Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History, Harvard University
Shigehisa Kuriyama's research explores broad philosophical issues (being and time, language and experience, curiosity and desire) through the lens of specific topics in comparative cultural history. His current projects include studies on the relationship between money and the body in Edo-era Japan and the history of presence. Kuriyama’s The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine (1999) received the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine
Professor of Japanese history, Wesleyan University
William Johnston’s current research topics include syphilis in early modern Japan, warfare and State formation in sixteenth-century Japan, and the historiography of Amino Yoshihiko. He is the author of The Modern Epidemic: A History of Tuberculosis in Japan (1995) and Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star: A Woman, Sex, and Morality in Modern Japan (2004).