Vorträge & Tagungen



"Build Back Better" after the 3/11 Disaster: Efforts to Revitalize a Disaster-Affected Region from the Perspective of a Museum Curator
Prof. Dr. Koji Kato (Tohoku University)

Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 15:15–17:00

Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich (UZH Main Building) KO2-F-150

The multiple disasters of March 2011, with its origins in a massive earthquake off the northern coast of Japan, resulted in enormous and lasting damage. The earthquake gave birth to a tsunami that devastated much of the northeastern coastline, resulting in the deaths of at least 15, 891 persons and the displacement of 300,000 inhabitants, only to be following in quick succession by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors.

How does one react to disaster? How should we, as members of academia, respond to such events – and not as abstractions, but when they are actual event in one’s own backyard? How should museums respond to a disaster that has devastated its own audience? And how should the past be represented when it is intimately connected to recent trauma?

Professor Kato has spent the last years working in the disaster-stricken sites of northeastern Japan. He has responded as an academic and as a museum curator and has created multiple museum exhibitions, at first in make-shift tents, in response to the needs of the survivors.

It this workshop, Professor Kato will look at a specific site – Ayukawamachi in Ishinomaki City – a location that was closest to the earthquake epicenter, and thus a place that suffered some of the greatest damage. He will detail the work that he has done in the area, such as the rescue of cultural property, and will describe the collaboration of many actors, including local individuals and institutions, in preserving and recreating the past.

FS18 Kato flyer (PDF, 5139 KB)

This lecture will be held in English and is open to the public. 
For questions, please contact the Section for East Asian Art History (kgoa@khist.uzh.ch).

Master Class in Film Directing 
by the Prize-Winning Japanese Film Director NAKAGAWA RYUTARO

Wednesday, 22th May 2018, 18:30–19:30

Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich (UZH Main Building), KOL-F-101 

The University of Zurich together with the Japanese Society announces the second masterclass in film directing, held this time on May 22, 2018 by the young Japanese director and poet Nakagawa Ryutaro. Director Nakagawa will appear at the University of Zurich for an evening of discussions of moviemaking, on his own works, and on the state of Japanese film tradition

We are planning for this to be an informal, interactive evening with discussions on the arts of the cinema. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and the evening will include short sections from his films, with commentary from the director. It should be a fun and informative evening for anyone interested in Japan and its cinematic tradition.

This event takes place in association with the GINMAKU Japanese Film Festival in Zurich (May 23-27, 2018).

FS18 Master Class Nakagawa (PDF, 160 KB)

Further details can be found in the flyer. For questions, please contact the Section for East Asian Art History (kgoa@khist.uzh.ch).


Korean "New Women" in Europe: Pioneers of the Early 20th Century
Prof. Dr. LEE Hyojin (Heidelberg University)

Monday, 28th May 2018, 18:00–19:00

Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich (UZH Main Building)  KOL-E-21

Korean women were able to receive modernized education through missionary schools and private women’s schools from the late 19th century onward. Some women decided, however, to study abroad in order to achieve modern knowledge and culture and to promote the interests of their nation.

The word Shin Nyeseong has its origins in the English “New Woman.” This phrase and the idea of liberalization for women came through Japan and became widespread in Korea during the 1920s, partly through their promotion by magazines such as the “New Women” (Shin Nyeoseong).  Women now began to examine “old women” or the “old society” and to compare them with the new movement, marking, in effect, the birth of the women‘s rights movement in Korea.

These so-called New Women pursued not only professional jobs, but they also actively participated in the women's reform movement by freely associating with men, by freely marrying and divorcing, by being sexually liberated, and other phenomena related to rapid social change.

This talk will focus on the activities of these Korean New Women in Europe during the 1920s. I will introduce remarkable figures of Korean New Women such as Na Hye seok, Kim Il Yeob and Kim Myeong sun and also include a hitherto unknown figure, namely Choi Yeong-suk, who was the first Asian woman exchange student in Sweden and highlight her life and activities in Europe.

FS18_LeeHyojin_flyer (PDF, 1015 KB)

This lecture will be held in English and is open to the public. 
For questions, please contact the Section for East Asian Art History (kgoa@khist.uzh.ch).


7. Forum Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte 

1. und 2. Juni 2018

Universität Wien, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Seminarraum 1

Garnisongasse 13, Hof 9 (Uni Campus), Wien

Das Forum Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte ist eine Initiative von akademischen Nachwuchskräften an deutschsprachigen Universitäten und richtet sich an Stu- dierende, Prae- und Post-Docs sowie Young Professionals aus dem Bildungs- und Kulturbereich

Programm und Flyer:

2018 Forum OAKG Poster (PDF, 1239 KB)

2018 Forum OAKG Programm (PDF, 430 KB)

Das Organisationsteam: 

Sabine Bradel (Universität Zürich), Hanna Brinkmann (Universität Wien), Maximilian Bürger (Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München), Ronald Kiwitt (Freie Universität Berlin), Fabian Komoß (Universität Potsdam), Alexandra Nâchescu (Universität Wien), Katharina Rode (Universität Heidelberg), Maria Sobotka (Freie Universität Berlin) und Alexandra Wedekind (Universität Wien). 

Weitere Informationen unter: http://oakg-forum.jimdo.de/

Beads of Identity and Woodcuts of Protest from North Borneo

Pangrok Sulap art collective in collaboration with blockA.D.E. 

22. Juni 2018, 10:00 -18:00 Uhr

Lichthof, Hauptgebäude der Universität Zürich (KOL, Rämistrasse 71)

The Pangrok Sulap art collective in collaboration with the Swiss woodcut collective blockA.D.E. are holding a one-day exhibition and presentation entitled "Beads of Identity and Woodcuts of Protest from North Borneo". 

Eleanor Goroh is a beader and a poet based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She has joined exhibitions and recitals around Malaysia. In 2017, she started to play the traditional mouth organ to accompany her poetry with melodies. As an artist, she is exploring the traditional arts to trace back her indigenous heritage. Her exhibit Roots & Seeds will show her beadwork designs accompanied with her latest poetry, telling a story of her journey crossing borders in search for the oldest musical instrument in Borneo. Eleanor Goroh is a member of the Tamparuli Living Arts Centre (TaLAC) an independent artist-run residency in Sabah. Beads are part of our costume heritage and act as repositories of knowledge. They were items of trade, a form of currency and status symbol within a society. Beads are tangible items, which carry stories, memories and identities.

Rico Leong is a woodcut artist, print-maker and illustrator from Ranau, the town by the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, and member of Pangrok Sulap. He is based in Kuala Lumpur and had his first solo exhibition in 2017. Since then, he has been invited to workshops and presentations around South East Asia. His woodcut print exhibition will show the pieces he has been working on for the past year, mainly depicting relations of men towards nature. Woodcut is one of the earliest ways of printmaking before the invention of machines. It is a very pragmatic and low-cost way to spread messages to the masses. Today, it has returned as a DIY- method to make our own prints manually, instead of using the common printer machines.

BlockA.D.E. (Block Art of Direct Expression) is a two year old Swiss woodcut collective, which was founded through the inspiration of the east asian social and political movement in relation with artistic tendencies and means of expression. There will be the occasion to talk and get informed about the history, backgrounds and actuality of the movement, as also the opportunity to learn more about the handcraft and workshops, which will be held in Switzerland as collaboration projects of these two collectives. If you want a print – Take your shirt with you!

FS18 Pangrok Sulap flyer (PDF, 550 KB)


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