Scholar’s Day: All is Fair in Love and War

Saturday 25 May, 2024
1:00pm CEST - 5:30pm CEST

Held in conjunction with the exhibition In Love & War at Designmuseum Denmark, Scholar’s Day presents the public with a rare opportunity to learn more about topics covered in the exhibition. It highlights the constructed nature of visual culture that advertised prostitutes and justified the nation’s imperial agenda.

The exhibition features woodblock prints from the museum collection, focusing on the images of beautiful women from the Edo period (1603-1868) and soldiers and battles of the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars from the Meiji period (1868-1912). How do we appreciate “Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period,” when some are modern reproductions? How do we read early modern and modern Japanese images of men, women, and those who belonged to a different category? How was wartime violence depicted or not depicted, and why?

Ryoko Matsuba will speak about how to appreciate modern reproductions of woodblock prints. Joshua S. Mostow will examine male same-sex desires as they were practised and visualized during the Edo period. Mio Wakita will scrutinize representations of women in early Japanese photography. Judith Vitale will focus on images produced during the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars (1894-1895; 1904-1905). Lulu Xinyue Yuan will discuss the images of women produced in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).

The event is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation for Art History Research.

Photo: Pernille Klemp


13:00 – 13:20    Welcome

13:20 – 13:50    Re/Production: The Technical Transformation of Printmaking and Fukusei Facsimile Reproduction in the Meiji Period
Ryoko Matsuba, Lecturer, University of East Anglia

13:50 – 14:20    Wakashu: The Ambiguous Youth
Joshua S. Mostow, Professor, University of British Columbia

14:20 – 14:50    Crossing Paradigms: Orientalism, Commercialism, and Nationalistic Ideologies in Meiji Souvenir Photography
Mio Wakita, Curator, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

14:50 – 15:20    Break

15:20 – 15:50    War Pictures
Judith Vitale, Lecturer, University of Zurich

15:50 – 16:20    Scenic Beauties: Women in Cheongsam during the Second Sino-Japanese War
Lulu Xinyue Yuan, PhD Candidate, University of California Irvine

16:30 – 17:30    Reception

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