanese fascism and militarization during the war years.

Friday, September 7, 2018, Noon-2:00pm

Mansfield Foundation
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 1105
Washington, DC

Fordham University Professor Asato Ikeda will discuss her new book, The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War, University of Hawaii Press, 2018.

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Dr. Ikeda examines Japanese war art produced the 1930s and early 1940s. Like Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan carefully managed the visualization of Empire and the image that the state felt would engender state pride and support of militarism. The arts were restricted within certain themes and mediums.

You can reserve a copy of The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2018) for only a $40 donation to APP, a savings of over $20 from the order price.

Asato Ikeda, originally from Tokyo, Japan, received her B.A. from the University of Victoria in 2006, her M.A. from Carlton University in 2008, and her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Her research interests lie in modern Japanese art in particular and Asian art in general, and the topics of imperialism/colonialism, war, fascism, museums, sex, gender, and sexuality. She is an active as a curator, keen to engage with the public about important social and political issues through the visual arts. Ikeda is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Fordham University in New York.

Professor Ikeda has also co-edited the first English-language anthology on the topic of Japanese war art, Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960 (Brill, 2012) Twenty scholars, including art historians, historians, and museum curators from the United States, Canada, France, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan examine artistic responses to the Fifteen-Year War (1931-1945) within and outside Japan in the wartime and postwar period.

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