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Ellen Haruko Takata

PhD Candidate
Instructor, HAVC 188M "Heritage, Memory and Material Culture," UC Santa Cruz Summer Session 1, 2019
Visual Ethics of Postwar Responsibility in the German- and Japanese-speaking Worlds; (Post)imperial and Religious Histories in Asia and Europe
Phone: 
Office: 831-459-
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)

Office: 
Kresge 244
Office Hours: 

Monday, 2-3pm

Selected Publications: 

Japanese-to-English translation (with Jason Beckman and Miki Hirayama) of “Ninoshima no Ichi” (“A Position of Ninoshima”) by photographer Kuraishi Shino, for a forthcoming anthology (title pending) from Jôsai University, Japan (under review, 2019).

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(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: 

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 colonial and indigenous contexts

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

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
Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London
AB in Visual and Environmental Studies (oil painting; gender and Japanese theater), summa cum laude, Harvard University