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Ellen Haruko Takata

Institutional and individual elements in photographic multivalence and histories of photographic reception: current focus on quotidian photography books in postwar Japan, Germany and Austria; recent work in receptions of official and commercial photography in colonial-to-postcolonial Vietnam and France
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Research Interests: 

Photographic and spatial significations of nationalism, religion, biography and daily life

Material and visual approaches to wartime and postwar histories in Asia and Europe

Materiality and doctrine in histories of religious visual production and reception (Christianity and Buddhism)

Aesthetics and visual effects 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: 

Book review: "Arts du Vietnam: Nouvelles Approches by Caroline Herbelin, Béatrice Wisniewski, and Françoise Dalex," Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol. 12  No. 3,  Summer 2017(pp. 74-78)

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: 

“(Im)possible Codifications?  Story-making in Furuya Seiichi’s Image Sequences, 1985-2014,” for the seminar “Inventing Japaneseness: Painting, Photography and Print, 1868-1940,” Dr. Ayelet Zohar, Tel Aviv University, June 14, 2017

“If You Give Three Loud Screams, I’ll Come and Help You: Changing Stories around an Image of the Rattersdorf-Köszeg Border in the Photographic Books of Furuya Seiichi, 1985-2014,” The Heisei Era in Retrospect: Major Trends in Post-Industrial and Post-Consumer Japan, the third biennial conference of the Israeli Association for Japanese Studies, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, June 13, 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU2v0WZ28Aw

“Same Heroics, Different Heroes: Uses of ‘Rebel’ Images and French Aesthetics from Vietnamese Colonization to Reunification,” for the course: “Colonial and Postcolonial Photography: Photography in Asia,” Dr. Ayelet Zohar, Tel Aviv University, June 7, 2017

On North Vietnamese perspectives and East German representations (panelist), Pilots in Pajamas (Piloten im Pyjama), org. Center for Documentary Arts and Research and the Socialism/Postsocialism Research Center, University of California at Santa Cruz, February 19, 2016                   

“Introduction to Werner Schroeter’s Willow Springs,” Transgressive Cross-Currents in Film Programming: New York and Berlin, 1968-1989, org. Marc Francis, Wednesday Night Cinema Society, University of California at Santa Cruz, November 3 2015                   

“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: 

Material and visual approaches to wartime and postwar histories in Asia and Europe

Materiality and doctrine in histories of religious visual production and reception (Christianity and Buddhism)

Aesthetics and visual effects 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: 

Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence Award, Arts Division, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2017

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