T. (Takako) Kondo, MA

  • Ph.D student (2013, supervisor prof.dr. E.J. van Alphen)
  • Art history

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2122
E-Mail: t.kondo@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Literatuurwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.05a
Personal Homepage: hum.leiden.edu/​lucas/​organisation/​members/​kondot.html

Fields of interest

  • Theory of contemporary art

  • Contemporary art of/from/in Japan

  • Cultural politics

  • Comparative literature

  • Theory of translation

  • World art history / Global art history

  • Globalization


Art beyond Japan: Contemporary art in the politics of translation

This dissertation is a critical investigation of knowledge production of the notion of “contemporary Japanese art” in both English and Japanese language realms. This study approaches to the formation of the notion as a discursive construction in the interest of various cultural-ideological intentions on the backdrop of the emerging discipline of World Art History. Paying close attention to art historical, critical, and artistic enunciations in/on contemporary art of/from/in Japan since the 1950s proposing artistic notions and epistemic conditions that are ulterior to the traditional Western notion of fine arts, this study argues that there is a structure which buries these enunciations, whereas serving “transparency” on the idea of contemporary art of/from/in Japan as a culturally and artistically unified entity. The structure, this study seeks to expose, is translation. In the present era of globalization, it is unthinkable for art historians and critics to pursue their scholarly studies without employing any translation; however, this study takes issue with the translational practice in art criticism, as an operation at stake. This dissertation is a transdisciplinary undertaking that takes its place at the crossroad of Art History, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, and Cultural Studies.

Teaching activities

  • 2009: Seminar title: Representations of Japan in Contemporary Media, Japan Studies Program, Leiden University

  • 2007: Lectures on 8 and 15 May 2007 with Dr. E.M.A.F.M. Rader. Lecture title: “Japan as Blind Spot”, part of the seminar Before and After Orientalism. Research Master Literary Studies Program, University of Amsterdam.

Curriculum vitae

M.A. cum laude in Art Studies (Research master Kunstwetenschappen), Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam

Drs. in Art History (specialization in Modern and Contemporary Art), Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam

Art Management Couse (non-degree student with credits), Faculty of Letters, Keio University, Japan

M.F.A. in Applied Art, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

B.F.A. in Applied Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

Conference papers and presentations

September 2012
Summer School
Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences, Universität Leipzig
Panel 7: Institutionalizing culture and the arts under conditions of globalization: Places and (historical) narratives Paper: “Transparency for Whom?: Contesting Institutionalization of World/Global Art History in the Age of Globalization”

April 2012
Workshop Alter/native Imagi/nations: Japanese Media Spaces and Japan in Crisis in cooperation with University of Tokyo and Leiden University
Paper: “On Homogenization of ‘Art’ in the Name of World Art History”

March 2011
LIAS Ph.D and Postdoc Seminar
Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University
Paper: “(Japanese) Contemporary Art in the Interstices”

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