Associate Professor of Japanese, University of Kentucky
Doug Slaymaker’s research explores 20th century Japanese literature and culture, especially fiction of early 20th century. His current research focuses on artists working outside of Japan during the early twentieth‐century. He is author of The Body in Postwar Japanese Fiction (Routledge, 2004) and has edited several volumes, among them Literary Mischief: Sakaguchi Ango, Culture, and the War edited with James Dorsey (Lexington Books, 2010), and Confluences: Postwar Japan and France (Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002).
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Kansas
Maki Kaneko’s research interest lies in the interrelationship between art and politics in 20th century Japan. She investigates how artists in various political standings and social statuses responded to the state’s increased interventions and a series of political shifts occurring during the 1930s and 40s; and the processes in which artists and the state powers (the Japanese military-oriented government and later the American-led occupational forces) came to form an inter-dependent relationship. Her research also includes the post-occupation period, where she investigates ways in which wartime art works have been treated in a museum context and academic/popular discourses, and how Japan’s “traumatic” war has been visualized in contemporary art works .