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Ellen Haruko Takata

Ellen Haruko Takata
Ph.D.
Visual Ethics of Postwar Responsibility in the German- and Japanese-speaking Worlds (ethics of visualizing homeland/belonging/identity, multinarrative memory); (Post)imperial and Religious Histories in Asia and Europe
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Research Interests: 

 

Ethics of visualizing homeland and belonging

 

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

 

Material and visual approaches to wartime and postwar histories in Asia and Europe (World War II; the Asia-Pacific War)

 

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

 

Aesthetics and visual effects in missionary and military activities in Asia and Europe (Vietnam, Japan, Romania, Ireland)

Selected Publications: 

 

Scholarly meditation: "My Love to Be Defused: Beginnings of an Ethics of Belonging through Negotiations of a National Socialist Image in Daily Life, from Infancy to Adulthood (Excerpts from Diaries Now Titled, The Responsibility of Being That Sort of Baby, March 24–July 25, 2020)," (peer-reviewed journal) Refract, vol. 3, issue 1, "Hauntings and Traces" (Fall 2020): 19-32: https://doi.org/10.5070/R73151190.*

 

*companion YouTube channel on responsibility for others through history, memory, emotion and taste/fandom, “Daremo Niemand”: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiowGNtdBogzMF8E0oEe2hQ

 

Japanese-to-English translation: (with Jason Beckman and Miki Hirayama) of “Ninoshima no Ichi” (“A Position of Ninoshima”) by Kuraishi Shino, Review of Japanese Culture and Society, vol. 31 "Photography of the Heisei Era (1989-2019): Memory and Transformation, Crises and Opportunities " (2019): 160-185: https://doi.org/10.1353/roj.2019.0012.

 

Research Article: “Between Gardens: Criticality and Consolation in a Contact Sheet by Furuya Seiichi,” Innovative Research in Japanese Studies (peer-reviewed journal of the Israeli Association for Japanese Studies), vol. 3 (Summer 2019): http://wwww.japan-studies.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Takata-final-final.pdf.

 

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): 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: 

 

"Genealogy, Family, Ancestry," (panelist), Hauntings and Traces: A Digital Symposium (on-line), February 23, 2021

 

“(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: 

 

Ethics of visualizing homeland and belonging

 

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

 

Material and visual approaches to wartime and postwar histories in Asia and Europe (World War II; the Asia-Pacific War)

 

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

 

Aesthetics and visual effects in missionary and military activities in Asia and Europe (Vietnam, Japan, Romania, Ireland)

 

Histories of psychoanalysis in contexts of colonial and indigenous approaches

Honors and Awards: 

 

Visual Studies Travel/Research Grant, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2019

 

Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2018

 

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

 

Chancellor's Fellowship, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2014-2015

 

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: 
PhD in Visual Studies (photography; German/Japanese memory) UC Santa Cruz
AM in Regional Studies-East Asia (classical Chinese/Vietnamese), Harvard University
Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art (critical theory/multimedia) Goldsmiths College, University of London
AB in Visual and Environmental Studies (painting; gender studies; German literature; Japanese theater), summa cum laude, Harvard University