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Ellen Haruko Takata

History of religious and political approaches to aesthetics in the cultures of Catholic missionaries and converts in the region of Indochina, with emphasis on Vietnam
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Office: 831-459-
Research Interests: 

Aesthetics in missionary and military activities in Southeast and East Asia

Histories of psychoanalysis in colonial and "non-Western" contexts

History of photography and film in Southeast and East Asia

Traditional and modern performing arts in Southeast and East Asia

Selected Publications: 

research article: "Icons in Disguise: Vietnamese Resistance Figures Hoàng Hoa Thám and Ba Biểu in French Colonial Images and Related Texts, 1909-2007," Trans-Asia Photography Review, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Fall 2012: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0003.103 

Vietnamese-to-English translation: Nguyễn Ðức Hiệp, "Photography in Vietnam from the End of the Nineteenth Century to the Start of the Twentieth,"Trans-Asia Photography Review, Vol. 4, Issue 2,Spring 2014: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.7977573.0004.204

 

 

Selected Presentations: 

“Lives and Deaths of a Colonial Vietnamese Hero-Villain: Ba Biểu in the Postcards of Pierre Dieulefils and Related Texts, ca. 1909-2007,” Trans-Asia Photography Review Symposium, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, October 14, 2011

Teaching Interests: 

Aesthetics in missionary and military activities in Southeast and East Asia

Histories of psychoanalysis in colonial and "non-Western" contexts

History of photography and film in Southeast and East Asia

Traditional and modern performing arts in Southeast and East Asia

Honors and Awards: 

George Peabody Gardner Traveling Fellowship, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, 1999-2000

Henry Rosovsky Travel Grant for Undergraduate Thesis Research, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, 1997

Education and Training: 
AM in Regional Studies-East Asia (classical Chinese in premodern Vietnam), Harvard University, 2005
Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2000
AB in Visual and Environmental Studies (oil painting; gender and Japanese theater), summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1998