Prof. dr. K.J. (Kasia) Cwiertka

  • Professor
  • Modern Japan Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2599
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan
Office Address: Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number 1.13
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Field: Material Culture and Consumption, History and Anthropology of Food, Anthropology of Colonialism and War, Globalisation
Area: Japan/Korea/East Asia

Curriculum vitae

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Teaching activities

  • Culture: East Asia (BA International Studies)
  • Asia Through Consumption (MA in Asian Studies)



2013. Food and War in Mid-Twentieth-Century East Asia (editor). Farnham: Ashgate. 

2012. Critical Readings on Food in East Asia (editor). Leiden: Brill.

2012. Cuisine, Colonialism and Cold War: Food in Twentieth Century Korea. London: Reaktion Books.

2006.  Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity , London: Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press.

2006. Kaiseki Recipes: Secrets of Japanese Cuisine (co-author with Akira Oshima), Bruges: Stichting Kunstboek (English and Dutch editions).

2003.  Yamazato: The Kaiseki Cuisine, Hotel Okura Amsterdam (co-author with Patrick Faas and Akira Oshima), Brugge: Stichting Kunstboek (English and Dutch editions).

2002.  Asian Food: The Global and the Local (co-edited with Boudewijn Walraven), London: RoutledgeCurzon / Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Publications available online:

(see 'Curriculum vitae' for the full list of publications)

2011. Inaugural Lecture, Leiden University (Leiden, 11 November). 

2007. 'War, Empire and the Making of Japanese National Cuisine', Japan Focus: An Asia Pacific e-journal.

2005. ‘Militarization of nutrition in wartime Japan', IIAS Newsletter 38: 15.

2004. Daejanggeum・and the Gentrification of Korean Food Culture' Korea Foundation Newsletter 13 (1).

Last Modified: 11-12-2015