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Gabrielle Decamous Last modified date:2023.09.29

Associate Professor / Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Department of Multicultural Society
Faculty of Languages and Cultures

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Academic Degree
PhD, Visual Cultures
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Visual cultures, art and science, nuclear technology, modernity, post-colonialism
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
10 classes of Academic English, writing, researching, philosophy per year
Research Interests
  • Guggenheim Museums, International Hilla Rebay Fellowship
    keyword : Guggenheim Museums, International Hilla Rebay Fellowship
Academic Activities
1. Gabrielle Decamous, Invisible Colors: The Arts of the Atomic Age, MIT Press, 480 pages, 2019.02, [URL], Invisible Colors: The Arts of the Atomic Age

How art makes visible what had been invisible—the effects of radiation, the lives of atomic bomb survivors, and the politics of the atomic age.

The effects of radiation are invisible, but art can make it and its effects visible. Artwork created in response to the events of the nuclear era allow us to see them in a different way. In Invisible Colors, Gabrielle Decamous explores the atomic age from the perspective of the arts, investigating atomic-related art inspired by the work of Marie Curie, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the disaster at Fukushima, and other episodes in nuclear history.

Decamous looks at the “Radium Literature” based on the work and life of Marie Curie; “A-Bomb literature” by Hibakusha (bomb survivor) artists from Nagasaki and Hiroshima; responses to the bombings by Western artists and writers; art from the irradiated landscapes of the Cold War—nuclear test sites and uranium mines, mainly in the Pacific and some African nations; and nuclear accidents in Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island. She finds that the artistic voices of the East are often drowned out by those of the West. Hibakusha art and Japanese photographs of the bombing are little known in the West and were censored; poetry from the Marshall Islands and Moruroa is also largely unknown; Western theatrical and cinematic works focus on heroic scientists, military men, and the atomic mushroom cloud rather than the aftermath of the bombings.

Emphasizing art by artists who were present at these nuclear events—the “global Hibakusha”—rather than those reacting at a distance, Decamous puts Eastern and Western art in dialogue, analyzing the aesthetics and the ethics of nuclear representation..
  • Awarded annually in January, the Outstanding Academic Titles award is given to only ten percent of the 6,000 titles reviewed by CHOICE in a given year. CHOICE editors consider several factors in their decisions, including, overall excellence in presentation and scholarship; importance relative to other literature in the field; distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form; originality or uniqueness of treatment; value to undergraduate students; and importance in building undergraduate library collections.
Educational Activities
5 classes a semester
Other Educational Activities
  • 2019.04.
  • 2018.04.
  • 2017.04.
  • 2016.04.
Professional and Outreach Activities
Conference inviting to international speakers with live Japanese translation. The event was called ATOM + ART: Representing Irradiated Polynesia and the Navajo Nation(被爆の表象:ポリネシアとナバホネイション)and took place on July 15 2022.
The event was in-person and on zoom..