Professor of the History of Art and Archaeology School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Timon Screech’s research explores such topics as Japanese art history, Edo period painting and prints, sexual history of Japan, and contacts between Japan and Europe in the early modern period. His current project is related to the deification of the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the cult established for him at Nikko. He has published widely on many aspects of Edo period art and culture, and has written several books in Japanese and English, including Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Imagery in Japan, 1720-1810 (2009).
Assistant Professor of Sociology Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Mieko Yamada’s research focuses on the history of tattooing in Japan. She examines the popular culture of tattooing and its cultural complexities. Her work explains the values, beliefs and practices associated with tattooing during the pre-modern period and she discusses how these are shaped and modified by modern cultural practices, and how they are being influenced by globalization.