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Anton Schweizer Last modified date:2022.06.23

Professor / Graduate School of Humanities, International MA of Premodern Humanities IMAP
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Humanities

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

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Academic Degree
Magister Artium (MA) LMU Munich 2002., Doctor Phil. (PhD) Heidelberg University 2010.
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Art history, architectural history, material culture and transcultural exchange in Early modern Japan
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Schweizer is the author of Osaki Hachiman: Architecture, Materiality, and Samurai Power in Seventeenth Century Japan (Berlin, 2016) and co-editor of Japanische Lackkunst für Bayerns Fürsten: Die Japanischen Lackmöbel der Staatlichen Münzsammlung München (Munich, 2011). He presently works on two projects, one about courtesan culture in early modern Japan and the other on exchanges of material and visual cultures between East Asia, Europe, and the Americas in the age of the First Globalization.
Research Interests
  • Architecture and Material Culture of Easily Modern Pleasure Districts in Japan
    keyword : Art history; architectural history, material culture, othering, social identity construction.
  • Material Cultures of the First Global Age.
    keyword : Art history; material culture; transcultural exchange; export art; social identity construction.
Current and Past Project
  • This interdisciplinary research-hub project explores the circulation of material objects and performance cultures throughout Asia. Material objects and structures will include buildings, statues, paintings, and crafts; performance cultures will include theatrical genres, musical styles, and embodied practices in a variety of spatial and temporal contexts. We will bring together top researchers from around the world with different academic backgrounds, including art historians, literary scholars, musicologists, performance studies scholars, ritual practitioners, and historians. As an English-language graduate program comprised of five non-Japanese but Japanese-fluent faculty members researching in Japan fields, we IMAP and IDOC faculty (International MA Program in Japanese Humanities, International Doctorate in Japanese Humanities) will strive to pair our knowledge with that of Japanese and non-Japanese colleagues within Kyudai and globally. The project will encourage a holistic rethinking of Asian humanities, resulting in the formulation of new research trajectories and related publications that move beyond national and disciplinary borders. It will introduce Japanese and non-Japanese Kyudai faculty to a global audience.
    In the first year we will build a research network through the following endeavors:
    • Host two international pre-conferences at two venues, National University of Singapore and Kyudai. Top researchers from Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Europe, and the US will be invited to present papers. A balance of emerging younger voices in each field and established senior scholars will be achieved.
    • Collect and edit the most suitable papers from the two pre-conferences to be published in a special issue of The Journal of Asian Humanities at Kyushu University (JAH-Q), a peer-reviewed (査読) English-language international journal of the Faculty of Humanities.
    In the second year we will hold a major international symposium in September 2019. As with the pre-conferences, several papers will be published in JAH-Q. Additionally, we will collect a group of thematically coherent papers for an essays volume to be published by an international publisher.
Academic Activities
1. Anton Schweizer, Anton Schweizer, Berlin, Germany, Hammond Reihe, 2016.06, [URL], Ōsaki Hachiman: Architecture, Materiality, and Samurai Power in Seventeenth-Century Japan..
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japanese German Association of West Japan
  • Japanese Art Society of America JASA
  • European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology EAAA
  • European Association for Japanese Studies EAJS
  • Japanese art history association
  • College Art Association CAA
  • Association for Asian Studies AAS
  • Japan Art History Forum JAHF
Educational Activities
Undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervising. All courses offered are taught in English. The courses focus on art and architectural history, material, and visual cultures in Japan. The principal period is late Medieval to Early Modern (Muromachi to late Edo) with occasional examples from the prehistorical through contemporary periods. Select seminar titles: "Drama, Sex, and Poetry: Ukiyoe," "Architecture and Urbanism in Japan," "Samurai as Patrons of Art," "Making Sense: Iconography, Facture, and Materiality in the Arts of Japan."
Professional and Outreach Activities
Involvement in community politics and promotion of academic activities.
Advertising for Kyushu University and the IMAP program as well as joint research at universities in the US (NYU, Columbia), Germany (Heidelberg, Munich) and Austria (Vienna, Salzburg)..