Staff

Sainsbury Institute’s academic staff, including Professor Simon Kaner (Director of the Institute and an expert in Japanese archaeology), Dr Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer (course director for the MA program, and expert in modern Japanese art and calligraphy), Dr Ryoko Matsuba (senior Digital Humanities Officer, and a specialist in Japanese print culture and digital technologies), Professor Toshio Watanabe (expert in modern Japanese art), and Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (specialist in Japanese ceramics, and globally renowned art curator) are all excited to welcome students to the programme, and to share their knowledge and appreciation for Japanese culture. They will be teaching about Japanese art history, share their experiences of understanding Japan through its visual and material culture, introduce students to the latest developments in the field, and offer guidance to jump-start their professional careers.

The students of this course will additionally benefit from access to UEA’s Centre for Japanese Studies and the wide range of scholarly expertise on Japan that the UEA faculty, who all contribute distinct disciplinary perspectives, have to offer. Japan specialists at UEA currently include Dr Ra Mason (based in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Language and Communication Studies), who is an expert in Japan’s international relations and Okinawan Studies, and has extensive knowledge of Japan’s foreign relations within East Asia; Dr Nadine Willems (UEA’s School of History), a cultural historian on Japan, with multi-year experience of working in Tokyo, works on modern Japanese history and the history of ideas; Dr Hannah Osborne, a newly appointed lecturer in Japanese Literature in the School of Literature and Drama, specialises in modern Japanese literature through the perspectives of gender and body; and Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay, based in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, is an expert in modern Japanese art, diaspora studies, and Okinawan art.  Dr Sherzod Muminov (School of History) specialises in Japanese history, in particular Japan-East Asia and Japan-Russia relations, and Dr Rayna Denison, in the School of Art, Media and American Studies is an expert in Japanese film and anime.

Find out more about the lecturers through one-on-one interviews in Beyond Japan.


“Look at how Japan has related to its East Asian counterparts but also how its also developed its own foreign policy from the Meiji period to modern day Japan.”

Dr Ra Mason, Sasakawa Lecturer in International Relations and Japanese Foreign Policy


Applications open for 2021

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