Mio Wakita

Dr. Mio Wakita

Selected Presentations



Staging Desires: Japanese Femininity in Kusakabe Kimbei's Nineteenth-Century Souvenir Photography. Berlin: Reimer, 2013.

Reviews: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung am 18.7.2013
  Süddeutsche Zeitung am 30.11./1.12.2013 (Nr. 277)

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  • “Photographic Reflections: Port City Yokohama and the Tourist Photography Industry (working title).” In Asia-Pacific Maritime World: Connected Histories in the Age of Empire (working title), edited by Harald Fuess. 2014 [in preparation].
  • „Site of ‘Disconnectedness’: The Port City of Yokohama, Souvenir Photography, and its Audience“, Transcultural Studies 2013/2 , S. 77-129.
  • „‘Made in Japan’: Yokohama Photograph Album and its Visual and Aesthetic Rhetorics“, in: Graeme Farnell (Hg.): The Photograph and the Collection: Creation, Preservation, Presentation. Edinburgh und Boston: MuseumsEtc, 2013, S. 472-507.
  • “Meiji-ki shikakubunka kara yomitoku “Yokohama shashin” no josei hyōshō: Kimbei shashin o chūshin ni” 明治期視覚文化から読み解く《横浜写真》の女性表象: 金兵衛写真を中心に [Female imagery in Kusakabe Kimbei’s Yokohama photography in the context of Meiji visual culture]. Kindai gasetsu 近代画説 21 (Winter 2012), 48-67.
  • “Meiji-ki ni okeru shashin gainen to “shashinteki na mono”: Shashin no shikakusei to mediasei konseputo o chūshin ni” 明治期における写真概念と《写真的なもの》:写真の視覚性とメディア性コンセプトを中心に [Meiji-concepts of photography and the photographic: Focusing on the visuality and mediality of photography]. Kajima Foundation Annual Report   鹿島美術財団年報 29 (Winter 2012), 195-205.
  • “In the Guise of Photographic Veracity: Photographic Souvenir Images of Meiji Femininity in the Age of Visual Modernity.” In Shifting Paradigms in East Asian Visual Culture: A Festschrift in Honour of Lothar Ledderose, edited by B. Jungmann, A. Schlombs, and M. Trede. Berlin: Reimer, 2012, 331–50.
  •  “Photographie als kultureller Topos: Frauen in der Souvenirphotographie im Kontext der Meiji-zeitlichen visuellen Kultur [Photography as cultural topos: female representation in Japanese souvenir photography in the context of Meiji visual culture],” Ostasiatische Zeitschrift 20 (October 2010), 38–48.
  • “Selling Japan: Kusakabe Kimbei’s Image of Japanese Women.” History of Photography 33: 2 (May 2009), 209–23.
  • “Murakami Takashi und seine Farbenstrategie: Murakami Takashis Louis Vuitton-Serie [Murakami Takashi and His Colour Strategy: Murakami Takashi’s Louis Vuitton Series].” In Referate des 13. Deutschsprachigen Japanologentages : 1) Kultur- und Sprachwissenschaft, edited by Günther Distelrath. Berlin: EB-Verlag, 2009, 273–93.
  • “Abbild und/oder Wirklichkeit? ‘Samurai’ in der westlichen kommerziellen Photographie des späten neunzehnten Jahrhunderts [Copy and/or Reality? Samurai  Images in the Western Commercial Photography from the Late 19th Century].” In Samurai, edited by Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer. Exhibition catalogue. Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer, Speyer. Ostfildern: Jan Thorbecke, 2008, 188–95.
  • “Folding Picture, Unfolding Place / Stellschirme: Gefaltete Bilder, entfaltete Orte (in a separate English and German edition)”;  .”Flock of Cranes by Ishida Yûtei / Kranichschwärme / Gunkakuzu byôbu von Ishida Yûtei (in a separate English and German edition)”; “Weaving and Embroiding by Ichihara Toshikazu / Weben und Sticken / Kishokuzu byôbu von Ichihara Toshikazu (in a separate English and German edition).”  In Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection, edited by Melanie Trede. Exhibition catalogue. Berlin: Museum for East Asian Art, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2006, 123, 150–1, 226–7.


Selected Presentations

  • «Photographic Reflections: Port City Yokohama and the Tourist Photography Industry»
    International Conference “Asia-Pacific Maritime World: Connected Histories in the Age of Empire,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”  Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, July 6 – 8, 2012)
  • 「明治期視覚文化から読み解く「横浜写真」の女性表象: 金兵衛写真を中心に」Image & Gender 研究会 (Tokyo, June 13, 2010)
  • «Photography in Meiji Japan and the Making of the Icons of “National Femininity”: Re-Examining Female Images in Meiji Souvenir Photography»
    Annual Conference 2009 “Flows of Images and Media,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, October 7 – 9, 2009)
  • «Photographie als kultureller Topos: Frauen in der Souvenirphotographie im Kontext der Meiji-zeitlichen visuellen Kultur [Photography as Cultural Topos: Women in the Souvenir Photography in the Context of Meiji Visual Culture]»
    14th German-Speaking Congress of Japanese Studies/14. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag (Halle, September 29 – October 2, 2009)
  • «Women on Display: Frauen, Photographie und visuelle Modernität in der Souvenirphotographie der Meiji-Zeit (1868 – 1912) [Women on Display: Women, Photography, and Visual Modernity in Meiji Souvenir Photography]»
    Graduiertenkolloquium zur Geschichte und Theorie der Fotografie „Konzeptualisierungen der Anfänge der Fotografie [Graduate Colloquim on History and Theory of Photography “Conceptualization of the Beginnings of Photography] (sponsored by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation) (Cologne, April 16 – 19, 2009)
  • «Female Image as National Icon: Semantic Transformation of bijin in the Kusakabe Kimbei’s Meiji-Souvenir Photography in the Context of Japanese Visual Culture», in the Panel Session: “Photographic Practices, Visual Transgression, and National Identity in Meiji Japan and Early Republican China” (chaired by Prof. Allen Hockley)
    Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) (Chicago, March 26 – 29, 2009)
  • «Female Figures as Commodity?: Female Images in the Meiji-Souvenir Photography in the Context of Japanese Visual Culture»
    The 12th International Conference of European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) (Salento University in Lecce/Italy, September 20 – 23, 2008)
  • «Image of Japanese Woman in the Japanese Visual Hegemony: Kusakabe Kimbei’s Female Images»
    The Second Heidelberg Colloquies on East Asian Art History, The Institute of East Asian Art History, University of Heidelberg (Heidelberg, July 10 – 13, 2008)
  • «Representation of Female Beauties in Souvenir Photography of the Meiji Period»
    The Ninth Japan Art History Workshop on Japanese Art History for Graduate Students (JAWS), organized by Seattle Art Museum and Kobe University (Seattle, November 30 – December 10, 2007)
  • «Female Images of Kusakabe Kinbei: Japanese Souvenir Photography of the Late Meiji Period»
    Workshop for European Postgraduates Working on Art and Material Culture in Asia (Supported by the Department of International Relations, Leiden University, on behalf of the European League for Non-Western Studies) (Leiden, October 8 – 9, 2007)
  • «From Ethnic to Allegorical Body: Representations of Japanese Women in Souvenir Photography of the Meiji Period»
    The 11th Asian Studies Conference Japan (Tokyo, June 23 – 24, 2007)
  • «Die ‚Strategie der Farbe‘ im Werk des Künstlers Murakami Takashi [Colour as Strategy: Some Thoughts on Murakami Takashi’s Works]»
    13th German-Speaking Congress of Japanese Studies/13. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag  (Bonn, September 14, 2006)
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