Acting Director and Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Cultures, and Heritage
Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, UEA Research Centre Member, Centre for Japanese Studies, UEA
Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer is currently Acting Director at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Culture, and Heritage, affiliated to the University of East Anglia.
She is an art historian specialising in modern Japanese art. Before joining the Sainsbury Institute in 2018, she received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University and held postdoctoral positions at Emory University, Atlanta, GA and Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, D.C. Her research interests include postwar art in Japan; modern calligraphy history in East Asia; transcultural studies; abstract art; and the relationship between image and language in modern Japan. She is the author of Bokujinkai: Japanese Calligraphy and the Postwar Avant-Garde (Japanese Visual Culture Series 19, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2020), and currently working on her second book project on the history of calligraphy modernization in East Asia.
She is the course director of the new MA programme in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, launched in September 2020, and teaches courses on Japanese Art History and methodology of Japanese Studies. She is available to supervise PhD and MA projects in the areas of Japanese art history, transcultural studies, global postwar art, and relationship between image and text, among others.
- 2020 ‘Ink Splashes on Camera: Calligraphy, Action Painting, and Mass Media in Postwar Japan’. In Modernism/Modernity, John Hopkins University Press, Vol. 27, No. 2, April 2020, pp. 299-321.
- 2017 ‘Contested Comparisons: Franz Kline and Japanese Calligraphy’. In AnnMarie Perl(ed.) In Focus: Meryon 1960–1 by Franz Kline, Tate Research Publication.
- 2016, ‘Tatami and Wood: Ink Rubbings and the Discussion of Materiality in Postwar Japanese Calligraphy and Art’. In World Art, Volume 6, issue 2, pp. 269-291.
- 2016 ‘戦後の日本前衛書道と欧米抽象絵画における余白の概念について (About the Concept of Blank Space Yohaku in Japanese Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Euro-American Abstract Painting)’. In Kanbayashi Tsunemichi (ed.) 〈書の美学〉の伝統と変容 (Tradition and Transformation in Aesthetics of East Asian Calligraphy), Tokyo: Sangensha, pp. 384-412.
- 2015 ‘The Line Between Calligraphy and Painting: A View from Postwar Japan‘. Gerhard Wolf and Marzia Faietti (ed.) The Power of Line, Munich: Hirmer, pp. 118-128.
- 2020: Bokujinkai: Japanese Calligraphy and the Postwar Avant-Garde (Japanese Visual Culture Series 19, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2020)